monday search term safari XC.

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.

libertarian heartless

“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.

silly moped

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?


29 thoughts on “monday search term safari XC.

  1. Tam says:

    But hey–if the Germans can pour cola into beer without flinching, you can try it too, Mr. Microbrew Snob.

    If I drank piss-weak Pilseners and lagers, pouring Coke into them would be a mercy. :p

    • dagamore says:

      Speaking as one currently in Germany, keep in mind that normally beercola is given to kids, most people over about the age of 15 dont drink it, and it does not conform to The Reinheitsgebot, aka “German Beer Purity Law”.

      just and fyi.

      • Marko Kloos says:

        Speaking as one who grew up in Germany, keep in mind that the Reinheitsgebot has nothing to do with the way you can drink/mix/sell beer. It just states what the brewery can use to make the beer–hops, barley, and water.

        Also, Drecksack, Krefelder, and Radler are fairly popular summer drinks, and not just for people under the age of 15. It’s a great way to pace your alcohol intake on a hot day.

        Just and FYI. 😉

        • Ken says:

          Wonder how it would go with ginger ale or club soda (or heck, sarsaparilla) instead of cola?

        • Windy Wilson says:

          Radler is good. In America it’s called a Shandy.
          If memory serves me correctly, I was told that beer and Coca Cola was called a Schawarzenegger in Austria — is this true?

  2. Chris says:

    Our last dog was a rescue (hound/terrier mutt). She had a nearly perfect personality and was house trained. However, she shed like crazy and no diet changes helped. It was just the type of coat she had. I don’t know about her being any cheaper though. Last year, she developed cancer. We think she had it for longer looking back, but it became visible last summer. Between the surgery and post-surgical care due to complications, we spent well over a grand and still had to put her down (allergic reaction to anesthesia damaged her brain).

    When we went looking for a new dog, our wants/needs (smaller size, little to no shedding, good with kids, energetic without being hyper) kept leading us to one breed, the Havanese (very hearty for a small purebreed). Gads are they expensive. If you find one for less than a grand, they likely came from a puppy mill.

    We found a breeder in the region that was reasonable in price and didn’t refuse to sell us a dog because we had young children. We met with her a couple times so she could get an idea of our personalities (kids and parents) and she could find out what we were looking for in a pet. Now we have a 5mo Hav puppy. We’ll see how that goes… 😉


  3. anonymous says:

    “In progressive parlance, “heartless” in this context means “insufficiently enthusiastic about spending other people’s money”.”

    Edited to read: “insufficiently enthusiastic about spending *your* money *on* other people”.

    Because l’s don’t give a ratsass what *other people* spend their money on.


    • John Hardin says:

      “insufficiently enthusiastic about spending *your* money *on* other people”.

      Nonsense. What makes you think [Ll]ibertarians aren’t charitable?

      I think you missed the point. Okay, let’s clarify Marko a bit:

      “insufficiently enthusiastic about taking money from other people at gunpoint and spending it on what you think is best for them”

      As for cola in beer? Ewww. I much prefer a shandy.

      • Kristopher says:

        Heh … I’ve seen Rush Limbaugh call libertarians heartless … and he’s right.

        I’ll cheerfully let an addict kill himself with drugs under a bridge if that will prevent the War on ( some ) Drugs.

        It ain’t just lefties that get stupid …

      • anonymous says:

        Nonsense…apparently the point of the edit whistled merrily over your head; “by force” is unsaid but *obvious* to anyone familiar with little l philosophies. And charity is voluntary, unless you missed that day in econ 101 too, and as such is a completely unrelated aside. AT

        • anonymous says:

          That reply was directed at J.Hardin of course, Kristopher…there’s no mistaking your take on the little “l”. But far from heartless, it takes a lot of heart to take an unwavering and unflinching stand. :O) AT

        • John Hardin says:

          I think the part that sailed over my head was exactly who the “your” was referring to. I think we’re actually agreeing…

        • correia45 says:

          I love when a random bit of Snark is rewarded with a Randian paragraph on the nature of force. If the internet is any indication, then it shouldn’t be Heartless, it should be Humorless. 🙂

        • anonymous says:


          “random bit of snark”?

          No such…it’s like a well-placed round, if it ain’t on target, it ain’t snark.

          Now we’re up to Heartless, Humorless, and Clueless…and not just on teh toobz.

  4. Weer'd Beard says:

    What kind of beer do you pour cola into to make a Drecksack?

    I mean just saying “Beer” is pretty wide. I mean are we talking PBR, IPA, Or some super-thick Irish Stout, or is it best with them freaky peach wheat berry snuggle-bunnie micro brews.

    You leave a lot of questions unanswered, Marko!

  5. Lissa says:

    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.

    Want to try my Kahr PM9?

  6. ZerCool says:

    For someone needing a graph-paper comp book, the bookstore of any self-respecting engineering college should be able to provide. My personal preference was loose-leaf 1/10″ graph, though – it made scale drawing much easier for me.

    • bluntobject says:

      For someone needing a graph-paper comp book, the bookstore of any self-respecting engineering college should be able to provide.


      Also, physics lab books are often filled with graph paper if comp books aren’t available. Similar form factor, and somewhat more suitable for melee combat.

  7. Eric says:

    Looks like somebody searched your blog after my post last week on The Firing Line. I quoted you and Bill Jordan in the same post. 🙂

  8. NYEMT says:

    “There are those who would claim that “silly moped” is a tautology.”

    …and a redundant tautology, at that.

    Dad had a .22/.410 over-under on “extended loan” from a friend when I was young and we had a large garden and no close neighbors. It was a great combo for varmints, and kept our woodchuck/squirrel damage to a minimum. Well, as much as a gun could, anyway. You can’t sit there 24/7 with it. But I recall him also shooting a squirrel off the side of the house once, where it was chewing its way into the soffit. The squirrel did considerably more damage to the siding than the .410 shot did in its removal.

  9. wombatoverlord says:

    I used graph paper composition books all through undergrad; I find most, if not all lined pads to be unsuitable for my handwriting. Staples usually carries 5×5 quad notebooks around back to school season – keep an eye on the weekly ad; they always go on sale for $0.50 a pop for a week or so in August. I usually buy ten or twenty, and that is more than enough.

    I also use fountain pens exclusively and have had good luck with the paper in said notebooks.

  10. perlhaqr says:

    I need to get a shirt made that declares me up front to be a heartless market anarchist. Might save an awful lot of time talking.

  11. Dominique says:

    As it regards the ‘million words ago’ idea, I’ve come across, (and kind of agreed with) the concept that everyone has X amount of terrible books/drawings/photographs inside them, and the faster you get them onto paper, the better you’ll get – i.e. being good takes practice.

  12. Kristopher says:

    8×10 graph comp books:

    Staples has them. When searching use terms like engineering, or quadrile ruled.

    You can generally find them in a university book store if they have a good engineering program.

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  14. The Other Jay says:

    Okay. I now believe in Model M(-ish).

    Since I wouldn’t pay for one myself, I put a DasKeyboard on my birthday wish-list.

    Uber-Wife actually plunked down the $99 for one (thus – once again – reinforcing the “Uber-“).

    My new Professional was installed last week. Very, very nice.

    I rotate between two full keyboards and my laptop keyboard. The difference is huge once you get used to the key action again. Very, very nice.

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