Armalite AR10-T 308 Rifle

My new Ar10-T 308 target rifle.
Armalite AR10-t

This rifle was a gift from my bosses.

It’s got thick, heavy handguard and 24″ heavy barrel which makes it the heaviest weapon I own, but I’ll only use it at the range so that’s okay.

It only came with one 20 round magazine, but that too is okay, because they’re easy to find and I’m too damn old to be getting into any long range gunfights.

The only downside to my latest toy is that match ammo is freaking expensive.

Still, it’s cool and it was free.

So come Monday I’m driving to Boulder City and rejoining the club. OOPS. No new memberships until November…. maybe.

I Bought a New Camera

I bought a new Canon 80d camera with an 18-135mm lens.

I know I said, “So tomorrow I’ll go to the park and walk the trail, taking pictures with my little Panasonic and no more than two lenses, then decide if I need to upgrade.” –Well, what can I say? I lied. Once again I talked myself into spending more money than I can realistically afford. Such is life.

I also bought a Tamron 150-600mm. I didn’t even consider the new G2 model, because it was almost twice as much money, nobody had it in stock and I didn’t want to wait.

I know it’s not the best long lens out there, but it’ll do for now. If I decide I really need something higher end I’ll rent it. –At least I’m not spending multiple thousands of dollars on a lens that will wind up living in my closet.

This was handheld at 600mm, f/6.3.

I also got a kit Canon sells that consists of a 50mm f/1.8 and a 10-18mm. Neither are high end lenses and it shows, but with a newer camera I can compensate for the slow speed by bumping the ISO and not lose too much image quality.

This was shot with the 10-18mm at about 15mm and processed using DPP from Canon (it comes with the camera). It’s heavily cropped but still passable.

What makes what is at best a mediocre shot worth posting is the small check pattern on his synthetic shirt. It makes most cameras crazy, because it’s one of those shirts that creates a moire pattern no matter what you do, especially under florescent lights. But the new software removed the worst of the moire and kept the photo usable.

What can I say? I’ve got a new toy and will wax poetic about it, right up until I get bored with it. Then it goes on offer-up, so I can afford to buy different stuff.

Our Word for the Day: Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a side effect of diabetes and, according to Webmd, has some of the following symptoms.

    1: Heartburn or reflux (backup of stomach contents into the esophagus)
    2: Nausea
    3: Vomiting (in severe cases, this may happen daily)
    4: Trouble controlling blood sugar
    5: Feeling full quickly when eating
    6: Abdominal bloating
    7: Poor appetite and weight loss

Well, lucky me. I got 1, 2, 4 and 6. But, how come I didn’t get number 7? After all, a fat old man like me needs all the help he can get.

Such is life. If you insist on eating, drinking and generally neglecting your body, you will pay a price.

I thought I was doing pretty good until I went to take a selfie with my chin tilted down. That is not going to happen; I’ve got more chins than a Chinese phone book.

I wonder if that phrase is still okay, given the rabid politically correct bullshit? Probably not. But who really gives a rat’s ass?

According to the experts I’m supposed to put a picture in every post.

Here you go. It’s how I feel every time I find out I can’t eat the way I want.
burro with Gastroparesis

On the bright side, I see the doctor soon and maybe I can talk him into giving me something to help me lose weight, like old school speed. –Just hoping.

(the picture is from 123rf.com. I can’t draw a straight line, much less a character.)

Pioneer Pawn is Selling Their 1931 Buick

Pioneer Pawn has decided to sell that bright red, 1931 Buick parade car, that’s sitting in their showroom.
1931 Buick

It took several people, four wheel dollies, removal of one set of doors and the relocation of the display cases to get the beast in there and now the owners are talking about selling it.

I guess it didn’t draw the crowds they expected. –I just hope they don’t ask me to help.
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Being a parade car, it’s allowed to have some issues:

You can see the aftermarket radiator frame, isn’t a really good fit.
radiator mismatch

And this is the jury-rigged rumble seat hinge.
rumbe seat hinge

An interesting thing is that all production years from 1931 through 1953 came with an eight cylinder overhead valve engine.
Straight eight buick engine

You can see from the strip they left along the hood hinge that it was originally green.
Almost the Leland green the British used to like so well.
green strip

I don’t know how bad they want to sell it. –I asked how much they were asking and they told me they were “taking offers.”

BlockChains as a Single Version of the Truth

I read this description of blockchains in an article on ZDnet.

What is blockchain: A blockchain is a single version of the truth made possible by an immutable and secure time-stamped ledger, copies of which are held by multiple parties.

Okay, so WTF was the author on? “a single version of the truth?”

When I read an explanation of what something is, I do not want some sort of Zen metaphor. It gives me a freakin’ headache, and it sounds like someone’s selling something that isn’t worth describing because it turns out to be an old idea.

Okay, here’s the deal.

From ZDnet:
“The problem in the market is that blockchain is being used as a collective noun for the bitcoin blockchain and everything else in between, and that’s not exactly true,” says David Furlonger, Gartner vice president and fellow.

A blockchain is like a database, but rather than a single individual/company controlling your data it’s multiple, redundant, encrypted, copies of a single instance of data spread across multiple computers. –Or something to that effect.

Since there seems to be some difficulty with the definition of “blockchain” I figure some sales weanie will sell us what we already have at a greatly increased price.

Read the ZiffDavis article all the way through and maybe you’ll understand it. Or wind up with a headache like me.

Regardless of the definition, or my understanding of it, that “a single version of the truth” bullshit is pure sales pitch.