Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hey, Tbolt!

"Why do you keep showing these industrial films we saw back when there was a substitute teacher?"

I can't help it, I genuinely love watching these.  I know few others do.  I'll pump the brakes a bit.  Besides, I am AFK, and these are all on auto-pilot, member?  I set these up months ago, in the beginning of a disease pandemic.  For all I know I am dead right now. 

And you.  YOU had an unkind word about it.  I was just trying keep content up.  As I type this Kim Jong Un is sposedly dead.  And months later, NOW, I am dead too.  I bet you feel like a heel.

Or, I am fine.  Probably a better chance of that, actually, than lying on a slab.  I hope there is meat and toilet paper back in the stores.  This is like time travel.  Wait!  Tell me a winning May lottery ticket so I can take it back to April.  If it hits I will buy you a Browning Automatic Rifle.  Or, sell you one for $1 to keep all this on the up and up.  No, TWO!  Two rifles, not two dollars.


At one time I know that the symbol for copper was the same as the alchemical symbol for woman or Venus, but I had forgotten until I saw this video

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I'm no explosive expert, but...

I've seen a few explosions in person, not on TV.

"That sounded like fireworks, T-Bolt.  Maybe it was a fireworks factory!"

Maybe.  It sounded like fireworks to me, too.  But I don't know.  Remember what I said before?  I am no explosives expert.

"There was a mushroom cloud!  That means it was a nuke!"

I am no explosives expert, BUT...  nah.

"This has to be one of the biggest non nuke man made explosions, ever, though!"

Again, nah.  When the Yamato blew, that was pretty big.  Texas City was pretty big, too.  Not to mention Halifax 30 years before that.  The unique thing about Beirut is all the cellphone footage.

"You know too much.  I thought you weren't an explosives expert, huh?"


Our friend, Zinc

Monday, August 3, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020




We See Silver Alerts all the Time

Round here.

Like this one.

Now, is this really someone with dementia driving off God knows where?  Or did he just need some 'me' time?  They are so frequent I suspect at least some of the later. But yes, find the confused old man if he has gotten confused and is wandering off to the office he went to in the 1980s to start up work. Please. I just hope they aren't abusing the system, is all, for unrelated situations..

Posing in front a cruiser means this individual is 'known to the police' though.

"At approximately 11:00 p.m. last night, a neighbor of Mr. Oliver called police reporting that Mr. Oliver had knocked on his/her door stating that he was lost. Mr. Oliver left the area in his vehicle prior to police arrival." Oh, dear.  More real, this.

Our good friend STEEL

Everyone has a tobacco product in their face at the steel mill.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Gon' Fishin'

Gonna be out of pocket for a bit.  Set up some simple-azz blogpost that I find interesting, per usual.  More later.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Well that settles it.

If Mitt Romey is for it, there must be something HORRIBLE about voting by mail, and I'm agin it.

Jeff Cooper Hearesy!

Naw, this guy pretty much has his number.  

Yes, Cooper contributed immensely to the knowledge base.  Yes, his study of the issue was constant.  Yes he did adapt when a new method proved more effective.

But he was also a curmudgeonly old codger set in his ways, and this was all obvious after only a brief exposure to his writings.

I didn't get into reading his stuff until this blog started in 2007, just after he died, but I knew all the negatives from the jump.  It was obvious.  He did become the default though.  I took his advice, and acted on it, until I learned better.  All knowing that I might very well learn better in the far, or near, future.

"Eschew .223 ARs and plastic 9mm's?  Gravitate toward steel 1911s and .308 rifles?  Can do, until I am more seasoned."

It's not like it is wrong-wrong to take Cooper's advice to heart.  It's not even wrong, singular.  It is a good starting point, especially when there were no other giants with a huge body of comparable published work to take guidance from.  Plus he is entertaining.

"So you are all about the plastic 9mm now, and 1911s are yesterdays news, T-Bolt?"

No.  I still like 1911s.  But I use, and have trained with to much higher proficiency than 10 years ago, both.  And enjoy both.  In a zombocalypse, when I wake up from a coma in an abandoned hospital, and someone hands me a 1911, I say "Cool!"  If instead they hand me a Glock 17, what do I say?  "Cool!"     

July 30


Doll's eyes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Miami Shootout

I didn't know there were clips on YouTube for In the Line of Duty, 1988.  Not to be confused with In the Line of Fire  1993.

I feel like I would have seen this, back then.  I would have been in military school, and the TV lounge was a handy diversion from the day to day.  But I have no memory of this show on NBC.  Prolly watching Star Trek; The Next Generation, instead. 

Alex Keaton's Dad playing a gun enthusiast two years before Tremors.  Heh.  Glad you went from crook to survivalist Burt, Gummer.

It's a 1988 dramatization, made for TV.  And they seems to try adhere to actual events as much as one can be hope for from a movie of that vintage.  You know.  Post Miami Vice.  Some glaring factual exaggerationa, yes.  And some eye-rollingly so.  But the arc seems to at least be trying to adhere to actual facts.

The shootout seems crowded.  But there were two perpetrators and 10 FBI guys.  That's a lotta players to keep track of during the action scene.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Heinlein Tried to Tell Me

That may yet be true.  But I predict there is gonna be a lotta goat ropes while everyone learns their manners and etiquettes the hard way.  Until we get there.

Don't be rambunctious while you OC.  Even if you think you are doing the Lord's work and your part to usher in the Marxist Utopia by blocking trafffic willy nilly.  Perhaps take that as a safety tip.  Heck it says that on the tin. "An armed society is a polite society."

Monday, July 27, 2020

Now this just bugs me

Don't drink this version of Everclear, the denature will inhume you:


That price difference bugs me.  55 buck for a gallon, and for 1/11th of that more, $60, you can get 4 liters.

But a gallon is 128 ounces,  so four liters in opunces, based on the price difference, should be...  139.6?  Nope.  135.25ish.

You are being cheated out of a gill.  Buy Imperial.  ANSI.  Whatever.

And this is a lab supply place.  People buying this stuff are often lab type people.  Smart chemistry and math types that can do the conversions in their head.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Hand Saniboozer?

A commenter mentions a possible substitute for the lack of hand sanitizer:

"Everclear is available, and smells better than most other alcohols. Kind of hard to beat 75% (150 proof) alcohol."

Everclear is available in some places.  But like 11 round magazines you can't buy it in Maryland.  And the prohibition of both was done at about the same time.  And before you go on about how my state suck (tho it does):

"The sale of the substance is also banned in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, meaning the next closest place Needham can purchase Everclear is in Delaware."

And here you thought Prohibition ended in 1933...

I have to check on the veracity of this, but, Maryland banned 190 proof booze.  What if 189 proof booze was made?  Maybe I spoke too soon.