Music Video Saturday - 06/18/2011

First of all I want to say, "Happy Birthday, sis!"

This week I wanted to showcase a few classics that do not receive the radio airplay they really deserve. The first video is from Traffic with, "Dear Mr. Fantasy." Just a great old school rock-and-roll song: excellent vocals and some ferocious guitar playing. Enjoy!

Jim Croce rocks your world with, "Bad, Bad, LeRoy Brown." This is the type of song that makes you want to drive 20 MPH (32 KPH) over the speed limit or rob a bank. It is almost impossible to listen to this song and not end up in a better mood than you were minutes earlier.

Finally, we end with Red Rider and, "Lunatic Fringe." This is another rocker that should be turned up a few notches on the volume nob. Again, be careful of speeding when you listen to this in the car.

More Bacon Techniques

I was frying up some bacon earlier today after getting home from jiu-jitsu class. I managed to eat only two slices, preparing to ration out the rest until this week is over. I captured some cell phone video, not the highest quality but it shows you what needs to be done. Don't be afraid to save that bacon grease, it is extremely useful in the kitchen!

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Someone Pass the Chips...

I found a Medical Cannabis Webcam that is located somewhere in Canada. Check it out: lights on 4PM-11AM Pacific Time. It was a link in someone's signature on a forum post. It started this whole post. I actually caught the lights turning on at 4PM. A little tear slowly slid down my cheek, tracing a trail of joy.

Prohibition simply does not work. Some states and countries have realized this and passed laws either decriminalizing possession or creating a medical marijuana system. My simple opinion is that marijuana should follow similar laws as those of alcohol in the U.S. My only major change would be lowering the age to 18.

Does everyone need to be smoking weed? No, of course not. Productive adults that purchase it from a licensed (meaning taxed) vendor or grow a personal stash should be allowed to do so. I do not see much social difference in saying, "I've had a rough day, I'd like to smoke a joint of marijuana that I grew, relax, and listen to some tunes," compared to someone saying, "I've had a rough day, I'd like to take my doctor-prescribed chemicals, and just not care." Am I wrong?

Regardless of your stance on the recreational or medical aspects marijuana, not growing industrial hemp here in the U.S. is completely idiotic.

The next few years will have a significant impact on our rapidly changing society. Get registered to vote first and foremost. Contact your Senators and Representatives and thoughtfully express your opinions on the matter. Even if you disagree with my views, get involved and express your opinions also. That's the point of our system!

Meanwhile, enjoy one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite stoner-comedies.

Public Torrent Tuesday - 06/14/2011

This week brings a strange film, but an interesting film. I present "A Boy and His Dog" based on this novella by Harlan Ellison. I have yet to read the novella so I cannot honestly say how true to the original the film version is. I plan to change that on summer break. Basic story: boy develops psychic link with his dog in a post-Apocalyptic world. Weirdness factor: During one scene, the boy and the dog argue about getting food for the dog and some action for the boy.

Here is the iPod MP4 format torrent link. As always, I will seed this torrent until next weeks update.

If you're not broke, try one one of these:
  1. A Boy & His Dog. This version has THE Don Johnson.
  2. A Boy & His Dog
  3. Vic and Blood: The Chronicles of a Boy and His Dog (this is the original).
  4. Not related, but awesome still is A Boy and His Blob

Monday Morning Investor - 06/13/2011

Investing in the stock market is a daunting task to some people. While I am not a financial expert, I have done well investing in the stock market. I would like to pass on some of that information to you. If you are looking for get rich quick tips, this is not the place.

The first thing you should remember about the stock market is is this: over a long enough time scale, the stock market always goes back up.

That said, researching an online stock trading account is a good idea. Some suggestions include:

Please note there are many other online stock trading accounts and you may have a better option through your bank or credit union. The key is to do some research on your own.

Once you have an account, one of the safest bets is to invest some money into the S&P 500 either directly through an index fund or through a mutual fund. Alternate index funds that are worth investigating include the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, Shanghai Composite, and The DAX.

Congratulations, Dallas Mavericks!

I want to congratulate the Dallas Mavericks for winning the 2011 NBA Finals. I was honestly pulling for the Miami Heat if I had to choose. I am a huge fan of Mark Cuban as a businessman and enjoy his brash style.


Appleseed - St. Augustine, June 11, 2011

I had a truly kick-ass time at my first Appleseed at the Ancient City Shooting Range in St. Augustine, FL. It was my first event and I decided to dress in Revolutionary War period clothing which got me in for free. (Thanks Rick!) I also found out that I was the first re-enactor our shoot boss had seen since he had started. That made me feel cool, even though it was 96°F outside for most of the day.

We had started the day shooting at Redcoat targets to get a baseline effective range. Then I spent the majority of the day receiving superb shooting instruction ranging from proper aiming, breathing techniques, shot groups, and positions. Each instructional module was followed by a shooting drill to reinforce those skills. We spent a lot of time firing from the prone position. It easy to see why it such an effective firing base once you have spent six hours lying in the Florida sun shooting at paper.

The instructors were extremely diligent about fluid intake as well, providing coolers of icy cold water and packets of Sqwincher to keep everyone hydrated. Lunch was available for $5 and was catered by either Woody's BBQ or Bono's I wasn't sure. (Side note: Bono's uses https for access, interesting.) I ate my gas station roast beef on onion roll sandwich which was actually good and fresh, though melty at that point in the day. My trail mix had mostly melted, generic M&M's are just not the same. My peanut butter and honey Captain's Wafers were a great late afternoon snack. I must have drank at least a gallon of water in addition to 64 ounces of Gatorade.

In addition to the shooting aspect, the Appleseed Event focused on American heritage. Throughout the day, we would take breaks from shooting to hear stories about the very beginnings of what became the American Revolution. The date of April 19, 1775 is one of, if not the most important date in American history. It was interesting hearing the stories, especially those of Paul Revere and Isaac Davis.

If you came up through the U.S. school system, you have heard of Paul Revere but most likely not Isaac Davis. I would argue that Isaac Davis is just as important to U.S. history as Revere and encourage you to read the linked article about him. I always enjoyed history when I was younger but as I have grown older I think I have gained a deeper appreciation for U.S. history. If we want to change our future it is important to understand our past.

Beginning and expert shooters can benefit from an Appleseed Event. If you want to gain a better understanding of our history these events are a great place to start. Check their website for an event near you.

I was firing a Mossberg Plinkster 702 and was overall unhappy with the gun. Friday night I scoured the Mossberg website for the manual and pound a non-working PDF link. I also checked the local sporting goods mega-store as well as one of the independent shooting stores in town trying to find some additional magazines. Naturally, I was unable to find some additional magazines in town which I found to be odd. I am planning on parting with the Mossberg and getting a Ruger 10/22 or a Henry Repeating Rifle. The Ruger is more practical, but the Henry carries generations of tradition.

Below I have linked the pictures of my targets from yesterday: