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General / The trolls and sock accounts here....
« on: May 10, 2010, 04:40:39 PM »
...aint got nothin' on the ones over at my favorite forum.

That's just one example of many many more; each of them more hilarious than the last. Step it up guys!

General / Where is Paula?
« on: February 19, 2010, 04:28:31 PM »
Haven't heard from here in a while.

General / The Four Rules of Gun Safety
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:44:20 AM »
Whenever I take someone shooting with me for the first time, I always go over the four rules of gun safety with them. It doesn't matter if they're an ex-marine sniper, you'd be surprised to find out who is irresponsible with guns when you assume they shouldn't be (cops).

These are the Four Rules of Gun Safety that are well known and circulated within the shooting community.

1. Treat every gun as if it's loaded.
No exceptions. In your mind, every gun you come in contact is ready to go 'bang' if you pull the trigger. The only time you can know a gun is unloaded is if you unload it  and double check it yourself (I personally triple check my guns when I'm cleaning them. Better too look silly than to blow a hole is something or someone in my house.) Even then, treat the gun as if it were still loaded by following the rest of the rules that follow. "Don't worry, it isn't loaded." are famous last words. If you ever hear a friend utter that phrase in your vicinity, tell them to stop whatever they're doing, take their gun from them, and then sever the relationship. Seriously. It may seem harsh but you'll live longer. You don't need to hang out with morons to have fun.

2. Keep your finger off of the trigger until you're ready to fire.
"Off of the trigger" means all the way outside of the trigger guard. You can rest it along the side of the gun or put it down on the handle with the rest of your fingers. I don't care where you put your finger as long as it's not on the trigger. "Until you're ready to fire" means you are standing at the designated firing line, your gun is raised and you are aiming at the target. NOW you can put your finger on the trigger. As soon as you are done shooting, the finger comes off of the trigger again. "Oh but I just shot all of my bullets. It isn't loaded anymore so it's ok to keep my finger in the trigger guard."  Wrong! Refer to rule 1. If you have a friend who owns guns and they decide to take you shooting, and they see you accidentally putting your finger where it shouldn't be, you might here them utter something like "Hey! Keep your boogerhook off of the bangswitch!" Do not take the fact that what they just said was humorous to mean that they aren't pissed-off and completely serious. Humor is a coping mechanism to relieve anxiety. Yes, you're making your friend nervous, moron. Do what he says.

3. Always point the gun in a safe direction
Another way to word this is, if your gun is pointing at something, it had better be something you wouldn't mind destroying! That means don't point it at your friends as a joke. Don't point it at your own head as a joke. Don't point it at the TV when you're watching a movie and pretending to shoot the bad guys. Don't point it at your expensive digital camera as you pose with your gun for your new facebook profile picture...even if it's not loaded (RULE 1!) If you're handling a gun in your house for cleaning purposes, determine which direction is the safest. Usually downward is the safest when you're carrying it, unless you're on an upper floor of course (bullets go through walls). When you set it down on the table, it should be facing a wall that has nobody on the other side. If you have a heavy brick fireplace or some other thick wall that would stop a bullet, point it at that. That way, if your gun DOES go off while you're cleaning, it'll hit the brick wall and ricochet into your flat screen instead of exiting your house and hitting one of the kids playing in your neighborhood. And besides, your TV already has a gaping hole in it because you were thought your gun wasn't loaded and you were pretending to shoot the bad guys with your finger on the trigger, moron.

4. Always be sure of your target and its surroundings.
In other words, if your gun is pointing at something and your finger is on the trigger it's because you know exactly what you're about to punch a hole through and what is around it AND BEYOND IT. Bullets have this crazy tendency to go through things. You know in movies, when the good guy turns up the card table during a gunfight or hides behind a car door?...don't try that. Even a little .22 caliber will go through most car doors. Hollywood is lying to you. "Always be sure of your target" means you know EXACTLY what it is you're about to shoot. If you're hunting with your buddies and you see movement, don't assume it's a rabbit or a deer. Make sure you know what it is before you aim your gun at it and put your finger inside the trigger guard. The same thing goes for those times when you head out to the desert to shoot at cans. I don't ever want to hear you say "Hey what's that dark spot up at the top of the hill? Let's shoot it!" Even if that dark stop isn't a person, the fact that you can't see clearly what it is, means that it's far enough away that chances are good that you're going to miss. And where is your bullet going to end up? How am I supposed to know? I can't see through hills, moron.

You are personally and ultimately responsible for every bullet that leaves your gun until that bullet stops moving. There is no such thing as a gun accident. If something bad happens, it's because you weren't following one or more of the rules. No one cares if you didn't mean to pull the trigger, your finger shouldn't have been ON the trigger. No one cares if you thought it wasn't loaded. EVERY gun is to be considered loaded in your mind from now on. A gun doesn't suddenly become a toy when there are no bullets in it. It doesn't matter if you truly didn't mean to cause the damage to someone or their property that you just caused, or how sorry you are. You are solely responsible and you are going to pay the price for your neglect. Hey, that should be rule 5.

General / Cockatiels are brutal as fuck
« on: January 30, 2010, 11:12:18 AM »
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General / Current musical obsession?
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:37:06 AM »
Karin Dreijer Andersson (the woman in my avatar)

Here she is as a guest singer for Royksopp (the woman int he video is not her. That's an actress.) I just love her weird voice.
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Speaking of weird voices, here's her own personal side project, Fever Ray
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And here is Karin's crazy ass accepting an award with a creepy mask on (she rarely shows her face)
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General / CTHULHU!
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:25:27 AM »
The first pass on my tribute to the great dead one.

General / Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
« on: January 05, 2010, 10:02:07 AM »
I'm not a huge gamer but goddamn this game is awesome. I'm a 3D animator so when I saw that this game was voted as "Best Graphics of 2009" by some gaming website, I had to try it out and they weren't kidding. it's gorgeous!

A few people who worked on it hang out on another forum that I frequent. They posted some behind the scenes pictures...


Anyone else play this game?

General / Sunn o)))
« on: December 30, 2009, 11:21:13 AM »
My wife got my the latest Sunn o))) album for Christmas. It's the shit.
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General / Ok wait. Why does everyone hate Anarchojesse and Dennis Goddard?
« on: December 27, 2009, 10:32:47 AM »
I've been out of the loop. Or am I completely misreading what's going on?

General / GODDAMMIT!
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:31:28 AM »
Mikey has left the Mikey Show but the rest of the crew is staying on? There goes my last reason to listen to AM/FM radio (unless FTL somehow breaks into the san diego market. Good luck there. KFMB is ultra-neocon)

I don't know if anyone know's the Mikey Show but they're hilarious. Well apparently Mikey's new contract agreement has been up in the air. Today was supposed to be his last day before vacation/negotiation but when I tuned in, they're just playing music. The website is gone. A san diego radio blog said that Mikey is gone from  the show but the rest of the cast will continue.

Fuck clear channel.

General / Hither came Conan...
« on: December 13, 2009, 02:01:13 PM »
"Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."

General / I have an announcement to make
« on: December 08, 2009, 12:47:29 AM »

This will be my third attempt to grow a sweet ass viking beard. I know what went wrong last time. I thought I would be smart and shave the neckbeard to reduce the itchiness. But it turns out that the neckbeard is a key factor in maintaining volume. I'm very excited. Scientists involved with the project tell me they expect great results this year.

General / OCEAN-Pantheon of the Lesser
« on: November 29, 2009, 12:39:59 AM »
Just got this CD in the mail today. It's delicious. It's one of my two favorite doom/drone bands (the other is Conifer)

There are only 2 songs on the album but it's an hour long. Here's a sample. It's the last 10 minutes of the first track.


And here's someone else's 1 minute video review of it on youtube


General / The Philosophy of Liberty, as simply as possible
« on: November 27, 2009, 11:46:17 PM »
Let me know how I can make it easier for newbies to understand...or maybe it's too simple and I need to expand on some part or another. What do you think?

I don't have the right to rob you. I don't have the right to make you do things that you don't want to do, and neither does anyone else, because we're all equals and we all own ourselves.

So if I don't have the right to take your stuff or make you do things, and my neighbor doesn't have the right to take your stuff or make you do things, then that means that both of us together don't have that right either.

If no individual on their own has the moral right to take your stuff or to make you do things against your will, then no grouping of individuals has the right do to it either.

There is no majority on earth so big that it gains the moral right to rob you and to force you to do things against your will.

By extension, if I don't have the right, and if no majority has the right, then we also don't have the right to hire anyone to take your stuff as our representative, because how can we transfer a moral right to someone when we don't have the right in the first place?

Think about how this might apply to government.

General / Operation Viking Beard Progress Report
« on: November 16, 2009, 11:01:11 PM »
For the past two months I have been involved with Operation Viking Beard. Scientists involved with the project have given me their report and I am pleased with the results. I feel it is time to go public with the operation. Here is the first photo to be released.

It shows the beard after two months of unchecked growth. The team tells me that we are right on schedual to meet our one year predictions. Here are a few artist depictions of what we expect the year-old-beard (or "Yeard") will look like:

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