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Shotgun Revolver

A revolver is an elegant weapon.  Simple to operate, simple to clean, simple to fix.  You control the rate of fire, you control the spent shells, you control just about everything about it.  I like that, I like control.  I also like Glocks, but my end of the world arsenal will include multiple .44 magnums, which despite what science says, Is the most powerful handgun in the world.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish let’s get this party started.

User rhmc24 created this sick looking revolver shotgun.  By himself.  From scratch.   Look at the craftsmanship on that beauty.  It’s 6x 12ga of power stopping awesome.

All that was custom made with alot of trial and error.  I assume that his trials went semi well to perfectly harmless, because even though I don’t know the first thing about making your own gun, I know that it’s probably one of the more dangerous things you can do yourself.

Her is one last close up where you can see the nice detail of the wood stock, which, is also beautiful.

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Starfish Prime

August 6, 1945, one of the most important days in the history of the world.  The day The United States of America used the first atomic bomb on The Empire of Japan in the closing ceremonies of World War II.  This single day defined the world for the next 50 years.  The dropping of the bomb marked the end of one war, and the beginning of the deadliest race in the history of man – the nuclear arms race.  It’s lead to the downfall of more nations, and the division of more people then almost any event in history.

This day marked the beginning of the modern era, because after that bomb went off, everything changed.  And in a few short years even the dropping of that bomb was overshadowed 1000 times over by the first successful fusion bomb, Ivy Mike.  And then a few short years after that, these weapons of global destruction were attached to massive world spanning rockets, capable of hitting any place on earth, from any other place.

I’m not gonna retell the abridged version of The Cold War, that’s what 7th grade Social Studies is for.  But I am going to tell you about something that you don’t learn in 7th Grade, or in Social Studies, or Chemistry, or Physics, or school in general.  No, what I’m about to share with you is something that the history teachers think is unimportant for the average person to know.  When, when you drill down to the very basics of it, is really the entire essence of what The Cold War was all about – beating the those damned Communists.

To start off this history lesson, I present you with a video.  So get comfortable in your desks as I turn off the lights and treat you to almost 2 minutes of me not talking:

In the 1954, a strange new thing was discovered.  The Van Allen Belt you probably have been told it protects the planet from deadly cosmic radiation.  You were told correctly.  However, did you know that it mere minutes* after it was discovered, they thought to themselves “Let’s see what happens if we blow it up with a nuke.”

The US government proceeded to spend millions of dollars over the next 4 years to do that very thing.  And they didn’t have the luxury of cheap super computers to model this out, they actually fired a missile 250 miles straight up and detonated it’s 1.4 megaton payload.

I like to envision the scientists proposing this to the military with the same old tried and true method “If we don’t do it those commie bastards will”  And in 1950/60s era America, that was all the more reason to do something.  But I can’t help but imagine that after the meeting was over and the scientists walked out of the secret room in the basement of the Pentagon, giddy as schoolboys, going “I wonder what they’ll let us blow up next week?”

In the 1960s (the height of the cold war and very much in my comfort zone of 1950s era America), the most important thing in the United States Military was to beat the Communists.  It didn’t matter how, we just had to do it.  The original idea was to see if they could use the Van Allen Belt to transfer energy from a nuclear blast to a designated point on earth, and destroy it.  Kinda like an ICBM, except, without the giant missile part.  It would be a focused beam of death from the heavens.  Every commanders dream, so of course the military said yes you must figure out how to do this before those Communists do.

The official name was called Starfish Prime, and honestly, that’s an amazing name.  Unfortunately, nothing really happened.  Or, more specifically, nothing useful for the military happened.  Tons of useful data was gained from this, and thousands of civilians got a great light show out of it.

One thing it did do was prove the effectiveness of an EMP, as hundreds of street lamps were knocked out in Hawaii, almost 900 miles away from the blast.  And, as you can see in the picture, the explosion was pretty spectacular as seen from Hawaii.

In the 1950s millions were spent to do something, and get a real result, in 2010 billions are spent to come up with an idea for how to fix a problem that’s not the governments fault.

As I’ve said before, we must go back to the ideology of the 1950s is we are to prosper as a nation again.  It was that thinking of “We can do anything” that led us to develop missiles that can reach any point on earth in an hour, easily travel 3x faster then the speed of sound (when conventional science said it was impossible to go 1x faster then sound), and finally to put a man on the moon.  This kind of thinking, this kind of doing is what made America great, and what will make her great again.


*some time, that same day

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Watch the Olympics

I address you this afternoon not as a ruler of this blog, not as the member of the elite, but as a citizen of humanity.  We are faced with the very gravest of challenges, The Ancient Greeks called this time the Olympiad, the challenge of challenges.  For the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to show these events live all over the globe you can know who will win the curling match.  Our inner thirst for excellence and knowledge, every step on the ladder of progress, even the wars get put on hold so we our nations can provide the tools to win these honorable battles.   Through all of the chaos that is in our world, through all of the wrongs, and mistakes, there is one thing that has elevated our species above our origins, and that is our  desire to win.  The fate of the world rests in the hands of these 2,629 flying into Canada. May we all citizens the world over see these events through, Godspeed, and good luck to you

Yes, I did spend all night coming up with a speech to match the President’s speech in Armageddon.

Yes, I do think that movie is one of the best ever made.

Also you should totally watch the Olympics.  I’ve been streaming them non stop to my computer since Saturday.  There’s nothing like live curling action.

I do have one thing to say though, there are far too many commercials on the non-live games.  Its kinda frustrating, but whatever, I have like 3 different events going on at once, I’m crazy I know.

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People Should Not Be Afraid of Their Governments

But, Governments should not be afraid of their people either.  There needs to be a balance between the two.  I’m not one to start a descussion about that, I’d rather have a hand made bunker under ground in the mountains somewhere, so that when the shit hits the fan, I can survive, and go on to lead the revolution.

Anyway, did you know that October is the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  I didn’t know that, but whatever.  There are all sorts of ways to protect yourself online, all sorts of simple things that get repeated day after day after day on blog after blog after blog, so much so, that most people don’t listen to them anymore (if ever).  Well I’m gonna change that.  Right now, after the click is a list of ways that, if you follow, will make you incredibly hard to track, crack, and smack you online.  Be warned though, as these methods are so crazy that even I don’t follow all of them (yet).

Disclaimer Everything you do online can be found out by anyone with enough time, resources, and dedication.  The very act of connecting your computer to the internet is sometimes enough for someone to find out every single thing about you.  No amount of firewalls, proxies, encryption, or safeguards can protect you from a sentient computer program hell bent on using your credit card to purchase bootleg copies of The Gillmore Girls Season 3 DVD set and then using those in an elaborate series of murders designed to bring down the entire Eastern World.  (And do not even think of an excuse why that will not happen, because it already has!)

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Would you accept this spider as payment?

Do you think that drawing is worth $233.95?  It’s creator did.  But the power company, which was asking for the money did not.

You’ve seen that before, everyone has, it’s just the latest thing to sweep the web (actually, it happened almost a year ago, but whatever).  What you may not know is that that wasn’t the only such transaction that took place.  No, I recently stumbled to this forum post, which led me to his website, which is awesome, I haven’t laughed so much so hard in so long.

His gym membership was going to expire, and he got some emails about renewing it.  There’s no drawings involved, but there are steroids, here’s a clip:

I originally joined your gym with full intentions of attending every few days but after waiting in vain for someone to offer me steroids, I began to suspect this was not going to happen and the realisation that I may have to exercise instead was, quite frankly, horrifying.

And that’s the 3rd or 4th email he sent them.

He also has some other drawings for sale:

You can buy this one of a kind drawing called Whale Looking For Mate for only $2,800.

He then tries to go on a test drive of a motorcycle, without a license.  This conversation is actually pretty civil, with the receiving end, a Mr. Peter taking everything in stride.

You could find out his views on the internet and it’s many faces.

Or the conversation that started with starving children, and just went everywhere else.

I really like the party he gets himself invited to.

Read them all, they’re all good, some other gems I left out because I didn’t want to just go down the side bar and list them all.

His best quality is being able to go off on tangents that make perfect sense in regards to the conversation going on.  I feel like me and him could get along perfectly, and end up talking about the color of the car that my uncle and I passed one day when we were going to the movies, and how it really didn’t fit the person driving it.  I mean, what kind of guy drives a lime green Jeep with a soft top?  It just doesn’t make sense.  I remember the day because me and my uncle were going to see The 6th Day at 10 am, which is the best time to see movies, as there’s no one in the theater, and you can easily go see 3 or four in a day before you get tired of movie popcorn as your only source of food.

Yea, me and him would get along well.

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100 great movie lines

All within 200 seconds.  Now, 200 seconds may not seem like a long time, but in reality, it’s almost 4  minutes. There are plenty of good lines on here, a few omissions, and, from the look/sound of it, it was a pg rated list.  Cause “Welcome to the party pal” isn’t really the most quoted line from Die Hard.  If I had my way, I’d choose one (ok, probably all) of these:

  • I’m Agent Johnson, this is Special Agent Johnson, no relation.
  • We’re gonna need some more FBI guys I guess
  • Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho
  • Karl, schieß auf das fenster
  • Let’s see you take *this* under advisement, jerkweed!
  • Well, when you steal $600, you can just disappear. When you steal 600 million, they will find you, unless they think you’re already dead.
  • Authorization? How about the United States FUCKING government? Lose the grid, or you lose your job.
  • Oh my God, the quarterback is TOAST!
  • Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker.
  • Happy trails, Hans

I was glad to see some Terminator, and Star Wars in there. One glaring omission:

I can’t think of any other one’s they’re missing. I mean, I can quote a bunch of other movies, but while I think those quotes are amazing, I don’t think they qualify as the best.