how to write a military novel
Here’s the easiest way to write one: you write whatever story you have on your mind, and then go through the manuscript and preface every character name with a rank. Works with the classics, too: “Call me Sergeant Ishmael.”
unlock neibhour router
Has it ever occurred to you that your neighbor locked his router because he doesn’t want other people leeching his bandwidth? I mean, how would you feel if your neighbor queried the Intertubes on “unlock neighbour front door”?
winchester silvertips werewolves
Silvertips don’t actually have any silver content. They’re called that because their aluminum-washed bullets look silvery. But hey…all that matters is that the werewolf believes they’re silver, so it all depends on your bluffing and persuasion skills.
inside waistband holster lcp
I’ve seen a ton of IWB holsters for little Elsie Pea, and I’m a bit puzzled at the desire to stuff a 12-ounce pistol the size of a box of Marlboros into your waistband. That little gun was made for pocket carry. I mean, if you’re going to carry on the belt anyway, why not carry something a little bigger? Five ounces and fractions of an inch make a huge difference when you carry in a pocket, but unless you are a wisp of a person and suffer from major back problems, you probably won’t notice much of a difference between the LCP and , say, a Kahr PM9 on your belt.
large moleskine able to bend backwards?
The Moles have a hard oilcloth-over-cardboard cover that’s pretty inflexible. You can fold it back onto itself so that the covers touch, but you’ll put a lot of strain on the sewn pages and the spine, and it’ll probably unravel after a while. For a notebook that can be used in that fashion, spiral-bound is your best bet.
caledonian kitchen’s sauce for haggis
Their blackcurrant haggis sauce is awesome. It’s the perfect complement to the dish. I used to insist on eating haggis plain, but that sauce is delicious. Another traditional sauce for haggis is heavy cream with a shot of good single malt Scotch.
marko kloos "terms of enlistment"
That’s the military science fiction novel I finished last year, the first chapter of which you can sample for free here. It’s still sitting in a pile in an office in New York City, so I don’t have any further details on its possible future life in print. (The publishing world works slowly.) I’m about 50% finished with the sequel, called “Lines of Departure”.
conservatives who hate libertarians
Conservatives vacillate between sympathy and outright hatred for Libertarians. They’re usually sympathetic to the “Nobody gets to tell you what to do…” part of Libertarian ethics, but they get all foamy at the mouth at the “…but you don’t get to tell anybody else what to do, either” part. Then there are those who dismiss Libertarians as childish, amoral, and irresponsible, but those are usually the people who don’t have the first clue of what Libertarianism is all about, and who just have a Pavlovian reaction to our dislike of drug prohibition and failure to embrace Scripture as the sole source of morality.
it’s not rape if it’s in self defence
That makes total sense. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to hold someone down and forcibly have sex with them to keep them from hurting or killing me. (Do tell that one to the judge, and let me know how it goes.)
are mustelids vicious
You know the crazy-ass kid in your neighborhood that nobody ever fucked with because he carried a straight razor, never bathed, and cut up small animals for shits and giggles? Mustelids are that guy in the animal world. Other animals give them a wide berth, because they smell, they’re fucking nuts, and they’ll mutilate you.
why is the ruger called elsie
It’s the Ruger LCP. Slowly spell out the three letters of the model name. Elsie Pea!
why blouse military boots
You blouse the pant legs, not the boots, and you do it because it looks neater. Also, military pants aren’t sized precisely by inseam length, and blousing them prevents having one troop with legs that end above his ankles, and another who steps on the bottoms of his legs when he walks.
longhand manuscript permanence
My wife owns a set of hand-written cookbooks that were written by her paternal grandmother in the 1910s back in Germany. They were written with pencil and whatever off-the-shelf pen ink they had at the time. The pages are yellowed, but the writing is still perfectly legible. If you use good, acid-free paper and one of the new water-and fraudproof inks (I like and use Noodler’s black), and you store your manuscript in a dry place, your great-great-grandkids will be able to read it on their commute to the fleet yards in orbit around Mars.
fn fal good for deer hunting?
It’s a gas-operated semi-automatic rifle with a twenty-round magazine. The deer in your area must be savage, feral predators who hunt in packs.
Seriously? Sure, it’ll make a decent deer gun in a pinch. The ballistics of the round are pretty much the same whether you fire it out of a FAL or a Winchester bolt cranker. Hunting with 20-round magazines, however, is illegal in a lot of places, so you’d have to find a three- or five-round FAL magazine. Also, FALs don’t scope all that well, so you’d be using irons. All in all, the FAL wouldn’t make a bad deer gun, but I can think of a lot of rifles I’d rather take along to zap Bambi.
how many watts does pellet stove draw
Ours draws about five hundred watts under load. Our electric bill has actually decreased compared to last year, because the pellet stove uses less power than the space heater we used to have to run in the playroom on really cold days.
did fbi use m13 revolver in 1990
Yeah, sort of. At that point, the Feebs had started issuing flatguns (first the S&W 1076 in 10mm, then the SIG P226 when the Smiths didn’t work out too well), but agents could grandfather in their carry revolvers until recently. The Model 13 was standard issue through most of the 1980s, so most of the agents who joined the Bureau in that decade probably got one issued, and there were probably lots of agents who decided to stick with their M13s.
air travel with unvaccinated infant
I’d be really wary about sticking your infant into a metal tube in close proximity to a few hundred people who may be carrying around new and exciting pestilences from all over the world. Your little tyke may be breathing in something that was picked up by the businessman sitting next to you, the one who just went to Buckfutting Province in rural China to check out the local poultry.
And there’s this Monday’s edition of the MSTS! See what I can do when you folks feed me some decent search terms? Hardly a mention of that Jersey Shore douchebagguette, or homeless people jerking off in lieberries!