werewolf conservation of mass
That’s the idea to keep the law of conservation of mass intact when you’re shifting your werewolf from human into wolf form. In other words, a 200-pound human will be a 200-pound wolf. Basically, you’re striving to respect one law of nature while breaking a whole bunch of others. The beauty of fiction, however, is that your imagined world is only limited by what your readers will believe. As long as your system of transmogrification/magic is internally consistent, you can do whatever you want.
“revolvers are the only choice” bill jordan
Bill Jordan was a skilled revolver shooter, but he was in his prime when the choices in automatic pistols were limited to 1911s, esoteric European designs, and the very first generation of American-made 9mm flatguns. The selection of hollowpoint defensive ammo in pistol calibers was greatly limited back then, too. These days, there’s no shortage of reliable semi-automatic pistols and quality, state-of-the-art defensive ammunition for them. I’m a vocal fan of the revolver, but I have no trouble admitting that a modern auto is just about as reliable, faster to reload, and in many cases easier to carry. A 3″ K-frame will always be my #1 carry piece, but I wouldn’t have a problem carrying a Glock, Beretta, H&K, or SIG Sauer pistol, either. They’re all mostly reliable these days, and what matters most is not the gun, but the skill and mindset of the person holding it.
ibm model m convert usb
You convert a Model M into a USB keyboard by using a PS/2-to-USB adapter. I’ve had good luck with RadioShack’s model, catalog number 26-723.
pelikan m205 blue demonstrator
A M205 Blue Demonstrator is one of my workhorse pens. In the $75-100 bracket, the Pelikan M2xx series pens are the best pens for the money–classic designs that are put together with care by quality-obsessed Germans.
8 x 10″ graphing paper composition book
Graph paper comp books are out there, but they’re next to impossible to find. All the comp books I can buy around here are either wide- or college-ruled. (I’d love to buy blank ones, but those are just as rare.)
why i love my typewriter
I love mine because they’re single-purpose writing machines, and fascinating in their mechanical complexity. They’re also much more fun to use than computer keyboards. There’s something liberating about a writing tool that only does one thing.
“Heartless” is an accusation often hurled at Libertarians by left-leaning folks. In progressive parlance, “heartless” in this context means “insufficiently enthusiastic about spending other people’s money”.
looking for a designer dog as a companion
Get a pound puppy, instead of paying some trailer home breeder a thousand bucks for a sickly puppy in the designer flavor of the month. You’ll save a lot of money, both upfront and in vet costs, and your pound mutt will be grateful.
german beer drecksack
A Drecksack is a beer mixed with cola. It’s a great summer drink, even though it may sound revolting to beer purists. But hey–if the Germans can pour cola into beer without flinching, you can try it too, Mr. Microbrew Snob.
alphasmart vs netbook
If the task is “cranking out words” and nothing else, then the Alphie wins in every category that counts. It’s cheaper, lighter, more robust, has a better keyboard, and lasts much longer on a set of batteries than the netbook does on its built-in one.
using the 45acp to drop a doped up attacker
The .45 is fine caliber, but it’s not the Hammer of Thor people make it out to be. In fact, no handgun caliber is. They’re all compromise rounds necessitated by the fact that most people can’t carry a shotgun or rifle at all times. The human body is remarkably resilient, and no handgun caliber will reliably drop an attacker 100% of the time, doped up or sober. There are incidents of people surviving six rounds of .357 Magnum or a whole magazine of .45, and there are incidents where people were killed on the spot with a single round of “feeble” .25ACP. You just never know what the bullet is going to do, and how the body is going to react. It’s my opinion that the caliber of your carry gun is a secondary concern, and that it’s more important how well you can shoot the gun, and that it fits your dress and lifestyle well enough that you actually carry it with you. Like they say, a .32 in the pocket will always beat the .45 you left in the safe at home, and a hit with a .22LR will always beat a miss with a .44 Magnum.
happy camper 22 caliber over 410 gauge
I’m a big fan of combo guns for their versatility. If I could only have one rifle ever, it would be an over-and-under. For a woods gun, a .22 over .410 would be very flexible, but I like the option of taking slightly bigger game if needed, so I’d bump the calibers up a bit. A .22 over 20ga. would be the ultimate in flexibility, and there’d be nothing you’re likely to come across in the woods that you couldn’t take with that gun if you keep it under 50 yards.
norcom composition book fountain pen
The Norcom-brand composition books are available at WallyWorld, among other places. They are manufactured in several different countries: India, Vietnam, Mexico, and Brazil. The paper quality varies by country of manufacture. The best paper by far is found in the ones made in Brazil. Flip the book over, and check the lower right corner of the back cover. The country of origin will be right above the bar code. If you write with a fountain pen, only get the Norcoms made in Brazil.
There are those who would claim that “silly moped” is a tautology.
a million words ago
There’s the general idea that any new writer’s first million words are shit, and that this is the reason why most first-time published authors are relatively old–it takes time to get those million words down. I don’t quite think that you need to write ten or twelve novels before you come up with something decent, but there’s a lot of truth to that idea. The only way to get better at writing is to write a lot. You may not need ten years and ten novels to get good enough for publication, but you also aren’t very likely to sell the very first novel you write. Every serious writer I know has one or more “trunk novels” that were practice pieces which won’t ever see publication.
Is Monday! Is Search Term Safari! You go back to work now, comrade. Someone has to make the money to support the brave workers of Autograd, and all their pensioners. You don’t want to be called heartless, do you?