Rabu, 13 September 2006

Colonel Cooper - Major Heart Attack

had been worried before, and according to Pat Rogers, The Colonel has had a massive heart attack and has signed a DNR order. He is apparently not long for this world.

As the recovery chanceses are so low, I wish him a swift and easy passing at his home. I regret never meeting him now, more than ever.

There's a whole lot I could write about his history, his intruction, his writing, and his life, but I will let it go, for now, with this:

The Father of Modern Pistolcraft is, and will forever remain, a hero of mine. He will be greatly missed.


Senin, 11 September 2006

"Loose Change" Idiocy.

You know, I had hoped we were past 9/11 conspiracy theories, but by not travelling in the more gullible circles of the 'Net, I seem to have missed the 'biggest' phenomenon in wrongheadedness Re: possibly the most extensively investigated terrorist attack ever. It's a Flash Video called "Loose Change".

And guess what, they proport to fly in the face of all the evidence compiled by everyone, and they've got half-second glimpses of Neo-Nazi newspaper headlines to prove it!

I'm disgusted to write too much more about it. I sincerely hope there is no one reading this blog that honestly thinks that there is a ridiculously massive, airtight conspiracy that 3,000 people died for, but then again, neither did Tam, and her comments were invaded by a 'structural engineer' or some such.

So, if you have misinformed/functional idiot friends who bring up this sort of thing at work purporting to be edgy or 'in on the secret'; or forward you emails with "FWD: fwd: fwd: fwd: FWD: RE: OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS VIDEO", please direct them to David Wong's simple, effective two-page rebuttal of such inanity. Should this be insufficient, Popular Mechanics may suffice.

Thank you for doing your part in the war on stupidity.


Selasa, 22 Agustus 2006

The 9/11 Commision Report, With Pretty Pictures.

Actually, it is pictures. I'll admit, I never got through the entire report, and and I'm usually not swayed from dry reading material. However, on this one, I filed to finish. The graphic novel touches on all the major points, and comparing it to the report's text, it's neither too simplified or only a simple word-for-word restatement with pictures. Very clearly non-fiction, and well illustrated. It's by no means a substitute for the report itself, but to take in the basics in one sitting, you'd be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable way.

The first 1.5 chapters are available online, and held my attention. Tell me what you think - it broadens the audience for the Report's findings if nothing else. Hopefully the local stores will have this in soon so I can read the rest - not certain I'd buy it, but I'd read it once.