Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Congress of whores

Because there is no other way to explain the health care "reform" bill, soon to be stuffed down our throats--or up our asses, depending on how you look at it.

And if you believe that this will bring health care to the masses, reduce the Federal deficit or do anything else besides muck up our health care delivery system (even more so than it is now), then I'd like to introduce you to my friends, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy will be stopping by later.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Well, that's nice

It seems that Haloscan, who I've used for commenting on the blog since, dirt, has sold itself to new owners. No problem with that. It happens.

What I do have a problem with is that the new owners, in their quest to monitize their purchase, has given all us Haloscan users 2 weeks to convert to a new system called Echo that seems to have some issues (read the comments to that link above) or die. I would have paid the $10 a year if the stuff actually worked. Given the number of complaints with the Echo service that I was able to Google up, I decided I'd rather donate the ten spot to a local charity, and chose to export my comments and physically extract Haloscan from the blog (It's easy, instructions are here.)

Unfortunately, I can't import those 774 comments into Blogger. Lovely. This pisses me off, but not enough to leave Blogger, since it would break all the linkies to me, thus making me effectively fall off the face of the blogosphere.

grumble, grumble, grumble

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The only White Christmas I ever saw was when I was around 5. There are pictures in a family album to prove it actually happened. While this may not stick around until Christmas, it's the closest thing we've had in 45 years.

Snow, dammit!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Working out rimfire magazine riddles

(Via Ride Fast)

Mr. Completely has two of a n-part series on fixing .22 rimfire magazine problems up (Part 1 and Part 2). Right now, he's working on Smith & Wesson 22A magazines. Good info in there.


It's coming in March! If you're an older geek like me, this is your history. I played this on CP/M systems and on DEC VAXen, and as far as I'm concerned, it stands up better than most of the games out now. Get a copy of the documentary to bore your kids with.

Get Lamp

Well--go get it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Socialized medicine

(Via Chaos Manor)

In the nascent People's Republic of Great Britain, one of the darlings of our unAmerican health care "reformers" is falling on hard times. I don't think I'd want to get sick in the once-Great Britain any time soon.


I felt crappy when I got home after work yesterday. I felt crappy when I went to bed and crappy when I woke up at 4 AM. I felt crappy when I woke up at 6 AM and again at 8 AM. I feel crappy now.

It would seem I've picked up some crappy bug. Just in time for Christmas!

So instead of an actual post, which would require thought process I'm not currently capable of, I'm going to put up a few links I've accumulated from here and there over the last few days. I'll try to give credit where it's due, but I may miss one or two.

Let's say you get caught in a bad winter storm, and the electricity goes out, and stays out for a few days. If you're like me and have wood-fired auxiliary heat and a copious stack of firewood, it's an inconvenience. If you're like too many folks, it's going to be getting damn cold in a few hours. This little handout might be the difference between being chilly and being frozen. You might want to print out a few dozen for the neighbors.

Speaking of wood burning heat, if you have it, you've got to cut wood. You'll need a fair bit of hardware, but you need some software as well--as in protective chaps. Labonville has them at a good price.

On Survivalblog there have been some interesting articles of late. One in particular mentioned the old Audels series of "how to do it" books. If you can stand the left-leaning twits at eBay, they're available cheap. I'm told you want to stick to the older ones from the 30s - 60s.

Military manuals can be highly useful. Steve's Pages has quite a few military manuals that are difficult to find elsewhere (as in, since the military decided to lock them down on their sites). Also from Survivalblog

Got an older Ruger Mini-14 or Mini-30? They aren't a bad gun, provided you can find decent magazines. And that you can put up the the vertical stringing as you shoot. Gunblast has an article on the Har-Bar for these guns that is said to minimize the problem. Now maybe that Mini-30 in the safe can assume the role of trunk gun--after all, that's why I bought it.

From an email reflector that must stay nameless...if things go casters up and you find yourself living in close quarters, having taken in relatives, friends or neighbors, sanitation is going to be a big issue. The "Guidelines for the Use of Chlorine Bleach as a Sanitizer in Food Processing Operations" may come in handy in that event. (So will a 5 gallon bucket, and old toilet seat and a big supply of kitchen trash bags.)

From that same reflector, if you can stand a website that looked good in 1996 (you know, kind of like this blog), Better Times has a bunch of things you ought to know in bad times.

Lastly, something to think about during the dreary winter months is spring and gardening. Good exercise, good food and some measure of independence are all Good Things. Square Foot Gardening is an easy way to approach it. I have the book and I'm scouting around the yard for a few spots to try it out on next spring.

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

And just in case you need a refresher, look here. If you are a statist, you may want to take an antacid before looking.

Sunday, December 13, 2009