Archive for May, 2010

Beardaggedon 2010: The Final Chapter

Beardaggedon 2010: The Final Chapter

So the time has come. After wearing a face sweater every day since Thanksgiving of last year, it’s time for it all to come off. When it came time for me to trim my full beard, my readers voted for the Freebird a little over a month ago. What was supposed to be a goofy […]

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Rock Island Armory 1911 Officer Compact Magazine Catch Problem Update

Rock Island Armory 1911 Officer Compact Magazine Catch Problem Update

A week ago I wrote about my problem with my Rock Island Armory 1911 Officer magazine release. To recap briefly, the magazine locking lever’s tab sheared off after about 1,000 rounds. This made the magazine catch very difficult to push and made it impossible to load a magazine in the pistol. True to what I’ve […]

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Passing It On

Passing It On

My father took me shooting for the first time when I was eight years old. I learned how to safely handle a firearm and the basics of marksmanship with a bolt action .22LR rifle with open, iron sights. Shooting with my father was one of my first steps towards a more disciplined life, and I […]

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Rock Island Armory 1911 Officer Magazine Release Catch Problem

Rock Island Armory 1911 Officer Magazine Release Catch Problem

Part of our annual trip to Tybee Island involves teaching new and novice shooters about firearm safety, culminating with a visit to an outdoor range. I helped a few of the new shooters get acclimated before deciding to put a few rounds downrange myself. I am scheduled to take a multi-day handgun training course in […]

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Tybee Island Ars Technica Meet Part 1

Tybee Island Ars Technica Meet Part 1

Our trip started at 8:45 Friday morning when we headed out for our friends’s house in Tybee Island, Georgia. As usual, Sedagive? was an excellent motorcycle passenger and the 500 mile ride passed by without incident. Here are some photos and thoughts from the first few days of our trip. Tags: ars technica, fjr1300a, tybee […]

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TyprX — Racing for Typists

TyprX — Racing for Typists

I went to visit my mother at work when I was about eleven years old. I waited patiently in front of her desk while she machine-gunned at her typewriter. Clackity clack clack-clack-clackity-clack ka-ching! over and over again. I was impressed and mesmerized by the sound of it. Four years later I registered for a Typing […]

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The Things We Remember

The Things We Remember

Today marks the eleventh year of my sister’s passing. As the days tick on, I continue to think about her and the things that she did for me. The things that she taught me, both in her words and actions. However, as I now have lived a little more than a day longer than my […]

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How to Set Up Free Amber Alert Text Messages on Your Verizon Wireless Phone

How to Set Up Free Amber Alert Text Messages on Your Verizon Wireless Phone

THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NO LONGER VALID — SEE THIS PAGE FOR CURRENT INSTRUCTIONS, THANK YOU If you want to see me fly way off the handle, harm a child. The AMBER Alert is a system used to notify the citizenry in the case of a child abduction. Typical information includes the child’s name, physical description, […]

Random Motorcycling Tip #14: Be Like Admiral Ackbar

Random Motorcycling Tip #14: Be Like Admiral Ackbar

Star Wars character Admiral Ackbar had one important talent: he knew when something was a trap. You should be like him, too. Always be on the look out for typical spots when people are acting stupid on the road. For example, if someone is talking on their mobile phone with their left hand, don’t expect […]

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Family Fun: Handgun Shooting Contest

Family Fun: Handgun Shooting Contest

My father and I did a lot of things together when I was growing up. Most of it was working him around the farm, but from an early age he taught me firearm safety and marksmanship. At the time I thought it was neat to be treated like a “big kid” and to shoot a […]

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