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  1. Re: Musings on Random Musings That was something I found quite humerous when I visited the big island. It was like a giant game of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Rats came with ships, so they brought in mongooses (mongeese?), but they are out during the day and rats out at night. Someone brought in Cane Toads to eat insects in the sugar cane fields, but the toads are on the ground, and the pest insects at the top of the stalk... I felt kind of bad about the Nenes, very sweet birds, but dumb as a rock. Loved all the fruit though, had many dinners of fruit salad the three weeks I was there.
  2. Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now? Timbuk 3 Field Guide (basically a best of compilation, and unfortunately about the only CD currently available from them) Best known for The Futures so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, but they did a lot more.
  3. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? True Grit, the remake with Jeff Bridges. Never saw the original (not really a John Wayne fan) but this was a solid western. Jeff Bridges was great as a burnt out, but still effective US Marshall, but the girl who hires him to find her fathers killer stole the movie. Two Mules for Sister Sara, seen it many times and it never gets old. Iron Man 2, somehow had missed this one. Almost as good as the first, and I'm really liking how Black Widow is fitting into the movies.
  4. Re: Cool Guns for your Games Something like this?
  5. Re: Cool Guns for your Games http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_rifle
  6. Re: Cool Guns for your Games On the double barrel weapon, I believe convergance is the term used. At a certain distance the bullets will cross. On a double barrel shotgun that distance might be only 20 yards, on a traditional double rifle 50 maybe 100 yards, on a P-47 (8x 50 caliber machineguns) I believe it was 500-1000 yards. One of the first submachineguns was a double barrel weapon, although it was really more of a short range low powered light machinegun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villar-Perosa_aircraft_submachine_gun I doubt the double M-16 thing is anything more than a coolness factor weapon, it seems very impractical for any serious use. Don't need a double barrel on a magazine fed auto (or semi auto) rifle to speed practical rof like you do a double single shot rifle, it is already possible to get a 5.56mm rifle upwards of 1000 rpm cyclic without the double barrel, and there are 100 rd drums available, so that doesn't seem like a need either. Last 2x 5.56mm isn't going to penetrate as well as a 7.62mm so short of video game physics you aren't going to improve performance against armor either. That being said I always though the double barrel Remington 1100 semi auto 12 gauge was pretty cool (although I wouldn't want to carry around a 16lb shotgun). Never went anywhere but was one of those cool experimental super weapons built for the SEALS during the Vietnam war. As I recall they built some full auto 1100s with standard tube mags and 10 round box mags too. I used to have a book with all these really cool shotguns in it, can't remember now if they ever tried a full auto version of the double 1100 as well.
  7. Re: Cool Guns for your Games I've read the ASP was the inspiration for the S&W 6906, which is a cut down S&W 5906 with a bobbed hammer. Other than the gutter sight and a few more rounds in the magazine (12) it is basically the ASP. Despite the short barrel it is a very accurate pistol. I've always been kind of curious why they didn't offer a similar 3906 for those with smaller hands or wanting a slightly slimmer gun (single column vs double column mag), particularly after the '94 assault rifle ban limited magazines to 10 rounds.
  8. Re: Cool Guns for your Games You are correct, I wasn't thinking about the style of cylinder on those guns. I suppose someone could make little C clips snapped onto each round to give the 9x18mm a rim, but that just makes it a further question of why bother.
  9. Re: Cool Guns for your Games Actually the Colt SAA has been available in a dizzying number of calibers. The .45 Colt is the most common, but the gun has been offered in many others, even as small as .22 LR. I'm not sure why someone would want to put a rather weak round like the 9x18mm in a large gun like the SAA, but it is theoretically possible either through a custom gun or an approriately chambered gun using half moon clips. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Single_Action_Army
  10. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? The Hebrew Hammer, a jewish hero in the mold of 70s Blaxploitation movies tries to stop Santa's plot to end chanukah. Basically Undercover Brother with jewish stereotypes. Mindless fun if you like this sort of thing. Yeah, saw it. The monster was cool looking, but not enough to save it. Made Plan 9 from outer space a master piece by comparison.
  11. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? The American Experience - The Civilian Conservation Corps. An hour long history of the CCCs 1933-42. A combination of narrated history and interviews with still living CCC enrollees. I found it enjoyable but also kind of sad that we stopped such a successful program to provide work and experience to young adults.
  12. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? You mean like this
  13. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? My wife and I have been watching a lot of Netflix together lately. Just finished Life, a short lived TV series (1 1/2 seasons) kind of a comedy police drama. The main character is an LAPD officer wrongly accused of murder. After 12 years in prison part of his settlement against the LAPD was being re-instated as a police detective. A little police drama, a little X files (tracking down the ones who framed him) and a little comedy largely revolving around his new found zest for freedom and adjusting to modern technology. It was a fun series, unfortunately cut short due to US TV exectutives not knowing a good show when it bites them on the bum. Currently watching Black Books, an english series about a crabby book store owner, his cheerful ex accountant employee (who drive the book shop owner bonkers) and the quirky neighboring shop owner. Typical silly British humor so fun for us. The Call of Cthulhu, a modern movie (2005) based on the HP Lovecraft story. The movie is done in the style of a 1920s silent film. It was actually a pretty effective way to tell the story and in my opinion is one of the better HP Lovecraft inspired movies. I've also watched a ton of documentaries. Reel Injun, A History of Native Americans in cinema. Interesting and amusing, the film maker and many of the Native film makers have a good sense of humor which keeps it light hearted, even when it goes into somewhat dark places. The People vs George Lucas, a mostly light hearted look at Star Wars, George Lucas, the fans and the nerd rage felt by some against his re-imaging of the SW universe. I have become particularly interested in food production and "green power" in the US so have watched several related documentaries. Food Inc, focusses on big agro business and how for the last 40 years the USDA and Congress have written policies that have favored big business, cheap fast food and hurt the small family farmers. Very well done if you have an interest in the subject. Food Fight, the efforts of a Berkeley restraunt owner to buy local, which inadvertendly led to a resurgeance of local farmers markets nation wide. Informative and amusing as many of those involved have a great sense of humor. Carbon Nation, a realistic look at power generation and successful programs to move to renewable energy. Very much focuses on practical programs that have been successful for economic reasons (saving people money) rather than pie in the sky save the earth attempts. We saw the first episode of that. It looks promising, but after Life we were more in a zany humor mood so have been watching Black Books instead. We will probably return to Kingdom once we finish up the other series.
  14. Re: Foods for those that just don't care anymore Well we had our own little foray into this thread. My wife, son and I decided to try the Deep Fried Twinkie offered by a local 1950s themed diner. They have great food for the most part, but it is the last Deep Fried Twinkee I will partake of. Not only was it less tasty than a regular Twinkee (never as good as I expect), we felt like we were going to die after eating it, just a hard crunchy grease soaked Twinkee, yum, grease, sugar and a semi congealed creamy center. The ice cream it was served with was the only part I really liked. BTW can anyone explain to me the connection between deep fried Twinkees, deep fried Oreos and the 1950s? They do a nice job with the theme, much better than say Mel's. I was not aware deep fried stuff was a big deal in the 50s.
  15. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? I think Gurps Riverworld was based on the same books as the TV show. It was one of the very early supplements so not easy to find these days.
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