Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Best Gun?

It's the one you've got in your hand when you find you really need it. There are differences of course, and the study below goes into several of them. It also makes some questionable assumptions about the circumstances under which you anticipate using your gun, but just keep your own likely situation in mind as you watch this:

Found at hellinahandbasket.

Local Politics

Jarid Polis continues to try to buy the Colorado Governorship with tepid endorsements all around. Here's my contribution:
It appeals to his base, and pretty much sums up the candidate in one sticker.
Fiddly difference, same message. As usual, print out on landscape paper, tape into back window, remove post election.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Privatizing Tyranny

Of late the left has come up with new and improved ways of getting their agenda enacted, this time without having to bother with a troublesome legislature. The very latest is anti-gun Gov. Cuomo's effort to cripple the NRA by threatening any bank or insurance company that does business with them with delisting or at least crippling in the large New York market. Here he gets around any prohibitions against interfering with interstate commerce by simply threatening a long and expensive deluge of red tape. In the end I suspect he would lose, but getting from here to there would take six to 10 years and cost a fortune.

Shopify has announced that it will no longer support sales of anything gun related, and defines this using the boilerplate Bloomberg definitions pushed by the most restrictive states.

Twitter and Facebook are busily suppressing all the conservative messages they can find conveniently just before the elections so that any legal efforts to make them honor the first amendment probably won't get a hearing before the 2020 elections. Their argument is that as private businesses they can do as they please, which reminds me of the signs I used to see in businesses in the '50s stating "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." which was weasel-speak for "We don't serve blacks here."

My bullet and reloading stuff supplier, Rocky Mountain Reloading, was recently hit with a notice that their brass and lead component business was outside the realm of what their financial services supplier wanted to serve and that they had zero time to go somewhere else. This involved ginning up a new website as well.
You may be asking yourself why we would be switching to a new website when we just barely launched the one we had back in December. Well, we are free to finally make this announcement. We were one of the gun related companies that was targeted for destruction through elimination of our credit card processor. Luckily we had the foresight, knowing that it could become an issue, to put it in writing that they would not ever drop us because of our involvement in the firearm industry. Even so, we were issued a termination letter with threats to hold our deposits for up to six months. At the time we had over $40k in deposits for them to hold. We wouldn't have been able to pay our bills and we have been in a very bad position. Anyway, we contacted a lawyer and informed them that we were doing so and we were able to get them to allow us a window for finding a new credit card processor. That in-and-of-itself would be no big deal but the current website provider only had Paypal and our processor as payment options. Neither of which would allow bullet or casing sales.
Again all this because the financial wonks have caved to the leftists and can use the "we're a private business and can refuse service to anyone." argument. If you reload, check them out. Good product, good prices.

My own bank, Bank of the West has been overtaken by the PC movement as well. When I first started there it was a local operation and very friendly. They're still friendly enough but they've changed hands several times and the current parent company doesn't want to have anything to do with the tobacco, energy, or firearms businesses. The energy industry supplies a lot of jobs here in Colorado and I like it when people have jobs. They tend to vote Republican in order to help them keep more of their hard earned money. I'll be reluctantly be looking for a new bank then.

So we see, more and more, the infringements on our rights are coming less directly from the government, which wouldn't be allowed to do that anyway, and more from private industry which depends on licenses and approvals from governments to exist. Tyranny by proxy, neatly privatized and all legal. Expect a lot more of this if no one figures out how to stop it.

By way of stopping it, I'm told that if Twitter and Facebook were to be declared to be "common carriers" they would have to accept anyone and anything at all. Shades of the good old days. This would require legislation however, and requiring those two to allow free speech would open any politician supporting such an idea to charges of supporting Nazis and pedos from people who like having their opposition silenced.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fun With Headlines - Mad Maxine

From Drudge
PELOSI: Maxine Waters 'Strikes Fear in the Heart' of Trump...
Mad Maxine strikes fear into the hearts of all rationally sane folks.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Health Issues 2b - Recovery

It seems that most of the digestive problems were caused by the pro-biotic I got. I quit taking it and 95% of the problems disappeared. What I would really like now is a Cuban sandwich and a beer but the system, while functional, probably wouldn't like that sort of stress. Next IDPA match is a week and a half out so I'm probably going to be good for that although I suspect I'll set some club records for speed. At the low end.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Health Issues 2 – Prostate Cancer

A column in todays WSJ is suggesting that discussing ones setbacks in life may well be good for you as you frequently enough find others in similar situations with whom you can discuss your problems and possibly discover solutions.

I have been diagnosed with Prostate cancer. This is not as bad as it sounds at the topmost level as it was caught at an early stage and treatment is simple and quick. That is for certain definitions of the word “simple”. Preparation includes inserting 4 short pieces of gold wire into the prostate so the targeting x-ray can actually see where the prostate is. The staff is provided with directions from the urologist as to where the cancer is located with reference to the wire locations. X-radiation therapy is applied using the very latest Allaudium Q-39 planetary nebulizer, an example of which in action can be seen here. All that was missing was the earth-shattering ka-boom.

The example shown has the machine working on the patients neck (Thyroid?) and emitting a red beam. In my case the patient was reversed and the machine was working on my crotch. In operation it's like having a 1-ton Labrador retriever carefully sniffing you so as to carefully commit to its memory all your pertinent statistics. No there is no red beam although there is a red laser cross hair roughly centered on the area of interest. The big head on the machine is the X-ray generator.

The many and varied angles it shoots from enables a session to hit the targeted spot from lots of different angles at one sitting and reduces the treatment time from 45 days to 5. I have now completed 5 treatments of 30 minutes each so by now all the bad stuff has presumably been shuffled off the mortal coil. That part was easy and painless although the side effects began to show up after treatment 3.

Most of my readers should be familiar with the 4 rules of gun safety, of which #4 is “Be sure of your target and what's beyond.” In this case, what's beyond is my intestines. Seems the cancer requires a fairly forceful push but my intestines don't take as much persuading. As a result I'm now on probiotics to try and restore my digestive functions. It also seems my lower intestine was weakened to the point that whereas in the past I'd get a polite warning about visiting the loo followed by a somewhat stronger one. Not any more. I get one warning and that's NOT advisory. It says I'd better be within 10 yards of the facilities OR ELSE! Even worse, no one has been willing to hazard a guess as to exactly how long this should be expected to drag on. Best guess so far is about 2 weeks.

There is a list of dietary restrictions that goes with this process that basically boils down to “Anything you eat will come back to haunt you in about 4 hours so remember the 10 yard rule. Attempting to follow this has lost me about 10 lbs in the last week. So the cancer is gone in 5 easy treatments and now all I have to do is nothing until my guts recover from the collateral damage. Other restrictions include No Bicycles which I'm finding out has to do with introducing vibratory stimulus to the lower intestine area. When you apply vibration to something thick and slow moving, it becomes thin and fast moving. Riding a motorcycle is less stressful, but has the same end result. Walking around also introduces vibration and the dog is missing her morning walks.

The probiotics are a pricey set of pills to be taken for about 2 weeks. One of my friends suggested that knowing what the effect on ones gut flora is about to be, perhaps the treatment center should work in a step involving refining a stool sample from the patient before the procedure and saving the refined flora in the fridge until after completion at which time it could be replaced in one or two passes to give the patient back 100% of his original biota. I ran this by the folks at the treatment facility who had mixed reactions to the idea although they all agreed that this might be a good application for the fecal transplant technology.
Renew Life brand Digest Smart eliminates gas way better than Beano and Garden Life brand Raw Probiotics (refrigerated) for men 51 and older is recommended for us older farts.

Mad Science department:

I also suggested a money saving method of doing this which was met with somewhat less enthusiasm. One visits the Salvation Army store and picks up a blender and a coffee maker. Rub them through your dish washer until your sterilization standards are met. Place stool sample and about 3 cups of distilled water in the blender, and reduce the mixture to brown liquid. Set up the coffee maker with the filter holder over the carafe, and pour the liquid through a coffee filter. This should yield a couple of cups of what the old Chinese physicians referred to as "yellow soup". Repeat the filtering process until all solid material has been removed. Use an eyedropper to load up some gelatin capsules with the soup and put them into secondary capsules, and refrigerate. Post treatment, take 2 in the evening before bed time for about 2 weeks. That should do it. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. Do this at your own risk. Not responsible for anything. There are outfits that do this sort of thing and if you find one in your neighborhood, they might be able to help you out. It certainly adds a level of professionalism to the process though.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Behind The Headlines - Empathy Is Overrated

From today's BOTW:

What Would We Do Without Experts? “She’s the world’s top empathy researcher. But colleagues say she bullied and
intimidated them.”
Makes perfect sense. You'll get more out of the sheep by being the sheep dog than you will by trying to become one of the sheep.

Behind The Headlines - OH 12 Finds More Ballots

I'm going to guess they were in a grocery bag in the trunk of an abandoned Cadillac with Illinois plates in a seedy part of the district.

Rest of story here.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Health Issues

A whole host of testing, prep, treatment, and probably some post treatment testing. As a side effect, my gut flora has been trashed. Treatment ends Thursday. Recovery of the flora will likely take a bit longer, meantime I'm just not feeling very frisky.

Details later.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Near Record NICS Checks

But does it actually mean anything other than a chance to write a flashy headline?
Here's the month-to month with a projection for the year:
Except for summer of 2016 and December of 2015, the curves follow a fairly predictable path. Here's a chart of July numbers:
With the MSM predicting the inevitability of a Blue Wave, perhaps now would be a good time to buy up some gun stocks. If it doesn't pan out, you can always sell them before they return to normal.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bathtub Drone

Some of us thought the bathtub drone project looked like fun so we're researching the idea. Testing indicates that nobody's lawnmower is going to fly with a passenger but it seems that treadmills use motors up to 3 hp, 6 of which look like they would do the trick. The big holdup right now is propellers. Seems you can get small ones at the hobby shop at pretty reasonable prices, probably because they get crashed and broken often enough that mass production drops the prices. When your payload gets to 220 lbs however, the required prop tends to be the sort that real aircraft use and those don't come cheap. The other problem is that if I were building an electric ultralight, one prop would suffice and one that size wouldn't be too bad. On a drone where you need 4 to 6 props, the size falls between large hobby and small aircraft and is much harder to come by.

Preliminary testing suggests that 1-1/4 hp/motor would lift a large drone if the pilot were limited to a lightweight dummy and the actual pilot were operating it from the ground. This opens up the path for building the structure and sorting out the control software first, then upgrading to more powerful motors later.

As has been noted before: Engineers should never be unemployed.

Fun With Headlines

From the Best  Of The Web column I get, this:
No Greater Progressive Love 
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants 5 more years on the Supreme Court, and people are offering their organs to keep her healthy,”, July 30

Far more likely is that Bernie Sanders has figured out that with the increased death rate that nationalized medicine routinely generates, there should be an adequate supply of other peoples organs along with other peoples money to pay for the procedures.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Musical Interlude

Let me say up front that I do not use weed. I even voted against the legalization of the stuff here. Let me also say that I like music, all sorts of it. My life has a continuous sound track running in my head which is kind of nice. I also like to build things weather the need is urgent or not. I mentor students at a local K-12 school helping them to build robots.

Building something for me can be kind of a manic experience, blazing along at full speed until whatever it is rolls out in all its glory. On that note, first listen to the tune "I Smoke 2 joints" by the Toyez

Next, consider these alternative lyrics:

I buy 2 Screws
I make 2 drafts in the morning
I make 2 drafts at night,
I make 2 drafts in the afternoon
And I think I got it drawn up right.

I make 2 drafts in time of peace
And two in time of war
I make 2 drafts before I make 2 drafts
And then I throw 'em on the floor.

(My contribution to paper recycling.)

Me neighbors they come tell me all that bangin noise it's bad
The Po-lice came an told me, this project's a little too rad.
They say it rolls too fast or it throws too far or the smoke don't smell so sweet,
So knock it down or get it outta here 'cause I can't do my testin in the street.

I buy 2 screws in the morning
I buy 2 screws at night,
I buy 2 screws in the afternoon
And I run them all down tight

I buy 2 screws in time of peace
And two in time of war
I buy 2 screws before I buy 2 screws
And then I buy two more.

(Ace Hardware loves me.)

I cut 2 bars in the morning
I cut 2 bars at night,
I cut 2 bars in the afternoon
I trim 'em till they fit just right

I cut 2 bars in time of peace
And two in time of war
I cut 2 bars before I cut 2 bars
They don't fit, I just leave 'em on the floor.

(I got a messy floor.)

Me neighbors they come tell me all that bangin noise it's bad
The Po-lice came an told me, this project's a little too rad.
They say it rolls too fast or it throws too far or the smoke don't smell so sweet,
So knock it down or get it outta here 'cause I can't do my testin in the street.

Sort of an anthem to all you makers out there.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Conestoga Project 5.0 - Final?

One can hope. My customer tried the bike and trailer out and pronounced it to be about 98% done. Seems the offset pedal cranks don't quite get her legs far enough off the motor. We found some extensions for the pedals at the local bike shop that moved them about 3/4" (20mm) further out but after trying them out we decided to get some just a bit over an inch (27mm) long.

One advantage to the extensions is that a 50mm extension on the right hand side would allow the use of the stock pedal crank and chain ring set which would be MUCH easier than trying to adapt something to the crank that came supplied with the kit.

Don't know where those sizes came from, but that's the sizes they come in. Of note is that the longer ones were out of stock while the short ones were available. This should be a clue as to which ones actually work.

Here's the assembled combo:

Cruizin' along. We're thinking that it might be easiest to simply throw a pup tent over the trailer when it's parked than to add the structure to support a fixed cover.

Test snooze. GSXR the dog is checking to see if there's room for her as well.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Social Media

I feel like starting a new social media company. No censorship, and if you're offended, tough. Say anything you like and I don't care. I think I'll call it "Woodpecker" . Just sit down and bang one out.

I even saw a great inspiration for a company logo:
Whaddya think? Woodpecker. Say anything.