Wow. October, Huh? 
2010.10.12 16:00 - Guns, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Actual Toys, Work-related
It's been a few days since I posted anything here.

Work-wise, I've been tied up in a release that's finally coming to a head ... about an hour from now.

Outside of work, RHIT homecoming has come and gone. Related to that, Verizon has been bugging me. It seems I have some charges on my next bill for text messages. I sent or received some 40-odd messages trying to stay abreast of doings in the Haute.

Related: Legos are expensive, but I think I won the trip to Toys R Us. (Go me?)

Also noticed: guy in the pawn shop with a GPS ankle bracelet. I'm guessing a restraining order was involved, because he didn't seem to be under house arrest.

I seem to have picked up some sort of infection in the Haute or just before or after, and took almost long enough to get my butt to the doctor for things to become serious. Fortunately, they aren't, and time plus amoxycillin cures many a post-nasal drip. (Related: Zyrtec-D is fantastic.)

As far as things not related to bodily fluids are concerned, I got out to Knob Creek the last weekend of September, and mostly proved I'm so out of practice that I've forgotten what I'm doing (hammer bite!). A few trips to Open Range will work out some of the kinks, pistol-wise, but that just means I'll be back on the paper. And I need to build a target stand before I go back to KCR. The rentable stands weren't much three years ago, and they're even less now, regrettably.
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Woke up, fell out of bed, etc. 
2010.04.14 12:01 - Guns, Miscellanea, Toys, Gadgets, Zombie Preparedness
Did not have time to grab a cup, however.

I overslept by nearly two hours this morning, which made me a little more frantic than usual on the way out the door. Only a little, as my morning schedule allows for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half of oversleeping without serious consequences.

On the other hand, my glasses fell apart this morning, so I'm wearing my previous pair instead. Prescription's pretty close, but I'll have to arrange something this weekend to replace the primary pair.

Oh, and I'm picking up 1.25 guns afternoon. Well, 3 stripped receivers, two of which have a grip and buttstock. I'm a little early. Pics/details tonight or later this week.
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D'oh. 
2009.09.30 16:24 - Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Pens, Whining
I started cleaning up a handful of fountain pens languishing by the spare sink on Monday. Most of them seem to be fine, but I did find a lot of dried-out ink in the Namiki Bamboo, and some ink residue in the converters of the Waterman Phileas and Parker Vector. The Bamboo is still soaking, but the Phileas and Vector got filled with some Mont Blanc 'green', which seemed likely to be the safest and most detergent-rich ink available to me. I have discovered a couple things:

1. The Namiki push-button converter holds a lot of ink, but is still an enormous pain to clean out.
2. Mont Blanc's blue-black ink stains surprisingly well. Better than anything else I have, actually.
3. Based on (1) and (2), using Mont Blanc blue-black in the Namiki Bamboo is contraindicated, and any pen filled with the ink should be flushed out as soon as it is empty.
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On Overpriced Shaving Doodads 
2009.08.11 18:37 - Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Gadgets
A few years back, I purchased a Merkur Vision safety razor, and a Merkur Hefty Classic. The former retails around $200, the latter around $40. If you're in the market for such a thing, buy the Hefty Classic. It doesn't feel as satisfying and has no adjustments to fiddle with, but it works as well or better, costs only a fifth as much, and doesn't have to be maintained like a British automobile.

In related news, I just got my Vision back together after the handle seized over a year ago. Had to damage the finish, though. Twice.
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On the Astro A40 Headset 
2009.04.07 11:09 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity, Toys, Gadgets
I don't yet know where the mic stacks up, but the cans sound lovely, the headband and earcups and comfy, and the cabling seems very nice.

The downside is that the QC seems a bit lacking, because one of the two mic jacks on the headset is kaput!

Long and short: I don't think I can recommend these in good conscience. Assuming they're not fragile, they really are superb, but I would hate for somebody to spend $200 on a headset to have the microphone not work at all.
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