Ambivalent Skeptic

January 27, 2011

You should know what you’re talking about

Filed under: politics — Clint1911 @ 2:41 pm

…before you force people to live their lives, YOUR WAY.

Here’s an oldie but goodie:

Funny, she says “clips” like it is a swear word….

Best lines:
“Is it the shoulder thing that goes up?”
“No, it’s not.”

h/t Elmo Iscariot

Can I have a barrel Shorld?

January 25, 2011

The best of… How best?

Filed under: Perspective,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 9:33 am

This is going to be one of those “Let’s take a topic and turn it on it’s ear by looking at it with a crazy/different perspective” posts.

Often people, in their myriad pleasant discussions of mutual interest, bring up the topic of “Best.” As in what is the best this or that, or sometimes simply “What is THE best?”

That is a hard question to answer. One problem is there are so many ways to judge the value of a person, place, or thing.

I’ve narrowed it down to four different factors that contribute to the significance of an object.


I refer to them as IIEE, for short. (with analogizes to many engineers.)

In a “perfect” world, greatest would be easy to find because a “great” object would have all four features in equal parts. In real life, not a chance. More often, things that are Innovative never have the Influence of latter copies. (How many people have a modern mp3 player actually know Who invented the first mp3 player? Oh, and it had 32 MB of memory! You could fit a whole CD on one if you compressed the files enough.)

Then there is Effectiveness and Efficiency. Look at cars. The vehicles that can get you places fastest are not necessarily the most fuel thrifty.

Now look at your favorite… Whatever-thing.
Ask yourself honestly how it compares in EACH of Influence, Innovation, Effectiveness, and Efficiency as compared to other objects that perform the same activity.

So now the question is muddled. How do we define “The Best?” How is it “best”?

The real problem?

Whenever people discuss the idea of “Which is best….”

What they are (usually) asking is, instead, “What the is optimum… for what I want to do.”

January 24, 2011


Filed under: Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 9:46 am

A bit of my philosophy:

If there is even one valid reason for an activity under just one justifiable circumstance, then whatever activity should be LEGAL. You then prohibit the abuses of such actions.

January 23, 2011


Filed under: Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 9:06 am

Just to remind people:

An opinion based on facts is still an opinion! It may be an informed opinion, but it is still an opinion.

I like it when people have strong opinions. I equally dislike it when someone with strong opinions takes offense that other people have different opinions.

Why I blog, a bit of Fitzgerald, and Ambivalence.

Filed under: blogging,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 9:02 am

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

So for years I learned all I could about guns. One day I had enough understanding to be comfortable with explaining things to others. Sometimes it’s things people don’t know, other times it’s things people “know” but are not true.

I wasn’t too comfortable with blogging. I lot of ego goes into that. I don’t want to feed my ego, nor feed anyone else’s. But I sure wasn’t going to hog others people’s blogs and litter the comments with my ideas.

But shouldn’t you share knowledge?

And then I read, on a stone somewhere:
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

No attribute. Just the quote.

Yep, time to start the blog.

I learned it was from Fitzgerald while I was looking up other matters. Good old internet. You see, some people mistake Ambivalence for “Apathy.” But saying “I don’t care.” is NOT ambivalence.

To be ambivalent is to simultaneously have opposing/conflicting/contradictory feelings, beliefs, desires, thoughts, etc. It’s liking and disliking the same thing at the same time. It is the teacher being happy that his student has exceeded the teacher while the teacher is disappointed that he his no longer the premier expert.

For example: I like it when people have strong opinions. And I like it when people have no opinion on that which they are unsure about. Yet, I dislike it when people have an uncommitted opinion just for the sake of having an opinion. I prefer sincere apathy to fake interest.

And yet, I call myself an Ambivalent Skeptic? Yes, because I like it when people are ambivalent too.

But guess what, you can be ambivalent AND have strong opinions at the same time!

And I thought Fitzgerald said it best:

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. “

That’s my Ambivalence.

The full quote is:
“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation– the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

January 18, 2011

A Heavy Duty Hi Power?

Filed under: Weapons — Clint1911 @ 8:34 am

Back in October, I called Browning about their Hi-Power Handguns.

See, there are differing “facts” on the internet about the 9mm and the 40 S&W parts swap-ability. Some said the slides were interchangeable an the different frames, while others said no, they were not. Rather than guess – or be lead by the blind- I called the company for myself.

The 40 S&W gun is 3 oz. Heavier than the 9mm version and that weight is for both the slides and the frame. The nice customer service guy told me the slides are NOT interchangeable. After I asked if Browning made a 9mm barrel for the 40 S&W guns, the customer service guy said no but maybe there is an after market part somewhere.

I then suggested that they make a 9mm gun on the 40’s frame and slide that can handle 9mm NATO loads and call it the Hi-Power Heavy Duty. The customer service guy liked the idea and said he would forward it up the line.

I wonder if we will see a new Browning at SHOT show this week?

January 17, 2011

Quick Question

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 8:36 am

January 16, 2011


Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 10:25 pm

Hello everyone from Jay G’s place. (If any of you are left.)

Sorry it’s spartan here, but as an introvert and a perfectionist, I don’t think I will ever be “ready” for a influx of new readers. Even when I am.

Don’t worry, new content if forthcoming (I had to take two days off from the computer at the perfect time didn’t I)

My main goal of the blog is to help educate people, especially new shooters, to clear up the many misconceptions and to ofter perspective on so many things.

And as Jay G once (kinda) said; to give form to the voices in my head.

January 14, 2011

With Return of the Jedi; now the circle is complete!

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 10:14 pm

My girlfriend and I just finished watching Return of the Jedi. She liked the Ewoks (especially the baby Ewoks). Then there was the whole brother-sister thing; that was interesting…

She was confused by the end with: “How can Hayden Christensen be in this movie? Was he even born when it come out?” (I paraphrased that last line)

Even as a brand new Star Wars fan, she STILL prefers the pre-Special Edition movies. Unfortunately, the SE DVDs are the ones we watched. However due to she and I having different work schedules, we had to see Empire in two parts. The good news is the local library had a dvd set of Empire Strikes Back that had on dvd both the SE on original versions! So we saw the second half of Empire as it should be seen.

We will be watching the trilogy again soon at a more convenient pace. I want her comfortably familiar with the original trilogy before we see the other movies and shows.

Hayden Christensen was born April 19 1981, while Return of the Jedi was first released on 25 May 1983.

January 9, 2011

Two down…

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 10:29 pm

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

My girlfriend FINALLY watched Stars Wars and Empire Strikes Back this weekend.

So is the above quote ironic or am I just too patience with people?

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