Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Reminiscing over childhood.

I think I finally figured out why I like the show How It's Made so much.

Don't get me wrong, the show is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  No, scratch that. The show makes you wish you could be watching paint dry.

But, remember Mr. Roger's Neighborhood on PBS.

He used to show little vignette's of crayons or something going through the manufacturing process. 

So, How It's Made brings back memories of being curled up on the couch, in my pajamas, with a cup of hot cocoa, watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

Ahh, the salad days of college.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pass it forward.

Saw this on Old_NFO's blog today and couldn't agree more with the sentiment.  While, yes we do have the right to free speech in this country.  It's not about you, it's about the millions of us who have served and the thousands and thousands who have paid the ultimate price for your right.  In short, its about the country we are proud to live in.

The National Anthem.

(exert below)

This should go up with Jennifer's Dance Monkey Dance.

“So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling. Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and the entourages. Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America , not you.”

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Random Musing.

Everybody has mile posts in their life.  Moments when, for better or worse, their life is never quite the same again.  Times, when recalled, a person can point to and say, "This changed my life."

One of those important moments is when you realize you can buy and cook bacon anytime you want.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Piston AR Build Update.

Just some minor things to finally finish up the AR I previously posted about.

I added an ambidextrous safety to it. Just a no name brand.  But it fits well and operates like it should.

I installed the aluminum striker plate for the UBR stock, making that much heavier.  Like it wasn't already.  And why the striker plate.  Why not.  Again, this build was about "because I can" not for any real reasons.

I also finally got the front sling mount.. mounted.  And with the MS3 sling. I finally have a reliable way to go from single point sling to two point.

A few notes on its performance so far.  I've put a couple of thousand rounds through it, mostly brass but some lacquer coated steel stuff.  Haven't cleaned it yet. It's still functioning flawlessly.  The Trijicon ACOG has held its zero from the day I zeroed it in.  All in all, I'm really impressed with this rifle.  I think I'll keep it.