since this just happened


Yes, that is the Firefly / D&D alignment chart I drew up years ago, being featured on Google+’s “What’s Hot” (right next to some further inanity from the dick who exhorts others to not be like him, sadly, but I will take what I can get).  Shiny. 

Since it got that kind of attention, I figure I might as well post this: 


Yeah.  I went there. 

can’t stop the signal

I could have told you this was going to happen:

This playset has an interesting history. Originally the design was put up on the LEGO CUUSOO site with the possibility of becoming an actual LEGO branded product with a required 10,000 votes. After just a couple of months, in what must have been some sort of speed record, all votes were obtained and success seemed imminent. Much to the chagrin of supporters everywhere, the playset did not pass LEGO’s review, despite recognition, praise, and visibility from a bunch of websites,, retweets from 3 of the show’s actors & Grant Imahara. That was the end…or so everyone thought.

Steps have been taken to ensure that this model finally will be available for all. While not an official LEGO set, this is being provided as a service to find & source all the bricks required to put this together, along with the instructions and a few other surprises. Spend your time building the model, not sourcing and waiting for all the parts to come. Instead, get a box of parts in the mail, ready to build. Heck, have the minifigs build it!

Before it sold out and went into backorder until at least February, the price was $385, and that includes 2186 pieces, rotating engines, playable dining area and cargo hold, light-up Firefly drive, minifig-capable cockpit, an opening ramp and bottom hatch, and a model that, when completed, will measure about 24″ x 16″ x 7″. A whole lot of parts of me dare say that would be worth every penny… You can even get the minifig crew to go in it (for another $85, once they are back in stock).


LEGO really missed out on this particular model, just like they appear to have missed out on the Stargate and Terminator franchises, along with Halo in the past. In the end, I suppose they will not care – the guy putting together this set will have to buy the blocks from LEGO regardless – but it is still rather annoying.

Of course, if you are really a hardcore Browncoat Blockhead, you can fork over ~$25k to this guy for a copy of his seven foot long Serenity model. Dood…

(Smaller model found by way of Nerd Approved. Monstrosity pointed out to me by John Hardin.)

because it is shiny

I have, and need, no better excuse than that for this: 


What’s that, you say?  It looks remarkably like something from some movie or television series you might have seen once upon a time? 

I have no idea what you are talking about. 


None at all. 


In all seriousness, this is far from an every-day carry rig, for a variety of reasons, but the TT-33 is far from an every-day carry firearm, for a variety of reasons as well (most notably its complete and utter lack of anything even approximating an “internal safety”).  However, there is something particularly compelling about putting a firearm in like that in a holster like that.  Obviously it is not a perfect rendition – for instance, the thumb break was impossible with a semi-automatic firearm, and the direction of the buckle on Mal’s rig bugged the hell out of the guy who made mine, so he turned it around – but I dare say it gets the point across. 

If you want one of your own, contact [email protected] at “oldradartech (at) hughes (dot) net”; he can obviously make them for TT-33 platforms, even ones with the whacky-arsed muzzle brake attached, and I imagine you could talk him into something similar for 1911s or a couple other different firearms as well.  From what I understand, this rig design is better-suited for revolvers than semi-autos, if that makes a difference to you. 

(Union of Allied Planets Standard Mineral Claim Form borrowed from here, in compliance with their Creative Commons licenses.  ‘Verse money borrowed from here.) 

(Thanks to Better Half for the latter two pictures.) 

cunning kittehs

So in the process of discussing the logistics of how to blow up my mortgage, the following conversation transpired: 

adambaldwinjaynekitteh@bobslaughter:  @linoge_wotc NP put me down as interested then. BTW, have you ever told @adamsbaldwin about your copy of Vera?

@linoge_wotc@bobslaughter I did. Even sent him this: No response.@adamsbaldwin

@adamsbaldwin@linoge_wotc Purrfect! @bobslaughter

I probably came off sounding like a whiny fanboi, but I dare say that constitutes a “win” regardless; Nancy R.’s response was a wholly-acceptable, “I’ll be in my bunk.” 

Speaking of, have you voted for the Jayne kittehs yet?  If not, you should, if only because they really, really like my Saiga…