Monthly Archives: January 2009

there is no reason to carry a concealed firearm, evar, pt 15

Now Do Something Constructive: “I would vastly prefer the article’s last line end with “to have hope that justice will be served, to know that they are not alone, and to know they and women everywhere can defend themselves effectively.” Both of the women described in the article worked in environments openly hostile to effective [Continue]


Looks like Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is yet another “oh! we must do something for the children!!! The. Children!!!!! and NOW! no time to think!” law. Whee! I have long thought that we needed more of them. Oh wait, no, I thought we needed less. It appears that it’ll put the entire used [Continue]

afghans rediscover the Lee-Enfield

Afghans Rediscover The Lee-Enfield “January 7, 2009: Afghan traditionalists are changing the way the Taliban fight. This can be seen by the increase in the use of sniping by the Taliban. In the last year, NATO units in southern Afghanistan estimate there has been a 25 percent increase in sniping incidents. This is not seen [Continue]

fire piston

Never heard of this before, but looks kinda cool. It uses the heat from compression to ignite a fire. Very interesting, and looks to be tons easier than a fire drill or even flint and steel. How to make a fire piston MagLite fire piston History of the Fire Piston

silver and gold

Value of the silver in older US currency Looks like quarters, nickels, and dimes from before 1965 are all worth more in their silver content than they are for their face value, so I’ll be looking through my piggy bank and see if I can’t find any. Of course it’s illegal to melt down US [Continue]

the inauguration is today

Not much to say about it, just that it continues our tradition of peacefully transferring power, which is good. Oh, and I’ll mention that obama is spending $160 MILLION on his inauguration party, which is the most anyone has ever spent according to cnn.


“To be fair, all most American knows is that European nations do not actually get along all that well and have needed the US to come over there several times now to break up fights and enforce your restraining orders.“- MDH

area gandalf23?

42 acres, $6,000 that’s like $150 an acre! Yes, it’s waaaaaay out in West Texas, but so? What an awesome place to camp for a few weeks a year, to hang out at occasionally, to actually be able to look at the stars from. And if I can find a place that ha a nice [Continue]

scratch & dent sale at rei plano

“2009 Garage Sale Dates for REI Plano March 15th, June 14th, Sept.13th, Dec. 6th All members welcome to attend our quarterly scratch and dent sales to find impressive marked down prices on used or slightly damaged items. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. You must be a member to shop the sale – if you’re not [Continue]

neat looking pepper spray “gun”

Mace® PepperGun™ “Have access to the look, the feel and the power of a handgun, but in a nonleathal form. Rather than electronic personal defense mechanisms, which require you to be in close proximity to your assailant, the PepperGun sprays up to 25 feet. To load, simply push the barrel release button and slide in [Continue]

best job in the world?

Australia offers ‘best job in world’ on paradise island “SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls “the best job in the world” — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months. The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares [Continue]


Sigh. I am missing at least three hatchets. I know, I know, how does one lose multiple hatchets? I’m not sure how I did it. I think they are just misplaced, but I can’t think of anyplace they’d be. Unless they are in the attic here, or over in dad’s garage in the to-be-sharpened pile [Continue]