“I look out for me and mine. That don't include you 'less I conjure it does. Now you stuck a thorn in the Alliance's paw -- that tickles me a bit. But it also means I gotta step twice as fast to avoid 'em, and that means turnin' down plenty of jobs. Even honest ones. Put this crew together with the promise of work, which the Alliance makes harder every year. Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well not be another. So here's us, on the raggedy edge.”
by Captain Malcolm Reynolds


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gunblogging psa

In the past week, two major firearm-related weblogs, including Old NFO‘s, have been hacked and some/all of their data was temporarily/permanently deleted/lost.

Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action… and whether or not you believe in coincidence is up to you.

In general, you should be in the habit of changing/updating your passwords at least once a year, but if it has been around that long (or longer) […]

2012, in review

It is that time of the year again… Just like all the previous posts like this one, I am using Google Analytics data, with the same warning that its numbers do not match the numbers generated by other statistics engines. Likewise, we will compare numbers against last year.

Absolute Unique Visitors: 94,843 (35% increase)

Visits: 174,805 (9% increase)

Peak Daily Visitors: 1,549 (23JAN12) (27% decrease)

Average Daily Visitors: 478.92 (9% increase)

Pageviews: 244,249 (not […]

cloudy with a chance of images

Thanks to the new Photon service of the WordPress Jetpack, all images contained within posts on this site are now being served by WordPress’ own content delivery network. This should be transparent to you, the users (in fact, I had to actually check the links of images to make sure pressing the "engage" button did anything at all) and should (I use that term tentatively) decrease load times for the site.

If you encounter […]

well this is annoying

When you all comment here, is it automatically enrolling you in comment subscriptions for that post?  It appears Jetpack might be breaking in new and exciting ways. 

men at work

Things may get a bit strange around here for the next few hours… Hopefully nothing major will break, but you never know with me. 

[Update] Things seem to have reached a steady-state again.  If anything is non-functional, drop me an email. [/Update]

danced right on out of there

On account of Google’s ongoing efforts to make Blogger as difficult to use as humanly possible, BlueSun has decided to make the jump to WordPress. He is not quite up to a self-hosted site yet, but something tells me he will appreciate the change in venue and the additional control he can exercise over his material.

Update your targeting solutions… er… bookmarks appropriately.

paul helinski just does not know when to quit

Paul Helinski, president of GunsAmerica, simply does not understand the Internet or how it works.  This profound ignorance is rather surprising in this day and age, especially since he claims to have been using the “network of tubes” for the past 15 years or so, but being the gracious and generous person I am, I took it upon myself to try to correct this oversight yesterday. 

Apparently, I was too late: 

Alas, I […]

only so much time in the day

Since the recent WordPress 3.3 “Update” has broken not only its interactions with Windows Live Writer but also the Android WordPress app and the onboard WordPress Jetpack plugin, in the place of any meaningful post that I would have written in the time I wasted trying to troubleshoot and correct someone else’s poor code, I give you some appropriately seasonal videos, courtesy of my parents:

Am I being too much of […]

check your mailboxes

For those few of you who used the “subscribe to comments” functionality offered by this site, I have replaced the plugin responsible for that capability with the JetPack service offered by WordPress itself.  On the “good news” side, this reduces the workload for my server, moves all of your subscriptions to one central location where you can manage them (assuming more sites do what I am doing), seems to give you more control over the […]

there are alternatives

Now that Blogger has once again demonstrated how craptacular it can be, I figure I will publicize this little offer a little more than I have in the past.

I have an unlimited storage / unlimited bandwidth account with Dreamhost, and, as you can imagine, I use an absurdly small amount of it on a daily basis. As such, I have space to spare, which leads me to realize that other people could use […]

*prodprod* seems to work

Well, after about six hours of work (and probably a little more theme editing today), the weblog is back up and running in more-or-less its original form… I did have to nuke it back to the stone age and completely reload it in order to cure whatever problems Google Reader was having when processing the feeds, but at least all of those work now. Speaking of, I do not monitor all of the feeds, so […]

about time

And speaking of Oleg Volk, he now has nice, shiny, new, WordPress-powered digs at VolkStudio Blog! Please update your blogrolls and RSS feeds appropriately!


I am invariably behind the curve, but, eventually, I do manage to catch up.

In the left toolbar, you currently should be able to find a Facebook Social Plugin, a Google Friend Connect, and a Twitter stream for this webpage, down under the “Social” category – feel free to do with those whatever it is one does. (For some reason, the Google Friend Connect thing is having a devil of a time working… I […]