[rescue] Octane R10K/175 CPU module available

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Sat Dec 20 18:08:47 CST 2003

On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 02:56:08AM -0800, Janet L. Campbell wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Dec 2003, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> > Why does overcompensation for anything have to come into it?
> The stereotypical "gun toting beer swillers" have something to prove.  If 
> they have something to prove, it means they aren't sure enough of 
> themselves.  Q.E.D.

I sort of see your point, but I think what you seem to be trying to
state verges on tautological -- "stereotype rednecks with something to
prove have something to prove".

> Now, those who collect, target shoot, hunt *responsibly* and keep firearms
> for defense are a different category entirely.  I don't own a sidearm, but
> I feel a lot better knowing that a lot of law-abiding, responsible people
> do have them.  The genie is out of the bottle, and trying to put it back
> in and pretend that you can really eliminate something just by making it
> difficult or illegal is foolish, at least in the USA.  Other countries are
> different in a number of ways.

I'm glad to hear that.  It's a refreshingly realistic viewpoint.  I've
never understood the people who not only think it's a good idea to try
to put the genie back in the bottle, but labor under the delusions that
violent criminals (who, by definition, don't obey laws) will obey
gun-control laws, and that if making something illegal didn't work,
making it illegal again with different wording will.

> > I'm still half-owner of a 3/4-scale 6-pdr, essentially a VMI cadet gun,
> > which I used to be gunnery sergeant on with the Norfolk Light Artillery
> > Blues when I re-eneacted with the NCWA.
> What's that come out to, about 42mm?  That sounds like a nice piece.  
> There's something really cathartic about firing something like that, 
> especially after another week of sysadminning.

Bigger than that.  About 68mm.  (3lb spherical lead fishing weights run
about 60-62mm, which works out just nicely with some newspaper wadding.)
And yes, a weekend off with the artillery used to be a wonderful stress

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