Less Stressed Out Now. 
2009.07.08 11:26 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Miscellanea, Zombie Preparedness
Apparently, two hours of zombie killin' on Monday night was darned cathartic.
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Brief Range Notes 
2009.04.20 09:42 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, Zombie Preparedness
I went to the indoor range yesterday, sending two magazines through the Hi-Power, and four or five through the Sig Mosquito. I did all my shooting yesterday at ten feet, which is very close.

The Mosquito is my newest gun, actually, and its major virtues are that it is chambered in .22LR and mostly looks and feels like a gun chambered for 9x19mm or something. It had some feeding and ejection difficulties, but not until the second or third magazine, so it may just have been dirt, or the inexpensive ammo.

I started off with the Hi-Power, though, and managed to make my entire day by putting a half-dozen or so close enough together that the holes touched. This is a gun that rattles when shaken, with magazines that still have rust on them, despite my best efforts. It is my favorite gun. Well. Hard call between the HP, the Mateba and the Garand, but easily my favorite Browning-pattern autoloading pistol. And, when it's all cleaned up, it's even pretty, as such things go.
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ATTN: ZOMBIES 
2009.01.21 15:04 - Guns, Zombie Preparedness
FEAR ME!

Details forthcoming.
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Dead Space: Zombies-but they're in space?! 
2008.12.01 09:15 - Entertainment, Microcode, Zombie Preparedness
Having put Mass Effect to bed yesterday afternoon, I broke out Dead Space last night and played that for a few hours. I'm playing through on 'Easy', because my time is more valuable than the game developer's ability to have zombies chew on me.

So far, the plot looks like it was cribbed from either Aliens or Leviathan, with a pretty healthy dose of The Thing and Doom 3. There's nothing wrong with that, but it probably means I've played too many of these games when the plots look like they were assembled by drawing previous titles out of a hat.

On the technical end, the graphics are very good, and the facial animations are about the best I've seen. Gameplay-wise, the dismemberment mechanic is unique, but it bugs me that the game then throws tiny critters at you that can only be popped. General recommendation: if you don't pick it up sooner, be sure to grab a copy from the greatest hits catalog when it rolls around.
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Slowly entering the present day ... 
2008.12.01 08:59 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
PDB points out a product that will be of interest to Garand devotees interested in keeping up with the tactical crowd.

Over at Tam's, a commenter suggests a period-correct substitute. Can't get 'em in your choice of black, khaki, or ARPAT, though.
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