2008.11.12 17:32 - Guns, M1 Garand, Miscellanea, Site/Meta, Zombie Preparedness
This is not correct, as checking the the CMP's eligibility requirements quickly reveals. Although it is no longer necessary to be a competitive shooter, it is still necessary to have some documentation indicating that you know your way around a gun.

Dang. Well, half-way there. Just have to see whether a C&R or CCW license is a better choice, I guess.
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It's because I have no taste 
2008.11.03 14:43 - Guns, M1 Garand, Zombie Preparedness
Also, I enjoy offending certain classes of individual.

I won't know until I finally get the Garand out to the range and shoot it, but I strongly suspect that the muzzle is more or less completely out of the barrel. Replacing the barrel's going to involve a gunsmith, and I'm sorely tempted (right now, anyway) to have it built out to .308 if/when the time comes. This is purely a practical matter, as .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO is a lot easier to come up with than M2 Ball, and possibly the rifle will be less bothered by the prospect of commercial ammo0.

If it comes to that, I may just go all the way and bubba1 up the gun. I'm already thinking about a three-point sling, because it's not 1936 any longer, but I'd also need a synthetic stock. If I were really serious, it'd all get spray-painted blaze orange or a camo pattern, but I'm not that ambitious, and don't wish to offend myself doing this.2

I'll hold on to the stock and original barrel if it comes to that, though.

[Addendum: It occurs to me that most of my readers won't understand why that would be so offensive to some gun dorks. Lessee ...

First, it may help to understand that I'm talking about taking something like this, and turning it into something like the Oleg Volk's "Eightball".

Translated out of gun nerd, this is a bit like taking, say, Hamlet and translating the ye olde Shakespearian English into the American vernacular, complete with grammatical errors. If I then painted it orange, it would be like further translating it into LOLCAT. Some overly sensitive individuals probably would actually weep at that point.]

0. Or not--I don't know!
1. bubba - verb; in this context, seems to be a colloquial pejorative used in reference to the terrible things done by amateur gunsmiths to perfectly good guns in the privacy of their garage, shop or living room.
2. That said, holy cow, are those synthetic stocks ugly.3
3. The more I think about it, the less willing I am to do that. Polymer is ugly; hardwood is not.

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More Mass Effect on PC 
2008.11.02 13:24 - Entertainment, Microcode
I can't recall if I've mentioned this yet, but I cannot stress enough that the PC port of this game is deeply frustrating. There's an interesting story being told, and that keeps me playing, but the application itself is distressingly buggy. Mostly in ways that are probably hard to diagnose and fix, which seems to be a trademark of Bioware's PC games (at least, it was the case with the KotOR port, which would be the one other Bioware game I've played). I just don't think that a game should become noticeably slower the longer I play in a given session, is all.
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Daylight Saving Time is Bad, and It Should Feel Bad. 
2008.11.02 13:09 - Miscellanea
I'm too lazy to source any of this, but, in addition to being a massive inconvenience to most every man, woman and child (especially farmers!), a minor economic drag, and an outright silly idea; it seems that the DST transitions also produce a marked increase in car accidents during the morning rush hours, and, in the spring, an increased risk of heart attack.

All so we can get up earlier and enjoy that extra hour of daylight during the part of the year that the days are already longest. Allegedly, there are energy savings to behold, but I don't know if I quite believe it. Seems dubious. And, if the energy savings are so significant, why don't we just go to DST year-round?

Anyway: giving that we are getting something less than five months of normal time this year, I think I'm not going to bother resetting my alarm clocks and kitchen appliances. I just set the wristwatches, and the phone and two of the three computers take care of themselves. (The computer that does not hasn't been on in multiple months; perhaps I shall remedy that.) I can stand to get up earlier for the next few months. It certainly wouldn't kill me.
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Tonight's Discovery 
2008.10.28 00:15 - Entertainment, Microcode
The PC port of Mass Effect leaves a bit to be desired, and I suspect that the experience is probably better on the Ecksbawks. I'm not going to bet that the console version is entirely free of bugs and hard locks (I think I've only had two or three of those, but one is really too many), but I'm pretty sure that the 'Exit Vehicle' button is clearly documented someplace. On the PC, it's the button you've mapped to (un)holster your weapon in third-person mode. Which would be fine, if it had been obviously documented in the game, with the rest of the vehicle controls.

In case you're wondering, yes, I found this sensible if unintuitive. I had to do some searching to dig it out of the Interblag, actually.

More support for Pikafoop's assertion that hardly anyone is developing for the PC with any degree of seriousness. I guess we still have Valve, Blizzard, and any MMO you care to name, though. For now.

[Addendum: No, I didn't read the manual, where it's clearly documented. The probability of the game's manual containing useful information has been nearly 0 for the last ten years or so, so I don't feel I can be slighted on this one. And it's still screwy that the exit vehicle command is inextricably linked to the one for holstering your gun.]
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