April 12th, 2009



If anybody's got a spare Dreamwidth code they're looking to get rid of, let me know! I'm curious to play around with it; it seems to be The Hip New Thing, but I'd like to play around with it before I give 'em money.
cass groovy

certification again

Did another NRA certification course this weekend! Once the credentials come through, I will be certified to teach three courses: Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, and Personal Protection in the Home. PPitH was the latest course, and it was the most fun, I think: the shooting drills, in particular, are pretty interesting. I've shot left-handed, and without my glasses, and such things, but hadn't done much with shooting from cover and the like. I should get around to trying IDPA.

Caught the DOCTOR WHO Easter special; it wasn't bad. The technobabble quotient was too high for DOCTOR WHO, I thought, but Michelle Ryan was good, and if she was a little omnicompetent it was interesting to see somebody keep such a close pace with the Doctor for once.

Oh, did I mention I'm trying to teach myself to play the piano, after a fashion? We'll see how it goes.
unfair to batgirl

i usually never do these things, but

Amazon rank.

I am not personally affected, so I can see the bizarrely funny side of this particular bit of incompetence: hey, Amazon, if you're trying to pretend you're just not giving Amazon rank to adult books, you are so doing it wrong.

(That link is to Shayla Black's DECADENT, a book which is, um, rather heavy on the, er -- yes, well. And ranked #344,701 in Books!)

List of affected books is here -- to me, the big surprise is that there's just no way Amazon could even think their excuse would fly for a second. I mean, guys. The Well of Loneliness. Adult? Really?! Man, I wonder what happened with this decision. Oh, to be a fly on the wall there.
roy harper

ammo costs are ridiculous

I've been insulated from this, as I did a massive bulk ammo purchase last year, but ammunition is getting *ridiculously* scarce and expensive. How ridiculous? At my NRA class, I met a gun dealer who was desperately seeking .380 ACP ammunition. I don't shoot .380 at all, so I didn't know this, but it's apparently become absolutely impossible to get. The cartridge languished for a while, but it's popular again in large part because of Kel-Tec, which came up with the P-3AT, an amazingly tiny carry gun -- literally, you can put it in the pocket of a pair of shorts, and no one will see it at all. Six rounds, polymer frame, extremely light. There are other .380s available, notably Ruger's recent entry to compete with Kel-Tec, the LCP -- and that's a very hot gun at the moment, very difficult to get. And the dealer was sitting on multiple .380s in his shop, which he couldn't sell, because *he had no ammo.* And nobody else did, either. He managed to horse-trade some at the class.

Another guy I met was going crazy because he couldn't find -- I can't believe this -- .22LR. Seriously. It's only the most common and cheapest and dinkiest plinking round out there, but he couldn't find any for sale. Saturday night, on my way home from the class, I stopped by my local Wal-Mart, and they had some that had just come in that day. $18 a brick. (550 rounds, for Remington's Golden Bullet.) EIGHTEEN DOLLARS. FOR A BRICK OF .22LR. If you do not shoot, that is high. I think the last time I bought it, I paid eleven. And noted, "Huh, prices have gone up."

I bought four bricks, which was half of what they had, and sold my classmate one for $20. Apparently, I was very nice. One guy in the class sells ammo at gun shows. He said he's seen bricks of .22LR going for $40. (!!!!) Out of curiosity, I stopped in the same Wal-Mart on the way back from class today. Sold out. The lady behind the counter said they only got one case in (ten bricks), and it sold in less than 24 hours. I just went over and clicked on the various cartridges for sale at Ammoman.com, and he's out of almost everything. Holy crap.