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The Rules
Posted:Feb 2, 2017 6:55 am
Last Updated:Jan 26, 2022 8:30 am

Another blogger, I respect, recently said , ‘your blog, your rules.’ Unfortunately, seems I need put so of those rules in place.
First, so helpful suggestions:
Unless I specificy reference sothing I’ve previously written, each post should be considered a stand-alone item. Just because I didn't share getting treated for the syphilis I'd ntioned previously doesn't an I've still got it.

Now, the rules I promised:
Comnts are welco, whether you agree or disagree with what I’ve written. I’m always up for a lively debate and not afraid of being proven wrong.

If you think my writing style is crap, feel free share your opinion, along with how you’d improve it.

However, there are comnts that won’t be lerated.

These include:
- Arguntative and pointless diatribes

- Informing what I was ‘rey trying say’ and reference previous posts that I didn’t indicate should be considered in the current one. know, I’m fairly sure I know what point I was attempting convey.

- Debating a pic unrelated my post

- Comnts that are ant be insulting or are an spirited.

So of the above will simply get your comnt deleted, but repeatedly being a jerk will get you banned. However, I reserve the right not delete offensive comnts in order for myself and others make fun of you.

If you can’t be kind, be gone.

Attention - New feature in my blog, effective 9/18/21. From this point forward, sarcasm will be in green font. It should clean up so misunderstandings. Yeah, that'll work.

Also, I guess you could use this send private ssages , if you had nothing better do.
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Covid Vaccines & Conspiracy Theories - Food For The Obtuse
Posted:Jul 13, 2021 10:01 am
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2021 11:08 am

Recently, I've been exposed to some of the current wild and fantastical conspiracies associated with the virus and more importantly, vaccination. They've left me completely flabbergasted and provided another reminder of how gullible too many Americans are. In all fairness, much of the medical mumbo jumbo is likely over the heads of those who believe it. The whole mRNA thing is beyond my own span of attention. However, we can still use the tools we all have at our disposal to ferret out bullshit; for example, a suspicious and critical mind. My regular readers know that I rarely take questionable assertions at face value and tend to fact check on my own. For example, one of the fringe outlets claimed that 'CDC data released on July 9th' shows a massive spike in deaths from vaccines. Before I called bullshit, I went to the CDC's website to confirm. Because they're a government entity, they put everything they release on their website. I think we both know what I found; or didn't find. Now, I'm calling bullshit. Something I did find was a direct correlation between vaccination rates and Covid deaths. No surprise the states with higher vaccination rates have fewer cases and deaths.

Another way to utilize your critical mind is to ask the questions 'to what end?' and 'Who profits from this and how?' These questions, and most of this entry, are universal with respect to conspiracy theories in general, but we'll stick with the one at hand. Who would benefit from the successful outcome of the supposed conspiracy and why? Clearly, the pharma companies would receive the greatest benefit by reaping huge profits from government contracts to develop and manufacture the vaccines on an emergency basis. PPE manufacturers also benefitted from a massive spike in demand. Hell, I received some nice upside orders from 3M earlier in the pandemic and it fattened my bonus for the year. Maybe I'm in on the conspiracy. Shit, I've said too much.

What stands out to me is the massive number of 'auxiliary players' required to be complicit in the scheme, but who wouldn't profit. What's in it for them to participate or at least keep their mouths shut? It's not as though the profits pharma took in would be sufficient to buy everyone's silence. Let's look at one of the most important groups of auxiliary players, the media.

Why is it that these conspiracy theories are always 'broken' by fringe media outlets, or bloggers, or some guy in the produce aisle? They're never ever covered by legitimate news outlets. I can hear the cry now - The media's in on it! Sorry to burst your bubble, but simple logic says otherwise. For those who've forgotten, all of these outlets (CNN, NYT, Fox News) are for profit companies. What generates the most revenue for a news outlet? Certainly not suppressing what would be sensational developments. Such reporting would massive ratings / readership, which would make them more money than an entity paying them hush money. The media, all the media, would fight tooth and nail to break such a story and cover it non-stop for as long as that gravy train lasted.

On the flip side, what do the conspiracy theorists get in return for their activities? Attention, money, and (misplaced) credibility that they wouldn't have received were they going about their lives. Who wouldn't throw out a ton of bullshit for that payout? Seems the conspiracy freaks might have greater motivation than those allegedly complicit in the conspiracy they're trying to sell.

Touching on the politically motivated, it would be quite the fantasy world to get D's and R's to agree to this sort of thing (or anything else, for that matter). Make no mistake, they'd all have to be complicit. Not happening. The wretched right seems hell bent on their constituents dying from Covid by keeping them from getting vaccinated, even though they've all be vaccinated themselves. There's some serious motivation for them to be driving the shit out of these conspiracies, if there were even the tiniest fragment of truth to them. But you're not hearing a peep from even the more euthanasia worthy lawmakers, like MTG or Louis Gohmert. I'll let you draw your own conclusion, but perhaps it's because such conspiracy theories are too obviously bullshit for even these dipshits to give oxygen to.

The bottom line is that massive 'evil' conspiracies can't exist in secret, period. Somebody always fucks up. There will always be someone who loses the the fortitude to remain evil and caves. Or, someone inadvertently shares too much with that in Dallas. This almost always happens when one party is involved. Dozens of parties all gettin' down on the evil? Hah! Again, pure fantasy. It becomes more of a farce, when you consider governments are involved. Nothing stays secret in governments. Throw in language barriers and differing agendas of the various supposedly involved countries and leaks will occur. Every damned time.

Ultimately, there's no way the conspiracy at hand could be true. It would have been leaked by someone and amplified through every level of media, by those with the incentive to do so, of which there are many.

Vaccination should be mandatory. Those who believe this is a draconian and distasteful measure are idiots. Your have to be vaccinated against various things to attend school, so you've already complied with mandatory vaccinations and given proof to the school system. Oops, didn't think of that, did you? You're not a fucking virologist, so don't pretend to know what is and isn't true on the internet about the virus, particularly when crosschecking facts blows the damned thing up prima facia. You don't have feathers, so stop parroting everything you read that you fall for. Do the right thing for yourself and your family, for a change. Take off the tin foil hat, say goodbye to Q once and for all, and get your fucking family vaccinated.

Also, stop with the idiotic memes comparing mandatory vaccinations with the Holocaust or any other Nazi symbolism. Comparing vaccination with genocide is offensive, because there is no fucking comparison, you moronic snowflake. While I'm typically fine allowing morons to identify themselves in grand fashion, there are too many soft minds in this country who may believe the bullshit. Largely in the same way there are those who believe the election was stolen from the Cheeto faced shit gibbon; but I already covered that one.

Now, really get off my lawn.
A Cowboy With The Indians
Posted:Jan 18, 2022 6:21 pm
Last Updated:Jan 22, 2022 10:07 am

For those care about my employment situation (I appreciate both of you), been some noteworthy events, in which I've been presented with what could be an amazing opportunity. Through my professional network, I've found myself engaged with two Indian entrepreneurs, are working with a large Indian manufacturer expand into the US market. My role would be develop the strategy and framework, then execute , as the lone resource in the US. If you're into titles, that also means I'll be president of the US arm, because we'll incorporate. The one leading the venture is a personal friend of my former manager and has the bona fides confirm this is a real deal. Admittedly, I a bit of an internal struggle regarding such a career choice. The dude in his 50's wants security, a 401k, and all that warm, fuzzy stuff. At the moment, he's being savagely beaten into submission by my desire to build something from the ground up, on my terms. Sure, I've built not insignificant hunks of business for others; it's what I'm good at. But the other time I've ever had the opportunity put my stamp on a company, was stolen by the Jason, I've previously written about (I was a threat, I had go). I'm not quite ready coast retirement yet, so I'm going for .

We a meeting scheduled with the manufacturer on Thursday morning US time, so the three of us were hammering through the final details for our presentation and messaging. It's mostly a given that we'll be the partners chosen, because we're the outside partner being evaluated. Not mention one of the entrepreneurs used own this company and is close personal friends with the new owner. We'll a final decision in early February. 'll be interesting build a business from scratch during a pandemic, but I'm up for a challenge!
Mr. Smith
Posted:Jan 13, 2022 10:52 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2022 8:20 pm

Sticking with the theme from my last post (and half my damned blog, lately), now that the weather has turned, I've had to find different ways of satisfying my enjoyment of gunfire. Winter is always a dangerous time for shooters, because instead of pulling the trigger, honing their skills, their idle time is frequently taken with thoughts of "ooh, I need this!". Instead of buying a bunch of new guns, when I'm not fending off the ATF, I've been teaching myself gunsmithing. Having shot competitively for so long, I know how to tune a gun and install new parts, as needed. However, my only non-custom built gun was in need of a better trigger pull. I could have taken it to a gunsmith for them to do the work, but where's the fun in that? Instea, I bought all the equipment to perform my own trigger jobs. Thankfully, I had a lot of zero value spare parts to practice on, because my first efforts were quite embarrassing. But I'm proud of the end result; the gun now has one of the best trigger pulls I've felt. But I didn't stop there with that gun. Also because of competing for so long, I have a very definite set of requirements on how my gun interacts with me. For example, I didn't like the grip I was forced to take when shooting this gun; never did. So, I decided to do something about it and fitted a new piece to make that happen. The next thing I knew, I'd replaced all the cheap components the manufacturer had used to save money with higher quality, bulletproof parts. The almost humorous part is the gun looks almost identical to when I started. But it's more reliable and more pleasant to shoot, as a result of my taking the time to do the job right.

A bit of a tangent on that subject, with respect to satisfaction in a job well executed. None of the replacement parts I installed were 'drop in'. All were oversized, which allows you to fit them to the exact gun you're working on. Tight tolerances make a very accurate, reliable, and smooth operating pistol. In any case, I'd forgotten how both demanding and time consuming the process can be. Take your oversized part, figure out roughly what needs to be removed and remove a little bit, using your files and stone. Check for fit, remove a bit more material...repeat this process as many times as required, until the part fits perfectly. Whatever you do, resist the urge to break out your Dremel and grind away, because nothing good comes from this; I have too much first hand knowledge of this fact.

Some parts are much more difficult to properly fit than others. As an example, one of the parts I'd fitted (the extractor) stuck out the back of the gun by next to nothing, 3/16". The condition has zero functional impact, but I wanted it to look like a pro did the work. The gun has contours in both directions where the part protruded, so I couldn't just measure and file off the extra. Just that little bit of fitting and blending took me over four hours, but that part blends with the slide perfectly; a professional gunsmith couldn't have gotten a better result. As you can probably tell, I continue to pat myself on the back over the achievement.

Because life sucks, the gun I worked so hard on is headed back to the manufacturer for warranty repair, because the slide and frame fit together as tightly as an avocado and a sheet of plywood. As a result, over the weekend, I removed all of my lovely fitted parts and reinstalled the factory shit. No way I was risking any of those parts disappearing while the gun was out of my possession. When it comes back in 2-4 weeks, I'll reassemble and make a determination of whether to finish blending one last part. If I leave it alone, I can send just the new parts out for finishing. However, if I blend it, I'll need to refinish the whole gun, which is a difference in cost of $400. Have I mentioned how amazing I am at spending money, particularly when I'm not working?

In addition to the few hundred dollars in parts and the rifle I bought, I've recently had a hankering for a commander sized 1911. I have three full size and one compact; the commander bridges the two. I'm torn between building what I really want, which would cost over four grand and take two years, or accepting a few concessions. There's a used custom build for sale that would be amazing and save me a ton of money. Logical me says hold off, but when you've got new gun fever...
My Conversation With The ATF
Posted:Jan 11, 2022 4:42 pm
Last Updated:Jan 11, 2022 4:43 pm
As those who've read my previous entries know, I build my own suppressors. One can do so, with the proper approvals from the ATF. It should go without saying that all of the ones I've built have been appropriately approved; not a fan of being a felon. To recap, the way that most of us build our own is by modifying components that we from vendors. The stated use of these parts is as a solvent trap, something that would take more to explain than would be worth my time writing or your time reading. But suffice to say that everyone knows that these parts will be used to build suppressors. For the most part, the ATF leaves these vendors alone, but keep a close eye on whether their activities transition them to be perpetrators. Considering the ATF further expands their definition of what's a suppressor on what seems like a monthly basis, most vendors are careful. However, Diversified Machine wasn't careful and was everything you needed to build a suppressor as a kit and was marking where to drill. DM got raided and seized by the ATF about a year ago, because they consider kits to be silencers. On a side note, ATF has been known to consider a lot of things to be silencers. For example, a popular Youtuber in the 4x4 truck space ordered a bunch of oil filters for his trucks and had the ATF show up, demanding he surrender the silencers. The guy had a very public portrait of what his intent was for the oil filters (to filter oil!) and didn't even own a gun. But at the end, ATF didn't care and took his filters.

Anyway, what's different about the DM seizure is the ATF decided to go after DM's customers, because they were in possession of silencers, and you guessed it, I was one of them. Because we hobbyists talk to one another, I became aware of a letter that was going to all of DM's customers, in which the ATF Asshat in Charge, Detroit Field Office, does his best to scare the recipient with threats of felony charges if they don't surrender the "silencers" they purchased. Contact your local ATF field office and arrange to surrender your evil booty or else. What became obvious was that in typical ATF fashion, they never bothered to check what each customer purchased, so they could have bought an evil kit or a small component that couldn't be considered to be a silencer, even if the agent dropped acid. In other words, this letter was a fishing expedition. The fish, in this instance, were those who parts, build suppressors, and never request approval from the ATF. In all fairness, that's probably 90% of those who build cans.

As a result, I had a pleasant conversation with Special Agent [name withheld] from the KC field office today. It was clear she wasn't aware of the letter I attached to my email (which said not spending anymore time dealing with your menus and submenus, yet still not talking to a live human; ). The research she'd done indicated, at which point she sort of stuttered, to which I filled in 'it's a fishing expedition', to which she wouldn't confirm, but didn't deny. She was clearly a bit miffed that this shit was going on. At that point, I informed her that I didn't anything from DM that the ATF considered to be a silencer, this month, and the components I did were consumed in a silencer, for which I had a tax stamp. She said she'd double check, but that I was probably good to go. This is the same message others had received. She asked for the tax stamp , which I provided, along with ribbing her that it was so ATF that I had to provide the that they had issued, instead of her punching my name into their system. I also took the time to poke more fun at the ATF, sharing the oil filter story, which she seemed genuinely surprised by. It was clear she was accustomed to having her employer poked fun at and I felt a bit of tacit agreement from her.

She promised to back with the disposition, to which I responded with a request that she give a heads up if it wasn't cool so I could send my somewhere safe. The ATF has a history of shooting to the point where there are memes about it.
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Annual Dating Profile of the Week
Posted:Dec 31, 2021 8:39 am
Last Updated:Jan 5, 2022 11:36 am

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I haven't done one of these in a while, mostly because I haven't been frequenting dating sites. Once I began doing so, it didn't take long to encounter an example of my favorite variety of profile, the 'I'm going to lay out my lengthy list of criteria, but offer little to nothing about myself'. I really need a shorter, catchier moniker for that.

This particular profile had all the hallmarks of one of these. In all fairness, she had a paragraph sharing her own traits, but it was full of pablum, such as 'I love to laugh'. Personally, I read her profile and thought this chick needed to get laid and that she's gotta be horrible in the sack.


About you...

-Your profile pictures are actually pictures of YOU and are WITHOUT sunglasses. If your only pictures on your profile are of you in sunglasses, my question to you is, "What are you trying to hide?"

-Your pictures are clear and not of a fish, a recent kill, a pet, a car, a motorcycle, a nature scene, a sleeve tattoo, or a group of people where I have to play, "Guess which one is YOU".

- have actually given your profile blurb some thought. If you aren't willing to share upfront, you most likely will not be in a relationship either, so just saying put some effort into it.

-You are NOT a smoker of any kind (cigarette, cigar, pipe, other). Yuck!

-You have a career and stable finances.

-You have a good sense of humor, but not the crude kind.

-You have good relationship with all of your family and friends.

-You understand the value of a conversation over texting and prefer to have an honest phone or face to face conversation sooner rather than later. I am not looking for a 'pen-pal' so if texting is your thing... well, we will not align.

-You care about your appearance and are relatively fit and healthy. I don't expect you to be a gym-rat.. I am just looking for someone who understands that a healthy diet and exercise keeps you alive... Especially after a certain age..


-You have been DIVORCED(not just separated) for MORE than a year. If you have to ask why then you are NOT really ready to date. Seriously..

If you feel you can keep up with the flow of direct, open, honest and sometimes snarky, sarcastic conversation, send me a note... Otherwise, happy searching...
Guns and Spice Asshats Round 2
Posted:Nov 29, 2021 8:41 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2022 8:18 pm

A quick update on the whole Penzey's silliness.

First, the relevant portion of his latest newsletter appears below. The TL;DR is that cooks create goodness and guns serve only to destroy that goodness, him doubling down on how "responsible gun owner" is a lie. Also, he commends law enforcement for the risks they take by carrying a gun. First hand experience is LE is the absolute worst at gun safety and what about the risks involved of being LE, that they have to carry guns? Seriously, WTF...multiple WTF's? Add another that the asshat didn't unsubscribe me from his damned newsletter to begin with. And fuck him; next big meal I cook will involve a pistol on my belt and an AR- slung across my chest, making me particularly evil.

As for Bill Penzey Jr., some internet digging confirmed what I'd hinted at previously. The Spice House founded by Bill Penzey Sr. and his wife. It passed to their two , Bill Jr. and his sister. Because no one could stand Bill Jr, they forced him out and he started his own eponymous spice retail business. You have to be a real ass hat for your own family to you out of the family business.

This topic will now be put to bed.

Newsletter :
The fear the Republican/NRA/Russian bedfellows create really is about destroying all the goodness cooks do. Since the fear they create is designed to destroy the goodness cooks do, I think we have every right, and maybe even the responsibility, to object.

Yesterday, in response to our last week’s “Guns are Dumb” mailing I received an email questioning my judgement for saying Guns are Dumb after “The mob destroyed your Minneapolis store.” The email covered “Rittenhouse” and “the people have to protect themselves” and “virtue signaling.” Honestly, as these types of emails go, it had a friendly tone and ended with what I perceived to be a cheery “Get woke, go broke” rather than an angry one.

Our Uptown Minneapolis store indeed vandalized the first night of the George Floyd protests after he killed not far from the store. My response started: “In Uptown we had two windows broken. We should have murdered people over that? Did you see any of the George Floyd video? I wanted to throw rocks through my own windows.”

at the world today I’m thinking Guns are the next thing. I can’t see trying to overturn the Second Amendment, but instead I see possibilities taking on the NRA and its well-fashioned image/lie of the “responsible gun owner.”

There is nothing responsible in bringing something into your home that dramatically increases the odds of you and those you love dying a violent death. My great appreciation goes out to those in law enforcement who take on the many risks of having a gun as part of their commitment to their job. Those protecting animals need guns, too. And I get the values in hunting. But to take on the risks of having a gun in your home because you imagine there’s a reasonable chance you’re going to need to kill a fellow human is 180 degrees at odds with everything at the heart of cooking, and reality, too.
Penzey's Spices Hates Gun Owners And Their Business
Posted:Nov 24, 2021 2:13 pm
Last Updated:Nov 27, 2021 6:55 pm

If you're a cooking enthusiast, you're probably familiar with Penzey's Spices. Because of their high quality, they've been my exclusive go for such things for over two decades. That is until the owner of the company, Bill Penzey, essentially told me he doesn't want further business from me or anyone else in the firearm community. This began with one of his recent newsletters, which as usual, contained a mix of ' this shit' and social commentary. He tends lean the left, but his rhetoric has been mostly innocuous; not that I opened many of them. However, when a recent newsletter titled "Guns Are Dumb" my inbox, you know damned well I opened . I've pasted the commentary portion of the newsletter at the bottom, but the TL;DR is hunters and law enforcement should guns. Others aren't responsible enough them and should rely on their kitchen cutlery for personal defense.

The dude signs his newsletters, with his address, so I sent him a note indicating how I thought he was being condescending and that I found his views both uninformed and frankly asinine. Bill reads his and responded less than 20 minutes later doubling down on one of his talking points as well as being an even greater ass hat. Copy paste:

Responsible Gun owner is an oxymoron and NRA propaganda. is nothing responsible about bringing an item into your home that will increase the chance of violent death for you and your family members five-fold. But you are indeed free to invent absurd realities where your gun makes you that special hero. Pew-pew.

I believe what he was trying to convey was "I'm an even greater ass hat than you thought and don't want any business from the firearms community or anyone else recognizes how much of a douche I am. Can you please spread that for me?"

Yes sir! I've already started taking care of that for you because I aim (no pun intended) please.
Fucking dickhead. I was initially going stop buying from this douche, but now all his shit's going in the trash. My entire spice collection, which is not .

The Newsletter
And guns are dumb. Yes, hunting, and ranching, and law enforcement, but even then are substantial risks. But owning a gun as though is some sort of safety accessory is stupid. ’s like spending hundreds of dollars add a self-destruct button to your life. At any moment, all takes is one pull of the trigger, and just like that all the goodness in your life can be gone, never return. Guns are dumb.

We should all feel safe, and as humans, long before we had cooking we had weapons. But if you ever need a weapon, just around you, they are everywhere. These days the kitchen of every American home rivals the arsenal of a good-sized medieval village. And even needs the pointy things when you cast iron? But guns are different. They try sell you on the idea that guns give you control, yet with one pull of the trigger whatever happens next will forever be in someone else€™s hands.
With yesterday€™s verdict in Kenosha were many headlines. Some spoke of freedom, and self-defense, and innocence, but once you pull the trigger is no going back what you were before. is no return innocence. Bring a gun into your home and ’s far less likely take the life of a stranger in self-defense than is kill someone you love through accident, suicide, or your anger. A lot of the time someone wanting own a gun is a pretty good sign that they€™re the kind of person shouldn€™t one. Guns are dumb.
I know that for many of you yesterday€™s verdict and the joy sent through the pro-gun crowd brought a sense of goodness slipping away. I get that. For me, in times like these I find cooking brings perspective. Once I came see cooking as what is, an act of kindness, the news lost much of its power bring me down.
Even though the news presents itself as having its finger on the pulse of where we are at, it in reality shows more than the couple dozen most out of the ordinary events that took place in the past day. Much of the news is horribly unkind. But to see cooking as kindness is to understand that for each and every event horrible enough to make the national news are hundreds of thousands of acts of kindness happening in kitchens all across the country every day. Even on the worst of days is so much more goodness. Please try see if you can.
If you are a hunter or if your job requires a gun, sure. But if you a gun out of a sense of safety get rid of asap. is nothing more than a self-destruct button for the goodness in your life and in the lives of those you love. Guns are dumb.
Maximizing Thanksgiving Yumminess
Posted:Nov 23, 2021 3:30 pm
Last Updated:Nov 24, 2021 11:26 am

The lack of cooking tips for the upcoming holiday is something I felt required addressing. My former partner and I were responsible for Thanksgiving for her family and we had it down pretty damned well. Our skills were sufficiently respected to allow us to threaten physical violence to family members who were dumb enough to wander into the kitchen, with no fallout.

Here are the tricks we found for making an absolutely delicious bird.

1. Brine that - if it's fowl or pork, it gets brined. Do this tonight, so tomorrow you can...
2. Spatchcock that bird and let the skin dry in the fridge until Thursday. Turkey is a shifty critter, with light meat being ready at 5 degrees, whereas the dark requires hitting 5.
Roasting the bird whole guarantees you'll either overshoot the light meat or cook the dark. Spatchcocking (or butterflying) allows the bird to cook more evenly, allowing you to the right temps simultaneously.
3. Dressing goes downstairs - with your bird all laid during its roast, take advantage of the juices it throws off by placing it on a wire rack, over a roasting pan and cooking your dressing in said pan.
4. Never cook by time, always by temperature - remote probe thermometers are cheap

Bone appetite and all that shit.
Fare Thee Well, Trusty Desk Chair
Posted:Nov 14, 2021 9:12 am
Last Updated:Nov 15, 2021 6:55 pm

My current desk chair has become one of my true friends, there for me day and night, whether I'm working from my home office, which I've done for a total of about five years, searching for a job, writing a blog, or plotting . I've spent a lot of time in that chair, which has been with me for seven years, and it had begun to show it. Unfortunately, it passed into the great beyond, last night; it became an ex chair. It's neither stunned nor pining for the fjords. Trying to do things at once, I wasn't paying attention and sat down on the very edge, causing the main support structure of the bench disintegrate. Like everything, this was plastic, and shit wears out.

After perusing the various offerings, I chose a replacement and it's en route. A dining room chair has been pressed into in the interim, but there's a problem. While I've configured my desk temporarily work with the lower chair, I look like I should order from the menu camera during my copious video interviews, which isn't acceptable. address this issue, I pulled out a booster cushion I'd bought shoot off the insanely high bench rests at my rifle club's hundred yard range. But this is a less than ideal solution, since the cushion is roughly twice the size of the bench on the dining room chair and the damn thing's quite unstable. This requires remain completely still during my interviews, lest I move just a bit too far and push the cushion off the chair. A bit difficult to appear relaxed when you're a few inches away from plummeting to the floor.

Fortunately, my replacement desk chair is due to arrive tomorrow, after which will be the proper rites, along with the funeral pyre.
Do Me Internally
Posted:Nov 12, 2021 7:18 am
Last Updated:Nov 24, 2021 8:12 am

Under the continuing saga of my search for employment, I received a call this morning from HR at the company where I've been concentrating my efforts. They're the largest in my industry and universally praised as a great place to wor Up until said call came in, I'd been working four different opportunities there. There one in particular that I found particularly exciting and it represented a great fit for my background (same markets, customers, etc.). You know what's coming, which is they offered the role to someone else. What made this call different first, I got a call and not an automated email, and second, the message that came with it. The hiring manager specifically asked HR to reach out to let me know they wanted to make me an offer, because I the best fit, but it went to a last minute internal applicant. The individual I spoke with indicated the company prioritizes internal candidates, where they can. Indeed, one of the things I find most appealing about the company is the ability to advance in a rapid manner. The roles I've not gotten offers for all went to internal candidates as well.

As one might imagine, it's beyond frustrating to be still for gainful employment after over six months, but to hear it's not because I'm a defective asshole does offer a bit of hope. Proves I'm quite adept at concealing that part of my character during interviews. For clarification, I'd been all but offered a role a few weeks ago, but the hiring manager reached out to inform me that it would require me to relocated to Wisconsin. I politely and professionally informed him there no way in hell I trading one midwestern hell hole for another with more snow and colder temperatures.
Athletes Dropping Like Flies
Posted:Nov 11, 2021 2:06 pm
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2021 8:14 am
Yes, this is another 'today with the right wingers' post, but this one's a lot less controversial than most (my debunking didn't get called a cocksucker). Call it an observation and identification of weaponized facts that lack context. It piqued my interest, so I did a smidge of investigation.

One of the assertions from the hard right is that the vaccines have caused a massive spike in cardiomyopathy among the younger of those who've received the vaccine. " are dying because of the shot!" The picture below was posted by one of the looneys today and at first glance, appeared to support the assertion. After all, that's a lot of (and not so much ; I've come to expect list padding and general overdramatization i.e. every one on the list was a "world class athlete".)

A quick survey of a few of these names confirmed they'd all passed recently, although none of the ones I looked at had any sort of COD identified. But for the purpose of playing along with the intent of the post to shock readers and lead lead them to a certain conclusion, I'll pretend all died of cardiac failure. Surely, that many of them dying in the same way isn't normal. Except when it is normal.

A pre-pandemic article I found said: The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that approximately 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year. It is the leading cause of death in young athletes in the United States – resulting in 1 death in a high school student every 3 days, according to some experts.

Indeed, I recall hearing about students dropping dead on athletic fields from time to time. If you want to learn more about the underlying causes, feel free to research on your own. In any case, this is another example of why you should always be skeptical of what you read and careful about jumping to the same conclusions as the author.

TL;DR - Unfortunately, young athletes dying due to cardiac arrest is nothing new and not something suddenly caused by Covid vaccines.
Rules Addendum - Right Wing Idiots
Posted:Nov 6, 2021 4:13 pm
Last Updated:Nov 8, 2021 7:05 am

As anyone who reads my blog knows, happy to engage in healthy debate with those who may disagree with . Civility is required.

However, my patience for the right wing idiots that are so fucking gullible and respond with hatred when you point shit they believe is fabricated is about exhausted. Therefore, I reserve the right to not be civil to those who wish to engage with pointless, unsubstantiated diatribes, or blurbs. If you behave in typical right wing fashion, I reserve the right to you for being . More accurately, to you , a moron, an imbecile, or any other pejoratives I find entertaining at the moment.
Furthermore, I may leave my insults, which will be better than yours, up long enough to be seen, then ban your idiotic ass.

Anyone whose response includes the word 'brandon' should plan on being banned outright, which should save time and allow you to spruce up your trailer a bit.

Am I censoring my own blog to exclude those who disagree with me? Nope, just getting rid of the trash. Anyway, fuck you, it's my blog and it's not a democracy.
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