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David Hines [userpic]

lucky streak status: questionable

March 13th, 2009 (04:24 pm)
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I am having a new HD put in my computer, because, well, I could use another hundred gigs, and this is cheaper than buying a new machine. (And I'd do it myself, but I have one of the 12-inch G4 Powerbooks, and every single resource I've looked at says, "Oh, you have a 12-inch... um. Yeah, you should really hire somebody to do that one for you.") So, of course, this means wiping everything off the old hard drive and overwriting the data multiple times, because we all know what one of the perks of replacing hard drives is: getting to snoop through all the customer's shit. I had very recent back-ups, but, y'know, stuff, so I figured I'd check and update the backup drive again.

Good thing I did. Because it was deader than a doornail.

...I have the cold sweats just *thinking* about what could have happened.

(OTOH, at least I found out before I wiped and overwrote the drive.)

David Hines [userpic]

APED: "world's end"

March 13th, 2009 (05:46 pm)

Here it is. End of the world.
Stand here with me. Look down. See,
far below, in mist that swirls,
shapes of things that shouldn't be.

There another world begins
very different from our own:
its greatest virtues are our sins,
its skies unearthly birds have flown.

You'll ask me now: what's in the mist.
I can't tell you. I don't know.
They used to come. Now they desist.
There was a bargain, years ago.

I didn't tell you, though I ought --
my daughter dear, I love you so --
I drew your number from the lots.
Stand here with me. Look down. Go.

David Hines [userpic]

you have to ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?!

March 13th, 2009 (06:23 pm)
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I am totally blaming liviapenn for this one: she had her first range trip recently, and waxed about how much fun she had shooting, among other things, a Smith & Wesson revolver. Now, I like Smith & Wesson firearms, and my #2 carry piece is a J-frame, the 638, but that was the only Smith & Wesson revolver I owned. Most of the firearms I've bought recently are semi-automatics, particularly the long guns, but handguns, too. My first gun was a revolver, so Livia's post got me thinking that maybe my next acquisition should be a wheelgun. And there have been two big holes in my handgun caliber collection for a while: the .357 and .44 Magnum revolvers. (I have a .357 Magnum handgun, the COP, which stands optimistically for "Concealed Off-Duty Police," but as a target gun... hell, as anything other than a safe queen, it leaves something to be desired.)

So today we had the pre-assessment portion of the rifle instructor class. This basically means that the NRA's Training Counselor takes you to the range and hands you a rifle to see if you know what the hell you're doing. It's not hard -- my work schedule has played havoc with my range time of late, but I did well enough to get a high-five from the TC. Afterwards, one of my classmates mentioned that he was looking for a gun shop willing to do some wheeling and dealing; he needed to sell off some guns he had to get other guns he wanted. Naturally, we asked what he was getting rid of, and one of the items was a Smith & Wesson Model 29. Nickel-plated. Basically new in box.

I have a weakness for nickel-plating. It's *pretty.* And he named a great price, and I said, "Sold."

So, yeah, *another* gun. Yay! Gratuitous gun pics will be forthcoming.

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