Archive for August, 2011

A new classic!!!

OK…if you are as old as I am (somewhere between middle age, and older than dirt…) you’ll remember Ray Stevens, a country performer who did some serious songs, not-so-serious songs, and novelty songs.

one of his best known, and most lucrative, novelty numbers was a song called *The Streak*, which came out in the early 70’s, and poked fun at the emerging fad of *streaking*, or running around nekkid in just your tennis shoes.

Well…the brilliant mind of Ray Stevens just hit another home run….too bad that American Rock radio won’t be picking up this one, because it hits hard, and is a great statement on what the sorry state of affairs we live in.

Enjoy!

The Apocalypse that wasn’t

So, yet again, we have breathless politicians predicting doom at the hand of Global Warming Cooling Climate Change, and the apocalyptic storm that was going to wipe out life as we know it on the East Coast. OBambi got all serious, and went to a weather *command center* for the required photo-op of looking serious as he *took charge*.

His Majesty, the Earl Duke of Manhattan Mike Bloomberg, held a presser on Friday, telling New Yorkers that he had commanded a *mandatory* evacuation of lower Manhattan. When a reporter (who must have really pissed of His Highness with the question) asked “So what is going to happen to those people who defy the order, and don’t leave?” His Highness simply stuttered for a brief second, then proclaimed “Well, then we’re not going to come save them.”

Another reporter asked His Highness what would happen when those obedient peasants did what they were told by their Napolianic Dictator, and had their homes looted in the ensuing mayhem of the WORST STROME EVAH IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF MODERN MAN!!!!!!!!!

Little Hitler then responded with “Look, whats more important, your life or your possessions? Come on, lets be serious here. There’s nothing in your house that is worth dying over.”

What a sniveling, petty little dictator Mayor Bloomberg is.

I wonder if he’s all full of himself now that the storm turned out to be a dud, and New Yorkers are *safe*, and have survived the Apocalypse of the Century, the *once in a lifetime* weather event, blahblahblah…

He’s an idiot. Obambi is an idiot. Chuckster the Schumkster Schumer is an idiot. Napolitano Napolean is an idiot.

Every stupid politician who bought into the hype of *its the end of the WORLD!!!!!* is an idiot.

And *once in a lifetime event* my ass….I was on Long Island in June of 1972, when hurricane Agnes hit. I sat by a window in a second floor apartment in Commack NY, in an apartment complex called Mayfair Gardens. I watched from the window as young trees (just past the point of being saplings) were bent so far over that their branches touched the ground.

THAT was a hurricane. Compared to Hurricane Agnes, Irene was not much more than s sunshower.

Because everyone else is doing it…

…and it appeals to the inner geek in me, so I figured I should too. I got 21/100 which isn’t bad, considering that I read far more Sci-fi/fantasy than was presented in this list.

For the record, I’m surprised that the Cronicles of The Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz wasn’t on here, as wasn’t the Circle of Light series by Niel Hancock. Both of which I read as a teen, and thoroughly enjoyed.

In bold below, are the ones I’ve read.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

et’tu, Blueguns?

OK…this is just wrong.

Anyone who has been following the blog, and the business (Dragon Leatherworks…link on the right sidebar!) knows that I’m a fan of Blueguns for their accuracy in reproductions, and I use them exclusively for my mock-up guns when making holsters. (Yes, I know that there is another out there, who does cast aluminum, but I want/need exacting detail, not a very poor quality detail-less casting that kinda-sorta-almost-maybe resembles the gun I need to base a holster on.)

That being said, I’ve been buying from them exclusively since I started DLW. Never once have I seen that placard in the box, the first time being the delivery I took today of my latest order from them. Makes me wonder where one of their trainers was maybe painted black or silver, made to look like a real gun, and used as a *weapon* in the commission of a crime. I’m thinking that it had to have happened, for them to start putting that in to cover their asses.

Sorry state of affairs when a company that makes hard rubber cast replicas of guns needs to put that disclaimer on their products.

A new blog is born…

Go ahead and show the guy some linky-love….

WizardPC, who was a contributing poster over at Walls of the City, has determined that he’s ready to spread his wings, look out over the edge of the nest, and jump.

Personally, I think he’s going to do just fine. 🙂

The new blog is called Guns, Cars, and Tech. He’s already on my blogroll…is he on yours?

It is time….

…for an announcement that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of weeks.

The family and I (wife and kids) are moving out of New York State. Its too expensive here…taxes are onerous, and the only places where the cost of a home approaches something that could be construed as reasonably affordable are so far from the population centers that pay on the highest scales, that you need to live 70+ miles away, and commute to the better paying jobs.

Which I have done for the past 13 years…each day is an 80 mile commute ONE WAY (yes, you read that right…its a daily round trip of 160+ miles each and every day) just to get a paycheck. The costs of gasoline alone tops $600 a month. Add in the state income taxes paid to NY (for the *cough* privilege *cough*) to live there, and the state income tax paid to NJ for the *cough* privilege *cough* to be allowed to work in *that* state, and my monthly outlay in terms of net dollars is insane. And thats not even considering the costs of tolls, monthly maintenance on the vehicle, insurance costs, etc…

Since I still need the day job while the holsters are still gaining momentum (the holster business is finally finding its legs, and thats a good thing) I’ll be working out of one of the offices in the Knoxville Tennessee area.

Which means that Dragon Leatherworks will also be changing its base of operations to the Knoxville area as well. The two towns that are running in close competition are Oak Ridge (northwest of Knoxville proper), and Maryville (southeast of Knoxville proper).

I have to admit, it will feel great to breathe the free air of Tennessee…up until now, the thought of being able to buy a handgun and not have the state demanding that I register it, and add it to a permission slip that says I’m *allowed* to have it, were just crazy thoughts. And I literally can’t wait to walk into a gun shop, see a 17 round capacity handgun, ask to see it, and not be asked to show my super-secret-LEO qualification permission slip that allows me to even *touch* the gun. Hell….I’m surprised that they don’t arrest folks on the spot here in NY for even *thinking* about a LEO-only handgun.

And making mag carriers for 17 rounders, at least in NY, would make me a felon, because as a non-LEO, I’m not allowed to even *possess* a mag larger than 10 rounds. Can’t properly build/fit a mag carrier if I can’t legally get my hands on the mag.

So there you have it. I’m working my tail off getting all my booked orders out the door so that everyone has their orders early or on time, so that we can house-shop, move, and set the leather shop back up by the first week of October.

We need *Common-Sense* Twitter Control

From the Filthadelphia Stinquirer…

Thanks to websites like Twitter and Facebook, more and more so-called flash mobs are materializing across the globe, leaving police scrambling to keep tabs on the spontaneous assemblies.

Yup…what we need is common sense Twitter Control. Its obvious that a few miscreants will use this innocuous tool in a manner in which people can be seriously hurt, even killed. I’m proposing that we have the following *common sense* suggestions implemented as law, so that we can stop all the senseless violence that follows the illegal use of Twitter accounts:

1) Mandatory background checks before a Twitter account is activated.

2) A three month *cooling off* or *waiting* period after the background check is completed, just to be certain that the applicant has a chance to take out his aggressions somewhere else.

3) A mandatory *ten tweet* limit in any given 24 hour period. There is absolutely NO ONE who could EVER need more than ten tweets in any 24 hour period, and we need to do EVERYTHING WE CAN to ban high-capacity tweeting, which has been proven to lead to flash mobs forming, and thousands of people being injured or even killed because of these Twitter Flash Mobs.

4) A training program on the safe use and handling of Twitter Accounts.

There….I’ve now done my part to make the world a safer place, by suggesting *common sense* restrictions to these highly dangerous Twitter accounts. We have to do all we can to make sure that tweets are only handled by trained, government-approved professionals.

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