Pocket Protector

Continuing the meme from Jay, Uncle and others… 

Pocket changer

Clockwise from top left:

  • Keychain
  • iPhone
  • Wallet
  • Kel-Tec P3AT with +1 capacity mag
  • Cheap nylon holster that’s actually pretty good
  • Extra mag (Speer Gold Dots) 
  • Leatherman Micra
  • Cheap LED flashlight from Fry’s Electronics that’s brighter than any other keychain light I’ve seen

The only thing I’m missing is one of them tacticool pens in my weak side pocket for rentention/defense/writing on stuff.

Pocket protector

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January 30th, 2010 by admindude

Saturday Movie Blogging – Bad Day at Black Rock

Spencer Tracy
Robert Ryan
Walter Brennan
Ernest Borgnine
Lee Marvin

In a John Sturges film. What more needs to be said? 

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January 30th, 2010 by admindude

Friday Music Blogging II: Françoise Hardy “Voilà”

It’s odd to be nostalgic for a time and place I’ve never experienced.

Someone needs to build a time machine, so the twenty-something version of me can go back to 1967, catch a PanAm to the Côte d’Azur and take Mlle. Hardy to dinner and an long stroll on the beach.

(The video autoplays, so I placed it below the fold.)

 
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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

Thank you Kurt.

For an amazing, thrilling ride.

Full coverage here.

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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

Requiem for a Luddite

Two bits of bad news for the anti-vaccine crowd: 

The Gates Foundation doubles the amount spent on funding vaccines.

Endorsing vaccines as the world’s most cost-effective public health measure, Bill and Melinda Gates said Friday that their foundation would more than double its spending on them over the next decade, to at least $10 billion.

Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Friday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that their foundation would raise its spending on vaccines over the next decade to at least $10 billion.

The change could save the lives of as many as eight million children by 2020, Mr. Gates calculated. He said he hoped his gift would inspire other charities and donor nations to do the same.

“Vaccines are a real success story,” Mr. Gates said in an interview before the announcement, which he made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The cost is tiny, and yet it saves more lives than any other component of a health care system.” 

And to make matters worse, the head of the anti-vaccine movement in the U.K. turns out to be a twisted amalgam of Steven Glass and Dr. Mengele. 

The GMC (the independent body of medical regulators in the UK) didn’t investigate whether his claims were correct or not — and let’s be very clear, his claims have been shown beyond any doubt to be totally wrong — only whether he acted ethically in his research. What they found is that his research (involving spinal taps of children) was against the children’s clinical interest, that Wakefield was unqualified to perform the test, and that he had no ethical approval to do them. 

Who needs the scientific method and ethical guidelines when you’ve got fear, uncertainty, and Jenny McCarthy on your side?

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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 1/29 Edition

“One has a head full of foam rubber. The other one was on The Muppet Show.” 

Joe is Sam

Jim Treacher

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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

So cool, he’s frozen stiff

The science is settled, Obama’s a cold fish. 

President Barack Obama’s word choice in the State of the Union Address reveals a complex and dynamic thinker who is surprisingly cool and distant, according to James Pennebaker, chair of the Psychology Department.

Using a computer program he’s developed to measure the relationship between language and personality, Pennebaker compared the words Obama used to the State of the Union addresses delivered by every president since Harry S. Truman in 1946. 

“Surprisingly cool and distant” ? Not surprising at all, if you talk to people who’ve worked with him in the past

He was a largely absentee President of the Harvard Law Review, and approachability was never his strong suit. When the New York Times’ Michael Powell described him as possessing a “Barcalounger manner about him these days, padding about those campaign stages like a man commanding his den,” it was all too reminiscent of his style at Gannett House (home of the Review) during his law school days . . . at least when he showed up. Barack was famous for “working from home.” 

Great.

Economic turmoil, Al Qaeda breathing down our necks, 10% unemployment, and we have a President whose idea of getting things done is phoning it in from home.

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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

Friday Music Blogging – The Stone Roses

The noise. The beautiful, beautiful noise. 

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January 29th, 2010 by admindude

Schweikert Ten, Mitchell Zero

ExJon and I were fortunate enough to be invited to a fundraiser last night for David Schweikert’s bid to unseat Harry Mitchell in AZ CD5, and I managed to grab some cell phone pics of the event. 

Special Guest of Honor Hugh Hewitt expounds upon the Browns’ and/or GOP’s chances for victory in 2010: 

Or Indians

It’s hard to pack the house out when the house is this big, but it was. What you can’t see is all the people lined up below the stairs and sitting on the couches just below the bottom of this photo. 

I can see my house from here

ExJon finally got to meet his doppelganger, State Senator Jonathan Paton. Jon’s the one on the left. I think. 

When Jon met... Jon

All in all, it was a great time for a worthy cause. We got to meet our partners in crime fellow bloggersmeet others in person for the first time and we were able to keep ourselves from the karaoke machine. 

But we make no promises for next time. 

 
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January 28th, 2010 by admindude

Westboro Baptist Church says “Twitter, U R teh suck”

I’m surprised Fred Phelps’ group actually knows what Twtter is: I’d expect them to be wandering around trying to find the headquarters for Compu-Serve. 

Reverend Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Twitter’s San Francisco offices tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. PST. The Kansas-based church is picketing because it believes that “the people who run Twitter … don’t use their position & voice to warn a generation of rebels of the consequences of their rebellion. 

You kids and your music web apps these days. 

 
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January 27th, 2010 by admindude