Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendevous

Is breathing down my back and yours too if you have any intentions of going. If you do, better get on the stick, register and get your hotel room. Use the event code found at the link to register at the hotel.

Lots of great swag in the door prize bag and lots of shooting.

Anybody from the Denver area going?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Fox Butterfield Moment

Right here in Denver. For those of you from out of town, Colfax Ave is the main E-W non-freeway artery through Denver. It's 4 lanes wide and East of Broadway it allows parking on both sides. It's heavily used and features a very popular bus line which whenever I've tried to drive down Colfax, seems to feature a bus about every 4 blocks. Did I mention that these buses seem to stop about once every block.

The buses are known as "rolling roadblocks" by the car drivers and render the outside lanes pretty much unusable. The solution is:
A 10-mile corridor that already is tops in bus ridership but suffers from congestion problems needs another fleet of buses to cure its transit woes. At least that was the plan presented Friday by transportation officials with the city and county of Denver to fix the Colfax Avenue issues.
More buses of course. And to improve the efficiency, the buses would get one lane dedicated to them, cramming all the cars into one lane. Sure, that'll work.

More Farming

The raspberries which usually begin producing about now and continue until the first frost have now stopped producing having produced since early July. Very odd. This may be due to the modrate temps and lots more rain than average as well. The mushrooms in the back yard seldom get this big:
I can hear the strains of "Trepek" playing in my head. Picture taken with my new pocket camera an is about 40X as large as ones taken with the old one so you can probably zoom in on the individual spores in this picture. There should be a button to cut the pixel count down to something reasonable, but I haven't read the owners horse blanket manual completely yet.

FWIW: It's a Nikon Coolpix L30.
1. Cameras like this which once came with a minimal memory card are now shipped without one at all. Batteries were included.
2. The cable to connect the camera to your computer is unique to this series of cameras and is shipped with selected models. This model isn't selected.
3. A USB memory card reader that supports this cameras card and several others costs less than the very special cable.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Urban Farming

We got a bit more rain the other night and it now seems that I've got too many apples and not enough tree. Possibly a by-product of the thinning of the tree last fall. Last night a limb came down, about 3 in in diameter and 8-9 ft long. I weighed the loose apples I cleaned up off the ground and estimated the ones still on the downed branches.

It looks like I'm tossing about 75 lbs of apples from the one broken branch.

The rest of the tree is still loaded. Anyone got a cider press?

Great Minds

Think alike. Notice how this fellows rant


Sounds a lot like this one

only without the kickin' guitar work and the hint of LSD usage.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August E-Postal

It's a fox hunt! Annoy the swampies and try your skill with pistols only this time:
Go to True Blue Sam's and download the real thing and check the rules. This time you need 3 targets, one freestyle, one left hand and one right hand. 4 shots per target as quick as you can reasonably get them off.

I know I can get off 4 shots in no time at all and if I'm lucky, the fox will keel over from a heart attack because it's unlikely to be a gunshot wound.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

QOTD - Economics

A friend sent me this one:
    "Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress." 
 James Boren
Boren has a whole book on the topic. Hint: He is NOT a fan of bureaucracy.

And then I happened on this short video over at The Blaze:

Clear, concise, solid economics in one easy lesson.

The Future Of Transportation - 3 Wheelers

First off the Elio people will be in Denver for 3-4 days:
Aug 29, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014 Denver, CO Denver Area Mall Stay tuned for details
Sep 01, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014 Denver, CO Taste of Colorado! Stay tuned for details

The mall in question has not yet been identified. If I find out, I'll let you know.
 Second, Can-Am Polaris is trotting out their fire-breathing 3 wheeler in October or at least one of the local Honda dealers is advertising this.
Definitely sportier and less practical. The 2-in-front that i built some 20 years ago resembled this much more than the Elio. Note that only your head is higher than the tops of the tires. The C.G. is right down near the axles. On mine when you hit the brakes, the vehicle would squat. Spin out, you might. Roll over? Never. Mine, of course, lacked the spiffy fiberglass. It looked like a fugitive from a Mad Max movie.

For comparison, here's what we know:
                                    Elio                         Polaris
Weight                       1200 lb                      1700lb
HP                               55                               170
Engine                       1000cc                        2400cc
Price                          $6800                         $19,999 (est)

The Elio is an all weather rig. The Polaris is definitely not. Passing a car in the wet would leave you waterlogged. Still, it's a lot like what sports cars used to be like before the federal government got into the design phase.That Can-Am is about a year ahead of Elio getting to market is probably the result of them building 2-in-front motorcycles for some time. Of course it's possible that the reason Polaris is ahead of Elio is because this new vehicle is a snowmobile with tires mounted on it.

Update: Sorry about the misnomer there.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Scottish Festival

Now here's a lot of pipers:
The group was about as deep as it was wide, and of course they belted out "Scotland The Brave". For myself, I stood quietly trying not to break into song.

Oddly enough, the lyrics at the link don't have any of the verses I learned although they're along the same lines.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What's Going On?*

James Taranto finds these headlines because he gets paid to find them. The fun part is that they pose some really big questions absent the actual article or sometimes even with it.

"Obama Interrupting Summer Vacation With Trip to DC"--headline, Associated Press, Aug. 8
If the president is interrupting his latest vacation, it must be something monumentally bad. Like George Soros funding an impeachment operation.  Then there's this. Did you ever wonder what some of those aging rock stars were doing?

"Supreme Court Sets Execution Date for Ringo in Ruby Tuesday Slayings"--headline, Columbia (Mo.) Tribune, Aug. 8, 2014
All this time I thought he was a fairly harmless fellow. Conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine.


You don't really need to find out
What's going on
You don't really want to know
Just how far it's gone...
    D. Henly

Swatting?

When you buy a firearm at a big box store the standard procedure is to take all your information, send it to the government, then the sales clerk will take the packaged gun and escort you to the door like some nee'r-do-well bum that don't actually ever want to see again. Makes you feel really wanted.

This may not be all that bad an idea at least in some stores for if one of the other customers sees the clerk carrying the gun and calls the cops with a terrified "man with a gun" complaint, it will be the clerk and not you who gets gunned down.

TIP: Don't walk too close to the clerk carrying your new firearm. A nervous policeman is a notoriously bad shot.

Scottish Festival

This weekend in Highlands Ranch. Scottish dogs, Scottish booze, Scottish food (but don't let that frighten you off. You don't have to eat it.) Scottish music, British cars, Irish and Welsh stuff, and muscular men in kilts doing manly things like tossing telephone poles. Entertainment includes the Carlos Nunos Band. Carlos plays a lot of instruments including the bagpipes and is reportedly quite good.

I've not heard him, but he puts me in mind of this ditty:


All info here.

Biological Warfare

If this isn't grounds to roll out the DDT and fog all of Dixie, I don't know what is. Seems there's a tick out there whose bite inflicts the bitten with an allergy to meat and some dairy, including ice cream. Imagine spending a day outside hunting and/or fishing and then finding you couldn't enjoy all the tasty critters you'd bagged.

Oh can you imagine
a sorrier sight
than a man bit by wood ticks
who can't take a bite?*

*tune of Away With Rum, a liberal anthem from the turn of the 19th century.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life As We Don't Know It

This is the chrysalis.

You can make out the mouth parts, 2 eye stalks, and the near side leg. When it emerges, it's going to be hungry.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Gun Fun! - Hi Points

Now here's a fable of what you might do with a Hi Point pistol assuming you had too much money and far too much time on your hands. Tongue firmly in cheek, here's the unobtanium coated optically enhanced Hi Point .45:

I want to know where they found that deep-sea divers helmet they mounted on the slide. Looks like someones aquarium is missing a small statue.

In spite of this it still works.

 Found at Bearing Arms.