Thursday, February 06, 2014

Nice to see that some things really don't change

I can remember the first Clive Cussler book I ever read, "Raise the Titanic".  It had this memorable line in it in which a heroine was upbraiding the Russian villains about their "threadbare county".  Later on, when I was in the Army, I remember what a business we made out of the Soviet armed forces, and only a few years later when the Soviet Union fell and we found out what a hollow shell those armed forces were, with broken, rusting equipment and alcoholic draftee troops (for the most part).

And here we are, waiting for the Winter Olympics to start, and we find out that, after all the time that has passed, it's still the same old Russia, but with shiny new toilets (no partitions), open manholes and flooded everythings.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Out of sight

(Via Clayton Cramer)

Is not necessarily out of mind, at least not when it comes to concealing a gun in a piece of furniture.  And we're not taking about stashing it in a drawer, but about concealing it in a purpose-built compartment.

Covert Furniture offers several styles of case goods with hidden compartments that can accommodate handguns up to long guns.  Not high-style furniture, but not high-style furniture prices, either.  Can't say that I'm enthused about their apparent attempt to patent the concept, given that there's a wee bit of prior art, but that seems to be the way of the world these days.  And of course, no one says you can't modify something you already own, or build something yourself, right?