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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tactical Daddy

Darn, I had this great idea of combining my obsession with tactical gear with becoming a new father. Sadly, somebody already beat me to it! Oh well, I'm glad that I'm not alone in this world of wacky. Check it!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sometimes I wonder

I sometimes wonder if anybody ever reads my blog. Actually, I don't really, because this blog is sort of my place for keeping my thoughts straight. Trolling one night on the internet I stumbled across Military Morons, a site pretty close to Milspec Monkey, all about practical tactical, just what I like!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Making BDUs lighter and cooler

I found this particular article on the Combat Reform team's website: "Making BDUs lighter and cooler." Now I've always been a big fan of the BDU uniform. I think it's functional, rugged, and good. I know it has its detractors, but what uniform system doesn't? A good article nonetheless.

Mil-Spec Monkey

One of my favorite websites on the net is Mil-Spec Monkey. I believe the guy shares my love of practical tactical stuff. You can never have enough tactical stuff, whether you are a civilian, in law enforcement, or in the military. Highly recommend the site!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I got my shirt!!!

I admit that I'm a sucker for good marketing ploys, and getting an Adidas Kellogg Tucan Sam sports t-shirt by sending in a few tokens, was a sure winner in my book. Of course being a lazy ass I could not justify buying and eating eight boxes of delicious breakfast cereal and then waiting six weeks to get my t-shirt. Instead, I bought one box, cut out the token and sent in a check for $8.99 dollars instead. It arrived today, four weeks later!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Fila at Kohl's

Looking through Sunday's newspaper advertisements, I saw that Kohl's will start to sell Fila sportswear. Now Fila was born in Italy but was snapped up by South Korean investors in January 2007, making it South Korea's largest sportswear company. I think this is a good thing, since I really need another excuse to go to the mall.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I'm a greedy bugger and so are you!

Quite frankly I'm sick and tired of people blaming Big Oil for the high price of gas and the state of the economy. Quite frankly we are in this mess because we are greedy buggers. I'm quite happy that my oil company is making money, and you want to know why? Because I'm a shareholder, and what's good for the company is good for my dividend. I don't own a million dollars worth of stock, I own less than 10 shares in Big Oil, but that's still enough money for me to buy more stocks in another company. I'm in it for the long haul. All these asshats complaining about the economy are greedy buggers who over-spent their accounts: bought houses that were too big, one too many pairs of shoes, etc. Everybody wants to be satisfied here and now, but nobody is reading the fine print. Well I read the fine print, and instead of buying a $4 dollar latte I bought a $4 dollar share in an electronics company. Everybody can be an investor, even a frugal bastard like myself.

Hell, owning stocks is kind of addictive; watching those suckers go up and down on charts that I have no idea about. Once in a while you get a nice surprise and find that your account is worth a lot of money, and dividends are nice as well. It's also fun to be invited to shareholder's meetings. It's kind of neat to say that you own parts of a company; especially when people are complaining about it. I'm like, screw you too pal, that's my company. You greedy bugger!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chinese military has Blackhawk helicopters

I didn't know this, but apparently the Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA), has Blackhawk helicopters. I saw them responding to the recent earthquake. Interesting...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Robocop is an historian

Here is an interesting tidbit: Who knew that Peter Weller, the actor who played Robocop, has master's degree in Roman and Renaissance art and is working toward a Ph.D. at Syracuse University? He has also been seen on History Channel documentaries on Roman engineering. Just goes to show you that you really can't judge a man by his bullet proof shell I suppose :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

There's something to be said for the old mall

I love online shopping. It's fast, convenient, and you can get monster bargains. Still, there are times when propping up the local economy can be beneficial as well. I went to the mall over lunch hour because I needed to find a pair of trail running shoes. Imagine my surprise when I found this pair of New Balance 708 Trail Runner shoes for $39.97! At one of my online stores it cost $74.99. That's a big savings, especially when you look at the box and it says suggested retail price of $50.00 dollars. Nevertheless I got a great bargain, and I'm happy with them. It just goes to show you that local stores can compete with the online craze. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Stargate SG1 vs. Battlestar Galactica, it's the weapons fool!

I'm a huge fan of SciFi, yet I've noticed a disturbing trend in weaponology. What is with this fascination for European carbines and submachine guns? The SG 1 team uses the Belgian FN P90 while the Colonial Marines on Battlestar Galactica use the Italian Beretta CX-4 Storm. I don't know which version of the Storm because it comes in 9mm, .40, and .45 calibers. Both of these weapons look very futuristic, so I suppose that is why the producers chose them, but they are not American. Is there no American alternative for future alien battles, or will we continue to be at the mercy of European weapon makers?

Monday, April 07, 2008

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

United States Antarctic Program

What sane person hasn't wished at some point that they were in Antarctica? I would love to go some day. I like the cold and being out in the snow. Of course if you get stuck you can always take out the trust Field Manual.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Nigella Lawson, baby's got back!

Apparently the Food Network won't show celebrichef Nigella Lawson below the waist because of her huge ass. Instead they will focus more on her cleavage, tongue and eyes. Hell yeah! Somebody needs to tell Nigella that's there's nothing wrong with a little back. To get the ratings even higher I suggest she tilt back her head and pour cream down her chest while licking her lips. Oh man my dough is rising just thinking about that. As long as she doesn't let herself completely go like Rachael Ray, I'd still do her. Even without the cream.

Check it!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Drunkorexia, oh really?

Honestly, WTF will they come up with next? I thought Restless Leg Syndrome was a joke, but apparently there's even a foundation for that shit. Check it:

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that is characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs.

I guess drunkorexia is the irresistible urge to drink instead of eating? And since Faux News is covering it, you know it must be something serious. They should just quit calling it drunkorexia and call it by its real name, "being a supermodel."

Monday, March 17, 2008

The wonderful world of medicine

Yes, doctor, this guy is phucked! For 32 years Shark has managed to avoid any serious health issues, or any frequent pill-popping, but no more! Shark had his blood pressure taken a few weeks ago and the nurse warned him that his blood pressure was a bit high and that he should go and get it checked out. Not being very smart, Shark decided not to heed the advice until finally being worn down by parental and spousal nagging to go see a doctor.

After an examination that included a lot of probing, the doctor prescribed Shark some medicine for hypertension. Shark is thus a pill-popping, medical-establishment-supporting-for-life sucker. Luckily Shark had decided to put money into his flexible spending account this year, so he was able to pay for the doctor's visit and medicine. Even though he has health care insurance, co-pays totally suck. Shark is now a bit poorer, but, we suppose, also a bit healthier. Stay tuned for side effects...

Happy St. Patrick's Day

So it's that time of year again, when people get dressed in green and go out to pubs and make complete fools of themselves. Sounds like an average day at my house, but at least we have an excuse on this day. Yes, it's St. Patrick's Day, and I must admit I have no idea why it's celebrated. I'm also too tired to Google it, so I'm just going to imagine that it has something to do about a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, a leprechaun, a vat of Guinness, potatoes, and an emigration to America. Get your drink on! And stay safe, ya bastards!

Friday, March 07, 2008

NYC bar bans "Danny Boy"

And this ahead of St. Patrick's Day? WTF are they thinking? I don't know jack about Irish culture, but Danny Boy is a very good song. I especially loved the rendition from Miller's Crossing.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Donor made millions on 11 dollars an hour mill job, gives to charity

When I first read about this story I was amazed. How can a guy working in a mill become a millionaire? Afterall, even though I work in non-profit, I'm sure I must make more than him a year. The more I read about him however, the more I realized that he didn't really make money from working in the mill as much as he made the money in investing in real estate property; renting them out to tenants. He also invested in the stockmarket and kept his expenses low by not having a family and buying his clothes at thrift shops. Not having a TV or paying for cable also probably helped in keeping costs down.

Now some people criticize him for hoarding all that money, and say that he must not have had a good life since he's not married. What does the guy do for fun as well, considering he doesn't even watch TV or read books? Well, he listens to CDs, hangs out with friends, and now donates to charity, what else can you ask for? Though the article did mention that he drives to the library in his old Isuzu, which I find interesting since he doesn't read books. But since he does read newspapers maybe that's what he reads there.

To me he also sounds like a hopeless romantic, having lost the love of his life at a tender age. I respect him for that. Who here has not been completely in love and been devasted by a loss or a break up? I can understand how some people can never get over such a traumatic experience. In a way that's honorable, more so than running around and sleeping with a lot of people. But who knows, maybe he did that as well, but why criticize a guy, or gal, for not getting married? Critics should cut the guy some slack. At least he's giving some of his fortunate away to charity and to the future children of America. In the end it's what you leave behind that matters, whether it's your children or a swimming pool.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Don't forget the separation of church and state

Vote it!

I voted!

Well, for the first time since becoming an American citizen I voted in a presidential primary. I must admit it was a bit anticlimactic, I was expecting huge crowds and balloons, but everything was sane and in order. No balloons, and no clowns either, which is nice, because clowns really freak me out. Honestly, what people hide their faces apart from pedophiles and bank robbers?

Being a real immigrant I also laminated my voting slip which I will show my children and grandchildren when they get older. This will teach them about civic engagement and how people have lost their lives for the freedom to vote and choose. Dammit voting is as American as apple pie and bass fishing! I'll also tell them that I escaped Old Europe to get away from the potato famine and religious persecution.

Anyhow, I'm proud to do my little part in the grand scheme of things. Voting is something that everybody should do, and you definitely should use it before you lose it.