Ambivalent Skeptic

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



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.

December 30, 2011

Blog or Crash

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 10:29 am

In the last two months I’ve been so busy that not only did I not have time to blog, I had little time to READ blogs.

I had way too may Firefox windows and tabs open. Some were blogs I wanted to respond too, others to read with the attention they deserve.

Of course it crashed, and a crap program I installed wanted to open a webpage. It blanked the restore session option.

It’s frustrating.

But, behold, I have a fresh clean slate.

Note to self: Save interesting taps to a “to blog” folder.

December 29, 2011

I’m back!

Filed under: blogging,my life — Clint1911 @ 12:26 pm
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When I said “soon” I meant a few days, Not a bloody month.

So I worked like crazy before the holiday, then spent two exhausting days visiting two families, only to turn around and pull a couple of 12 hour shifts. But, what the hell, I’m wage, I’ll take the overtime. Lousy way to get a Christmas bonus though…

It feels odd to write this. See, really good blogs are not just stats and data and “OH look what I found out!” Really good blogs are personal. If you want to learn from the internet you go to a webpage, you go to blogs to learn from people.

That means that a good blog is like a podcast or a talk radio show: It’s a one sided conversation with your audience.

But, I’m new. I don’t have an audience yet, not one I can relate to anyway. But… I’m not gonna to get the audience I want if I act like there is no audience.

Thus, I have to behave like I have a loyal audience to become good enough to have a loyal audience.

Pfft. Enough of that. Here’s Bruce Campbell. (When in doubt, always go with Bruce Campbell.)

November 19, 2011

Blogging to resume shortly…

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 7:46 am

Work has been crazy. And my best friend is just out of the hospital.

Missed my “gun”-iversary, the Marine Corps b-day, and Veterans Day.

WILL have gun blog content up soon.

November 2, 2011

Bad News: RIP William the Coroner

Filed under: blogging,Current events — Clint1911 @ 12:01 am

Local blogger is gone.

At the Northcoast Blogger Shoot, some of us had the idea of local bloggers getting together irl more often. I was interested but have been so busy lately.

William seemed like a good man; I wish we could have had those wonderful late-night conversations among friends together.

Make the most of the time you have, because that is all the time you have.



July 28, 2011

Blogroll update

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 3:59 am

Added a few (overdue) names.

Dennis at Dragon Leatherworks
Chasing Freedom

Drop me a line if I’ve meet you. Or if you link to me.

May 4, 2011

Sixty and six tenths pounds

Filed under: blogging,Current events — Clint1911 @ 11:20 pm

60.6 lbs

That is the weight of all the swag and catalogs I grabbed at the NRA convention.

I started Friday morning on the lower floor with the smaller display area. When I finished I went to Craig Boddington’s seminar at 2pm. It lasted until 4:30 pm and the building closed at 6. I had an hour and a half to realize the upper floor was more than I could cover an Saturday. And I wouldn’t be there on Sunday.

My idea, once I figured I would not have the chance to cover everything at the four acres of displays, was to cover the whole floor and gather as many catalogs as possible. This way I would have beau coup reference material for afterwards.

Bonus; I would get a quick once over of all the vendor displays.

Good plan. It didn’t work. First there was too much to go though. I made a good start that first afternoon but not good enough. The following morning took longer than I planned.

I did, however, make mental notes of what displays I wanted to return to and focus on. This was the actually the main goal of this plan.

There just wasn’t enough time.

Lunch took too long and I wasted my time looking at protesters. However, hanging out with gunbloggers and going the the 1911 seminar where, in and of themselves, worth the trip to Pittsburgh.

The real time killer was going back and forth revisiting displays, remembering what I wanted to revisit, and then trying to find the smaller ones.

And, of course, I missed plenty on good displays my first time though. If a large display on my right had my attention I would miss a small booth on my left.

Next time, I’ll have a schedule. I’ll allocate so much time for different parts of the convention. You really can’t plan for these things because the unexpected stuff it want the trip is all about.

But I will be more organized for the next one. I might have a backpack as well.

At least I can still use the catalogs to feed future blog posts.

May 3, 2011

Comment: .22 LR vs. .223 Rem

Filed under: Ballistics,blogging,commenting comments,debate — Clint1911 @ 5:29 pm

Over at the Firearm’s Blog, they have a guest blogger who unfortunately proved to the world that you do not need to know what you are talking about to be a blogger.

The Guest Blogger (henceforth GB) writes an article about the difference between the 22LR and the 223 Rem.

His first mistake is opening with this:

So what exactly is the difference between the .22LR and .223 cartridges?

Seriously? It is his article. Why is he asking us? This is a cheap salesman trick to draw you in to a sales pitch. It is a very weak way to begin a speech or an article. My standard retort is: Are you asking me or telling me?

Then he includes this gem:

With rimfire, the firing pin impacts on the rim of the case. With centerfire, the firing pin impacts in the center of the case. Fairly self explanitory. But it doesn’t really explain the differences between the two cartridges very well.[emphasis added]

Then why bother telling us? If this info is not relevant to the topic, then don’t waste the reader’s time trying to make a minimum word count.

(BTW, it is “explanatory” not “explanitory”)

But GB really takes the cake with THIS:

Nearly a century separates the two cartridges, but what makes them different? Size-wise, the newer cartridge is slightly larger. The caliber of the cartridge measures the diameter (in inches). So the newer cartridge is 0.003″ larger in diameter — who cares? A human hair is from 0.003″ to 0.005″ in diameter. Is such a slight increase in diameter really going to make a difference?

Again; Are you asking me or telling me in some passive-aggressive way?

However, a commenter addressed the root issue best with:


So .22LR is actually .224 at the neck of the round. It’s all negligible, but, if your going to call out size difference, it works to do the research.[emphasis added]

Yes, the .223 Remington and the 22 long rifle both use .224 inch wide bullets.

Then there is ye olde bait ‘n switch:

The .223 cartridge contains significantly more powder than the .22LR cartridge (maximum pressure 24,000 PSI for .22LR; maximum pressure 50,000 PSI for .223). The .223 bullet is a much heavier bullet, travelling at a higher velocity. This means that the .223 bullet has much more energy to deliver on its target.

Wait, GB mentions powder but then changes to pressure.

This would be like saying Car A has a bigger gas tank than Car B, because Car A gets 30 miles to the gallon while Car B gets only 20. Non sequitur.

GB is discussing topic X but then gives an example of Y.

[Why do people do that? That always puzzles me.]

It should read: The .223 cartridge contains significantly more powder than the .22LR cartridge, 20-25 grains versus about 2 grains of smokeless propellant.

(BTW, it is “traveling” not “travelling “)
There also seems to be confusion that higher pressure results in higher energy of the bullet.

Higher pressure means that the ejected bullet has more energy to deliver on its target because its velocity is greater.

It totally boggles my mind how some people can actually believe that more pressure equals more energy of the bullet.

Then again GB obviously never took a college level physics class.

My comment:

Pressure does NOT directly relate to velocity.

The 308 win. has a pmax of 62,000 psi.
The 30-06 has a pmax of 60,000 psi.

The 30-06 STILL has higher velocities. It is the combination of pressure and case size that determines speed.

And “pressure” has nothing at all to do with down-range performance because the “pressure” is no longer acting on the bullet at that distance from the barrel.

Furthermore, penetration in one medium does NOT always translate to penetration in another medium.

A 22-250 penetrates steel better than a 30-06. But the 30 cal will go though the broad side of an elk.

The 223 Rem is better on steel than the 45-70. The 223 will barely go though the hide of a bison. The 45-70 will go completely though such an animal.

And the article has no conclusion.

After rattling off a hodgepodge of factoids the Guest Blogger just stops. No ending, no summation, he just stops writing and dumps several sets of photos of cardboard and metal hit with various bullets with no commentary whatsoever.

And the point was…….?

Here is the ultimate failure of the article: What was the point? What can I, the reader, take with me from this article?

Sadly, nothing.

April 18, 2011

Remember my post about my Eee pc acting weird?

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 9:58 pm

My netbook just died.


The last few weeks have been busy. But I kept notes on ideas I had. Last night I fired up the net book to type out a few ideas during some “down time” at work.

The box never come on.

I’m envious of those you can blog from work. Hell, I wish I had internet that wasn’t locked down tighter than a drum at work.

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