The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Great rant about MS

| January 31, 2008

Rant with lots of history, etc.

Queries of the ages

| January 31, 2008

So, I've had two pints of reasonably high-octane ale, and I'm sitting here hacking (trying out PC-BSD, actually), and listening to music. I just took my big old 30GB of ripped CD's and hit “shuffle”. So, it's an interesting mix. I'm not really paying attention, it's just kind of background.. and then “Somebody to love” by Jefferson Airplane comes on (I think it was part of a soundtrack..)..

How fucking stoned did people have to be to like this shit

Aaaah… Some Metallica… much better. Sure, they got everyone pissed off with the Napster thing and I haven't bought one of their albums since then, but as long as you get some of their earlier stuff from back when they liked people to bootleg their tapes, I think enjoying them is fine…

Anyway, I'm out of beer, and I think I'll switch to tea.

Book stack update

| January 29, 2008

Finished:

Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Stephen King This is the final Dark Tower book, and it ended well. However, it lacks the charge one gets from reading the first three books. As these books were written, the author has aged, and the simple fire and passion of a young man has given way to the self-reflection and deep thoughts of an older man. As such, the later tomes become more contemplative, and this is no exception. Frankly, I am disappointed – not because of the book, but because the tale is done. To an extent, the story was better when we left our heroes rocketing towards possible doom aboard a senile old monorail. However, one must remember that there are other worlds than these.

Politically Correct Guns, Alan Gottlieb This was just funny. The typesetting was rough, the use of clip-art was garish, but the quotes, stats and figures just illustrate how.. special.. the anti-gun machine is.

  • = denotes new addition

Currently Reading: The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery, Massad Ayoob Serenity Found, Jane Espenson Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens, Mary Mason Campbell

Currently on the stack: The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Mark W. Smith Supreme Court Gun Cases – Two Centuries of Gun Rights Revealed, Kopel, Halbrook and Korwin Straight Shooting – Firearms, Economics and Public Policy, John R. Lott, Jr. America Fights Back – Armed Self-Defence in a Violent Age, Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman The Past Through Tomorrow, Robert Heinlein The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay We Were Soldiers Once… and Young, Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn The Underground History of American Education, John Taylor Gatto The Falcon Banner, Christopher P. Lydon Sigil of the Wolf, Christopher P. Lydon The Lion's Pride, Christopher P. Lydon Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy, G. Gordon Liddy The Door Into Summer, Robert Heinlein Tomorrow, The Stars, Robert Heinlein The Rolling Stones, Robert Heinlein The Number of the Beast, 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 The American Political Tradition and the men who made it Richard Hofstadter SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman 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

Overheard on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

| January 29, 2008

(crossposted to )

A well educated populous, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.

— Tom Gresham

Now, would anyone read the above to mean that only the “people who are well educated” can keep and read books? No? Well then why is:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

read to mean that only the “people who are part of a well-regulated Militia” are allowed to keep and bear arms? For the uninitiated, this is the crux of the collective rights argument – namely that the second amendment applies only to the militia.

Letter to Apple computer

| January 28, 2008

Sent to their OS X feedback thing.

To whom it may concern,

I recently did a wipe and reload of my Mac Mini, installing OSX
10.5. I was presented with a "please enter your personal information"
page, which would not let me leave items blank, insisting that I fill
out some bogus data. Ironically, the text on the window stated that
registration was not necessary for my warranty to be valid - but no
option was given to skip sending the information to Apple. This is
unacceptable. There should be an option to enter valid information,
yet not send it to Apple.

After this, there were TWO questions asking me if I wanted to set up a
.Mac account. After I answered NO the first time, I should have not
been asked again.

I would hope that these issues would be addressed in the next version
of OS X, given the level of polish and design which I have come to
expect from Apple.

I was nice in the email, but this is completely friggin ridiculous. I think I'm going to have to check out what the state of making DVD's in Linux is. After all, I bought the Mac Mini about 3 years ago so that I could make DVD's, because Linux wasn't there yet. If Linux is now there, and Apple's “all your information is belong to us” policies are pissing me off, I might as well just figure out something else to do with the Mac Mini.. or give it over to Liz for whatever she feels like playing with it… I'm interested to see what Apple's response will be, though.

Thinking about computermachines

| January 28, 2008

So, I've been doing a bit of reading in prep for my anticipated new machine which I'm hopefully building at the beginning of April or so.

I suppose I should mention that I am a big fan of multiprocessor/multicore machines, because I do a lot of different things at the same time, and parallelism is king. This, the release of AMD's Phenom has me a little interested, because now both AMD and Intel have quad-core offerings.

So, I looked at the benchmarks, and the sad thing is that AMD's current high-end seems to be hitting the performance of about Intel's low end for the same price point. One would think that the native memory controller would help AMD, but I can't help but wonder if the whopping huge caches Intel is putting in is offsetting their memory controller hub.

The ATI Radeon HD cards look nice.. but the “ATI released specs for open source drivers” are reported to be pretty rough right now. I guess I expected a lot more stuff more quickly.

This was more of a ramble than anything – if folks have any ideas as to interesting hardware I should look at, let me know. In the end, I think I'm going to likely go with a dual-core CPU in a board which will take a quad-core at a later date. After all, it will end up being something like 1/3rd the price, but will still give me a huge performance over my current machine (Dual CPU Athlon MP running @ 1.0GHz).

Main motivating factors for upgrade:

  • Ability to have more RAM (current limit is basically 2GB – I currently have 1.5GB, I'd like to have 4GB)
  • Virtualization registers (for virtualization, duh)
  • 64 bit support

Read in techsupport community

| January 28, 2008

“I tend to scream “Porn thieves!” when I see a Geek Squad car out and about. >_>;;”

Credit to

In other news, Liz and I watched American Pie Presents: Beta House. There are a lot of parallels to Revenge of the Nerds, though it is inverted (following the geek ascension to wealth in the past 30 years). In this movie, there is a scene where the head of the geek fraternity talks about how the Beta House is fostering depravity, consumption of alcohol, etc. Liz and I paused it and looked at each other and said “but geeks like that stuff!”. I mean, there could be issues made about class of alcohol – most geeks I know are more partial to regional microbrews and fine spirits such than bud light (though there is a place for that too, especially on a hot day whilst mowing the lawn.. of course, I prefer hot coffee).

NYAGV/League of Women Voters Gun Control Meeting Report

| January 27, 2008

Email transcribed here for broader consumption. Crossposted to .

After Action Report

Thursday, January 24, 2008 @ 7:00 AM, Saratoga Springs Library
Community Room.

Saratoga County League of Women Voters Presents a Talk on Existing
National Positions on Gun Control and Energy and LWVUS Program
Planning

The Positions on Gun Control talk was given by Robyn Ringler, Director
of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Matthew Caron (matt@mattcaron.net)

I collected a handout detailing the League's position on gun control,
and another one briefly detailing the League's positions on other
topics. The main part of the gun control position can be found here:

http://www.lwv.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=8642

In summary, mention is made that handguns and semi-automatic assault
weapons represents a health and safety threat, that they support
annual licensing, waiting periods and background checks. They support
a ban on affordable handguns (aka Saturday Night Specials) and
"acknowledge" that the Supreme Court and lower federal courts have
ruled consistently that the Second Amendment only applies to militia
service. While the former parts are opinion, this last part is a
blatant falsehood.

What follows are transcribed and expanded from my notes. As such, the
spelling is phonetic.

Ms. Ringler opened the talk with a list of unfortunate incidents which
motivated her to form NYAGV:

- The assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan by John
  Hinckley, Jr.

- A doctor with whom she worked named Halberston came home to find an
  escaped felon robbing his house. Halberston made entry in an attempt
  to chase the burglar and was shot and killed.

- Columbine high school.

- A 10 year old boy (last name Wooding) was shot and killed by the 16
  year old next door neighbor, who had found a DEC officer's weapon,
  after that officer left the weapon on the hood of his vehicle, then
  drove off. The weapon fell off the hood and was found by the 16 year
  old. The DEC officer was acquitted of causing the murder of the 10
  year old boy, but the 16 year old was convicted. 16 year old had
  just earned his boy scout gun safety badge the month before.

- Her co-chair Alison lost her son, 24 years old in Albany. She now
  sits on the gun violence task force in Albany.

The following stories come from a conversation Ms. Ringler had with
the Saratoga County DA, who defines gun violence as "violence
involving a firearm which results in criminal charges". These are
stories from Saratoga County:

- Dec 2007 - A couple is drinking up at the lake, get into a domestic
  dispute and start shooting at each other. Police show up, they don't
  want to press charges on each other, but they are prosecuted for
  unlawful possession of firearms and reckless endangerment.

- A guy and his girlfriend get in a fight. He shoots her in the face
  and blows off part of her cheek. He is arrested. She doesn't want to
  press charges, but the DA does based on the evidence. He goes to
  jail.

- According to the DA, there are a multitude of reasons where men hold
  women at gunpoint for ridiculous reasons (supper is late, etc.)

- Safe storage is also a big deal up here. One story involved a
  father who had a handgun in his desk, and ammo in a separate
  location. The children got the handgun, picked the lock on the ammo
  storage, loaded the gun and fired it off the front porch. Luckily,
  no one was injured. Social services got involved, the father took a
  course in safety and safe storage, etc.

After this, she segued into legislation:

Federally:

- The NICS improvement act is passed, and the cites this as a
  victory. She talks about Virginia Tech, the mentally ill, etc. She
  also mentions how the relief clause was added as a compromise, and
  claims that it is worded that it can be used to allow the mentally
  ill and criminals to legally get guns, and will need to be watched
  closely to ensure that this doesn't happen.

State Level top priorities:

- Gun dealer responsibility bill mandating stricter practices, better
  inventory records, liability insurance, training for all personnel
  (recognize straw purchases, etc.). She also mentions that ATF
  studies for upstate NY show that most crime guns come from up
  here. This is opposed to NYC, where the guns come from the south.

- Microstamping bill. She mentions that California just passed the
  bill which will go into effect when the tech is available.

She also talks about the possibility of requiring technology which
ties a gun to a specific individual via fingerprint recognition, so
only that individual can fire that gun, and legislation requiring the
reporting of loss or theft of firearms.

Throughout all of this, rights are never mentioned, but the theme that
we have an ethical imperative to protect people is. 

At this point, my notes run out, so I am strictly going on memory.

Question and Answer session begins. It is prefaced by one of the
members of the League reading the text of the Second Amendment.

A question is asked about the meaning of the Second Amendment and how
Heller vs. DC will affect that, specifically with regards to the use
of a comma in the first part. At this point, the text of the second
amendment is reread, with the punctuation explicitly read
out. Ms. Ringler responds that her understanding of the Second
Amendment is that it only applies to those engaged in militia service,
and her definition of militia is the one she learned in law school -
the national guard, or a bunch of minutemen in the past.

I get to speak next, and mention that I use a slightly different
definition of militia, namely that which is used by the US
Government. From memory, I do my best to quote the following:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males
at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of
title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a
declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and
of female citizens of the United States who are members of the
National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are -

    (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard
        and the Naval Militia; and

    (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the
        militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval
        Militia.

-- USC Title 10, Subtitle A, Part 1, Chapter 13, Section 311

I express my disappointment that women are excluded and think that it
should be amended to include them, and that anyone over the age of 45
is excluded, but since I'm 27, the federal government thinks that I'm
part of the militia. Thus, even if the second amendment only applies
to the militia, it still applies to me.

Ms. Ringler responds that she didn't come here to debate the
definition of militia, and it would seem that I am more knowledgeable
about the definition of Militia than she is.

A gentleman asks about the firearm dealer responsibility bill and
inquires as to why there is duplication with existing law. Most of the
provisions in the bill are already law. Ms. Ringler responds that she
doesn't know which ones are duplicates and which ones are new, but
that she is sure the new ones are very important.

A gentleman states that he is a 30+ year veteran of the Saratoga
County Sheriff's department, and that he had expected a shrill speech
harping on gun control and that he was impressed and pleased that it
was not shrill or abrasive, and was very informative. He has seen guns
do good things and bad things, and the devastation wrought by firearms
is truly heartbreaking.

An older gentleman stands up and states that his family has been
touched by violence with a gun - his grandfather was killed by a MAN
with a gun. He doesn't blame the gun, the blames the MAN. He owns
guns, he likes to shoot guns, and up until today, he didn't realize
that several of his guns are assault weapons. They weren't when he
bought them, and he doesn't understand how a .22 can be an assault
weapon, but it's a semiautomatic .22, and NYAGV is claiming that it is
now an assault weapon. 

At this point, Ms. Ringler says that only 2 or 3 more questions will
be allowed.

I ask about the Microstamping bill, and how we can be contemplating
mandating a technology by law which is easily defeated in about 5
minutes with a grinding stone(1). Ms. Ringler informs me that this is an
NRA myth, and that some organization (she cited it, but I didn't
write it down, and I've emailed them to try and find out what it
is. If I can find the study, I will post it.) had done a study which
found that the technology could not be defeated with ordinary
household tools.

I wanted to rebut this, but this was not a debate - numerous
statements had been made to that effect. Ms. Ringler does not like to
debate, the members of the League did not want this to descend into a
debate, etc.

There was one more question, but I do not recall what it was. At this
point, I was approached by one of the librarians who was a reenactor
and was concerned about the bill requiring licensing and registration
of antique firearms, so I missed what the question was.

The talk wrapped up, the NYAGV folks packed up their table and
handouts and left. The League then went into voting on what their
official position should be on things. Since I am not a member (and,
given their positions, I don't see myself becoming one anytime soon),
I took my leave.

I sat with the librarian and did my best to explain the permit process
and what the bill in its current form would mean. I don't know if I
answered all of her questions, but I gave her one of my cards. I also
handed out some cards for the Gun Rights Advocates Podcast
(http://www.gunrights.us/), which I sometimes guest host.

As I was speaking with her, I was approached by a group of folks - a
couple of them I had pegged as possible kindred spirits, but one I
wasn't sure of. He was sitting right next to Ms. Ringler and was
eyeballing me pretty hard.. then I saw the NRA Life Member jacket. The
group and I hung out and talked for about an hour. I expressed my
concerns that if legislation requiring licensing and registration of
antique firearms gets passed, then it's a short ride to license and
register all rifles and shotguns. After all, once you've bookended the
high tech (handguns and "assault weapons") and low tech (black-powder
muzzle-loaders) ends, it's quite simple to declare the stuff in the
middle a "loophole" and start campaigning to close it.

I think that about does it for the "factual" stuff.. Now I'll go into
opinion.

The saying goes "never attribute to malice what can be attributed to
stupidity". In this case, it is not stupidity as much as
naivete. Based on their representation here, the League of Women
Voters of Saratoga County and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence are
both populated by well-intentioned idiots who seem to have a radically
different worldview than what I possess. To wit - if all of the tools
of violence can be removed, then man's propensity for violence will
largely depart with it, and all that remains can be prevented by
policemen. The idea of law and rights never enter into the equation,
because these things are granted by the constitution and various other
laws, and are therefore mutable. Why care what the law says, just
change it?

My view is somewhat different. I do not believe that the fundamental
nature of man changes. There will always be people who wish to do you
harm, and you cannot count on anyone to protect you except you. If
someone does happen by and come to your aid, so much the better, but
it can't be counted on. Thus, just as you should have first aid kits
and fire extinguishers, you should have guns. Further, while various
statue law is indeed mutable, the bedrock of western law is not. In days
past, these were referred to as "natural rights of man", or "inherent
rights of free men". In more recent times, we have begun to refer to
them as "civil rights". These rights are many, but largely come down
to the idea that one as a right to go about one's business
unmolested. The rights which descend from this basic ideal are varied
- the right to free speech, the right to a fair trial, the right to be
secure in one's home, and the right to defend oneself. If it sounds
like I am enumerating the bill of rights, it is mere coincidence, for
these rights are not granted by the constitution. They existed prior
to the drafting of that document, prior to some folks getting on a
boat and exploring places their kinsmen had never been. These rights
already existed with the inhabitants of the lands which they
discovered, and these rights continued to exist in all of these lands,
right up until the twentieth century, when we started to have these
new lofty ideas about how to build a great society. Indeed, I have
always found it interesting that so-called "enlightened" people are
the first ones to take away your freedoms and start making decisions
for you, and that so-called "savages" are the first to elect their own
leaders and recognize an individuals sovereign rights to conduct his
own affairs and see to his own safety.

Finally, somewhere in this discussion, a quip is made about how urban
areas are flush with illegal guns, and I am struck by the thought that
legislation which they support creates the very statistic they are
trumpeting as the need for more legislation. After all, when folks
need guns for defense, and you can spend $150 to get the permit (more
in some urban areas) + $150 for the cheapest legal gun you can buy
vs. a $100 on the street corner, which would you do if you were a poor
urban dweller? Face it - gun control largely affects the poor. Rich
folks can afford to follow the law. By making the poor have to choose
between being safe and obeying the law, you make a lot of
criminals. By making most folks guilty of something, you can control
them.

After all, gun control isn't really about guns, is it? It's about control.

(1) The paper I read was published in a trade journal by an employee
of the Suffolk County Crime Lab. The text can be found here:

http://www.nssf.org/share/legal/docs/AFTEVol38No1KrivostaNanoTag.pdf

Short version - If he chucked the firing pin into a drill, he could
take the "stamp" off in about a minute.

Recent happenings

| January 24, 2008

This kind of gives you a clue as to how much of a jumble my life is right now.. just lots if things going in different directions. Not bad, just.. interesting.

(1) I’ve started hacking together a record sheet generator for Dirtside 2. I’m doing it in C#, using the Mono framework. For starters, it is going to be just a command-line app. Eventually, it will have a GUI on it and do proper creation and saving, plus will allow you to keep a “rolodex” of units, print multiple ones (the 3×5 cards fit 4 on a page, so only printing one per page is a waste). This is kind of like the BattleCAD project, except that was a very complex project where I feel that I overreached my time and ability. I should have done a sheet generator and worked backwards to a full-fledged design app. The concepts I am using in the Dirtside 2 app can be reused in the BattleCAD app.. But… There is a bug in Mono’s System.Drawing implementation, so I’m hacking on their libgdiplus library. Specifically, the SetResolution function is supposed to set the DPI of a bitmap on which you are working – which it does. Problem is, when you save it out, the save function ignores the resolution, using the screen resolution (in the case of bitmap) or not even bothering at all (in the case of JPEG). So, I’m going to write a patch and commit it back. I also notice an issue with the MeasureString function (measures the length of a rendered string) not working the same as it does on Windows. I’d post a sample, except I want to secure permission from Ground Zero Games to use their copyrighted record sheet design first. In theory, it could be called fair use, but I like to ask. Most game companies are not mean about it, and grant you permission (especially since it affirms their copyright and makes them look good) (2) My desktop (okay, it’s in a rack, but still) had been making a “bearing grinding noise of DOOM!”. I couldn’t tell if it was a fan or a hard disk. I periodically would check the status of the hard disks using smartctl, but they all reported being fine.. However, opening up the case and trying to find the noise didn’t help. After a couple of months of the noise, it changed – it started to sound like the fan was sticking. Since this is a nice, fancy motherboard, the onboard sensors (temperature, fan rotation frequency, etc) are all there, so I was watching them – and I see CPU1 fan drop to 0 RPM, then start up again. Bingo! It’s the 5 year old CPU fans. Oh.. Wait… it’s the CPU fan… Crap. I jump on Tigerdirect and order a pair of massive ThermalTake TR2 M3 heat sinks and fans (80mm fans, of which I have many spares, not these random goofy size fans which I don’t have any more of) for $10 per, plus some thermal paste (you can never have too much on hand!). Of course, overnight shipping is going to be like $50, and I hate $50 shipping on $20 of parts, so I threw a 1GB stick of RAM for my laptop on the order too. (My laptop is now zippy.. yayyy!) By way of test, I unplugged the CPU fans from the desktop, just to see what would happen. It took about 15 minutes of regular usage to hit 87C (max external CPU temp is listed at 90C for this CPU). Normally, it runs at about 79C. So, I shut it back off, plugged the stuff back in, and worked with it for the rest of the day. Turned it off at the end of the day, started it up the next morning, and then at about 11AM, the fan stuck and seized. I transitioned to my laptop (not set up to use the big monitor, so it gets a little goofy and annoys me). Then the brown truck of happiness showed up, so I pulled the machine from the rack, changed out the heatsinks, and was back up again. The new fans took a little bit of jiggling to get in the case (I had to unmount the case fans to have enough room to work, and had to remove the fan from one of the heatsinks, put the case fan back, then put the heatink fan back on. The new fans are quieter (about 1500 RPM slower), and keep the CPU’s about 3C cooler. Stuff I learned or need to do: – I need to get my laptop to work with an external monitor. I think I need another line for that monitor’s resolution in my Xorg.conf. – sensors.conf has a minimum value for fans, which seems to default to 3000 RPM (it was never explicitly set). Since these fans spin more slowly than that, it would display 0. There is also a dividing factor applied to the rotary encoder in order to determine the correct speed. For large fans like the 80mm fans, that factor is 4. – onboard sensors are cool. – lm-sensors can do so much more than I have it set up to do. (3) I learned about Fire Police (directing traffic, road flares, etc.) at our fire dept drill yesterday. It was interesting. I’m taking a basic fire class at the end of Feb. This does not make me a firefighter (that’s about 100 hours of classes), but it is a basic grounding type thing. Remember – learning things isn’t bad. One of the firemen wants to hack his Linksys router, so we’ll have some fun with that. (4) Tonight, I went to the library, because the League of Women Voters was hosting a talk given by Robyn Ringler on gun control issues. This deserves its own entry, but I’m not going to do that one tonight. In short, I figured I’d be the only pro-freedom guy there, but as it turns out, there were about half a dozen of us. I tried to wrangle up some folks, but there were no takers. I’m glad I went, to waive the flag, so to speak. It was good that I went. (5) The paperwork for my new 1911 came through, but I can’t pick it up on Saturday, because the gun store is closed because they’re at the Albany gun show. I can’t grab it on Wednesday, because it’s fire department night, so it will be next Saturday before I get to grab it. (The gun shop is only open Saturdays and Wednesdays). (6) But, as I mentioned above, there is a gun show this weekend! (7) After the gun show is the firemen’s banquet. I kind of felt odd about it, being a new applicant and not actually even a firefighter already, but two weeks ago, the Chief pulled me aside and said “hey, you know you can come to the banquet, right”, and when I said that I wasn’t sure, he basically said “just come, and bring your wife”. So, last week, I sign up. Then, this week, at least three people asked me “you’re coming to the banquet, right?” I guess that pretty much settles it. Folks want us to come, we’ll put in an appearance. (8) On this past Saturday, my father in law and I checked out Hart’s Trading Post, which is a local store which deals in a lot of Cowboy Action Shooting stuff. If you’re ever in the market for a Single Action Army, check out the ones made by EMF. They’re about $200 more than Uberti guns, but the lockwork is much nicer. I also grabbed some 230GR Lead Round Nose bullets in .452 diameter, so they’re suitable for my .45 Colt and .45 ACP loads, plus some IMR Trail Boss and Federal Primers. This place is probably the best local reloading source. They don’t have a huge variety, but they at least have some, which is better than most gun shops here. I also got a line on a decent range where they shoot SASS. I was going to attend their meeting this past Monday. Problem is, it’s outdoor only, and it’s friggin COLD out there.. I think it was about 10F, and I decided to not go. So, I figure I’ll hit it up next month or so. (9) I’m headed to Cold Wars at the beginning of March. (10) Seed order came in. We ordered corn, peas, popcorn, radishes, and some other stuff. We’ll be buying started plants from a local greenhouse (they’re cheap – like $3 for half a dozen already started plants, and they’re good quality). Next year, we’re going to set up racks and lights and start the plants ourselves.. but not this year. (11) I’ve been doing a bit of drywall work – patching holes where the old light fixture was bigger than the new light fixture, etc. (12) I got a crapload of shelving for my office that I need to put up. (13) I got some 2 part epoxy floor paint stuff for my gun room (so any oil I spill doesn’t soak in, etc.), so I get to do that… (14) This past weekend, Liz and I made 10lbs of Sweet Italian Sausage (doe, cut with pork fat). (15) This coming weekend, we’re probably going to be making some more breakfast sausage (likely a mix of antelope, elk and pork) I think that’s about it for now. There’s probably more which I haven’t remembered, but it’s late and I need to get some sleep.

USMC Gunfight Rules

| January 21, 2008

http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/rules_20021121.html