Yesterday, I received this email, twice, with the subject of “we want your blog – http://wallsofthecity.net”:
My name is David Smith and I work for GunAuction.com. Your website, http://wallsofthecity.net has sparked our interest. Recently we have realized that we are in need of high ranking blogs about guns. Our company is working to build a blog network that will be seen by millions. With gun rights under attack, we want to create an effective network for letting the public know about current legislation, and new gun products. We’ve started some blogs from scratch, but as you know, it will be months before they develop a following. With the work you’ve already done, we would like to acquire your blog so that we can release our content quickly and effectively. In order to maintain your page rank and not alienate your reader base, our intention would be to keep the content of what you have – just use your blog as a base to release even more gun related material.
If you are willing to utilize our content or even sell us your blog, please let me know. Depending on your ranking and quality of blog we would be willing to compensate you accordingly.
David Smith GunAuction.com Phone: #530-831-0236 Support: #877-486-2828 [email protected]
Interestingly, this email came to my “normal” address, rather than the one typically associated with this site, and addressed me by my carbon name. After some brief thought, I responded with:
I cannot even begin to describe how unethical your request is, and how insulting it is. I have filed both of the identical emails you sent me as spam, and will do so with anything further you send me. Do not contact me again.
This evening, I received this email, with the subject of “Clarification and Follow-Up”:
Thank you for your response to our proposal. GunAuction.com respects the major contributions that the gun bloggers have and continue to make to Gun Culture 2.0, bringing important new viewpoints and an entire new generation into the broader gun community. Your efforts have allowed the gun community to step beyond “preaching to the choir”.
We support your hard work and we want to help it have even more impact. With the tools below, including our content writers and content exchange with our online gun magazine GunNews, we think we can help your blog grow and you can help our online presence grow at the same time.
We are working on offering more options to bloggers and are open to suggestions. We’ve already identified some options (below) that may work for you. Call me and let’s talk about what works for YOU.
• Banner Ads or Text Links - We offer this option as a per click program. (I.e., a fee paid for each click-through to GunAuction.com) but are willing to discuss annual lump sums in special cases. We will provide both artwork and guidance on setting the text or art up so you will be compensated.
• Content Sharing - We provide, at no cost, relevant gun content for your blog, helping both parties build ranking. You would retain editorial control – any financial agreement would need to be individually arranged. This also includes mutual content sharing as an option, where we would exchange articles with you.
• Recruiting Partnership - We provide a steady income stream for recruiting new users to gunauction.com
• Purchase of blog - We leave all previous content the same including URL and use our in-house content writers to build readership and online visibility. (Our content writers would post on it daily). Depending on the agreement, you would continue as a contributor.
If this interests you, give me a call. I will also be at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous with the GunAuction bowling ball mortar, leading the Frosty Beverage Initiative in the evenings. If you can’t attend GBR or we’re not able to meet in person, know that I am grateful for your efforts in helping to protect our gun rights. Please contact me through email or phone!
David Smith GunAuction.com Office: 530-831-0236 Support: 877-486-2828 [email protected]
My response was:
Y’know, what with me being on hiatus and all, I was not going to post about this, but I think you just convinced me to. I guess my readers will owe you for that.
As promised, this email has been categorized as spam. Eventually, Google will start catching on.
Do not contact me again.
Lest you think my reaction was extreme, I shared the first email with some of my fellow webloggers, whose responses ranged from laughing at it, to profanity and indignation. To a person, no one seemed impressed with GunAuction.com or Mr. David Smith.
Allow me to be perfectly clear. I will go out of my way to not do business with GunAuction.com in the future, which should not be hard, considering I had never even heard of them before now. This site is not for sale; I will torch all of the content and simply keep the domain name registered until the entropic death of the universe before I sell it. “Buying” a site, leaving the existing content, and then injecting your own on top of it is unethical; if both parties agree to it, they can knock themselves out, but it is damned misleading.
If David had lead with “Hey, can we put a banner on your site?” I probably would have bit-bucketed it and never given it a second thought. If David had comprehended the phrase, “Do not contact me again,” I probably would not have written this post. As it is, though, GunAuction.com can kiss my hairy white ass.
How is it that “court costs” are fully six times the amount of a citation fee?
For that matter, how are there court costs at all if you waive the hearing and eat the citation?
Oh well. Looks like my first ever speeding ticket has been achieved in a rented Jeep Compass; sadly, the state trooper’s incredulity at my getting that heap up to the speed he recorded did nothing to get me out of it.
Based on personal experience and for a plethora of reasons I am simply not going to get into on here, if I should ever find myself in the market for an early-model, older, non-American, or otherwise importable Land Rover again, I will not be using GMR 4×4 out of Charlotte, VT. I wish I could tell you who I would use, but I have insufficient experience with any other company. Although, really, this whole experience may have completely soured me on the notion of long-distance car shopping (which is a hell of a thing to say when I am trying to sell a car of my own on the internet, but there it is).
Remember that Pre-Production Mustang Bullitt I have for sale? It is still for sale, it is still awesome, and its asking price is down to $20,000 or best offer. Its mileage just went past 67,000, but aside from that, nothing much else has changed. This car needs to be gone out of my driveway by the end of the month, so make whatever offer you feel like you can back; I am willing to entertain anything.
We are days away from closing on our new house in Raleigh, and things are getting down to the wire. One of the ongoing difficulties is that our offer, and the standard offer contract for North Carolina, apparently, specified that the current homeowners would leave anything attached to the walls where it was – this includes shelving, curtain rods, and so forth.
Imagine our surprise when we arrived at the house a few weeks ago for the house inspection and discovered curtain rods jammed willy-nilly into the trash can on the street. The owners had left the downstairs rods but taken every rod and mount out of every bedroom and left all the holes unrepaired. When we inquired, apparently they wanted to take their master bedroom rods with them, and the kid bedroom rods were "broken" (they certainly had to break them to get them into the trash can) and they did not want to leave them, so did they want us to patch the holes or put up new rods?
Well, all the bedrooms are painted specific colors, and trying to patch them to match would not be something I would trust an average homeowner to do, so we requested they just put up something, and if we did not like it we would take it down and figure out a fix later.
The response back was that the home owners would not be putting up curtain rods, and their realtor was offering a $50 Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card to compensate for it. No explanation was given for the change in tune.
The current homeowners are unquestionably in breach of contract – something our realtor and their realtor both acknowledge – and we would be well within our rights to simply walk away, over something as stupidly inconsequential as curtain rods, but the homeowners still dug their feet in. Further, understand that their house has already almost-sold once (that it fell through previously was not their fault, though the public perception of sales that fall through is negative regardless of who is to blame), and us backing out now would cost both parties somewhere on the order of thousands of dollars in unrecoverable costs. Each.
Over curtain rods. That they contractually agreed to leave in the house.
So their realtor sucked it up, and rather than lose his ~3% cut of the sale price, offered a way to fix the situation himself.
These homeowners have children, and I can only imagine – and fear – that they will pass on the same character qualities that cause someone to conclude that a contract for a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar house is worth breaking over <$50 in parts and 30 minutes in labor.
People see our country and our culture slowly rotting around us and understandably cast about for explanations; unfortunately, the big, flashy items – things that are more likely symptoms rather than the core problem, if even related at all – grab their attention right off the bat. Personally, I contend it is the little things, things like keeping the terms of a contract you signed, where you will find the true source of a society’s success… or failure.
If you don’t like what I write here (or, I guess, wrote here), you are kindly invited not to read it. Oh, you can tell me you don’t like it, but, really, it won’t matter. This is my site, I paid for it, and I will write what I do or do not wish to; if I choose to turn this site into wall-to-wall beat poetry at some point in the future, you are just going to have to deal.
If, however, you are too much of a coward to tell me to my face that you do not like what I write, and instead whinge about it (on a treatise-level scale) at some other site, well congratulations! You are one of the many reasons I chose to stop blogging.
Enjoy the silence. Unfortunately, that means you will not have much to whine about here.
My other review on the single stack 1911/LCP/whatever small pistol magazine magholders is available here.
I picked up two of these, left hand rear facing (right hand forward facing), and wish that I had gotten one of each. The magholders do a good job keeping the magazine in place as you might expect, and vertical alignment is nice. The retention is tight, but not too tight. The vertical alignment is great for concealment and makes it much easier to keep a full size pistol magazine exactly where you’d like it.
My big complaint is that I wish the magholders were a little wider, the full size double stack magazines tend to stick out quite a bit if you have them at say, 7 o’clock or something that is not 12, 3, 6, or 9. If the magholder itself were a little wider, it appears it would hold the magazine a little tighter and give better concealment.
I’d give these a 4/5 and would suggest anyone in the market for a way to hold a spare magazine on their person check them out. It appears that Mark now offers models for Sigs, XDs, Glocks, M&Ps, and (as before) 1911s and small single stack pocket rockets.
If you use the discount code “chickenhammer” courtesy of my buddy Chaz you should get free shipping or 10% off or something nice like that.
So, I figured I’d put some thoughts together on this whole “the government actually has been monitoring us like the tin foil hat folks have been saying for years”.
That almost sums it up. I’m really disappointed more people aren’t taking action or even TALKING about this. It may seem daunting, overwhelming, or scary, and it probably is all of that, but nevertheless those that actually care about this country need to be doing something.
I’ve reached out to all of my elected officials (ha!), I’ve sent money to the EFF, and I intend to get money to the ACLU to aid in their lawsuit against these infringements upon our basic fracking human right to privacy.
This is also a great reminder that both parties suck. Most of this started under Bush 2, and continues under Bush 3. We only know about this because one man was brave enough to stand up and say something. He gave up his six figure job and his stripper girlfriend on a gorgeous island to go to…Russia. That’s how wrong he knows what they are doing to be.
Anyone out there taking action or doing anything? Know anyone doing anything about it?
If, like me, you do not like giving the notoriously anti-rights Gawker Media any pageviews, here are the high points:
What I like most about this Bullitt is that it’s kind of a stealth fighter. The chrome, the spoiler, and the badges are all gone, and the wheels are black. It’s sinister, and it’s so understated it almost feels like something a detective like Frank Bullitt would drive.
If you’re going to get a 2005-2009 Mustang, this is one of the ones you really want.
More than that, they represent what it’s like to get a special edition right. Ford could have easily painted these cars green and called it a day, but they actually put thought into both of them, making them worth the extra premium. The Bullitt Mustangs don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk.
In fact, the Bullitt is what the GT should have been from day one. The sounds it makes are intoxicating… Ford has crafted a very special Mustang that feels fantastic, mile after thundering mile.
I can disagree with nothing either author wrote.
Now, take all of that, and add to it the fact that the car I am selling is one of a tremendously select few – those used for publicity photos, car shows, and so forth, before the mainline Bullitts were even produced – and you have something tremendously awesome indeed (despite the notion that I appear to have offended the Bullitt Gods by, y’know, daring to drive and fiddle with the thing a bit).
(* – Fret not; the only affiliation that site and The Truth About Guns have at this point is the same backstabbing, yellow-journalistic lowlife founded both. He apparently abandoned / got kicked out of TTAC, and one can only hope he will be doing the same with TTAG in the near future.)
In 1968, Steve McQueen charged across the screen in the critically acclaimed movie “Bullitt“, which featured one of the best car chase scenes in all of Hollywood’s history. However, one of the biggest characters in the movie never had any speaking lines – a 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback painted in, of course, hunter green.
40 years later, Ford released the 2008 Bullitt Edition Mustang GT, but before that, they wanted to ensure people would be interested in purchasing such a thing. So they built a series of about 20 pre-production vehicles to use at the LA Auto Show, in publicity photos, and one lucky vehicle even got to reproduce some of the iconic chase scene. The pre-production cars are mechanically and functionally identical to the final production run of Bullitts (which, in turn, are identical to Mustang GTs… only better), but they’re a pretty select crowd indeed.
I bought this car from a Mazda dealership up around Chicago towards the end of 2009, and they apparently got it from an auto auction clearinghouse; apparently no one really knew what they had. Since then, I have performed all the required maintenance, changed its oil every ~3000 miles, and moderately upgraded its appearance and performance. Please note that all modifications listed below are easily reversible in about two hours, total, should you choose to do so.
The Bullitt is mechanically and functionally sound, I have all of the maintenance documentation and paperwork for it, and it is a total blast to drive. So why am I selling this awesome car, if there’s nothing mechanically or aesthetically wrong with it? Simple: it does not have four wheel drive, clearance to get over much more than a speed bump, or space to hold a lot more than carry-on luggage – it *is*, after all, a Mustang. We’re moving soon, and I think it is time for something a little more… functional. That decision is your gain, though.
Asking Price: $19,000 OBO (and if you are a regular reader/commenter, I am sure we can work something out)
- In May of 2010, the Bullitt was in an accident that necessitated the replacement of basically everything on the front-left side of the car: fender, bumper, wheel, tire, suspension, hood, etc. The repairs were professionally completed by the Collision Center at Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville on Parkside Drive (a USAA-authorized repair center), and you cannot tell it ever happened.
- The car has been my daily driver, and has minor wear to the left bolster of the driver’s seat, some minor scratches around the driver’s door handle, and a few minor chips on the leading edge of the hood and bumper; I have tried to photograph and document all of this (additional photos on request).
- 70,000+ miles (this will increase the longer the listing is up).
No warranty is implied or stated on this vehicle. The car is NOT on a “salvaged title”; the title is clear and I own it outright. I have attempted to represent it in the most honest and factual way possible. Please contact me if you have any questions.
NO TRADES PLEASE; the replacement vehicle has already been purchased. Willing to consider partial payment in firearms, ammunition, or precious metals. Willing to work with shippers, at your cost. The car is, of course, in Raleigh, NC.
Feel free to email me directly at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net” if you are interested.
I used to be a fairly handy shot with a simple recurve bow when I was a child – maybe not Legolas quality, but I could consistently whack and/or nick bullseyes at ranges where they were difficult to make out – but like so many other things, I rather got out of practice over the years. Our backyard is almost perfect for setting up a bow range, but I have been wishy-washing about what type of bow to get, and what company, and what materials, and yadda yadda. That community is almost more complex than firearms.
Well, Bob S may have solved my conundrum: meet the Primal Gear Unlimited Folding Bow. Superficially it is “just” a straight bow, but things get interesting when you fold the limbs of the bow into the body, and it collapses down into a 23″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″ form; can you say “trunk bow” (something I do not think any state would object to, unlike trunk rifles)? Your arrows will end up being longer than your bow. Plus, the folding functionality allows the same chassis to use 50 pound or 55 pound arms, or replace the arms should they break or be damaged.
That is pretty awesome.
No, it may not be the most epic bow in the world – it can sling shafts at about 160fps, compared to 300+ for mid-range compound bows – but at a current price less than $150, I would not exactly ask it to be. It does seem like a hoot that will not take up a lot of space in your closet, though…
I guess since I announced this on Facebook I might as well here too: we will be moving to Raleigh, NC before the end of the year.
Better Half already has a job (which is why we are moving), but does anyone know of any companies in the area that could use a Georgia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineer who spent four years driving ships for the Navy and currently manages the hardware and front end of a multi-thousand-door physical access control system? Drop me a note at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net” and I can sling you a resume.
Now we just have to make the repairs to the house we had been planning on, get the yard back to a presentable state, list the house, pack up our belongings, find a new house there, move, and countless other things… Oh, and I am considering transforming the Bullitt into something more… useful (more on that later), which only adds to the complexity. Good times.
Cyanogemod 10.0.0 for Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones (and specifically the T, commonly found on the T-Mobile networks) does not support Picasa synchronization through the Gallery app. Your Google+ app will still happily upload your pictures to your Google Drive online storage space (though that space is now limited if you upload full-resolution pictures), you simply will not be able to see any pictures stored on the “cloud” from your ph.
Conveniently, the Google Apps file “gapps-jb-picasa-20121011-signed.zip”, found here, fixes that problem if you flash it onto your phCM10.
Inconveniently, the Picasa Sync Google Apps file also limits your camera to 3 megapixels. The Galaxy S3 actually has an 8MP onboard camera, and arguably one of the better ones in modern/new smartphones. So far as I can tell, this little detail regarding hamstringing your hardware is mentioned… nowhere.
Doubly inconveniently, the Picasa-Sync-compatible camera/gallery file is not named the same as all of the other standard Google/Samsung camera/gallery apps (while you have separate app icons for “camera” and “gallery”, they are, in effect, the same actual app), so methods for removing it are not immediately obvious. I stumbled across these instructions:
Go to /system/app and delete GalleryGoogle.apk
Go to /system/addon.d/ and delete 72-gapps-picasa.sh
…However, I had to reflash Cyanogenmod (without wiping any data) in order to regain any camera/gallery functionality. A simple reboot, as per those instructions, was insufficient.
All that said, if you do want anand Picasa sync on your Galaxy S III, plus the newfangled “photosphere” concept Google is playing around with, check this out. I can confirm that pressing the shutter button without first focusing the camera does cause it to crash, but if you remember to just tap-to-focus or long-press the shutter button every time, you are good to go.
This is when having an external SD card is so tremendously helpful. Every *.zip I have ever used to modify my phone is backed up to it, along with all of my actual phone backups. Crashes that take out both internal and external SD cards are not unheard of, though, so it is not a bad idea to keep backups on a separate computer.
I swear, for as “hackable” as Android was supposed to be, some things are just a pain in the ass.
Hey, it is my site, so I can claim I said something worthy of note.
Regular readers will know that I generally try my best to eschew logical fallacies, not just because they are fallacies, but also because they are so often – and so ineffectively – wielded against us and our rights. With that in mind, the following quote may surprise people in that, superficially, it appears to be nothing more than a rank stereotype; however, the more I think about it, the less fault I find in it:
The only people who would have a problem with me defending myself are those who wish to do me harm.
In fairness, there are those unfortunate souls who genuinely believe that any and all violence is a Very Bad Thing (TM) to be avoided at any and all costs, in which case this: "… are those who do not care about harm happening to me," should be added to the end of the quote, but, realistically, given the fact that violent people do exist in this world and the fact that they do prey on other people, is such a lack of caring any better, morally or logically, than actively wishing ill upon another person? I contend "not really", but, then, I was raised at the knees of Asimov and Heinlein.
In any case, look askance upon any and all who argue that self-defense is wrong, or that the ownership of the means to effect your own defense is wrong; they do not have your best interests at heart, which raises the question of whom they are helping…