Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category
Consumer thermal is only getting cheaper and better. Someone told me a couple of years ago to hold off on buying thermal sights, as things were going to get cheaper soon – I guess this is part of the first wave of that.
On this week’s This American Life, they cover a couple of stories from examination of impersonal, contemporaneous logs. There were two stories I think make a good addition to the list:
- Charlie Victor Romeo, straight readings of cockpit voice recorders of craft involved in accidents and incidents.
- The 9/11 pager corpus from Wikileaks. The first notices of the 9/11 attacks were the computers on the other end of the lines Cantor Fitzgerald used for trading, paging people about outages:
- 2001-09-11 08:46:46 Arch  D ALPHA
PAGE FROM lifeline: alert 8933585 ETS appl nbetpsd27.fi.gs.com ETS RTCE: – Market data inconsistent…Cantor API problem Trading system offline on nbetpsd27.fi.gs.com, run by etsuser on nbetpsd27, pid = 24277
- 2001-09-11 08:46:46 Arch  D ALPHA
Boomershoot Precision Rifle Clinic instructor LRRPF52 has an excellent thread on marching. What I learned was you really have to take care of your feet – above all else. Blister care requires more thought than I’ve ever put into it, for damn sure.
I now have a new goal. My walking pace is between 2.8 and 3.2 MPH. I see the pace for marching is 4.5-5 MPH without running. Work to do there – once I try to get my pace up to 4-ish, I start to jog.
I keep putting off buying a sturdy backpack to weigh down. I’ve been considering a plate carrier and plates, as it seems to me it would be easier to distribute the mass forward/back.
Once you pass Ellensburg on I90, to the south, there is a complex of white barns. It used to have plastic banners in Japanese and Korean that seemed to change pretty frequently on the ends of the barns; I planned on stopping while en route to Boomershoot this year to get pictures, but the banners were gone. Always wanted a translation.
Yesterday, I noticed that they had been replaced with digital sign boards, but I didn’t notice until I was past the exit, so I couldn’t get pictures. There’s a lot of Japanese going by on the signs, though.
90% of the timothy grown around Ellensburg is exported to Japan for race horses and dairy cattle. I read this was due to a good hay salesman convincing Japanese farmers that greener is better, and of course his timothy was the greenest.
Along the same lines, I was reading a thread that asked if the IJN was a peer, superior, or inferior to the USN in WW2. Apparently, the IJN was a near peer or peer at the start of the war, but couldn’t keep up after Midway. One thing mentioned a couple times was the IJN modeled itself on the British Royal Navy, to the extent that they had bricks fired in Britain imported to build the schools in which to train sailors and officers.
Joe’s new shooter picked up his LE6920 today. He’s thrilled, I’m thrilled he’s thrilled, here’s to a convert.
I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.
TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.
I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.