“You can be told the whole truth all day long, by if you won't believe it, then no, I don't suppose you ever will know it.”
by Miles Vorkosigan




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could […]

something did, indeed, break

Well, I was right, as I so often am: it was awesome to watch.

Tuff-Writer emailing BlendTec to have one of the former’s pens featured in the latter’s “Will It Blend?” video series? Kind of predictable, given the two company’s positions in their respective fields.

Tuff-Writer saying, “Screw it, we will buy our own blender,” when BlendTec does not respond? Kind of hardcore, and indicative of a […]

well, something is going to break

I pretty much love County Comm Stainless Steel Embassy Elite Pen (you can procure an updated version here or a titanium version here) – it would unquestionably harm someone if used as a kubotan, but it is not pointy, sharp, or in any way obvious, and thus I have been able to take it onto aircraft without so much as even a "by your leave" here in the States, […]

flipside wallet, follow-up

As hard as it is to take pictures of firearms without highlighting the scratches in their finishes, you would think taking pictures of a plastic wallet to show the scratches would be easier… 

Anywise, back in May, the good folks at FlipSide Wallet provided me a test-and-evaluation unit after I sent my old, leather wallet on an unscheduled washing machine excursion.  Since then, it has served as my primary wallet, […]

tactical stupidity

I have made a point of observing how little attention my County Comm Stainless Embassy Elite Pen receives at airport security checkpoints around the world, but SayUncle points us to indications that the TSA is even more devoid of common sense than we thought:

When is a pen not just a pen? The answer is when it doubles as a potential weapon.

A TSO […]