Friday, January 25, 2008

Happy Winter-een-mas!!!!

HAPPY WINTER-EEN-MAS to one and all, and to all a good week!

It’s that week of the year again, the geek holiday, the gamers week. All you who play Guitar Hero, BioShock, HALO 3 or whatever can revel this week, knowing that this is YOUR week to lose time, money, friends or whatever!

For the few (I hope) of you that don’t know WEMas, here are some links for you... It’s ok to feel some shame about not knowing, it’s not ok to not learn!

The Winter-een-Mas main page

Winter-een-mas FAQ

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fear me!

Yes, yes.  you may all stand up now, no need to bow in my presence...

I actually did this to an arrow at the range today.  Thank god I had the iphone to record the moment, since nobody would believe me.  I do have witnesses though, and the dead arrow!

It’s kinda tough to possess skills like these, but I do a damn good job of keeping everyone else striving to reach the standards I set....

(Wow is it ever thick in here.)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Reflections of a Life... RIP Bobby Fischer

REYKJAVIK (AFP) — Chess legend Bobby Fischer, the troubled high school dropout whose fabled 1972 victory over Soviet world champion Boris Spassky made him a Cold War hero, has died at the age of 64 at his home in Iceland.

"I can confirm that he died yesterday in his home due to an illness," close friend Gardar Sverrisson told AFP. Fischer was reportedly hospitalized for a period last year.

Sad, a very sad day for us all, especially the U.S. Government.  I would like to write my own thoughts about Mr. Fischer, but a friend, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, did it better than I could ever do... he is, after all, a writer of some decent repute.  Again, I quote...
“The notion that Fischer was a criminal for playing chess in defiance of the US government has always struck me as one of the most bizarre happenings in our history. He wasn't the personable kind of hero who might have aroused the American people in protest of what was, clearly, an unconstitutional act intended to reduce citizens to subjects: the beginning of the process that the TSA exists to continue.

He may have been the greatest chess player of all time. Certainly he was the equal of anyone living in his time. The imbecility of the US government petulantly deciding that he was a criminal because he played a chess match in defiance of the US government's policies of intervention in the territorial disputes of Europe continues to amaze me.

An anti-Semitic Jew, arrogant, violently individualistic -- and the greatest chess player of his time. He wasn't the sort of person who would win any great sympathy from the masses, or even from his admirers. He wasn't likable, and thus many who might have protested against the arrogance of the government thought it all served him right. After his government made him a criminal for playing in a chess match, his hatred of the United States made him even more odious to all. And yet, his loss of liberty is our loss.”

If that doesn’t sum it up, I don’t know what else could.

To be made a criminal, for doing what you do, and do well.  Amazing.  And yet, what law did he really break, save for violating a sanction imposed by the government against trade and “artistic endeavors”.  <sigh>  Had he had a personality, or even the media coverage that CNN/MSNBC bring about today, the travesty would have been undone in moments.  Although... we are in the Bush era.  (Is it not sad that we must refer to this as an era, not an administration?)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Ex-Trucker

It is better to have tried and failed, than never to have tried at all.  Alas, it’s over.  My life as an over-the-road trucker is... well... over.

Family concerns and the long durations of being away drove the choice, but I feel comfortable knowing that I did what I had always wanted to do.  For 45 days I was moving that big rig around California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

My thanks to Robert for being an awesome trainer!  Here is a guy that I truly hope only good things happen for.  He deserves it.  He has the patience of Job and the skill of a master instructor in any military organization.

So long to the road... for now.  Motorcycle season is approaching :)