monday search term safari LXXIII.

does it have to be pure silver to kill a werewolf

the fastest way to be a werewolf

I’m going to lump those two search terms together, because they can be addressed by the same reply. 

What is it with people asking werewolf-related questions as if werewolves actually roamed the streets and forests, folks?  They’re fictional creatures, and as such, they’re subject to any rules you can make up when you write about them.  Want to be able to become a werewolf by listening to Warren Zevon while drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s under a full moon?  Write a short story with that idea at the center, and it is so.  Want to make it so that werewolves can only be killed by the exact silver content ratio of old tooth fillings?  Get out the pen or keyboard, write it down, and done.  That’s the awesome thing about writing fiction: you can make shit up on the spot, and as long as you have some internal consistency in your fictional world, people will believe it for a half hour while they read your story.

zombie proof home

You can zombie-proof a home by removing the main food source for zombies, which is brains.  I know entire neighborhoods and counties that are practically impervious to zombie attack.

do fantasy authors need a military background

A writer doesn’t need a background in something to write about it.  Most of the time, a combination of research and imagination can make up for lacking experience.  I have no experience as an EMT or police officer, but if I wanted to write about a character who’s a cop or paramedic, I’d get in touch with some of my friends who are pros in those fields, and I’m pretty sure that I could write a pretty convincing cop or EMT after some interviews and research.

A military background is helpful for writing about the military, since personal experience often lends a certain authentic flavor to a narrative.  Prior service would be helpful for fantasy authors if they write Military Fantasy, a genre that doesn’t exist yet, but totally should.  The closest thing to MilF (heh heh) you can find on the shelves at present are Elizabeth Moon’s Paksenarrion books, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, or John Marco’s Jackal of Nar series.  Of those writers, only Elizabeth Moon has military experience, AFAIK.  (She was a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.)

i’m loking for iligal porn

There’s so much wrong with that little query that I hardly know where to start.  Suffice it to say that I often weep for the days when you had to have some mental wattage to successfully get online, instead of just $300 in your checking account and someone who can give you a ride to Wal-Mart.

10mm as wilderness defence caliber

I’m a big fan of the 10mm, but most handgun calibers are  a bit light for wilderness defense, particularly in areas where that wilderness includes ursine species.  Ideally, you want to carry a revolver in a caliber that starts with “.4” and ends with “Magnum” or “Casull”, and stuff the cylinder full of hard-cast hunting loads.  If you’re limited to an autoloader, 10mm would probably be my first choice.  In the hotter loads, it does a fair job of imitating the lower-end .41 Magnum, slinging fairly heavy bullets of the same diameter at respectable speeds.  10mm shoots flat, hits hard (for an autoloader round), and has great sectional density in the heavier bullet weights, which makes for decent penetration.  It wouldn’t be my first pick, but it’s far from being a terrible one.

"line over the u" cursive

Some people put a line over their cursive U, so other people can tell it apart from the cursive N.  I used to do that, too, until I went back to fountain pens, which prettified my handwriting to the point where the N and U look distinctly different again.

free healthcare is a human right

First of all, “free healthcare” isn’t free.  Somebody pays for it, and it’s usually the beneficiaries themselves.  (Germany, for example, takes almost 20% of gross income just for the mandatory public health insurance from the paychecks of every working person in the country, to finance “free” health care.)  People who use the word “free” when it comes to a good or service either don’t understand economics, or really mean “free to me.”

Secondly, you can’t have a “human right” to a service or good that needs to be provided by others, or you claim the right to make those providers your slaves.  This should be pretty easy to understand, which is why I’m amazed at how many of my otherwise highly intelligent liberal-leaning friends nod their heads in agreement when they see that bumper sticker.

us army ranger preferred hk p7 pistol

The Army’s Ranger units carry what most people in the service carry: the U.S. pistol 9mm, M9, known to civilian shooters as the Beretta 92FS.  That said, few MOSs are saddled with just a sidearm as personal armament these days, as a pistol is pretty useless in modern infantry combat.  Generally, a Ranger will carry a long gun as primary weapon—either an M4 carbine, a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, or an M240 machine gun, depending on task and assignment in the chalk.

 

And there’s your third-rate Monday morning entertainment, friends and neighbors!  I’ll be here all week.  (Try the veal.)

12 thoughts on “monday search term safari LXXIII.

  1. Al T. says:

    Just an FYI, apparently at least one battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment is now running the SCAR.

  2. Owen says:

    yes, the 1/75 is romping around the Hindu Kush with the SCAR

  3. Rusty P. Bucket says:

    The 10mm is fine for most wilderness defense situations. The noise alone usually takes care of bears. The city kids tend to get hysterical about bears. Fact is that if you respect them they will respect you. Just mind your bullet construction and be sure to dump the entire clip into the animal and you should be fine for most black bears. Grizzlys are another matter because you have to bust them up to kill them.

    Ideally though a 12 bore or a Marlen guide gun make better defense guns.

  4. kneil says:

    I think you need to give yourself a little more credit. The MSTS is the 2nd most entertaining thing on my Monday morning multi-media menu (#1 is the the Gundudes podcast http://www.gundudes.com/).

  5. perlhaqr says:

    Suffice it to say that I often weep for the days when you had to have some mental wattage to successfully get online, instead of just $300 in your checking account and someone who can give you a ride to Wal-Mart.

    And some of them even find their way onto mailing lists. Seriously folks, the mailing list is a pure text medium. Try to put some skill points into being able to communicate in a written mode.

    Most recent offender from a mailing list I’m on dealing with vehicles from the Chrysler / Plymouth / Dodge world:

    Hello I just got a Truck for part from a insurance auction It was wreck badly it came from a round cleveland Ohio Last name was Gore IT had a window sticker fron a mopar show I would like to ask some question to THe owner it was a 1996 dodge ram 1500 sport red shortbed thank you please if anyone
    knows about this truck let me know

    Dear Sir: Allow me to introduce you to the concept of “punctuation”, and “the return key”. We’ll save noun and verb conjugation for the advanced lesson.

    Seriously though, what’s the impetus here? Are people so used to being treated like precious snowflakes that they will assume that people will fawn over every word that falls from their lips? Do they not even contemplate the possibility that people won’t have any interest in deciphering this gobbledegook? Or do they really just not know any better? Perhaps when they read this email back to themselves before sending it, this actually sounds like perfectly legitimate English prose?

    As Tam said so recently, “Get off of my lawn!”

  6. Kaerius(SWE) says:

    “If you’re limited to an autoloader, 10mm would probably be my first choice.”

    For a wilderness gun? How about a Wildey Magnum, or *cringe* a Desert Eagle, for that matter? Heck the Wildey could concievably(if a bit on the bulky side) be used as a regular carry gun in 5″ barrel mode, and you can swap out for a longer barrel for wilderness carry mode. Pick whatever chambering for it you can get ammo for(.44 automag or .45 winmag looking most likely).

  7. Tam says:

    Want to be able to become a werewolf by listening to Warren Zevon while drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s under a full moon?

    Me and the rest of the pack are going to have to come eat you now for giving away secrets.

  8. Instinct says:

    Love it.

    Oh, I was going to try the veal, but Michell O gave it to her dog http://injennifershead.com/?p=1121

  9. […] How he responds to “zombie proof home”: You can zombie-proof a home by removing the main food source for zombies, which is brains. I know entire neighborhoods and counties that are practically impervious to zombie attack. […]

  10. wolfwalker says:

    Have you ever met Elizabeth Moon? I decline to believe that tiny, pleasant, polite lady could ever make it as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

    Oh, and “military fantasy” is a genre if you say it is. I certainly do.

    • Kaerius(SWE) says:

      I dunno, she’s written some pretty gruesome torture scenes… so she’s probably not as squeamish as you might think.

      As for military fantasy… I quite enjoyed the Soldier Son trilogy by Robbin Hobb(Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden).

  11. KC says:

    I’ve mentioned the series in a thread some time ago but Steven Eriksons Malazan Book of the Fallen is a great military fantasy series.
    There’s also Glen Cook’s Black Company but it’s not as good.

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