Guns: The Bayonet, Past and Present
I'd buy one.
If you have any complaints which you'd like to make, I'd be more than happy to send you the appropriate forms.
I'm a sucker for minimalism sometimes, so it's no surprise that the soundtrack from the movie "Gattaca" finds its way into my playlist now and again. Michael Nyman isn't as well known as Philip Glass, but Nyman's compositions for "Gattaca" are about as good as it gets when it comes to modern instrumental scores. Using mostly haunting strings and dynamic winds, the various orchestral cues are memorable enough to bring back images from the film, which is sort of the acid test for me. Every time I hear this stuff, I think of, in director Andrew Niccol's words, "hope and sorrow," all in the same composition.
I'm usually not one to complain about food. As you can see from some of the past reviews here, even a greasy-spoon fast food joint will get decent marks from me if the price is right and the quality is reasonable. Sometimes, though, things do tend to get out of hand, especially when I'm tired of the same old haunts and I want to try something new.
James has written a good post about hollowpoint ammunition. I think his observations are excellent, especially with all the misinformation you can get from your local gun store clerk telling you about the latest terrorist-killing frangible superbullet.
In the back of every avid video game player's mind is the small hope that someday, somehow, the skills of playing the game will translate to something that matters in real life. Movies like "The Last Starfighter" are expressly geared towards tapping into this deep, optimistic part of the gamer's subconscious. While on the surface it's just another 80s space opera hoping to cash in on the success of "Star Wars," there's some other, more noteworthy stuff going on here.
While I do still believe Tim Burton's "Batman" movies were the start of the current renaissance in pop culture, the "Batman" animated series that aired on FOX in the early 90s was arguably just as important. This was a breakthrough cartoon in an age when American television cartoons were largely comedic and lighthearted. The series was adept at blending film noir, art deco, and sometimes disturbing storylines while making sure to keep the overall product from being too dark and melancholy, especially considering the target audience.
The University of Florida Faculty Senate voted recently against giving former Florida governor Jeb Bush an honorary degree. I guess I'm in a decent position to comment about this, being a UF alum and current UF law student, so I'll try my best.
My sister's RX300 has a problem. The "check engine" light is flashing on and off, and there's a subtle vibration (more of a pulse) that can be felt from the steering wheel when the car is stopped at a red light. According to the code, it's two misfiring cylinders, and Clyde's Tire & Brake tells me that replacing an ignition coil, $170 each for the part.
Radiohead's song, "Exit Music," is featured at the end credits for Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet," and it was written specifically for that film. Though I guess the song is supposed to be depressing, it always makes me laugh. That is, when hearing it, I remember some of the funny scenes in Baz's movie - like pretty much anytime Leguizamo is on screen.
It's never a pretty sight when a carry gun goes down. The problem child in this case is my formerly-flawless CZ P-01 9mm, which recently developed problems extracting rounds out of the chamber. A FTE is very serious - the gun should immediately be repaired (a backup gun can be essential here if you want to continue carrying a firearm for defense). There are quite a few possible causes to this type of malfunction in an autoloader...
It can be strange to share the Internet with a generation that never experienced the beginning of the video game industry. I received an NES for Christmas when I was five years' old - some of today's teenage gamers' first experiences with gaming were with the 3D consoles - the N64 and the PSX. When you start talking fondly about "Blaster Master" and "Brandish," you're likely to get a few blank stares. Even worse are the classic franchises that have been run into the ground -it's hard to rhapsodize about Sonic's 2D outings when the recent 3D games have been so frightfully bad.
Normally I enjoy shows about military technology (especially stuff like "Mail Call" and "Tactical to Practical"), but the success of "FutureWeapons" on the Discovery Channel just has me baffled. The show is hosted by former Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz (that's a pretty cool name, BTW) in a tone that can only be described as "intense."
It's that time of year again - the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is underway, and it's probably the most drama-filled sporting event ever, for a number of reasons.
In some ways, the iRiver H10 is an obsolete piece of technology, a historical piece that's mainly notable as a curiosity. Manufactured by iRiver, a Korean consumer electronics giant, it's no longer advertised on iRiver's site. The H10 uses a mini hard disk drive, like the iPod Mini, but most of them (including mine) only have a 5 or 6 GB capacity. Newer flash memory players, like the new version of the iPod Nano, can obviously match and exceed this capacity, and with a smaller form factor.
Some people trade and sell guns like baseball cards. I'm not quite that bad, but I do tend to part with non-essential guns fairly easily. Firearms, as a commodity, can be more difficult to sell than other things, but, fortunately, well-made firearms hold their value quite well compared to most other consumer goods (the prices for current HDTVs for someone who adopted early in 2004 are enough to make a grown man cry). The Internet has revolutionized the buying and selling of gun-related stuff, so it's best to start there.
I'm on vacation now, and I don't quite get to post as often as I can when I'm at school. As dirtcrashr noted, the Court of Appeals' recent Parker decision is a landmark one - this is the first time, at least that I've heard, that a Federal court has struck down a law on Second Amendment grounds.
"I am personally, deeply disappointed and quite frankly outraged," Fenty said.
The computer role-playing game has a long and storied history, and there are many different varieties of CRPG. From D&D-based properties like "Baldur's Gate" and "Neverwinter Nights," to sci-fi games like "Fallout" and "Knights of the Old Republic," to the current MMORPGs that dominate today's charts, there are a wide variety of settings to suit every taste.
Choices are always a good thing. :)
I have my father to thank for introducing me to public radio. When he drove me to school, NPR's "Morning Edition" was always playing in the car, giving an erstwhile youngster a taste of "grown-up" news. I recently read that a week of the New York Times contains more worldwide news than the average person would come across in an entire lifetime in the 18th century (which is even more amazing if you distrust the Times). I'm grateful to my Dad for not humoring me or insulting my intelligence by turning to another station; then again, he might have just not cared how I felt about what was on. ;-)
There are some TV shows that you don't mind admitting you're a fan of - MST3K, Star Trek: TNG, I Love Lucy, etc. Then there are the TV shows that you know you should hate but that have a certain special meaning for you, so you like them anyhow.
I talked with a good friend of mine yesterday about why I carry a concealed handgun. He opined that he would probably get a CCW permit, but would only carry a knife instead of a gun. He said that he was a lousy shot (only fired a gun a few times in his life) whereas he had practiced Eskrima for years. That's sound, rational thinking - you should carry what you have experience with. I do, however, have some thoughts to add...
I usually only watch TV while in the midst of another activity; yesterday, I was doing the laundry while watching parts of both "The Patriot" and "Gladiator." Both are fairly silly from a story perspective - Russel Crowe famously remarked to one of the screenwriters that his "lines are garbage but I'm the greatest actor in the world, and I can make even garbage sound good." "The Patriot" is even worse, essentially making the entire American Revolution a Mel Gibson-led Braveheart-esque struggle against a maniacal British colonel. Thankfully, though, the budget for these movies was spent on period clothing and weapons, not just big name actors.
Nestled in a little out-of-the-way shopping center well north of the University of Florida, David's Real Pit BBQ is one of those places that's almost good enough to recommend to other people, but not quite. It's a typical fast-food-ish BBQ place (they have a drive-through, and they have no waiters or waitresses).
I saw a commercial for the iPhone on the TV the other day.
(A crappy poem based on a true story of a "gun groupie" who wouldn't go away - sorry all, just felt like telling the story in a roundabout way)