Archive for May, 2013

Rolling the Dice on Another Adventure

Rolling the Dice on Another Adventure

I’ve been playing pen-and-paper role playing games ever since I was about seven, thanks to my visiting half-brother, and Dungeons and Dragons. Many years, game systems, and groups have passed, and it might be time to pick up the dice again. We play board games every Sunday at Fort Gibberish. Although the cast of characters […]

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Expand and Collapse Android Notifications

Expand and Collapse Android Notifications

I’ve been an Android user for over three years. One of the things I like the most about Android is how quickly it evolves. My first Android handset (HTC Droid Incredible) ran 2.1. While I managed to figure it out the user interface had a lot of room for improvement, especially for new users. Android […]

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How to Convert a 10-round S&W M&P 15-22 Magazine to a 25-round Magazine

How to Convert a 10-round S&W M&P 15-22 Magazine to a 25-round Magazine

With ammunition so hard to find and prices so high I have been looking for ways to lower the cost of our civilian defense rifle training. I picked up a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 rifle, which is roughly AR-15 shaped and shares some common parts and components with the AR-15 platform. Like any other […]

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Rosie Update #2: The Damage

Rosie Update #2: The Damage

We’re still waiting on Rosie’s lab results, but I’m glad I chose to pre-emptively treat her for masticatory muscle myositis: the damage has already been done. Rosie is on a pretty aggressive regime of prednisone and while her symptoms have been improved, it’s obvious to me that the auto-immune disease has done serious harm to […]

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Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners: What to Take to Your First Gunfighting Class

Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners: What to Take to Your First Gunfighting Class

This episode of Firearms Tips and Techniques for Beginners is about what you should take for your first gunfighting class. A fight-focused class will be more dynamic, should include more movement, and be more strenuous than your run-of-the-mill standing in a shoebox target shooting session. Expect to be outside in any kind of weather conditions. […]

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Epicurean Kitchen Series Utensil Review

Epicurean Kitchen Series Utensil Review

Back in November I wrote about the Minnesota company Epicurean, who makes cutting boards and utensils out of recycled materials or materials taken from sustainable providers. I really like how durable and easy the cutting boards were, and while I was picking up some as gifts I decided to give their utensils a try. Epicurean […]

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Let Me Be Strong Enough to Carry the Burden

Let Me Be Strong Enough to Carry the Burden

A far flung Internet acquaintance of mine committed suicide last month. He was a member of one of the training groups to which I belong, and while I never met him personally he was well known and liked by the community. To paraphrase something I read : when someone dies, the burdens they carried do […]

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Dealing With the 2013 Ammunition Crisis

Dealing With the 2013 Ammunition Crisis

Anything related to firearms since November of 2012 has been in high demand. Obama’s re-election, followed by the Sandy Hook mass murders, doubled or tripled prices for firearms, accessories, magazines, and ammunition. You pretty much had to pay an arm and a leg to get stuff — if you could find it at all. Availability […]

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An Update on Rosie

An Update on Rosie

About a week and a half ago I wrote about my dog Rosie and her health problems. She was having a hard time chewing her food. At first we thought it was a problem with her teeth, but it turns out she could chew just fine — it was her jaw that was messed up. […]

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Bronze4Life StarCraft 2 Stream

Bronze4Life StarCraft 2 Stream

I’ve been playing StarCraft 2 for about three years. I’ve also been watching StarCraft 2 games played by others for the same amount of time. All of the games I’ve watched were streamed online, meaning I went to a Web site like Major League Gaming or Twitch.tv and observed people all over the world playing […]

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