February 3rd, 2007

roy harper

proof that if a weapon exists, someone has gone hunting with it

When you dabble in firearms, at some point you'll have to spend some time figuring out whether what you want to do is legal or not. Some things are common sense, some things are simple enough to puzzle out, and for some things you just have to ask the right people. Asking folks isn't as easy as you'd think, because if you can't find it looking through the standard sources it's probably a pretty weird question, and the immediate response of the person you ask is likely to be a baffled look and an involuntary cry of, "HUH?!"

(I once spent a couple of days with the guys from Florida Fish and Wildlife trying to figure out if it was legal to hunt monkeys in the state of Florida, and so I know. The hardest part is getting people to understand that no, you're serious! You want to know!)

This is one of those things that I honestly don't know whether it'd be illegal or not, because the basic activity is perfectly lawful. I'm just not sure (and neither is the author, though he operates on the assumption that the game warden would be likely to haul you in anyway, on general principles) whether it's lawful to do it quite this way. On the other hand, THIS IS EVERYTHING I LOVE ABOUT MEN: a guy builds his own Civil-War-type 12 pound mountain howitzer and goes deer hunting with it. Obviously, a 12-pound cannonball would be a little excessive (and hard to aim accurately), so he uses canister shot.

That would be a hundred and forty-eight .69 caliber lead musket balls, propelled by half a pound of powder.

Advises the author: Also be sure the deer is no closer than 100 yards. A minimum distance of 100 yards is a "must" for reasonable meat recovery. ( less damage ) You don't want to hit the deer with all 148 musket balls.


I got nothin' to add, folks. (And yes, he ate the deer. The field-dressed carcass (photo at link) must be seen to be believed.)
cass groovy

comic store

I found a comic store in Toronto! ...by accident. My mom came to town for a couple of days, and while we were walking around by the Art Gallery of Ontario, I saw a comic shop and pounced. Minor expenditures only: first two issues of Darwyn Cooke's THE SPIRIT series, which is just terrific, the Detective Chimp Helmet of Fate one-shot, quite good as well, and a SUPERMAN FAMILY showcase collecting the first several issues of JIMMY OLSEN.

Ah, comics, I love you so.
cass groovy

Fic rec: "The Sith Who Brought Life Day" (SW, post-ANH)

I've been poking around in STAR WARS fanfic lately. Call me old-fashioned, but I'm all about the Original Trilogy, and being mainly a gen kind of guy, the gen stuff is mostly what I go for.

Here's a link to one of the best pieces of genfic I've read in *ages.* It's sweet, funny, touching, and delightful, and -- best of all -- it makes you feel for Darth Vader at the same time it keeps him absolutely convincing and terrifying. The story is ophelia's "The Sith Who Brought Life Day," and it's about an Imperial officer who, as a result of a drunken bet on a hand of sabacc, winds up in a precarious position: he has to give someone a Life Day gift. He gets to choose either the person, or the gift. The officer elects to choose the gift, on the grounds that he can pick something small and inoffensive and avoid getting into trouble.

That's when his buddy tells him he's shopping for Lord Vader.

I won't spoil it for you; just go read it.