Range Notes - 2008-12-27 
2009.01.27 19:55 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand, Meatspace Stupidity
This would be the much-overdue post I've been meaning to write since the end of last month. No promises about the quality of the writing.

So, the Saturday after Christmas, I collected my rather small arsenal, eighty-plus pounds of water in plastic bottles of varying size and shape and took my sister off to the gun range for a lesson in impractical pistol and rifle shooting. My father came along to dispose of a defunct chainsaw. More on that in a moment.

Dad was kind enough to drive, which is handy because fitting three people, a rifle, and all the water bottles in the passenger compartment of my car wasn't happening, also I was feeling pretty tired, as it was relatively early on a Saturday morning.

Off to the range we went, and were able to get signed in and set up while there were still lanes available. By the time we left, people were lining up for vacancies on the firing line.

I set my sister up with the Browning Hi-Power on the theory that the smallish steel-framed 9mm would be the most easily handled. This worked so well that I nearly had to wrestle it away from her to the other guns. Suffice to say, she had fun. She also quickly became an equal to or better shot than myself, which is mildly annoying.

While she entertained herself with the Hi-Power, I set up the Garand and put the first couple of shots down range. I am no longer worried about the bore. It's fine. Also, it's really impressive what 150 grains of .30-06 soft-point will do to a gallon jug of water.

To our right was another guy with a Garand. He appeared to be rather more serious about things than I am, and had himself a rest and homemade brass catcher and target stand. To our left was a handful of guys with AKs and ARs that appeared to be plinking away.

At the second all-clear, we dragged out the chainsaw. A fresh clip went into the Garand, and Dad was given the first shot. My sister took some after pictures, but nothing from beforehand. Trust me, it was a chainsaw once. By the time we left, there wasn't even much to scoop up and drop in the trash can, but we had some help from both sides (Garand guy asked permission, and we're pretty sure a few other souls just blazed away at anything downrange and target-like).

Finally, there was Mr. Wuss. Poor Wuss.
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MY POKEMANS 
2009.01.13 16:47 - Entertainment, Microcode, Meatspace Stupidity
I haven't been able to finish any of these Pokémon games since I picked up something to play them on. It's kind of shameful, and I don't really know if the problem is an inability to save state or the general lack of critters I like. I'm 75% certain it's the latter.

Anyway, while picked up a copy of Pokémon Pearl ages ago, I really haven't touched it in about as long. However, I was poking around the TV Tropes wiki again (I CAN STOP WHENEVER I WANT) over the weekend, and happened upon an individual claiming that the Pokémon games were the only ones they allowed themselves to cheat at.

I am not nearly so virtuous, but, apparently, not quite so quick on the uptake, either. Seeing the genesis of a brilliant waste of perfectly good money, I hied myself to Best Buy for an Action Replay DS and a copy of Pokémon Diamond. So far, it's been nice, being able to cart around all three starting critters, and their equivalents from the Gold/Silver games. Not sure it'll hold my interest, but I figure it's worth a shot. Having basically infinite amounts of dosh is kinda handy, too.

(I grabbed yet another cartridge on the off chance that I might want to play against, say, Der Pikafoop at some point. It seemed unsporting to do otherwise.)
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On Stupid, Stupid Baby Names 
2008.12.17 11:15 - Meatspace Stupidity, News and Politics
This has popped up in my RSS aggregator twice now, so I'm going to blog about it. (One note: RedState.com's Erick Erickson needs to calm down just a bit. He should know better than to encourage violence against people for being stupid. I can only assume he's a bit short on sleep at the moment.)

The original story's from the AP, it seems.
The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name [Adolph Hitler Campbell] on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.[...]Karen Meleta, a spokeswoman for ShopRite, said the Campbells had similar requests denied at the same store the last two years and said Heath Campbell previously had asked for a swastika to be included in the decoration.
So, mother and father name child after the 20th century's most notorious totalitarian dictator, genocide, and racist bigot, and are now surprised and upset to find that other people take issue or offense with their decision.

Newsflash, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell: you are idiots, and you are saddling your children with names that, if they grow into decent adults, they will be embarrassed about for their entire lives.
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The Vast, Fluffy-Tailed Conspiracy 
2007.07.16 14:00 - Meatspace Stupidity, News and Politics
This is actually the second report of this that I've seen, so I'm passing it on in case anyone who's reading is interested.

It seems Iran has detained a dozen or so squirrels on suspicion of espionage.

(Link blatantly stolen from MonkeyFilter.)

There's another, equally brief, article here, this one stolen from Chizumatic.

Just remember, they look cute and fluffy while they're stealing seeds from your bird feeder, but we now know that they're busy plotting to steal nuclear secrets from under the noses of the likes of Iran. Who knows? Perhaps they are simultaneously negotiating for that same information with North Korea, who are, presumably, more willing to deal in acorns.
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The Best Advertisement For Anything, Ever 
2007.06.04 21:59 - Guns, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity
This is probably the very best argument I've seen for buying a Glock.

Personally, I was thinking I'd buy a Glock 20 and a SIG GSR sometime next year, when the guns and butter budget resets.
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