Ambivalent Skeptic

January 26, 2012

It is a license to carry not a license to kill.

Filed under: personal defense,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 5:19 pm
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I’ve said the above several times in real life, figured I might as well say it on the blog.

Kevin has a post addressing the topic.

You have a right to personal defense, NOT a right to kill..

Oh, and ProArms Podcast #67 is a good reference. My favorite part was when the guest speaker was talking about the first time he took a class by Mas Ayoob and was shocked that good money was paid out to be told how much trouble you can get into for shooting someone even in self-defense.

links
http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-know-its-fiction-but.html#disqus_thread
http://proarmspodcast.com/2011/04/30/067-the-two-jon-podcast/

QOTD Calvin Coolidge – Press On

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

-Calvin Coolidge

January 24, 2012

Lasers, gun barrels and bright lights

Filed under: Uncategorized — Clint1911 @ 11:56 pm


Want’s not to love?

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll even have muzzle engraving on a gun.

See, some things are considered wrong just because so many people consider them wrong. While pictures like this one…

…or even this one…

..are funny in a gallows humor type way, to those of us in the know. Unfortunately, to many people, it shows a “Rambo-wannabe” mentality. That is unfairly judgemental and a shame.

Basically anything that would look cool in an action movie you should never had with you in a personal defense situation. It’s like having a jerk boss; people love to have them on TV, not so much in real life.

But if you engrave the rest of the gun, it shows class.


links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallows_humor
http://survivingtheworld.net/Lesson800.html

January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 9:42 pm

One nice thing about Chinese new year is how it is a few weeks after the holiday rush. This lets you calm down and decide what you really want to do with the new year.

Mas Ayoob also writes about a waiting a few weeks to make new years resolutions at his place.

Secondly, it’s nice to have a “theme” to the next twelve months. “Year of the Dragon” seems like a good time to get married.

Edit to add a cool vid.

links

http://backwoodshome.com/blogs/MassadAyoob/2012/01/16/new-years-resolutions-a-couple-weeks-late/

January 12, 2012

Why we’re Gunnies, via A Girl and Her Gun

Filed under: blogging,Perspective — Clint1911 @ 10:13 am

A Girl and Her Gun
Money quote:

This group has welcomed me when I had absolutely nothing to offer them.

I was empty.

I was broken.

I need things I was to weak to even know I needed.

I came here desperate and searching.

Day by day this community, these gun people, bult me up.

Read the whole thing.

h/t Newbius

links
http://agirlandhergun.blogspot.com/2012/01/open-letter-to-anti-gun-folks.html#comment-form
http://newbius.blogspot.com/2012/01/thought-for-day-girl-and-her-gun.html

January 11, 2012

Quartermain at T-Bolt’s place

Filed under: commenting comments — Clint1911 @ 10:36 am

New Jovian Thunderbolt has been reading Allan Quartermain stories and has a nice gun-related review.

BTW, 8-bore is 0.835 cal.

 

links

http://jovianthunderbolt.blogspot.com/2012/01/quartemain.html

January 9, 2012

Full moons of 2012

Filed under: Perspective — Clint1911 @ 11:33 pm
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For my own personal use I made a list of the Full Moon dates with the time of the moon rise in Northeast Ohio.

I include time of fullest moon as well as the moon time for the day of as well as the preceding day and following day.

Full Moon on 9 January 2012 at 2:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Moonrise 6:01 p.m.
Moonrise 7:08 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 7 February 2012 at 4:55 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Moonrise 4:51 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 6:00 p.m.
Moonrise 7:10 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 8 March 2012 at 4:41 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Moonrise 5:59 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 7:12 p.m.
Moonrise 8:26 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 6 April 2012 at 3:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 6:59 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 8:15 p.m.
Moonrise 9:31 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 5 May 2012 at 11:36 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 7:02 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 8:19 p.m.
Moonrise 9:33 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 4 June 2012 at 7:12 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 8:18 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 9:23 p.m.
Moonrise 10:19 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 3 July 2012 at 2:53 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 8:03 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 8:55 p.m.
Moonrise 9:38 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 1 August 2012 at 11:28 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 7:31 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 8:10 p.m.
Moonrise 8:45 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 31 August 2012 at 9:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 7:15 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 7:44 p.m.
Moonrise 8:13 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 29 September 2012 at 11:19 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 6:14 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 6:42 p.m.
Moonrise 7:11 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 29 October 2012 at 3:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Moonrise 5:43 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 6:16 p.m.
Moonrise 6:51 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 28 November 2012 at 9:46 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Moonrise 4:30 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 5:13 p.m.
Moonrise 6:01 p.m. on following day

Full Moon on 28 December 2012 at 5:21 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Moonrise 4:47 p.m. on preceding day
Moonrise 5:42 p.m.
Moonrise 6:39 p.m. on following day

Why? Well I find it calming to watch a moon rise and it helps a person stay in touch with nature. It also helps to keep the months from blurring together because you have milestone where you stop and pause and just let yourself be.

Also Brandon Lee had an insight in his last interview. Forward to 3:50 for the key.

Source:
http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/rs-one-day-us/

January 6, 2012

On the 12th day of Christmas, I gave my girlfriend…

Filed under: my life — Clint1911 @ 11:41 pm

…A diamond ring.

She said Yes.

January 5, 2012

Advice for traveling

Filed under: Daily Wisdom,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 10:39 pm
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The places are interesting, but it’s the people that matter.
Clint1911/Ambivalent Skeptic

January 4, 2012

You ever spend hours on potential blogging material…

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 8:08 pm

… only to have it turn out all wrong?

I’m one of those crazy guys that like to do spreadsheets for “fun” if I like the material. I like to see trends and patterns and numbers let me do that. And spreadsheets let me see the relationship between those numbers.

The secret is finding a way to display that patterns without the audience needing a mental calculator.

Long story made short- I found a bias, some flawed logic and, well, there is no good way to show it. The real biases were much deeper and more basic than I initially thought. The real issues should be more interesting than I initially thought.

But it is still frustrating.

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