The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

US or Polish?

| August 27, 2006

Inspired by .

You scored as United States. Your army is the American army. You want your home front to support the G.I.’s in their pursuit to liberate world from more or less evil tyrants.

United States






British and the Commonwealth




France, Free French and the Resistance




Soviet Union




In which World War 2 army you should have fought?
created with

Old news

| August 24, 2006

Noticed this a week ago, but only got around to posting it now

NH Resident arrested for trying to get IRS agents to resign


| August 24, 2006

As a sortof followup to 's post, a friend sent me this

Paying the VW tax

| August 22, 2006

86 in a 65. $300 fine. The nice statie knocked it down to 75 in a 65, which is $85. I could get it dismissed (3 year good driving record), but it's not worth going to Providence and missing work. I'd rather pay the $85.

In other news, Sabin posted an interesting link in the comments to one of my other posts, which I am pulling out and posting here.

Updated my reloading pages

| August 22, 2006

For those who are interested. Added some changes to the setup and some notes regarding bullet setback.


Book stack update

| August 20, 2006

Previous post was here.

I'm back from Alaska, and since I slept on the plane, I didn't read as much as I expected to.

Also, I find that I tend to get distracted, go read something else, then come back to the original book. Rather than fight it, I figure that I'll post reviews of the books as I get far enough into them to form an opinion, rather than waiting until I finish the book. I'll probably post a final review as well.

Off the stack: The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling


If you like steampunk / Jules Verne / etc., then maybe this will be for you. Personally, I thought that it dragged, and the multitudinous changes of perspective really kind of bugged me. Now, in Stephenson's Cryptonimicon there are similar changes of perspective, but the book was interesting and gripping. It has everything to do with style, it seems.

Currently reading: The Past Through Tomorrow, Robert Heinlein

Pre-Review: This is a collection of Heinlein's novellas and short stories. As such, it is typical Heinlein, but gives him the ability to express a bunch of different ideas. Since the stories don't need to be cohesive, he can switch gears and play on different themes. Good science fiction.

We Were Soldiers Once… and Young, Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

Pre-Review: This is a good read, though a bit depressing in parts. War is not really a fun subject, and when told from the point of view of someone who was there, it tends to become a list of the dead at times (especially when the fighting is heavy). However, through it all, stories of heroism and bravery shine through.

The Falcon Banner Christopher P. Lydon

Pre-Review See the note below for a little background on this one. Sticking to the review, I have to say that the themes expressed are not new (the general backdrop of humanity in decline from former greatness is an old idea), the typesetting is annoying (instead of indenting, Lydon goes with the “newline between paragraphs” approach, which leads to too much vertical whitespace, making the page look empty. Plus, the whole thing looks like it was typeset in Word. (Actually, checking in to it, it appears that he just wrote it in HTML, hence the lack of indending) Use LaTeX. At least it produces pretty results), and the poor guy needs an editor. Missing commas, oddly conjoined sentences, and a plethora of sentence fragments grate upon my proclivity towards proper usage of the language (and I'm only about 20 pages into the book). That said, the story, at it's core, is quite a good one, and worth putting up with these annoyances to find out what happens next. I just wish that the man would have someone knowledgeable check his work before he publishes it (and there's nothing wrong with revised editions!).

Added to the stack since my last book post: The Falcon Banner, Christopher P. Lydon (see note, below) Sigil of the Wolf, Christopher P. Lydon (see note, below) The Lion's Pride, Christopher P. Lydon (see note, below) The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy, G. Gordon Liddy The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery, Massad Ayoob

On the back burner: People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn

Currently on the stack: All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein The Door Into Summer, Robert Heinlein Tomorrow, The Stars, Robert Heinlein Tunnel In The Sky, Robert Heinlein The Rolling Stones, Robert Heinlein Great Issues in American History, Volume II – From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865, Richard Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History, Volume III – From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981, Richard Hofstadter and Beatrice K. Hofstadter Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Stephen King SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman The Underground History of American Education, John Taylor Gatto On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, Dave Grossman On Combat, Dave Grossman Serenity: The Official Visual Companion, Joss Whedon; Paperback Serenity Role Playing Game, Jamie Chambers

Note on Christopher P. Lydon stuff: I actually came to these based off the Darker Projects Radio Adaptation podcast. In looking around for the print versions of the books, I found out that one can buy them through which allows folks to publish-on-demand, kind of like CafePress. Because I like their model, I've linked to the books which you can buy from them, as opposed to just underlining them as I normally do. I also recommend that you check out the Darker Projects site, and their other podcasts. I like to listen to them while in the car.

Princess Bride

| August 13, 2006

Did I mention that one of the wedding presents Liz got me was an autographed copy of a shooting draft of the Princess Bride?


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Back from AK

| August 13, 2006

Okay, so I'm back from my honeymoon in Alaska. Stories and pics to follow as I have time and the storytelling or photo organization mood strikes me.


| August 2, 2006

Because is not the only one who cooks.

food Onion rings, fried mushrooms, and an herbed brie as a light lunch. food Bruschetta topped with some fresh mozzarella food Chinese five spice venison with a brown mushroom sauce, asparagus, and potatoes au gratin (from a box).

Wedding photos

| August 2, 2006

I've been remiss in this, so here is a pile.

First, from comes this very nice collection of photos.

These are basically walking in, sticking your head in the bathroom, then panning around. Honeymoon Suite Hallway Honeymoon Suite Bathroom: shower, sink. Honeymoon Suite Bathroom: Jacuzzi tub, toilet Honeymoon Suite Main room, stairs up to loft Honeymoon Suite Desk, high speet internet, kitchenette Honeymoon Suite Sitting area Honeymoon Suite Sitting area, window Honeymoon Suite Another shot of the stairs, desk, kitchenette Honeymoon Suite Stairs and loft, plus a bad shot of Lizzy Honeymoon SuiteHoneymoon Suite Bedroom Honeymoon Suite View from the bedroom, and a good shot of Lizzy