Miscellany: Fury of Dracula first impressions
If you have any complaints which you'd like to make, I'd be more than happy to send you the appropriate forms.
The full name of this interesting restaurant is "La Tienda Latina," but it's probably confusing enough already, given that "tienda" means "store." La Tienda is located on 13th, a half-mile or so from the southeast corner of UF. And if you're cruising around for some fast Mexican food in Gainesville, it's probably the place to visit.
In a lot of ways, I think Paul Reubens was unfairly railroaded during his early '90s scandal because of his status as a children's TV show star. When he was caught masturbating in an adult movie theater, it was embarrassing, but the repercussions one small indiscretion would have on his career were far-reaching (compare and contrast with other, more serious breaches of the law by other Hollywood stars, and the hypocrisy becomes evident).
(Note - for more info about rifle sights and rifles in general, check out THR's comprehensive post listing)
I suppose the original AR-15 sights were similar to Vietnam-era M16s - that is, the "A1 sight." The rear sight is integrated into the carry handle of the rifle, and it has no adjustments for elevation (up-and-down), only windage (side-to-side). Still, the simplified design means fewer parts and less stuff to break; A1 sights are still popular for people who want something simple and rugged. The sight's main aperture is also noticeably smaller than later versions - a throwback to a different kind of rifle sight for a different kind of fighting.
Most modern stock ARs come with either a regular carry handle or a detachable one, and each features an "A2 sight." The rear sight of the A2 style has a second dial for adjusting windage, and the rear aperture has both a very large ghost ring (excellent for short-range shots) and a small peephole (for longer range work and formal target shooting).
Much more popular nowadays is to mount some kind of optic onto an AR carbine. The most famous (and one of the most expensive) of these is the compact telescopic ACOG line of scopes manufactured by Trijicon. These are lit either by tritium at night or a fiber-optic in the day. I'm most familiar with the donut-style reticle shown above - nicknamed the "donut of death" by its owners.
I've also used EOTechs and Aimpoint red dot scopes with much success. These sights are FAST when you're shooting at targets less than 50 yards away - almost like playing a video game. At longer ranges, though, they're not as precise. And in the fairly unlikely event the batteries give out, you'll be relegated to either flip-up back-up irons or using the scope itself as a crude sight.
Paul Robertson is an artist who's done some interesting animation inspired from anime and video games. Anyone who's played a classic 2D sidescroller like "Metal Slug" or "Final Fight" will appreciate the following video. Be sure to stick around for some incredible sight gags (one special attack summons the entire cast of "Predator" to lay into foes, and one enemy is a cuttlefish dressed up as Chun Li, ox horns and all):
I woke up this morning with that old familiar feeling - raspy throat, headache, and a runny nose. Now, the structure of law school prompts some funny choices - do I shamble off to class, miserable, and infect everyone around me? Or do I stay home and miss class, causing me to get one absence closer to oblivion? (most of my courses automatically kick you if you have a certain number of absences)
Who said video games weren't educational? It just so happens that playing the fake drums in "Rock Band" has given me a whole new appreciation for drummers. I felt compelled to research the history of rock drumming, including its roots in jazz and blues drumming. I had heard of Keith Moon, Neil Peart, and John Bonham before. I had never heard of Buddy Rich.
Continuing the theme of impulse buys for today, a long time ago in a faraway Best Buy checkout line I picked up "The Way of the Gun," a film directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The DVD was in the bargain bin with a bunch of other movies, some decent and some not-so-decent. I had heard of the flick before, so I decided to take the plunge and plunk down a fiver.
"The Way of the Gun" stars Ryan Phillippe and Benicio del Toro as drifters who hatch a plot to kidnap the surrogate mother of a wealthy gangster. Things go south when the gangster's bodyguards, as well as his righthand man, become embroiled in the plot, with $15 million in cash up for grabs. While the movie has some decent ideas, it just doesn't ever come together like in McQuarrie's previous script, "The Usual Suspects."
It's said that McQuarrie's brother was a former Navy SEAL who helped choreograph the action sequences, and it's not hard to believe. The shootout embedded above has only minor flashes of this influence (the one-handed reloads and injured shooter drills). I'm pretty sure the whole M1911 fusillade sequence was put in by someone else (someone who drastically overestimates how many .45 mags one can carry on the body). A scene earlier in the film, though, accurately portrays the delayed report from a rifle shot, not to mention the recoil that jumps a rifle scope up.
Bravo used to be mostly about the performing arts, but in the past decade they've switched over to reality shows. That's okay, I suppose, because many of these are fun to watch (I'm a hopeless "Project Runway" addict - it's a guilty pleasure). I've noticed that Bravo's new shows, though, are moving away from the witty or sorta-highbrow subjects to stuff designed for mass consumption, like "The Millionaire Matchmaker" or "Make Me a Supermodel."
Since I'm often at law school all day, I've taken to bringing my PSP with me so I can listen to music during those long study sessions in the library. The PSP can catch podcasts pretty easily via its RSS reader and its built-in WiFi, though I haven't figured out how to download stuff while using the school's network yet. I generally listen to music podcasts (talk show stuff is too distracting), and one of the best ones I've come across is Dave's Lounge.
Xavier posted this (I'm not sure who originally created it), and I've been meaning to put it up myself. It's a 911 call.
Heath Ledger was found dead today. It's pretty big news, since he was a promising young actor who'd already been nominated for an Oscar two years ago for his performance in "Brokeback Mountain" (I remember him from his role as Mel Gibson's oldest son in "The Patriot"). Whatever the circumstances surrounding his tragic death, it's safe to say he will be missed by many.
"LocoRoco," a game developed by Sony for its PSP handheld video game system, seems at all times like the answer to some kind of twisted game designer bet - "Could you make an engaging game in the year 2006 that uses only three buttons?" Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is yes.
We were covering the fight over the "I Have a Dream" speech in Copyright Law. While I agree intellectually that King's estate should be able to reap the fruits of what it owns, it does seem a bit disingenuous to both advocate the spread of King's message of racial equality and simultaneously clamp down on anyone who uses the speech without your permission. In any event, I doubt they'd sue charitable organizations or the average Joe much anyway.
I know a lot of sports fans are going to watch the NFC and AFC Championships today (I'll probably tune in, too) but internationally, one of the biggest sports events going on right now is the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam in tennis for the calendar year. The undisputed favorite and world No. 1 player, Roger Federer, has just barely survived a five-set marathon against a relatively obscure Serbian player, Janko Tipsarevic.
[credit to Richard Disney at Conservablogs]
Unless you're into cars, you've probably never seen Best Motoring. I don't believe they air Japan's number one automobile video magazine very much here in the States, and I would be unaware of the show if it weren't for my petrolhead friends. Fortunately, I've managed to watch quite a few of these interesting shows.
We're gearing up for a big battle in our D&D campaign, so I thought it'd be fun to examine what a sample 9th level D&D character brings to the party. I realize this kind of thing is inscrutable to non RPG players, so don't worry - I won't do this kind of thing too often.
When I first played "Scrabulous," I knew it was strange that there was no official branding. It turned out, of course, that the game isn't an authorized version of Scrabble. And now, the popularity of the application has finally prompted Hasbro and Mattel to ask Facebook to shut it down.
After watching the newest Terminator series on FOX, I noticed there was a scene where our heroes speed off in a car while the evil Terminator fills it with bullets from an M16 rifle. Naturally, the back window shatters, our heroes perform a perfunctory duck-and-cover routine, but nobody seems harmed by the fusillade. But is this what happens in real life?
The Monkees were, in some ways, victims of history. They rose to popularity in a time when other performers, like The Beatles, were not only singing but writing their own songs and playing their own instruments. When the news broke out that they didn't play their instruments on their albums, it caused a major stir, and their legacy has been associated with musical fakery and corporate control.
How do you rate a movie that is in many ways objectively horrible, but so hilariously over-the-top that it provides more entertainment than actual purpose-built comedies? I'm referring to "Gymkata," the infamous low-budget action movie starring World Champion gymnast Kurt Thomas. The trailer pretty much says it all:
Finding a good deal on lunch in Gainesville can be difficult. Finding a good price on lunch near the UF campus can be damn near impossible. But I've just added another place to my usual list of spots to eat, and I'm betting it'll satisfy anyone with a craving for Mediterranean food. The place? - Gyro Plus.
We're studying the aftermath of WWI and the much-maligned Treaty of Versailles in International Criminal Law, and one of the most striking legal aspects of the treaty was the (pseudo) demand for the personal criminal liability of the Kaiser. A major reason for this uproar was the unparalleled loss of human life caused by the fighting, and much of that loss was due to the rise of modern firearms.
It's presidential primary season, which means endless debates stuffed with people trying to get a word in edgewise, and lots of punditry as to who has momentum and who's losing it.
It's back to school time for me, and that means spending a load of cash on those boondoggles known as law school textbooks. It's probably more convenient than logging on to Westlaw and printing out the hundreds of cases you read in a semester, but it's still expensive. As far as I know, there are three main ways of buying textbooks:
You're might be familiar with the "Snooze Button" - a button that temporarily stops an alarm to give you a few minutes more sleep (the time can vary, but it's rarely more than 15 minutes). I submit that this is a stupid invention. Let's go over the possible situations where a "snooze" function might be employed:
I posted some advice about a year ago regarding what seems to shed weight, as least in my experience. During the holidays, though, it's tough for me to follow my own advice. I've put on maybe 8-10 pounds since the beginning of the winter exams, mostly by overeating and not being active enough. Sure, it's easy to resolve to run four hours a week when you're writing on a blog, but getting your butt out there on a cold, windy day is another story.