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

consider the symbology

Uniformed, badged personnel, operating under the authority and power of an authoritarian set of laws granting them extra-Constitutional capacities, instruct you – an American citizen who has broken no laws and done no wrong – to adopt a position of submission – hands above your head – before entering a chamber that could, on quick glance, resemble a high-tech shower stall.  After that, you will be "allowed" to enter the secure side of the area […]

near enough to plugging your phone into a tree

Right now, the "prepper" side of my brain is currently leaning towards the "buy more ammunition" side of the spectrum (if only because ammo is something I can use right now), but one must not neglect the other aspects of keeping one’s family and one’s self safe and comfortable during times of emergency (though ammo can always be used as currency as well), and Jason helpfully pointed out that the Biolite stove he pointed me […]

race-baiting bores me

For me, the whole Martin/Zimmerman case is functionally over – the incident is being investigated, and if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that a murder transpired*, I have every reason to believe that Zimmerman will be charged, and that is exactly the way the system is supposed to work.

On the other hand, the fallout from this case has just begun, and I shudder to think how far the ripples will travel.

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get a bearing on the bathroom

I was happily blessed with fairly effective night vision, which I guess makes up for my overall poor eyesight, but unfortunately Better Half was not so equipped in the Grand Character Building Roll in the Sky (I think we both agree her other stats make up for this), so we have a small army of these low-draw night lights stationed at strategic hallways, stairwells, and so forth around the house. Collectively, they pull all of […]

i kind of want one

I know I sound like more than a little Johnny-Come-Lately when I say something like this, but I actually came up with this idea a while ago, for an entirely different application, and, like most things I imagine, I had no idea what to do with it.

Thankfully, the folks at BioLite were not so encumbered.

My idea was not nearly so well-developed… Specifically, many years ago, I snagged a Dual Fuel Stove […]

find a niche

More safes need 120V wall outlets, USB ports, and RJ45 ethernet sockets. No, really, Cannon seems to have integrated those features into most (all?) of their "gun safe" lines.

This is pretty awesome.

As WizardPC indicates, you would not want to shove a full-blown desktop PC in there due to heat concerns (and leaving your safe open to vent it seems somewhat counter-productive), but if you had some kind of "plug computer" concept […]

quote of the day – robb allen

Military members/veterans, employees in any business in the world, and countless other people are probably familiar with the Peter Principle, though they may have never actually heard it called that. The idea is fairly simple: "in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their ‘level of incompetence’".

In other words: you do well, you get promoted; you do well at you new job, you get promoted again; you do well […]

giving thanks

Even with generators, some lights, fireplace, lots of blankets, high-tech clothing, microwaves, battery-powered radios, and the like; it would appear as though “civilization” is defined as “hot shower and soap”. Suffice to say, power is back online here in the Pacific NorthWet, for which we are very thankful.

Likewise, we are thankful for those soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen serving away from their families today; and we appreciate that we live in a country […]

and so it goes

Really, I should be laughing my ass off at this article, but I just cannot stop thinking about how well-and-truly screwed our country is, and how we, the American people, not only allowed to happen, but, in some cases, outright demanded that it happen:

For answers, I decided to chat up Rep. Brian Baird, a six-term Democrat from Washington state. Even though he’s never won re-election with less than 56% of the vote, Mr. […]

it needs to be spread

I cannot, and should not, add anything to this:

Gun control laws are absolutely a feminist issue, but for the exact opposite reason simpering cowards like the author above believe. Gun control laws do absolutely nothing but make the most effective means of self defense difficult or impossible to utilize by innocent people. They do not nor have they ever made any reduction in criminal use of firearms, or any other crime. Just look […]