Monthly Archives: January 2005

Semper Fi

From Sgt. Grit’s Marine Forum, What a Marine! “I took seven rounds from a ‘bad guy’ firing a fully-automatic AK 47,” he said Wednesday during a phone interview from his bed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “Five in my right leg, one in my foot and one to the buttocks area. [Continue]


Jesus! Thank God kerry lost! I’d hate for asshats like this to be in power. Do they think that everything was rosy under Stalin, too? And that the USSR was a worker’s paradise? As Napoleon Dynamite would say: “Flippin’ idiots!”

Need 70s chase music

Good Ol’ Boys has a chase scene in it. 3-ish minutes. Which seems rather long, I know, but there it is. Anyway, looking for some 70s-ish chase music. Maybe something from Chips or Dukes of Hazard? Or maybe Night Rider (or was that early 80s?) or BJ & the Bear (gotta love a show about [Continue]

A very special effect

A Very Special Effect has an interesting look at a recent “car bomb” in Iraq. Looks veryvery staged. It certainly seems suspicious to me that four print photographers and a videoographer just happened to be there as a car blew up. I suspect that they were tipped off at the least, and that it very [Continue]

MGM DVD lawsuit

There’s a class action lawsuit against MGM right now, over the widescreen vs full screen versions of their movies. Without getting too technical, a movie theater screen is usually rectangular, whereas a tv is square. As a general rule, to make the rectangular movie version fit a tv you have to chop parts off. It [Continue]

knifemaking 101

Went to East Texas yesterday with my dad to visit with knifemaker John LeBlanc. He mostly stopped making knives and is making the machinery to make knives now. He makes vertical belt grinders, horizontal belt grinders (and is the only one doing that as far as I know), used to make pan-mills, and an upside [Continue]

China shuns significant tsunami-aid role

China shuns significant tsunami-aid role AP , SINGAPORE Thursday, Jan 13, 2005,Page 1 China — which has recently taken a larger role in the politics of Southeast Asia — has seemed strangely absent from the international response to the tsunami disaster. While the US military dominates relief efforts and Japan has pledged hundreds of millions [Continue]

Zaku’s Guide to making money

I’ve been playing lots of World of Warcraft lately. It’s by far the best MMORPG I’ve ever played. Unlike EQ, in-game money in WoW is relatively hard to come buy. Maybe because it’s still new, but it appears to be one of the designer’s goals. At level 40 you can buy a mount (horse, dinosaur, [Continue]


My little cousin Adam just found out he’s going to be a father. He told me that he wants to be a better father than his father. His dad was not in the picture at all, really. His parents never married, and his father ran off around the time Adam was born. Dee moved around [Continue]

Kuwaiti ‘slit daughter’s throat’

From the BBC: Kuwaiti ‘slit daughter’s throat’ A Kuwaiti man has reportedly confessed to killing his 14-year-old daughter because he believed she was having sex. Adnan Enezi – an employee in the Islamic Affairs ministry – had just returned from the pilgrimage to Mecca. He allegedly bound and blindfolded his daughter, Haifa, knelt her down [Continue]

Good Ol’ Boys Update

Got most of the editing done. All the indoor scenes anyway. Just need to edit the outdoor running scenes, do color correction, fix some (!) audio problems, and add the soundtrack and credits and opening scene. Yup, almost done.


Saw this over at THE NIGHT THE SOLDIERS CAME The Washington Post’s Jackie Spinner meets a calm and reasonable Baghdad resident who turned against the US after … well, you’ll find out soon enough. The sequence of extracts below is altered from the original to more closely describe events as they are alleged to [Continue]

gun pr0n

this is where I got these pictures from These are some pictures of part of Reed Knight’s personal firearms collection. My understanding is that a few years ago Mr. Knight made a very good trade with Colt, the prototype for the Colt 2000 pistol for their entire machine gun collection, or a large portion of [Continue]

What you’ll wish you’d known

Thought this was pretty good. Pass it on to any high school students. What you’ll wish you’d known, by Paul Graham “January 2005 (I wrote this talk for a high school. I never actually gave it, because the school authorities vetoed the plan to invite me.) When I said I was speaking at a high [Continue]


I’m all for Christian charity, I think my record on that is fairly clear and unambiguous, but damnit! This just chaps my hide. Guest Column: No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln By Ed Stanton It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the [Continue]