Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gonna Sit it Out in November?

You need to watch this:

"Not to decide, is to decide". If you don't participate, you are voting for the status quo.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cal-i-fornya- here- I- come...

..right back to where... I never wanted to go in the first place.

BUT, the boy & his lovely bride have decided that is where they will be married.

Plane tickets, check (thanks Jersey Girl!).
Hotel reservations, check. (as above).

Now- anyone know of the carry laws out there? I'm not taking boomsticks here; I believe that is right out.
How about cutlery? Anyone have any FIRST HAND knowledge they could share? Can I carry my 4" AFCK there? Or does it have to be a teeny tiny Gerber folder?

I did an intraweb search, but I've become a tad leery of accepting crap I find there.

I mean, I saw it on the web, it MUST be true, right?

Help me Obi-Wantertubes...

Friday, March 16, 2012


Arthur Clark postulated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

You know how it goes- show up at an Indian encampment in 1712 with a Zippo & you'd pretty much be a god (or at least a guy to be really good friends with).

I've been fortunate enough to witness a crap-load of technological advances in my lifetime (can you say "internet"?), but some advances, being enhancements of known technology, just floor me.

See the magic:

This is a Streamlight Microstream, & it's pretty cool. But this particular model is not the subject here, it's the WOW factor that flashlights have achieved.

When I was a young-un, a flashlight was a two "D" incandescent contraption that might, on a good day, get about 20 minutes of usable light before devolving into a yellow glow emitter that was not much good except for finding the flashlight if you had left it on. And that only lasted another 20 minutes & you were then, officially, SOL.

Now, look at that picture- that light is 3.5" long, 9/16" in diameter, & weighs just over 1 ounce, with the AAA battery. It puts out 28 lumens (I'm told), but I can light up the barn over 100' away. And, it will do so for over 2 hours on one silly little AAA.


I recently bought a Fenix "tactical" light that puts out 180 lumens on 2 AA batteries. Word is it will do that for 2 hours as well (longer on lower settings).

Stunning useable technology...all within my lifetime.

Now I gotta go research upgrades for the LED headlamps, themselves magic in their own right.

My name is DT, & I'm a flashaholic...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Oldie, but Timely


Go placidly amid the noise and waste and remember what comfort

there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons
unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of
those greater than yourself and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys; know what to kiss and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a
right but that three do.
Wherever possible, put people on hold. Be
comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment and despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer
maintenance ...
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls

would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love therefore; it will stick
to your face ...
Reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could
only be worse in Milwaukee.
You are a fluke of the universe; you have no
right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back.
Therefore make peace with your God whatever you
conceive him to be--
Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.
With all its hopes,
dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate.
Give up.

-Tony Hendra