Ambivalent Skeptic

May 21, 2011

Rules update-guidelines

Filed under: Rules — Clint1911 @ 2:25 pm

What I had previously called my “rules” Are now called Guidelines.

I think that the safety rules should be the only thing called simply “the rules” and I hope this prevents confusion.

And for good measure, My Guidelines are:

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!

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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?

#1
“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.}

#2
“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.

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

On
Hon
Whon
Whont
Want

December 14, 2010

There is what you Think, what you Know, and what you can Prove.

Filed under: Philosophy,Rules — Clint1911 @ 10:32 am

I must have about a dozen posts that are half finished waiting to published. The kicker is I hate it when people who should know better don’t do the research. Gun writers are notorious for this. One guy recently wrote how the slide cycled because, of all things, the gas pressure! Oh boy, so he basically stated that the 1911 is gas operated when it is clearly short-recoil operated. Being recoil operated the bullets forward momentum pushes the barrel/slide back due to Newton’s law about “equal and opposite reactions.” The gas pressure is irrelevant.

There I go getting off topic again!

Now as far as bad habits go, being a perfectionist is not the worst but still…

How much should I back up my conclusions or should I make statements with just a little background? After all, I can always do a second post if one aspect needs clarifying. What about numbers? Is the WAG method good enough” or should I hold my proverbial tongue

Look at my syntax. I don’t write “he said” I write “he stated.” I use “proverbial” when using a figure of speech. And I don’t “say” anything on the internet, I write it.

Ok, here is the deal. I have a good bit of knowledge and perspective on firearms. I my opinion, the biggest problem in the gun community is not the clashing of egos but that there is so much false data out there. Reagan said about liberals that their biggest problem was that so much of what they “knew” was flat out wrong. Personally, I think this problem is holding back a lot of people who are new to shooting and frustrating long time gun people.

So I wish to correct some popular misconceptions. But, well, there is NO value in being the guy who points out how everyone else is wrong.

Look at my Theodore Roosevelt quote, and my personal rules.

Being human, I’M going to be wrong.

There is what you Think, what you Know, and what you can Prove.

Too many people “think” they understand based on incomplete or incorrect information. I myself, have had to revise several ideas lately due to a wealth of new knowledge.

Do you know that many people still believe the FBI dropped the 10mm due to recoil? This despite the fact that the current 40S&W ammo has more recoil than the issued 10mm load. How can this be? Simple, they just do not know that the “FBI lite” loading for the 10mm predates the guns by about two years. Yep, that’s right. The FBI never issued full house 10mm loads. And why should they, the “lite” loads maxed out the IWBA tests.

(You may notice that in the above paragraph, I wrote “about two years.” Should I be more exact, or are I going the route of the stupid gunwriters who spread rumors as fact? Of course with all my files at home and no personal internet at work, such an absolutist stance would seriously cramp my blogging time.)

So where is the line where I should share my bounty of knowledge? Should I share what I “know” or only that which I can “prove”? The reasonable approach is to work with what I Know often and work with the Proof when it is truly needed.

Something I just thought about. Clint Eastwood, when playing Dirty Harry, had mostly good gun handling. He showed the 44 magnum as the powerfully recoiling weapon it is. However he also had a grip on the gun that was not really appropriate so such a gun. But that almost incorrect grip is what allowed the actor to show the recoil so well. You see, he deliberately did a small part wrong in order to do the rest right.

Maybe I should be cool with that? Maybe I should allow myself to be wrong (inadvertently, of course) so that I can A) share more facts and B) learn more in the process. If I never share an incorrect view, I can never be corrected on it.

I’ll just have to deal with the unfortunate ones who wish to correct me when I am right. That is where the Proof elements can come into play.

There is an old Appalachian saying:

It’s not what you don’t know that makes you a fool, it’s what you do know that’s wrong.

November 9, 2010

Rules

Filed under: Rules — Clint1911 @ 7:08 pm

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 came up with these rules when I was sixteen (has it been that long). They’ve been revised a bit in wording and they still hold true. Basically one day I learned that maturity does not come with age but with experience. Two problems developed. First, not everyone learns from their experiences. Second, maturity develops with the right experiences. Sadly, it was too many years later when I learned that last part.

In my young life I was frustrated by people, who should know better, whining. These are the poor fools who never tell you what or how to do something,…until you do it wrong! Too many pessimists raining on everyone’s parade. Which is ironic because a pessimist is usually a failed or fallen opportunist who realized: no, the world isn’t perfect and it neither goes your way nor revolves around you. Then there were (and still are) those among us who live with a wait-and-see attitude until it is too late to do anything. A decision-by-default lifestyle, they choose Nothing by not choosing. And then complain about the lack of Choices!

And the older I become the more I realize that the “Adult World” or “real world” would be a better place if grown ups just stopped acting like children.

Now think of all the problems in your life, at work , at home, with your family, with friends…

Don’t forget the internet…

Now if you, and everyone around you just followed these three simple rules…

No, your life will not be perfect, but wouldn’t it be a little better

…for everyone?

UPDATE: My rules are now called my guidelines.

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