Ambivalent Skeptic

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.

December 30, 2011

Finally made it to 100

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 10:37 am

In honor of my 100th post, I’ll feature (that other) Clint on malf drills

With the end-of-year festivities upon us, and a new year coming, be sure to keep your gun-handling skills up.

Because every time you hit a milestone, you should review the basics.

Here’s Clint Smith:

Remember, K.I.S.S. Originally meant (in public speaking) Keep It Short and Simple.

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.)

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