Friday, May 30, 2014

BeCos(play) It's Friday

More MSFW below the break, as always bonus nerd points for recognizing the character.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seeing Red

It's been a frustrating week, so I'm seeing a bit of red. More mostly safe for work but not all safe for Kurt below the break.

A Modest Theory: New Nobles New Serfs

Given that this is going to end up between two cheesecake posts......

Okay the Bilderburgers are meeting and everyone is in full NEW WORLD ORDER conspiracy mode but I figured I'd advance a modest theory of my own.

Say you want to not have to share your country clubs or prep schools with some grubby snot whose father started by unclogging toilets as a plumber(never mind that he now employs a hundreds plumbers in dozens of states). So you support increasing income tax(you already have your family's money accumulated) and you use this money to pay for welfare programs that both discourage upward mobility and provide an ignorant power base you paid off with money from the uppity peasants you're excluding.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Short Attention Span Theater

In order to help people develop a longer attention span I'm putting up a few not entirely safe for work gifs. Hopefully this will help people deal with the repetitive things in life. More below break

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Middle Earth Specialty Sells Out Quickly In Missouri

As I was coming home today a local sports bar had on their sign:

"PULLED  ORK $6.99" 

Unfortunately when I went back out with my camera they'd changed to ribs.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beware: Sirens

So it's summer and yet people continue to ignore the perils that can be found in your average body of water, don't be part of the large statistic of people who are drowned by sirens.

Take a few moments to peruse this not that safe for work, minors, or working minors post detailing these threats below the break.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Marriage and Quote Musings

"A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct."-Dune, Frank Herbert
I am continuously amazed at the carelessness that people apply to pretty much the pivotal decision of our lives. Marriage is a vital survival system to combine the resources of two individuals(time/talent/energy) into a new single entity(a family) to be able to accomplish things that a person by themselves cannot. I have been blessed to have found the right person to marry then we have both worked our buts off making it as successful as possible.

My first year of college was at an extremely evangelical christian university. I observed people marrying individuals who were total strangers to them a month prior. These people were trying to avoid sin of intimacy(not entirely physical intimacy) by pulling the trigger on what their faith required to be a lifelong commitment.

I moved on to a public university, but I still observed people rushing into the same lifelong commitments with breakneck speed. In one case a friend of mine got engaged a month after meeting someone, he had just had a serious relationship collapse and consciously though he had to settle for who he could get. Do I really need to spell out that this did not result in a happy or lasting marriage.

My stock advice to anyone thinking marriage is that it is a wonderful thing, but that it must be entered correctly, with the right person, and then maintained.
  • You need to be able to think past the initial euphoric rush of romance, to make sure that this is someone you can literally live with the rest of your life. Make sure that in addition to eros there is philaos in your relationship.
  • You need to be in near perfect harmony on the accumulation and use of resources(money being how we mostly denominate these things). The practical economic side of this social system is that we have two people pooling their resources into one entity.  That means there shouldn't be your money and my money anymore, there is our money and our money means our money. If this sounds a bit communist that's because it is on a mico-scale, even if one party is keeping the day to day checkbook everything still needs to be done to commune all financial decisions. All of this needs to be worked out and agreed to before you even get close to an altar.
  • Sex is an important way that couples bond their brain chemistry to each-other. Hormones similar to mothers with newborns are released after orgasm. So people it's not just for reproduction and it's like any skill it takes some practice to be any good at it.
  • You have to trust each-other, and it has to be the right kind of trust. If your spouse trusts you because they have you emotionally beaten into submission then such is a flimsy foundation. Ask any police officer how many people follow a law that they don't have any moral agreement with.
  • NEVER marry someone who is stupid or mean, and ugly is your choice.....all three can breed true.
Some cutures deal with this problem by arranged marriages, to have older wiser heads make decisions hopefully based on logical attempts at the prospective family's best interests.

Previous generations of Americans dealt with this be simple expediency that everyone knew everyone else from childhood. There were only so many possible matches and you remembered them from when they first hid a frog in in your school desk.

So many people rush to the altar thinking they are doing the "right" thing, either for religious or expedient grounds. "Shacking up" can of course be taken too far and has several well documented pitfalls, but I would submit that hastily entering of scared vows to be more sinful. Take the time to really get to know your prospective spouse people, anyone who doesn't think you are worth that time isn't worth yours.

How much misery could be avoided before we hit the point of diminishing returns?

Friday, May 16, 2014

BeCos(play) It's Friday

 More MSFW below break, and as always bonus nerd points for recognizing a particular character.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Two Weeks as an Agent of (M&P) Shield

After toting this little thing around in my pocket for a couple of weeks I've got a few impressions to share.

  • Being able to tuck my shirt in without a gun-burka(tm: Tam) absolutely rocks.
  • I'm not sure how to compensate for it's tendancy to shoot to the left of my point of aim as my hands are way too big for the grips.
  • With the 7 round magazine inserted it works about as well for pocket carry as my 5 shot 38.
  • Strangely it seems to hold and release the smell of Hoppe's 9 for weeks after cleaning.
  • Dry fire practice alas also includes a lot of practice racking the slide.
  • I've only been polygraphed three times and water-boarded once to find out if I'm a HYDRA infiltrator.

Friday, May 9, 2014

BeCos(play) It's Friday

 As always bonus nerd points for recognizing the characters more mostly safe for work below the break.

Seeing Red

For a variety of reasons more MSFW below the break.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Limey Heroism

This one actually covers the courage involved in one of the war's great blunders.