RPG motivational posters

Reliving (or still currently living) the geek life. Thanks Lawdog.

Joe's Crabby Shack: GUN OWNER ALERT (and this one's gonna be fun!)

Joe's Crabby Shack: GUN OWNER ALERT (and this one's gonna be fun!)
Get this question asked to the GOP candidates in the next YouTube debate.

Husband Blames The Devil For Accusations

Juanita Bynum's estranged husband is blaming the devil for accusations that he attacked her last week in Atlanta.

Thomas Weeks appeared in front of the congregation at his church on Sunday, expressing appreciation for prayers and support that he and Bynum have received. Weeks said he refused to stop attending church just because "certain things" were going on.

Weeks surrendered to police two days earlier on charges of beating Bynum in a hotel parking lot. Police say Weeks choked Bynum, pushed her to the ground and stomped and kicked her when a hotel employee intervened and pulled him off of her.

Give a new meaning to "laying on hands", doesn't it.

10 wierd things you can get on Amazon.Com

When a list starts out with an anal douche and anti-monkey butt powder, you'd think it would end up being quite shitty. However, the dead rabbit and uranium ore pretty much makes up for it. Guess there is no chance to buy any nuclear wessels.


Food chain misrepresentation

So, you go to your local fast food restaurant. They have something that looks fantastic on the menu. You order it up, grab the food, and go. When you unwrap/open up the food, what do you see? Probably not the same thing that was on the menu, even though the ingredients are the same. Welcome to the world of creative photography. Your stomach thanks you.


Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow

Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 brings us the second total lunar eclipse of 2007. Those living in the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will be able to partake in at least some of this sky show.

The very best viewing region for viewing this eclipse will fall across the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and eastern Australia. All these places will be able to see the complete eclipse from start to finish.

Because some of the sunlight striking our planet is diffused and scattered by our atmosphere, the Earth's shadow is not entirely dark. Enough of this light reaches the moon to give it a faint orange or reddish glow even when it's totally eclipsed.

But from North America, the eclipse occurs during the early morning hours of Aug. 28.

Eclipse timetable for Aug. 28

Time zones
Moon enters penumbra4:54a3:54a2:54a1:54a12:54a
Moon enters umbra5:51a4:51a3:51a2:51a1:51a
Totality begins-5:52a4:52a3:52a2:52a
Totality ends--6:22a5:22a4:22a
Moon leaves umbra---6:24a5:24a
Moon leaves penumbra----6:21a


Kung Fu: The Frat Generation

Misc. Friday Ramblings...




A decent proposal....denied!

The biggest excitement happened in the stands when a fan failed in his public attempt at popping the question.

With the couple highlighted on the big screen, the mood soured after the man took a knee to offer an engagement ring. Wearing a brick-red replica Astros jersey, the woman appeared to angrily dump a bag of popcorn on the man before rushing up the stairs amid a chorus of boos.

After the top of the sixth, the man left amid cheers from the sympathetic crowd.

"If it was an act, she put on a good one," Garner said. "She looked totally surprised and then totally mad. We couldn't even get a proposal right down here tonight.

"We lead the league in marriage proposals, and we couldn't get that one right tonight."
Usually before something like this happens, you kinda know what sort of reaction you'll get from your "spouse". Obviously, he didn't heed the signs.


Atari Games from Somethingawful

Oooh, break out the paddles, I wanna play! :P

Happy Birthday Cheerleader

Now she's legal enough to do stupid things and hang out with bad influences. In other news, Heroes starts back September 24th.


Giving the finger

Hat tip to Ken for this one. I too thought I should be the middle finger, but I'm opposable that way.

You Are the Thumb

You're unique and flexible. And you defy any category.
Mentally strong and agile, you do things your own way. And you do them well.
You are a natural leader... but also truly a loner. You inspire many but connect with few.

You get along well with: The Middle Finger

Stay away from: The Pinky

Vroom Vroom

Attention speed freaks! There's a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette coming with 650 horsepower. You read that right. Six-fifty! All it needs is a name, and a little luck.

When the ultimate 2009 Chevrolet Corvette rumbles off the assembly line, we're betting the badge will read Z07 or SS. But we'll call it the "Blue Devil" for now.

No one outside Chevrolet knows everything about the finished product, but informed sources say those 650 horses -- an estimate, by the way -- come from a special supercharged version of GM's 6.2-liter pushrod V-8. The same basic engine in naturally aspirated form and at 7.0-liters makes 505 horsepower in the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. A six-speed manual is likely to be the sole transmission.

We hear GM's Performance Center will build the engine largely by hand at the rate of 1,500-2,000 per year, which means only that number of "Blue Devils" per year.

The special engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette "Blue Devil,"and a raft of other specialized components, explain the rumored list of price of around $100,000. That's steep by Corvette standards, but not outlandish, considering the Corvette-based supercharged Cadillac XLR-V sells for similar money today.

So is the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette "Blue Devil" signed, sealed, delivered? Mostly, but there's one cloud on the horizon, a CO2 cloud that sources say has GM delaying plans for several new mainstream rear-drive V-8 sedans. That's in response to the recent Supreme Court decision that frees the EPA to set limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars to mitigate global warming.

If you can afford the price tag of a corvette, you can afford all of the taxes and fees that come with it. :)


I'm living proof

Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • Raise Shields!
    Armor Development Group is a research and development firm specializing in innovative solutions to modern ballistic threats that impact law enforcement, the military, and lawful citizens. Our products save lives and reduce injury with the ultimate goal to

    “Make the good guys safer”.

    ADG offers a variety of armor systems using the most advanced materials including lightweight ceramic/composites, steel/cellular metal/ceramic layer patterns, polycarbonate glass, and ballistic fiberglass laminates.

    Shields have been around for a long time. It will just be a matter of time until shields become not something you weild, but something you wear. But will they stop a phased-plasma rifle in 40 watt range?

  • Huge haul of weapons seized in Adelaide
    More than 250 throwing axes, 130 daggers, knives, concealable blades and replica guns were found inside a shipping container which arrived from China.

    Search warrants were obtained for at least two Adelaide properties and raids by officers uncovered more weapons destined for Adelaide's black market.

    Customs national manager of investigations Richard Janeczko said the finds were significant.

    "These weapons had the potential to cause serious harm," he said.

    If there is a demand, there needs to be a supply. As much of as people want to make a violence free utopia, if humans live there, there will always be a demand for some kind of a weapon.

  • I'll be right back honey, I'm taking the guns for a walk.
    Solves the problems of hauling shooter's equipment!

    Patented Rugged Gear Hook System securely holds, cushions and protects 2 guns.
    Repositionable for longer guns.

    Holds 17 boxes of shells and shooting equipment!
    • Shell Compartment holds 15 boxes of shells or shooting bag, jacket, etc.
    • Upper storage pockets hold 2 additional boxes of shells.
    • Lower storage pouch below shell compartment holds small cooler, Rugged Gear accessory Bag, etc.
    • Bottom storage pocket holds hearing and eye protection, choke tubes, and miscellaneous accessories.
    • A removable mesh bag holds empty shells.
    • 2 over-sized drink holders accommodate cups, bottles, cans or sports bottles.

    The Assault Wheelbarrow lives!


Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared

KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.

If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie "The Siege", easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the 'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.

Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff's Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team's mission, "the primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'"

Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."

Civil rights advocates believe the amount of public cooperation during such a time of unrest may ultimately depend on how long they expect a suspension of rights might last.

Also reported here. I included some links to some relevant facts back up in the body of the quotation, if you want to look this up yourself. All I can say is that for right now, stock up on tin foil. However, I'd also stock up on ammo, if you can get your hands on any. Hmmmm, conspiracy? :)

Ballistically challenged.

The following picture has been making the rounds ever since Yahoo AP posted it.

The caption read:
" An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house [emphasis added] following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City."

Unless they threw them at her, the setup and/or caption is a fraud. Personally, I'd allow someone to fling unfired .223 cartridges at me all day long. Preferably in 20 round boxes or 500 round cases.


Suspected DUI Driver Jumps From Car, Flees With Beer In Hand

"There was a 12-pack of Corona he was working on in the front seat," Orange County sheriff's Cmdr. Jeff Stonebreaker said. "He decided to take one of those over the fence with him. So, he bails out of the car and runs from the deputies with a beer in his hand."

Ah, reminds me of a story from my (stupid) youth. About a year into college, I was still hanging out with my high school buddies. On the weekend, we'd all hang out at one of the only hangs in town. It was a downtown structure of shops and party destinations on the river. It had a Hooters, which in '89 was a big thing around here. Needless to say, there was a lot of underage drinking happening back then. An older buddy would exit the establishments, 6 drinks in hand. When they got to us, we'd lighten the load for them.

Anyways, coming home from one such night, we were all riding in GJ's car. GJ is a great, down-to-earth guy. Good athlete as well. So, stopped at a light downtown, a car of revelers pulls up next to us. They are totally lit. GJ, beings the social critter he is, leans out his window and motions to them to listen up. He says "Hey, you know you shouldn't be drinking and driving. However, if you throw us one, I won't tell."

They other car, as well as us, are laughing our collective asses off. Yes, high school students who are inebriated tend to laugh at stupid stuff. So, one of the guys in the other car grabs a Corona. He says "Don't drop this. This is A CORONA!". Yes, liquid gold, we get the picture. So they chunk it over, and GJ catches it with ease. Light turns green. We head off enjoying one bottle of Corona between the four of us.

So, don't forget. SAVE THE CORONA!

Man vs Wild: Fakery

As much as I liked Man vs Wild, with all of the stories (and proof) that has come out, I think I'm crossing this show off. Thank goodness Survivorman is back on.


Tenjho Tenge

So FUSE TV has been running Anime on late Fridays. They are running Ergo Proxy and Tenjho Tenge. Out of the two, I prefer Tenjho Tenge better. It is a story of two street punks that enroll in a dedicated martial arts high school. Much ass-kicking ensues. It has action, drama, chicks with huge....eyes. Plus, it has one of the best anime opening songs I've heard in a very long time. Check out "Bomb A Head" by M.C.A-T.

Happy Madden Holiday

The largest change is the weapon system, which classifies star athletes based on the skills they exhibit in real life, like being an incredible receiver or laying serious hits on a ball carrier. This joins a re-engineered Hit Stick, Improved gang tackling and mid-air collision animations, and a stronger line of scrimmage to have a more realistic running game. Older features are returning as well, as owner mode, defensive hot routes and classic team rosters will be included. Along with the enjoyable Superstar mode and Hall of Fame athletes, Madden NFL 08 is one of those titles that could prove EA Sports' "if it's in the game, it's in the game" slogan to be true.

Now, the only question is do you get it for the Xbox 360 which overheats 1/3 of the time, or do you get it for the PS3 which is overpriced without a good library? Make mine Wii!

I will survive

With President Bush's recent revelation, I will have to double my effort to survive. Thanks to Tam for the link.


Mingle2 - Free Online Dating


Real lawsuit over virtual Second Life

Kevin Alderman, the creator of Second Life's highly popular SexGen program sued the virtual character for breaking his program's copy protection and selling unauthorized copies of the SexGen Platinum, a US$ 45 program that equips Second Life avatars with genitalia and lets them perform various sexual acts.

The civil lawsuit was filed in Tampa, Florida as a fitting response to Volkov Catteneo, when the latter said, "What are you going to do? Sue me?" when he was finally confronted about the copyright infringement issue. Alderman of Eros LLC gave his own analysis of Catteneo's behavior.

Catteneo has claimed that he provided fake personal information upon joining Linden Lab's Second Life. However, Alderman's lawyer Francis X. Taney said that they already know Catteneo's real identity and are verifying it through PayPal account records. "There is a whole lot less anonymity online than people think," Electronic Frontier Foundation's Senior Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann said. He also mentioned that 20,000 people getting sued for downloading music is proof enough that people are not as anonymous as they think they are over the Internet.

Taney has admitted that the involvement of virtual sex made the lawsuit garner a lot of attention, but he explains that Alderman's case holds legal ground, saying that as a software, the SexGen is copyrightable and is grounds for a lawsuit. He also added that, "There is some sizzle. People like to say it's really far out there, but at the end of the day I equate it to basic intellectual property principles."

IF it is software, then it should be subject to copyright laws. I think I'll keep my second life in Paragon City. Of course, I'm not a people person. I'd rather blow stuff up. :)


Technorati Profile

Misc. Friday Ramblings...

The Federal Government of the United States can not run a bordello and make money.

  • Tam posts a link to an AR-15 mag that is "gizmolicious."
    CAMMENGA is leading the development of next-generation firearm magazines with the CAMMENGA EASYMAG series. The innovative design of the EASYMAG allows a shooter to slide back the front section of the magazine and simply drop in OR dump out the ammunition. Anti-friction NiB plated components provide optimal feeding performance and long lasting reliability. The EASYMAG also features a unique tip-proof follower designed by CAMMENGA. The CAMMENGA EASYMAG eliminates the problems associated with one-by-one loading and unloading.

    That looks pretty damn cool. Of course, I'd hate to retire my Lula if the EASYMAG doesn't perform well.

  • NASA anti-asteroid weapon system.
    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has designed a nuclear-warhead-carrying spacecraft, to be launched by the US agency's proposed 's Ares V cargo launch vehicle, to deflect an asteroid that could threaten all life on Earth.

    The 8.9m (29ft)-long "Cradle" spacecraft would carry six 1,500kg (3,300lb) missile-like interceptor vehicles that would carry one 1.2MT B83 nuclear warhead each, with a total mass of 11,035kg.

    The spacecraft's target near-Earth object (NEO) is the Apophis asteroid, which will pass by the Earth within the orbit of the Moon in April 2029.

    Apophis? Oh hell, where is an SGC battlecruiser when you need it.

  • A firsthand look at what it takes to carry a concealed weapon.
    I was having this conversation because the state of Kansas says I have to. I’m in the process of applying for a concealed carry permit — the paperwork that will allow me to legally hide a gun on my person — and part of the deal is that I have to take an eight-hour training class.

    The rule for shooting someone is we’re not shooting to kill. We’re shooting to stop. When they stop, we stop shooting. The best way to do that is to use a strategy called center of mass. In other words, shoot for the center of the largest part of your target. Most times, that’s the center of the chest.

    He reminded us that just because we have a concealed weapon doesn’t mean we have an obligation to use it. There are plenty of times, even when danger is in the air, that you will want to keep your hand off your gun.

    I guess that’s because the one point I really did learn from this class was this: Hitting the target is the easy part.


Wizzo. USAF Ace. Mouse Hunter.

Fighting the war on rodent infestation, 95th Mission Support Group members here use a "military working cat" to help reduce the amount of damage to equipment caused by rodents living in the supply warehouse.

Wizzo calls the 95th Mission Support Group's supply warehouse his home, and the feline lives and works around the clock to help support the supply group's mission.

"Wizzo is our mobility rodent deterrent," said Heather Chapman, a 95th MSG warehouse specialist. "He was brought in for pest control and is earning his keep by doing his job."

So far, Wizzo has caught a bird, a rat and three mice, which officially makes him an ace. The supply team keeps his kill count posted on a board for him.

"It seems that whenever anyone starts to doubt his worth, he comes up with another mission completed," Ms. Starr said.

Put to work as the "weapons systems officer" for the warehouse, Wizzo is a little more than 1 year old and was adopted from a pet shelter in Lancaster, Calif.

Of course, Wizzo is a name well earned by most male cats. Still, this one is kinda cute, even though he's outta uniform.


Blogger Unions?

In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.

Cause look what it has done for the American auto manufacturers...
Sitting at a panel titled "A Union for Bloggers: It's Time to Organize" at this week's YearlyKos Convention for bloggers in Chicago, Illinois, Burgard said she'd welcome a chance to join a unionized blogging community.

Kos Kommies. Should have known.
Madrak hopes that regardless the form, the labor movement ultimately will help bloggers pay for medical bills. It's important, she said, because some bloggers can spend hours a day tethered to computers as they update their Web sites.

No one is making you blog. The government should not have to pay for your personal choices (bad ones or good ones). Also, Internet Addiction. Look it up.
"Blogging is very intense -- physically, mentally," she said. "You're constantly scanning for news. You're constantly trying to come up with information that you think will mobilize your readers. In the meantime, you're sitting at a computer and your ass is getting wider and your arm and neck and shoulder are wearing out because you're constantly using a mouse."

Maybe you could....oh hell, I dunno, GET OFF YOUR FAT ASS AND EXERCISE. Here's a novel idea, if something hurts, DON'T DO IT. FFS people, it isn't that damn hard to figure out. Stop trying to suck at Hillary's tit for government freebies.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Kevin Smith:
Never a good idea to attack the dude with the microphone.

  • Woman shoots self in "advanced" handgun class.
    4th item down. Obviously not as advanced as it should be.

  • Dog shoots owner.
    An excited 150-lb. Great Dane accidentally shoots its owner in the back early Wednesday morning at a Raleigh home.

    Must have gone to the "Ultra Advanced" class to learn that.

  • Gunblast reviews the FNH PS90
    The P90 is something of an odd military small arm. It was never designed to be a standard military service rifle, but was actually designed as a weapon for rear echelon troops like motor pool mechanics, drivers, cooks and bakers as well as a special purpose weapon for troops engaging in close quarter battle. The idea behind it is previous pistol caliber weapons; i.e. pistols and submachine guns, were becoming increasingly ineffective against issued protective body armor while standard service issue assault rifles were too heavy or unwieldy for either rear echelon troops or for use in close quarter battle scenarios.

    Two features characterize the FNH P90 and PS90. The first is the horizontal magazine that lays inline with the action and over the barrel and the second is the shape of the forward handguard. The latter feature is curved and looks for all the world like something taken off a musical instrument. The designers went to great lengths to guarantee a completely ambidextrous firearm as the gun works equally well for either right or left handed shooters.

    In all my years of working with hand held firearms, I have never encountered a more difficult to use and poorly designed piece of sighting equipment as that found with the MC-10-80 Ring Sight reflex sight which is mounted on the PS90 and P90. In my opinion it has to be one of the dumbest ideas ever sold to a firearms manufacturer; major or otherwise. If that statement makes me out to be an opinionated, prejudiced, narrow minded son of a you-know-what, so be it.

    I must confess I purchased the test sample, which I don’t do all that often anymore. Simple human greed was one reason why I purchased this gun, because if the Democrats win the major elections in ’08 it is a virtual certainly the PS90 will be prohibited from future sales and I believe that makes this purchase a good investment because years later it will double, triple or gain equity at an exponential rate.

    Ergonomic, lightweight, holds 50 rounds. Given my stature (about 6'2", over 300lbs), it shoulders very well and is very ergonomic. It is a bit barrel heavy, but not overbearing. The breakdown of the weapon is very easy. A lot of plastic, though. Also, I do agree with the reviewer in that the sight needs attention (okay, it can suck big time in some situations). I do have to crane my neck a bit to get a good sight picture and cheek weld. Still, it is an excellent weapon and one heck of a Goa'uld/Wraith killer.


Major Minneapolis Bridge Collapses Over Mississippi River

Thoughts and prayers out to all of those affected by this tragedy!

EDIT: Morning update looks like the death toll is up to 6. Given the complete structural failure of the bridge and the average traffic, I'm thankful it isn't higher.

You often hear stories about how bridges could collapse due to frequencies and vibrations, then it ends up being shifting earth or collision. The frequency issue has been the focus of several Mythbusters episodes as well. Time will only tell what exactly will be the cause, but one important thing came out of the news last night for me: If you frequently travel over a bridge, and the "sound" that it makes changes, report it to your local DOT.

EDIT2: Check out this security camera footage of the collapse.


That's a spicy a meataball...

In the hills of northeastern India, it's called the "bhut jolokia" — "ghost chili." Anyone who has tried it, residents say, could end up an apparition.

"It is so hot you can't even imagine," said the farmer, Digonta Saikia, working in his fields in the midday sun, his face nearly invisible behind an enormous straw hat. "When you eat it, it's like dying."

Outsiders, he insisted, shouldn't even try it. "If you eat one, you will not be able to leave this place," he said.

The rest of the world should prepare itself, because in the remote Indian region facing bloody insurgencies, widespread poverty and a major industry — tea farming — in deep decline, hope has come. And it takes the form of this thumb-size chili pepper with frightening potency and a superlative rating: the spiciest chili in the world. A few months ago, Guinness World Records made it official.

If you think you've had a hotter chili pepper, you're wrong.

The smallest morsels can flavor a sauce so intensely it's barely edible. An entire chili is an all-out assault on the senses, akin to swigging a cocktail of battery acid and glass shards.

For generations, though, it's been loved in India's northeast, eaten as a spice, a cure for stomach troubles and, seemingly paradoxically, a way to fight the summer heat.

Now, with proof that barreled the bhut jolokia into the record books — it has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chili's spiciness — northeast India is taking its chili to the outside world.

If you see one of these lil suckers, run. According to the Scoville rating scale, that is just under pepper spray in heat. Just mace your chili, and save the import fees.