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 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.


June 13, 2011

“Irish” Sushi

Filed under: Current events,Perspective — Clint1911 @ 9:28 am

This weekend I went to a local “Irish” Festival.
In addition to the regular carnival foods, one vender had sushi.

So there I was with my girlfriend, in the rain, eating sushi while bathed in the city lights, here in the middle of Ohio.

It was a wonderful night and I enjoyed every minute of it.


You can keep the flying cars; the future is pretty cool.

June 8, 2011

Steampunk’s appeal

Filed under: commenting comments,Perspective,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 12:29 pm

George Hill had question about Steampunk. My “quick” answer went a little long, but while I cannot explain everyone desires I can offer an opinion of the basic appeal of the Steam Punk genre.

If you could choose, What kind of world would you want to live in?


A key idea behind Steampunk is asking What if we had today’s understanding of physics then?

One of the reasons for steampunk’s appeal is that so much sci-fi is getting lame. Psychic powers and gizmos and computers (magic and talismans and oracles) have turned too much science fiction in to Fantasy in Outer Space. Seems everyone is trying to trump the Jedi concept, even the guy who made the Jedi concept.

The drama grows false. If you put the characters into an impossible situation, just miracle them out! Only, the answer was always there, it’s just that we, the audience, didn’t know about it.

Give us a world where the heroes win by their guts and wits, not by gadgets and spoon fed answers.

Where the problems happen in real life, that we can directly relate to, and where the solutions are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

What’s the appeal?

It’s a bit like the appeal of the 1911.

Metal, not plastic. Science and tech in your hand but without computers. Old world charm and class, not built for the lowest common denominator or production efficiency, but still functional and highly effective.

You can make it yourself, you can fix it yourself; no bankrupt mentality of if it breaks you throw it out and by a new one from some factory.

The clothes of steampunk? They show a self-respect. You take time and care to dress yourself. You suggest rather than flaunt. Or you suggest a lot and flaunt a little. (Or you suggest that you like to flaunt, when the time is right…)

What if we could have yesteryear’s ethic but without societies bigotries? No discrimination but no political correctness either?

Men could be men and women could be women, and no one was blamed or held back for it?

Most people want to be normal but they also need to be independent and unique.

Sometimes you can’t do that enough in the modern world.

Would you like step into that other world?

As for the cosplayers? Maybe they just like to dress it up.

June 3, 2011

Gun culture is for the old, but more for the young

Filed under: commenting comments,Human behavior,Perspective — Clint1911 @ 6:16 pm

Fellow NE Ohio gunblogger Breda has a post up about the, well, I’ll let her words describe it.

I was going to comment on her blog but it morphed. so here it is.

Breda said:
“This is about whether or not potential new women shooters could possibly be put off by the “boys’ club” mentality of the gun culture.”

Actually I find the insular nature of gun culture is more about the people over 50 making gun culture more comfortable for people over 50 at the expense of the under-30 year old people.

See, the problem is not the passive exclusion of the under-30 crowd, it that the under-30 people are ANNOYED by the crap the 50+ guys do because they think is is “clever” or “with it”.

Think of it like country music.
Is you like country music, then you really, really like it. AND EVERYONE ONE ELSE HATES IT! IT IS LIKE READING CRAP PEOPLE TYPE IN all CAPS. (sorry, but I hope I made the point well)

You might like doing it, but no one else does.

I like John Wayne. But he’s dead; Get, Over, It.

Likewise, drop these damn foolish stereotypes. Unless you are actually a cowboy (on a ranch) or you are doing CASS type stuff….

DROP the western-themed and fake-country boy bullshit from your podcast, your blog, your website, your storefront (Hey, there’s an idea) and when you are carrying a gun.

The wannabe cowboy image disgusts people. People we need on our side.

And stop treating people with a “2” in front of their age as an accident waiting to happen or a moron (or both).

People learn responsibility and maturity though example. Be a good one.

And for the record, I’m in my 30’s and I’m the suburbanite son of a West-by-God-Virgina Redneck. (And if you must know, we are both Marines and both college educated)

Back on topic:

You know what Breda and Jeff Cooper have in common? They each became involved in guns, then taught one of their parents to shoot!

If someone is over 50 and not into guns, the bad news is we, as strangers, cannot reach them. If they are going to join gun culture, it is going to be via their kids 999 times out of 1000. The good news is we can reach the new generation, and they bring their families.

All the more reason we need make gun culture more appealing to the under-30 demographic.

March 11, 2011

Ayn Rand vs Hollywood

Filed under: Perspective — Clint1911 @ 10:19 pm

Ok, so I had a nice conversation about Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Hollywood, Why celebs need attention, why hollyweird hates Ayn Rand and Charlie Sheen.

First, Hollywood doesn’t like Ayn Rand.  It took too long and too much effort for a best-selling book to become a movie.  And people inside Hollywood note that the author of Atlas Shrugged, and her ideas, are none too popular.

And for  good reason, Hollywood works on the idea of Celebrity!  The more attention the big players get the more money they make, the more money, the more attention, etc, etc, etc.  Which makes celebrities a good investment.

Now you might be tempted to think this is the part Mr. Sheen comes in.  NOPE.  In fact don’t even worry about him in this case.  His antics are more…well that’s for latter.

Do think about sex tapes.  How many nobodies become celebrity material after a sex tape went viral?

Short story: they’re all attention whores.  Big surprise.

Why the hatred for Ayn Rand?

Really this has more to do with the book and movie The Fountainhead.  The hero, played by Gary Cooper, when speaking with  the gloating villain, said villain bragged; “I know what you must think of me…”

“I don’t.”

The hero said that not missing a beat, not even a pause for a breath of air.

That is eth world Rand pictures.  I world of Individuals.  And a true individual doesn’t care what other people think.

Nor to they invest in the fake drama of other people’s lives.

Could you imagine a world full of individuals?  The collectivists, the statists would go nuts.  They lose the mod mentality that lets the few rule the many.  No more manufactured crises by exploiting emotions.

And no one will care what celebs think, or do, or sleep with.  In other words, fame becomes LESS important than talent.

That is why Hollywood so dreadfully avoids Ayn Rand.

March 10, 2011

Nature is trying to kill you.

Filed under: Perspective — Clint1911 @ 3:01 pm

Let me get this out before the rest of the world runs with it.

Nature is trying to kill you.

I’ve been saying this for five years now. I would like to do a video series on survival and lesson ONE is:

Nature is trying to kill you.

I’m not the first guy to say this. I won’t be the last. Maybe this will kick off into a meme someday. Maybe we will need to teach grown adults, who should know better, this simply fact everyday for the rest of, well, forever.

It is too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer.
There is only so much to eat.
Most of it will kill you.
The animals are not your furry friends.

If you don’t know what you are doing, you -are going- to die.

No, not in bed all calm and peaceful-like with family around you. More like cold, hungry, thirsty, scared, alone, in pain, going out of your mind and miserable.

And young.

There is a reason we plant crops. There is a reason we use tech. It is NOT to make a few people rich. It IS to keep MANY people alive.

March 7, 2011


Filed under: Perspective,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 10:26 pm

You do NOT have a right NOT to be offended.

You do not have a right to have anything that may or may not offend you removed from your path so you don’t have to bother with it.

You do NOT have the right to expect other people to go out of their way based on on what YOU may or may not approve of.

So that nice gay couple holding hands as they walk down the street….

If that bothers you…


If you can’t handle the sight of harmless things just because you don’t like them then you need to…

Harden up.

Likewise you do NOT have a right to “feel safe.”

You do not have the right to expect other people to go out of their way to provide you a “safe” environment or keep random people from harming you.

(You CAN expect people to NOT go out of their way to harm you but that is fundamentally different.)

You are responsible for your own safety!

You are only as safe as YOU make YOURSELF to be.

And if you are too good to put your own effort into YOUR safety, then you have NO right to expect other people do put effort into YOUR safety.

If you cannot handle the idea of being an adult and taking responsibility for yourself, your life and (by implication) your own safety then you need to…

Harden up.

March 4, 2011

Perspective on speed and “standing still”

Filed under: Perspective,Science — Clint1911 @ 10:03 pm

25000 mi / 24 hr = 1041.66… MPH

Earth’s Circumference at the Equator: 24901.55 miles (40075.16 km).

Those roughly 25,000 miles pass by in 24 hours, at a speed of 25000/24 or just over 1000 miles per hour.

Multiply the planet’s circumference by the cosine of your latitude to see how fast the Earth is rotating where you are.

cosine(31 degrees) * (25,000 / 24) = 892.882605
cosine(39 degrees) * (25,000 / 24) = 809.527043
cosine(41 degrees) * (25,000 / 24) = 786.155813
cosine(40 degrees) * (25,000 / 24) = 797.962962
cosine(49 degrees) * (25,000 / 24) = 683.394822

1 MPH = 1.46666… fps
100 MPH = 146.7 fps

So at 41 degrees North, the dirt under my feet is spinning around the Earth’s axis at 1153.029 fps.

That’s fast. That’s faster than most commercial airliners. It’s even faster than many pistol bullets.

Even better….

The Earth is also moving around the Sun at about 67,000 miles per hour.

March 1, 2011

How to share a trivial issue

Filed under: Perspective,Rules — Clint1911 @ 10:17 am

First the three rules….

Clint’s Rules

1 Do nothing counter-productive.
2 Do not complain about a problem unless you are part of the solution.
3 Do not tell people they are wrong without telling them how to be right!

I’m going to give you two rants. Which one do you prefer?

“When” rhymes with “Hen” so it makes sense that it has a “W” in front. So why is “Went” is “When” with a “T” at the end so why isn’t it spelled “Whent”?

And what about “What”? It does not rhyme with “Hat”
But “Wut”??? No, Thank, You.

[Note: The above violates rule three.}

“When” rhymes with “Hen” so it makes sense that it has a “W” in front. However, “Went” is “When” with a “T” at the end so it makes prefect sense to spell it “Whent”. Which I sometimes do when I’m typing fast. It’s still wrong, but it seems right. Well, right-ish…

Then there is “What” which does not rhyme with “Hat” and thank goodness, because I would hate to have to spell whut, wut, or wuat. It is a simple matter that the “a” in “What” is different than the “a” in “Whack”.

#1 is clever and funny but it is talking <down to you.
#2 takes a little bit longer to write but is a friendly conversation where you are brought in an a journey of thoughts.

Want: as in I want to buy a new gun. (This is a gun blog after all)
Start with the word “on”


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