New Acquitision

I’ve been looking for a small fixed blade knife that I can toss in a pocket regularly. I have a bunch of excellent folders  – mostly the older double guard version of the CRKT  Hammond Desert Cruiser:














but everybody knows the weak points on a folder and I like something that can be a hammer, axe, pry bar and knife. So after delving into the world of knife geekery (and let me tell you it is that in spades) I went with a tried and true company and a design I’m kinda pleased with.

K-Bar Becker B14

Skeleton handle but they sell Zytel *blech* scales and I can always wrap it in paracord. There are aftermarket micarta scales, but they actually cost more than the knife and one of my criteria is “What do I do if some uninformed/overly officious bully prick cop/security guard/TSA m*&^%%&*&%*&% takes it away from me or (more likely) I lose it?”

The price on this is right, I like Ethan Becker’s robust designs and K-Bar has ALWAYS made a quality product and is local to my hometown. It’s a Becker Necker blade on a longer ESEE Izusa handle; win-win.

Sure, a Bark River Bravo-1 would be nice and a Busse LBTG would probably make me wet myself but the world is real and I have my parameters, which are also real. Besides, this is a toss-in-a-pocket knife – I’ve had to cut or chop or pry lots of things but I’ve never had to stab a zombie through their skull. And I have a Becker BK2 for that 😉



Tell Me Again

how the gun culture in the US is made up only of an ever-dwindling segment of old fat white guys?

 Two demonstrators opposing the pro gun and second amendment protest hold signs outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona

Now, I fall into the OFWG demographic, sure *g*, but my experiences simply don’t jibe with that particular stereotype. I see all kinds of folks at the range, in gun stores, at gun shows, and at activist-type things. Perhaps I’m just lucky.

Khâk Does Mean Dirt, After All (Well Sorta)

Kevin has a good point – WTF is “flat dark earth” even supposed to mean?  It’s a cool color and all, don’t get me wrong – my next AR may need to be in some version of it. Maybe with that spiffy yellow Sun Devil lower *g*.

Tauptical – I like it 😉

I Like Sriracha And All

but…really? Un. Nec. Essary.


Funniest comment, from Lifehacker:

Because this is a trendy thing it comes with locally sourced chili peppers, smushed with brown sugar, garlic, and salt. No word yet on whether a bearded fellow in plaid will serve it to you upon a platter of old cassette tapes and paired with an artisanal, locally brewed beer, but we wouldn’t be surprised. Trends! They’re so trendy.



OK, even I don’t get excited by rice stew. But I made a batch today, and it’s good and I’m pleased, so there.

  • 2 1/2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 5-6 1 inch-ish pieces of fresh ginger
  • Mix, bring to boil, turn down and simmer for an  hour or so until it gets to the consistency you want

It’s good. More salt, pepper and garlic next time and use fresh garlic.


I Can Still Be Surprised

By people acting politely, I guess. 

So I’m sitting outside at Starbucks,  enjoying my coffee.  And I smell some sort of flavored tobacco product.
Now, I get that outside is a designated smoking area – I’m not trying to look around abs see where is coming from so I can hassle the person. I just want to know so I can decide if it’s close enough to me that I should move because I am finding the smell very unpleasant.

Turns out it is the well-dressed young man at the table next to me. He clearly noticed what I was doing and took it on himself to get up and go back to his truck.  Mind you, I didn’t say anything to him or even grumble bad-temperedly under my breath (about this *g*). He just noticed and moved on his own.

Evidently thoughtfulness hasn’t completely deserted the human race.  Who knew?

In My Attempt To (Sort Of) Spend Locally

I’ve been patronizing the local coffee shops this holiday season.

Now as I’ve pointed out, I am not a coffee snob. But when spending boutique prices for a cup, I do have certain expectations. SOmetimes they are met, sometimes the results fall short.

The other day I was up in Scottsdale and stopped by Village Coffee Roastery. Your run-of-the-mill looking Scottsdale coffee shop, in an upscale strip mall (there’s a Melting Pot!) with mediocre outdoor patio furniture and a view of typical Scottsdale retail architecture. The inside was not much better, and the staff didn’t seem to want to admit I was there (it never ceases to amaze me how standing there with a “Take My Money!” look fails to encourage people to take my money).

But the coffee. Oh my, the coffee.

I had a latte – how unadventurous of me. It was creamy, flavorful, just the right temperature, full-bodied, you name it. Delicious. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a better one. I’m back there in a heartbeat, just because of that. I’d drive out of my way.

Next day I stayed closer to home, and gave a chance to Lo-Fi Coffee in Mesa. Right on Main Street so convenient. Cool interior if kind of last-century-too-cool-for-school-John-Cusack-in-“HighFidelity”-ish, but it’d be a comfy and cool place to hang out. Kind of what I expect coffee shops to be – what can I say, I’m old *g*. The staff once again wasn’t too eager to encourage my spending habits but they were more polite and the use of tech to check me out was a nice touch.

But the coffee. A disappointment, the coffee. Nothing really wrong with it, it was a perfectly acceptable latte I guess. Not creamy, but decent. Not bitter, but nor loaded with layers of flavor. A little bland even. Nothing to write home about.

I’d go back, if I happened to be downtown and wanted coffee because they’re local and I try to encourage that sort of thing, but I’m also not going out of my way to go back either.



What A Pleasant Segue Into The Holiday Season

Went out for coffee after having homemade scones. Wife made cookies, I went to the local gun store. Then dinner at a nice local German restaurant, a little shopping and driving around looking at Christmas lights.

Not a bad day at all.

Statistics Say It All

I Love Oversimplifications

Especially when the entity coming up with the incredibly simplistic graphic stands to make a profit from people buying into their analysis. “Why Gartner” indeed…


Gartner’s 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines