February 15th, 2009

roy harper

more gun nut links

A lot of gun nut sites are, understandably, country-centric, though you do see foreign gun nuts crop up -- I've seen Russians, French, and Italians on the sites I frequent. It's always interesting to compare notes with them, but I'd never encountered a gun owner from Nigeria before. But gunblogger Steve, at the Firearm Blog, recently got an email from one -- a guy named Emmanuel. According to Emmanuel, Nigeria "has a very strict Gun control law, but which licenses shotguns (Single, double-barrel, pump action and recently: semi-automatics) to responsible, respectable people (actually: who am I fooling: anyone with the money!)" He bought a Turkish semi-auto 12 gauge, but found himself with a problem. It came with a pistol grip, and he wanted a stock. Problem: NO GUN STORES IN NIGERIA. So he built his own, using a steel walking stick. Simple build, well thought out, nicely done; there are pics.

The self-defense video that all the gun nuts are buzzing about is this one, from Tucson, Arizona. Home invasions are on the rise there, and some of them have ended with murders. In some others, the homeowners have defended themselves successfully, but I don't think any of 'em have done so with the speed, style, and sheer capability of this guy. At least, not on camera.

The would-be invaders come in, most with pistols, one with a rifle, and get ready to attack -- and are repelled by gunfire from the homeowner, in AMAZINGLY short order. They flee so fast that only one of them bothers to get into the getaway car. It is actually rather like this. Incidentally, the homeowner only shot one of them, but when he shoots at the getaway car he gets an AMAZING grouping on the windshield.

To my knowledge, two of the robbers have been arrested, and the guy who was shot is believed to have fled to Mexico. Reportedly, the homeowner just happened to glance at his security camera and had his handgun loaded and accessible by the front door. And that is why "keep your guns unloaded and locked in the safe" laws suck. (I keep most of my guns unloaded and locked in the safe, sure. But not the ones I've designated "in case of zombies, break glass.")
pointy teeth

APED: "open your window"

Open your window. A little. That's all.
Or if not yours, then the one down the hall.
Maybe your sister's. She's soundly asleep.
It's high off the ground? That's all right. I can leap.
Open your window. Let me inside.
I know all the dreams and the fears that you hide.
I know all the truths and the lies that you tell.
I know all your life. And your death I know well.
The things I could tell you! Just let me in.
Open your window. Then I'll begin.
Right after I visit your parents, of course.
You don't like them. They make you eat borscht.
And just to be fair, I'll visit your sister --
Be honest, now, dear -- you wouldn't miss her.
Open your window. The tales I will tell!
Of things you've not seen, of smells you've not smelled,
Of songs I've heard sung, of tall sails unfurled,
Of giants with great legs bestriding the world,
Of the blood that men spilled at the Battle of Boyne --
My tales are your payment. There's no richer coin.
And you'd see me, too. I'm something to see.
There's nothing you've seen that's as striking as me.
Open your window. It's all that I ask --
I promise you, child. I'll eat you last.
cameron's head

clip, clop, clip, clop, clip, clop, *FROWN* -- Amish drive-by shunning

Kevin Kelly has an awesome article on Amish use of technology:

I visited one retrofit workshop run by a strict Mennonite. Marlin was a short beardless man (no beards for the Mennonites). He uses a horse and buggy, has no phone, but electricity runs in the shop behind his home. They use electricity to make pneumatic parts. Like most of his community, his kids work along side him. A few of his boys use a propane powered fork lift with metal wheels (no rubber so you can't drive it on the road) to cart around stacks of heavy metal as they manufacture very precise milled metal parts for pneumatic motors and for kerosene cooking stoves, an Amish favorite. The tolerances needed are a thousand of an inch. So a few years ago they installed a massive, $400,000 computer-controlled milling (CNC) machine in his backyard, behind the horse stable. This massive half-million dollar tool is about the dimensions of a delivery truck. It is operated by his 14-year old daughter, in a bonnet. With this computer controlled machine she makes parts for grid-free horse and buggy living.