the well finally ran dry

Well this news gives me a rather impressive sad:

“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends backing them up while you can.)


Toni also writes it is unlikely there will be further Baen CD releases bound into hardcover books. “The CDs were in part to train people up to use ebooks. Mission accomplished, there.” Furthermore, the Fifth Imperium Baen CD archive has removed the directly-browseable versions of the Baen CD files it used to offer, breaking many inbound links (including those from my Honor Harrington reviews here), though it continues (at the moment) to make the contents available as zipped and ISO files (though may remove those at some future time as well).

I will not lie; I have read probably half of what is floating around inside that Fifth Imperium link… But I have also purchased more than a few Baen books precisely because they got me hooked by way of their "gateway" books made freely available to the public.

Now… now we will be back in a world where e-books regularly cost more than hardcopies of the same, which has never made a whit of sense to me. Apparently the Baen Free Library is going to stick around – with modifications to its titles so as to not conflict with the Kindle contract – but given how infrequently it has been added to recently, I would go ahead and count on it being back-burnered for the foreseeable future.

In the end, Baen’s authors getting better exposure and royalties is a good thing, but I have to wonder what the cost is going to be. Me, I am going to go ahead and download those ISOs while I can…

(Also, copying DRM-free, not-from-Amazon files over to Kindles is "hard"? Give me a frakking break.)

(Found by way of Larry Correia, who is understandably happy at the news.)

you cannot see me

… But if you could, you would see me getting more exercise in four hours than most "gun control" extremists get in a whole month.


Yup, that is me rocking the traditional Woodland camouflage BDUs complete with Boonie hat, sporting that A&K Masada I was dorking around with last week (unfortunately, said "upgrades" did not work quite as planned, and will require additional work this weekend). Blue Team had just retaken the Town Hall of Rock Ridge (obvious town hall is obvious) at Dead End Airsoft, and were in the progress of pushing the (simulated) North Korean forces out of the town. Oh, and this was after a couple of other guys and I realized that trying to push down the road to the town was a stupid idea, and executed an even stupider idea – going about half a mile out of our way, overland, through various gullies and ridges to get to the town "the back way". Due to the rain, I did not have my Runkeeper-equipped phone with me, but I can guarantee it was a workout.

Once you get past the "is game, is not real" aspect of airsoft, it really does have a lot of promise. It gets you out of your couch/chair/house and moving around, sometimes somewhat rapidly; it really is basically live-action MoH/MW/etc., only with fewer explosions; it teaches you teamwork, squad tactics, and all the rest of that; it hones your reactions and responses; and, possibly best of all, it serves as a "gateway" on to "real steel" firearms, and all of the goodness that comes from those. And, of course, the good news is that a significant fraction of the gear you purchase for airsoft (assuming you get decent quality stuff) will translate right over to firearms – the simulation rifles use the same exact Picatinny rails, the same exact dimensions (for the most part), the same shape magazines, etc. etc. etc.

Oh, and old or not, Woodland camouflage still works just fine… in the right environment. While Red Team was still holding the town, I very slowly made my way down the hill you see behind me, and literally sat right at the edge of the field and the trees for about 2-3 minutes waiting for a good window to do something really stupid. I swear the occupiers looked right at me, but they never saw me. And do not even get me started on those folks in ghillie suits…