Anomalism 3-30.7 Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to    2007-03-30 14:37:46 ET
Work this past week since the weather finaly broke here and the snow melted. As usual it has been painful in many of the usual ways muscle and joint wise. The one notable and very welcome difference being that it is not 40 degrees and raining. Instead it has been sunny and warm and dry. This could be good. Also it feels good to be earning money again.

 Anomalism3-23.7 esperiments    2007-03-23 06:17:45 ET

 Anomalism 2-22.7 interesting what shallow+elitism can get you into    2007-02-22 05:58:58 ET
This blog entry from a sports writer named Jim Zumbo appeared a few days ago at Outdoor .

As I write this, I'm hunting coyotes in southeastern Wyoming with Eddie Stevenson, PR Manager for Remington Arms, Greg Dennison, who is senior research engineer for Remington, and several writers. We're testing Remington's brand new .17 cal Spitfire bullet on coyotes.

I must be living in a vacuum. The guides on our hunt tell me that the use of AR and AK rifles have a rapidly growing following among hunters, especially prairie dog hunters. I had no clue. Only once in my life have I ever seen anyone using one of these firearms.

I call them "assault" rifles, which may upset some people. Excuse me, maybe I'm a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I'll go so far as to call them "terrorist" rifles. They tell me that some companies are producing assault rifles that are "tackdrivers."

Sorry, folks, in my humble opinion, these things have no place in hunting. We don't need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them, which is an obvious concern. I've always been comfortable with the statement that hunters don't use assault rifles. We've always been proud of our "sporting firearms."

This really has me concerned. As hunters, we don't need the image of walking around the woods carrying one of these weapons. To most of the public, an assault rifle is a terrifying thing. Let's divorce ourselves from them. I say game departments should ban them from the praries and woods.

A bit of the toenail snubbing the hand and getting a smack for it. The response thus far has been enjoyable. I'm not real good with links so you'd have to google it to get to see the fallout. But it appears that Mr Zumdo's shallow condesending arrogance has cost him a carrear and and done harm to the activities that provided that carrear. Personaly the only hunting I do apart from some less than successful attemps on the neighborhood stray cats is with my bumper and I never keep the trophies.
On the other hand I found this an enjoyable idea. I wish I hand that much ammo and a full auto AK to burn.

 Anomalism2-02.7 learning to play    2007-02-02 18:04:19 ET
My son Sevrity talked me into learning how to play Gears of War. This was my first time using Xbox or any other hand held controller. I mean I'm used to grand sratagy games, this real time stuff is hard. The first thing that messed me up, no wait, after he slowly walked me through the controls and we're doing this cooperative mode thing. And it has a split screen so thats dissorienting as hell. All the characters look the same to me so I just shoot at everything, you know trees, sky, my team. Then we stat a game and I,m still trying to get controll. And then the damn controller starts vibrating in my hand and scared the shit out of me. My guy keeps looking at the sky and walking sideways and the blood always seems to be coming out of my characters head, and ARGG! Oh man I'm dead again, can you come over here and revive my guy again? And he's like wait while I kill the other 48 of em. Is there an easier difficulty level? no. Did I kill any of em that time? Uh no. I think my guy's a fucktard he won't duck! No thats the green button you're trying to pick up ammo.
So after a half hour of this My head hurts and the nausia is creeping up and I have to quit, but it was fun, sorta.

 Anomalism 01-19.7 Bugger that was hard!    2007-01-19 03:38:10 ET
It has finaly turned into winter! It has been snowing alot this week and is again today. Yesterday Severity and I went up on top the cliff in the back yard and started cutting up a couple of windfall trees for fire wood. The main tree is a BIG beech that when it fell over knocked down another dead tree. The plan was to cut them into sections and carry them to the edge of the cliff and toss em down. Simple enough cept that the tree is 60 yards back in the woods from the cliff and then 30-40 more from the foot of the cliff to where we cut and split. I ran 3 tanks of fuel through the chain saw before it broke down. then we started draging the stuff through the woods over rough ground to the edge. 3hours later we are beat to the point of staggering and come down for the day. I look at the pile weve made on the way to the house and for all our effort it realy looks pitiful compared to whats left. Needless to say we have all the fire wood we'll need for the winter but, bugger what a job its gonna be. At least none of it is elm this time, that stuff is a nightmare to split and all we have is axes.

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