Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mon Coeur Se Recommande À Vous - Owain Phyfe - Voice & Vihuela





Owain Phyfe was a beautiful musician.  I first heard his music on Renradio.  I was intrigued by the sound of his music, even though I was a bit frustrated because I didn't understand the words.  (This was back in the olden ages of the internet, and the music wasn't always identified.)

I found him by accident playing at the North Carolina Renaissance Faire.  (Now defunct, I believe.)  I was in love...  with his music.  I bought some of his tapes (CD players were very expensive back then.)  I actually planned out some of my RenFaire trips just to catch him when he was playing at certain faires.



Owain passed away from cancer just over two years ago.  Please go to Nightwatch Recording and buy his "new" album, "Voice & Vihuela."



On an aside, I need to get some cash scraped together to pick up the last few CD's by Cantiga that I don't own yet.  I had always planned on buying them when I saw them in person, but I have not seen them in person for a few years.








Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Very interesting incident out of Alabama.

First, read here.  Alabama police officer handcuffed, Maced fellow officer in front of confused Mayor. 

The follow up is here.  Lipscomb cop fired after handcuffing, Macing fellow officer in front of shocked Mayor. 

I'm glad to hear that there are more agencies and local governments more fouled up than the one I work for.  It's depressing to say that it makes me feel better about my job.




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dead blogs.

Life has been busy.  Very busy.  But I'll address that later down the line if anyone inquires.

There are a lot of blogs out there that are no longer updated.  I still find myself going back to blogs that have not been updated in years.

Does anyone else do this?

I know that they may never see another update, but I keep checking because the writing was that good.

Every so often I'll post a comment on a "dead" blog and I'll get a response.  The writer will be jolted back into writing or at least they will answer my post.  It's interesting.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stag Arms neglected to put serial numbers on important gun parts.

Quite an interesting read.

Feds seek to keep assault rifle parts that were seized.

Apparently, Stag Arms (made famous by their left handed AR, and kept relevant by their quality craftsmanship) screwed up and had a stock of firearms parts that had not been engraved with a serial number.

Per the article, there was blame to go around.  First off apparently the person who was supposed to do the engraving was on vacation.  That was one heck of a vacation for such a backlog to develop.  Second excuse was that they kept some items un-engraved in case there was a screw up and they needed to replace a part.  That is a big ATF no no!

Apparently the government wants to keep some of the items for government use.  I'd assume that the lawyers can argue something about the 4th amendment that the courts have poked holes through and therefore it would be a useless argument unless it got up to the Supreme Court.

Well, read the article for yourself.  Come to your own conclusions.  It's better that way.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I should post something.

I'm thinking that I should post something.

But I'm tired.  I've worked a full day, and I've got to work another full day in just a few hours.

Really, I've got no excuse to be on the computer.  I just wanted to check my bank statement.  Blah.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

ADD sucks.

I am... easily distracted.  If I have work to do, I have to focus on getting the job done.  This is not really a bad thing, but it makes it hard if more tasks are thrown at me while I am doing the first task.  If I can do the second task after the first task, that is fine.  But often that is not the case.

Especially when my wife is involved.

I'm washing the dishes, and then my wife gets upset because there are clothes in the dryer.  I pull the clothes from the dryer, but before I can fold them and put them away my wife is upset because one of the feline terrors has pooped outside of the litter box.  I'm trying to clean that up and then change the litter boxes and then adorable preciousness comes to "help."  Dishes are not clean, clothes are stuck to the side in a basket, and there is a huge mess for me to clean up.  All the while my wife is getting madder because things are just getting worse and there is more work that she sees that I need to do.  AUGH!

If I can plan ahead, I can multitask.  This makes me seem brilliant when I'm at work.  I am conducting around chaos like some sort of maestro, and my fellow officers are in awe of me.  Certain brass, being full of brown stuff (knocking an officer of their pedestal keeps us at the bottom of the raise scale if we actually get a raise, which we effectively have not since 2008) often give me multiple tasks to complete in opposite areas.  They then gig me for "not being able to multitask."  

Oh my, what do you know.  Another interruption.  Let me leave this post unfinished.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Green Tip ammo ban.

I don't have all that much play money.  I do what I can to save up and purchase what I can afford.  Unfortunately, the play money pot is raided every time there is an emergency.  But that is another story for another time.

For the past year, I've been focusing on purchasing more ammo so that I could practice more.  (I've also spent some money on some more firearms, but that goes without saying.)  So I've had every thing planned out on what I'll purchase and when I'd approximately have the money.

So, in February I had planned on making a large purchase of 5.56 ammo.  Just a few days before I was to get the final bit of money together there was the announcement that the ATF was taking action on the Green Tip 5.56 ammo.  Even Walmart jacked up their prices on 5.56.  I couldn't afford it at a reasonable price, so I just didn't bother.  I did use a portion of the money for pistol ammo, and the other portion was used to douse a family emergency.

Today the ATF announced that they were going to review their policy.  Maybe ammo prices will go down.  But I'm sure that the prices will stay stupid for a few months anyways.  It's not like I've had any luck finding time to go to the range this year so far, so I should not stress.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015