On the road again…

Out of pocket for the next week, volunteering at Augusta…

Soooo… In lieu of coherent posting and commenting, I’m going to throw up the Rimworld- Stranded short story for your ‘enjoyment’, or not, as the case may be…

It will start tomorrow and run through Friday.

I’m still amazed at the way this little story took off 10 months ago, going to #1 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for almost a week… (maybe the 0.99 cent price helped)

Even more amazing, it’s still hanging in there pretty well…

Anyhoo, hope y’all enjoy it, if not, go read the folks on the sidebar, they’re GOOD!!!

No post for you…

Can’t get enough connectivity to put a post up. Go read the folks on the sidebar…

Blogging will resume when I can get things sorted out.

Posted from my iPhone.

Sure, sure…

Pull the other one, it’s got bells on it…

There was “no such thing” as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes.

Full article, HERE from Reuters.

Soooo… Missile batteries, artillery pieces, fighter jet operations are ‘civilian’… And they were built using PLA-N assets, guarded by Chinese destroyers, etc…

And pay no attention to the fact that China is only ONE of the claimants for these islands, which include Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia.

This is about oil and minerals that are in the area, all of which are ‘necessary’ for China’s production of ‘product’ for sale around the world, or so they say. Now when you add in the attempts to enforce a new ADIZ (temporarily in abeyance, apparently), plus harassment of US and other foreign Naval assets that have legally transited the area, well, in my mind, 2+2=4…

Just sayin…

Willie’s playing my song, so light posting and commenting for the next week.

Boosting the signal…

Most of you probably already saw this at Larry’s site, but this is for a good cause…

I did a couple last time, and just finished doing two more this time.

Hi folks:

It seems our occasional cabal of writers has taken a hiatus from rabble-rousing.  So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who promoted my lab survey last year.  We received over 1100 individual responses to the survey, which kicked the results well into the “statistically significant” territory.  [1100 responses / 20 different surveys meant 50-60 responses per survey image – the statistical goal was >30 per image.]

Over the last year we’ve been working with that data – and it is *great* – but we discovered that a database of just 500 pictures is not enough.  We need 1000.  So I’ve put together a new survey of another 500 pictures – again, there’s only 25 pictures per survey, but if enough people take the survey we will get significant results.

I’d love to have your help again this year to promote the survey.  Larry’s MHI fans alone probably promoted around half of the responses.

The info to announce the survey is below – or you can link/share my recent post on Facebook.

Thanks all!
-Speaker / s2la, Speaker to Lab Animals
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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Last year, the Hampson Laboratory Webpage (http://hampsonlab.org), conducted a survey of 500 pictures.  We received over 1100 individual responses, for which we are extremely grateful to all who participated, and the people who rallied their own social media groups to our benefit.

This year we have another 500 pictures to classify.   We are asking for volunteers to go to the Hampsonlab.org page and take a survey consisting of 25 images from our set.

Our laboratory is identifying “categories” and/or “features” of pictures that we use to examine how the brain encodes information according to a number of different characteristics – is it a cartoon? Photograph?  Silhouette or drawing?  Is it in color or black & white – if color, which colors?  Are there specific items visible in the picture?

We know that different people categorize pictures in different ways.  Thus, we need to conduct a survey of as many people as possible to find the most likely common classification from a fixed set of categories.

There are instructions and hints on the URL web page (http://hampsonlab.org). Clicking on “Take the Survey” will bring up a random selection of 25 pictures.  Enter your responses by clicking next to the features that you think fit the image.  The listed features will not perfectly suit all pictures.  We know this.  The features were chosen for reasons based on the psychology and physiology of human memory.  Therefore, we ask that you choose the closest match(es) from the list of options.  At the end of the page, “Submit” the Survey, and your responses will be written to our server.
If you have time, click on “Take Another Survey” and the webpage will return to the beginning.  Each time you click “Take the Survey,” you should see a new page of 25 pictures. [You can choose your survey page by bypassing the default screen and editing the URL to read: http://hampsonlab.org/v3Survey1.html , …v3Survey2.html, …v3Survey3.html, etc. through  …v3Survey20.html.  Again, all results are logged on our server automatically once you select “Submit.”]

Disclaimer:  The survey is completely anonymous – we record only the picture name and 1’s or 0’s representing your choices (you can briefly see the data in the box on the Submit page).   All pictures in the survey are purchased or used under fair use, non-commercial research purposes only.  Your response data contains no personal information.  We conduct no diagnosis or analysis of the participants or individual responses.  The data is used solely to develop anonymous population classifications.

Thank you for participating in the survey.  We appreciate your help.

This is REAL research, and helps their foray into neuroscience. For real ‘statistical significance’, you want a minimum of 100 examples per dataset (e.g. picture set). It takes about 10 minutes to do a set and if all my readers kicked in one set, that would be 75 samples per dataset…

Just asking… 🙂

TBT…

Back to the old cars again, and this time, the FIRST Cadillac Eldorado… This was based on the 1952 Futurama show car, and the same year the Corvette debuted…

$8000 in 1953 was damn near a house, if not MORE than a lot of houses cost…

331CI/210HP, with hydraulic top and windows, it was the lap of luxury back in the day…

I helped restore one of these back in the late 70s, and the amount of corrosion due to the hydraulics was MASSIVE… Two years and a bunch of money (thankfully not mine, I was cheap labor), and it was complete as built/delivered. Tuxedo black, black and white interior, original wire wheels, and forty yards of #$#&*% chrome that we spent a month polishing… And I think he got $80K for it. Today, that car would be worth north of $200K!!!

And no, I never even got to drive it… sigh…

It’s Alive!!!

Peter Grant’s new book, Rocky Mountain Retribution is live on Amazon!

I was one of the beta readers, and it’s a damn good read! Expanding on the theme of the first book, it follows Ames as he grows his business interests, and the battle to keep things going against multiple forces after the Civil War. By turns humorous, exciting, and gut wrenching, it’s a read in one sitting book!

Click the cover to get your copy on Amazon!

 The blurb-

In the post-Civil War West, the railroads are expanding, the big money men are moving in, and the politicians they are buying make it difficult for a man to stand alone on his own. So, Walt Ames moves his wife, his home and his business from Denver to Pueblo. The railroads are bringing new opportunities to Colorado Territory, and he’s going to take full advantage of them.

Ambushed on their way south, Walt and his men uncover a web of corruption and crime to rival anything in the big city. And rough justice, Western-style, sparks a private war between Walt and some of the most dangerous killers he’s ever encountered, a deadly war in which neither friends nor family are spared.

Across the mountains and valleys of the southern Rocky Mountains, Walt and his men hunt for the ruthless man at the center of the web. Retribution won’t be long delayed… and it cannot be denied.

If you like westerns where the guns are right, the history is right and blended with a great story line, you’ll enjoy this one.

Interesting…

We all heard about Colt’s layoff of people a week or so ago…

One article from The Firearms Blog, HERE. This is really interesting in light of Colt just coming out with a new Cobra.

And now, there’s this!

Colt’s Manufacturing Co., the gun maker that emerged from bankruptcy last year, is purchasing its West Hartford headquarters and manufacturing plant as part of a $23 million investment in Connecticut, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy said Friday.

Colt’s intends to keep its workforce of 600 workers and create 100 jobs over five years, Malloy said. The state Department of Economic and Community Development is providing a $10 million loan, with as much as $2 million forgiven if Colt’s meets job milestones.

Full article, HERE.

Now I’m confused as hell…

As a result of a side discussion, I’ve talked to a couple of gun stores, Colts CAN be had, but the stores normally have to get them from a distributor. Colt doesn’t seem to have any ‘direct’ sales to gun stores unless they are the big boys, like Cabelas, Bass Pro, and Wally World, e.g. those who buy in LARGE volume.

I’ll try to run this particular rabbit to ground at NRA, assuming I can get one of the Colt reps there to actually answer my questions.

Your thoughts?

 

Random stuff…

In the WTF category, we have Kamala Harris’ comments/tweets about Judge Gorsuch, to whit:

President Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, certainly has a paper resume that would impress legal scholars.

But concludes…

…Judge Gorsuch has consistently valued narrow legalisms over real lives. I must do what’s right. I cannot support his nomination.

You can go HERE and read the whole meltdown… Maybe she needs to change her name to Kalamity Harris… Cause that’s sure as hell what she’s going to be… Just continuing the ‘tradition’ of loony left females from California… Sigh…

And re the wall… From the Mil-email chain…

It has been estimated that construction of a wall partially protecting the US from invasion by civilians (also military and IslamoTangos) will cost us around $25 billion.

It costs us taxpayers roughly $99 billion per year to house, feed, medicate, transport, educate, pamper, etc. the horde that has suckled on the taxpayers’ munificent teat during decades of RINO and Democrat regimes.

I am not a mathematician, but the above figures, in general terms, reveal that it would take only three months through savings alone to pay for the wall, with an annual ROI of about 25% (assuming a reasonable roundup and deportation of illegal alien Entitlementarians).

The Chinese did not ask permission before building the Great Wall; neither did Israel for the West Bank Barrier. There is no reason to beg permission from a hostile UN for the USA to protect itself against further invasion. As a matter of fact, if Canada continues to kowtow to and pamper Sharia proponents, we should consider erecting a Northern Wall!

Is there any investor in the USA who would not be willing to get 25% annual return on a venture?   No – I didn’t think so.

In other news, the mesquite is blooming, so I guess winter is ‘officially’ over in North Texas. For what that’s worth… One little dusting of snow, one day and that was it.

Finally got to the range on Saturday, did a little teaching and shot my carry pistols. As everyone keeps saying, shooting IS a perishable skill (IOW, I sucked!). And thanks to Peter, did a deep clean on the guns, using his electronic bath. But I have to say it’s embarrassing when you get dust bunnies out of your carry gun… sigh… Even when you carry them in a holster, they pick up all kinds of crap in everyday wear.

I’m loving the sights Tam recommended, the Trijicon HD night sights. They are easy to pick up, day or night! If you’re an old fart like me, they’re worth looking at. Just sayin…

And I’ll leave you with the Loony Left’s response to any attacks in Europe…  My question is, what will they do when those attacks come here?

Navy ‘Stuff’…

Try, try, and try again…

Turtle, USS Alligator, Intelligent WhaleHolland VI

John Philip Holland, the man who developed the first true submarine accepted by U.S. Navy (spending 57 of his 74 years working with submersibles), was born in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland, on 29 February 1840. As a youth, he considered the use of the submarine to further the cause of Irish Independence. Holland came to the United States in 1873. In 1875 his first submarine designs were submitted for consideration by the U.S. Navy, but turned down as unworkable.

Holland continued to improve his designs and worked on several experimental boats prior to his successful efforts with the privately built Holland launched in 1898. This was the first submarine having power to run submerged for any considerable distance. She was purchased by the Navy after rigorous tests, and six more of her type were ordered.

This picture is Holland emerging from Holland IV prior to Navy acceptance.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo Holland-i-2 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

On 12 August 1914, John Philip Holland died in Newark, N.J.

And on 12 Oct 1900, the USS Holland (SS-1) was commissioned. She was the first US submarine actually ‘commissioned’ into Naval Service, Lt. Harry H. Caldwell in command.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo UA 42.03.01 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

USS Holland was armed with one 18″ bow tube for torpedoes (she carried three), and front and rear Dynamite Guns.

This picture, from Scientific American in 1898, shows the forward Dynamite Gun port open on Holland IV. Another point of interest, John Holland’s Holland Torpedo Boat Company, became the Electric Boat company in 1899, which still exists today and is still building submarines…

She served as a training submarine until 17 July 1905 when she was decommissioned.

I’m going to skip over the WWI and WWII boats, there are a ton of websites that go into detail on them HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Otherwise this post would be pages and pages long…

Next I want to jump forward to July of 1951, Congress authorized construction of the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. Launched 21 January 1954 and commissioned 30 September 1954, USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571), Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson commanding, became the first nuclear powered ship in the United States Navy, hence the addition of the N  (Nuclear) after the SS designation.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-18864 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

And these two speak for themselves… Operation ‘Sunshine’!

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH115432 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH115433 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

She was decommissioned in 1980, and is now on display at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT.

This is a quickie graphic from the late 1950s, of the US submarine development…

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo NH 53472 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.

You can go HERE and find a list of all the submarine classes, the class members, and any losses in that class.

Today???

U.S. Navy bureau of Ships – Official U.S. Navy photo 040730-N-1234E-002 from the U.S. Navy.

USS Virginia SSN-774 the first of the class, commissioned in 2015. Torpedoes, Tomahawks, and other toys…

This is the Commissioning Print, by Tom Liesegang.

They’ve come a LONG way in 117 years…

It’s not paranoia…

When they really ARE out to get you.

Scott Adams is well known for his Dilbert cartoons, having started them back in the 80s. He’s been upfront about his political leanings for years, and this time he went for Trump…

Much to the dismay of much of the left…

And he ‘knew’ the interview was going to be a hit piece, HERE

On his blog, HERE, he points out the many errors of commission and omission done to paint him as a dystopic nutcase of the highest order, and take a cheap shot at his girlfriend at the same time… sigh…

Something tells me Bloomberg just ‘might’ get some attention in the coming illustrations, as he is want to do on occasion… And he DOES take input from readers, even today…

Personally, I think this is the lowest of the low, to do something like this to a good person just because of their political stance, BUT now that the left has lost, they are going to strike out anywhere and anyway they can. I’m sure Bloomberg ‘thinks’ they will cost him money, but given his legion of fans, I just don’t see that happening. If anything, his readership will probably go UP!