monday search term safari XCVIII.

home depot barbed wire

You’ll find the barbed wire in the “Home Fortification” section.  I recommend the “Instant Gitmo” kit, which comes with everything you need to confine up to a hundred neighbors.

are new alphasmart neo green

The new Neo2 is actually flat black, but it’s for the education market, and I have no idea how to get a hold of one.  The Neo can be spray-painted with acrylic paints, but the green keyboard presents an aesthetic problem if you paint the body in a color that clashes. 

offensive to wear army surplus

I don’t think it’s offensive for someone to wear military surplus clothing.  I’m only bothered by people who don an entire uniform, rank insignia and/or achievement badges included, outside of re-enacting or a similar purpose. 

beretta tomcat vs ruger lcp

The LCP is superior to the Tomcat in every way.  It’s smaller, lighter, flatter, easier to conceal, holds the same number of rounds in a bigger caliber, and has less felt recoil despite the larger caliber.  The Tomcat is a fine little gun, though, and I really like the tip-up barrel feature.

german army paratrooper insignia

There’s no “paratrooper insignia” per se.  A German Army Fallschirmjaeger wears the maroon beret with the paratroop beret badge (a diving eagle inside a wreath of oak leaves), and green “infantry” piping underneath the rank sleeves on the shoulder boards.  If he’s jump-qualified, he’ll also wear the parachutist wings above the right breast pocket.  (The beret and piping by themselves don’t mean the wearer is a qualified parachutist, only that he’s a member of a Fallschirmjaeger unit.)

vacuum sucked up kids socks

You should probably pick up the place a bit before you start vacuuming, eh wot?  I mean, that Dyson may be able to pick up bowling balls, but that doesn’t mean it’s meant to serve as a mobile bulk garbage disposal.

e-readers sucks

I used to be lukewarm about e-readers, but I’m sold on the concept now.  I got a Sony Pocket Reader last month, and I’ve been re-reading all of David Weber’s Honor Harrington novels in preparation for the new one out this month.  It’s a handy way to read on the run without having to worry about losing your place.

bundeswehr pilot jacket

The pilots of the Bundeswehr are all issued a nice, light gray leather jacket with an orange liner.  I used to own one, thanks to a buddy in the supply group, but I sold it before I moved to the U.S., and now I sort of wish I hadn’t.  It was a spiffy jacket.

thermoplastic membrane roofing

I recommend membrane roofing.  Ours has kept the water out and the heat mostly in, and the snow just slides off it like it’s a giant Slip-N-Slide.  It was pricy, but there’s no monetary value you can put on not having to put down buckets and towels in the middle of the kids’ room at 2AM on a really wet day.


There’s a quick and shoddy Search Term Safari for you.  Also, I have decided to use the French Revolutionary Calendar from now on, so a pleasant 218 Thermidor CCXVIII to you!


24 thoughts on “monday search term safari XCVIII.

  1. CalvinsMom says:

    Hell, my Dyson can suck the toddler’s leg in, up to the ball of the hip. What’s a few socks?

  2. Tennessee Budd says:

    Barbed wire is cheaper at Tractor Supply.

  3. Owen says:

    yes, definitely tractor supply for barbed wire

  4. Robert says:

    You got the date wrong. Today’s actually 1 Thermidor 218 or 1 Thermidor CCXVIII. The way you have it written is kind of like saying 2010 June 2010. CCXVIII = 218.

    /pedant mode

  5. Gregg says:

    Socks? Socks?
    Heck I sold a Kirby vacuum once just because it managed to suck up the dog.

    Why yes they did own a double wide why do you ask?

    Seriously yes, it did suck up the dog and no the ankle biter wasn’t injured as I shut the infernal thing off right quick, certain that any chance of a sale had just gone out the proverbial window.

  6. Michael G. says:

    Typical revolutionaries, changing street names and calendars (i.e. the important stuff).

    I guess it’s some kind of a statement how bad the old system was. It was so bad we need a frickin’ new calendar. Oh yeah and rename the streets, otherwise our comrades died in vain. But this little government thing? No, that’s just peachy. In fact, we might even expand it a little bit.

  7. Tam says:

    And not a thing about mopeds.

    Lazy searchers!

  8. “I don’t think it’s offensive for someone to wear military surplus clothing. I’m only bothered by people who don an entire uniform, rank insignia and/or achievement badges included, outside of re-enacting or a similar purpose.”

    Yeah about that … didn’t you hear:
    Yes we can … lie about military awards

    • Tam says:

      As much as it’s like chewing on a cat turd to say this, I have to agree with the judge.

      Being a loathsome and despicable liar is none of the’s business… dammit.

      • Geodkyt says:

        Cool. Planning on protesting the “impersonating a police officer” laws, next? {grin}

        I mean, in cases where the defendant did not actually arrest anyone, assault anyone, or tacke any property from anyone, how is the judges reasoning in the Stolen Valor Act any different from applying the same reaoning to pretending to be a cop and writing people bogus tickets?

        • Marko Kloos says:

          Apples and oranges. A soldier with valor medals commands respect, but I’m not mandated by law to respect him. A cop in uniform commands compliance with his directives, under force of law, and the knowledge that the same cop is authorized to ratchet the force level against me legally all the way up to lethal force if I don’t comply.

          You can walk up to me in Marine dress blues with the MoH around your neck, and I know I’m not legally required to follow your orders if you start giving me some. Do the same in a police uniform while I’m out and about in public, and I will comply because I have to, unless something is just plain weird and fake about you…and if there’s the slightest doubt in my mind, I *will* comply, because being wrong in that case means a felony conviction, after playing the bottom layer in a police pig pile.

        • Geodkyt says:


          OK, let’s take it to teh next level — we’ll exclude the cases where the fake cop tries to do ANYTHING.

          You can be charged with impersonating a police officer by just standing around in a cop suit you’re not entitled to — doing and saying nothing.

          How now, Brown Cow?

        • Marko Kloos says:

          And how are you *not* impersonating a police officer if you’re standing around in public dressed like one?

        • Ian Argent says:

          You could be impersonating a Village Person, no?

        • Geodkyt says:

          But until I actually try to falsely exercise authority as a police officer, I have not YET done anything for you to “comply” with.

          Yet I am still liable for prosecution for impersonating a police officer.

          As for the assertion that YOU are not required to follow the orders of a guy in Marine Dress Blues with an MoH around his neck is irrelevant — YOU are the the subset that includes all Americans. You are just Marko, an individual.

          If however, our hypothetical fake Marine walks up to a servicemember (especially one in uniform, or one with a rank junior to the one claimed by the fake Marine), that servicemember has certain obligations towards people dressed like that, unless he knows they are fakes. Not only does our real servicemember have duties as a (very limited) agent of the government towards poeple with higher rank or the Medal of Honor, but our hypothetical servicemember is personally, individually, and criminally liable for a willful refusal to carry out those duties.

          Puts it right back into the same category.

          There are some people who, by law, have an apparant duty to obey a guy dressed like that, and there are some who (by virtue of different circumstances, such as “not currently being a servicemember”) do not — just as you have no legal requirement to comply with apparantly legal demands from a Virginia State Trooper in uniform, if you encounter him standing around a burger joint in Honolulu, but you would if you encountered standing around a burger joint in Richmond.

          Dude claiming a fake offical status, with the intent to cause people to falsely believe he holds that status — with the person so fooled POTENTIALLY being criminally liable if he fails to respect that status in specific ways.

        • Geodkyt says:

          CORRECTION —

          3rd paragraph
          “YOU are not the the subset that includes all Americans.”

          Left the word “not” out. . .

        • Robert says:

          AFAIK, you only get slapped with impersonating charges if you actually try to arrest/order someone. If you’re heading to a costume party dressed as Barney Fife and aren’t attempting to actually act like a cop, you aren’t violating the law.

        • Geodkyt says:

          Nope. You can still be charged with impersonating a cop if you’re standing around in a cop suit with one hand in your pocket, and the other holding a donut– although all jurisdictions I am aware of have exceptions for situations where there is NO intent to deceive.

          Thus allowing people at costume parties and actors to do their thing without breaking the law.

          Of course, if you are wearing something that is OBVIOUSLY just a costume, and no reasonable person can mistake it for a real cop suit, AND you are not attempting to exercise police authority or deceive people, you’re fine and probably won’t even be stopped.

  9. Ian Argent says:

    In re Mission of Honor; I have to things to say, neither particularly spoilery. First, if you don’t have an “about fricking time” moment by the end of the book, something is very wrong with you. Second (and this actually goes back to Ashes of Victory, I think), “Oyster Bay, really? I mean, really!?!?”

    (Picked up the ARC and have the ebook copy as well. I had petty cash at the time and feel that the Honorverse is worth it.)

    • Marko Kloos says:

      Bought the hardcover at full Borders price, but they were nice enough to once again include the ebook version and all the other Honorverse and Baen Free Library books on CD-ROM.

  10. Windy Wilson says:

    there’s no monetary value you can put on not having to put down buckets and towels in the middle of the kids’ room at 2AM on a really wet day.
    Amen brother!
    Certain things like this were criticized as “Bourgeois” in the late 60’s and early 70’s, along with desiring comfortably heated homes and regular meals.
    Convenience has been under-appreciated, in my opinion.

  11. Hyman Roth says:

    Gotta disagree with the Tomcat vs. LCP assessment.

    The Tomcat has real sights and shoots tight groups. The LCP has pimples on the top of the slide that are accused of being sights, and even with a laser sight I haven’t seen anyone shoot better than 6″ groups at 50′. The Tomcat is easier to control, as you would expect.

    • Tam says:

      I had problems with the trigger on my Tomcats if I wasn’t careful, in that positioning the finger for a traditional DA pull with the first joint of the index finger caused my trigger fingertip to bottom out against the opposite side grip before the sear broke, which was disconcerting, to say the least. It’s one reason why I wound up going back to the Jetfire instead. (The other being that I was just more accurate with the SA trigger in the first place.)

    • Tam says:

      (But I’d still climb over a pile of Little Copycat Pistols to get to a Tomcat. 😀 )

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