Obsolete Upgrades

Today, I bit the bullet and purchased a new video card from Tiger Direct to replace my aging Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTS–the old model with the G80 architecture and 320 MB of video RAM that I bought for way too much money about two weeks before the cheaper and slightly better-performing 8800 GT was released. My disappointment was palpable, like many things are.

However, the GeForce has served me well and I’ve gotten nearly two and a half years of bang out of my buck. Of course, it would go even further if I wasn’t greedy and didn’t want to run Starcraft 2 at 1080P on full settings on a 47 inch LCD… but I digress.

The replacement? Continue reading

Dire Straits

Kyle was playing through the entirety of Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album for the wild guess of about the 1,663rd time in his life, so I decided to look for a live video of the song “Lions” on YouTube. I was waiting for the album version to finish playing before I watched it, so I scrolled down to the comments, which is usually a terrible idea on YouTube.

Continue reading

Choosing An IWB Holster

Lately, I’ve been looking at carry options for my Glock 19. I currently have a Don Hume leather clip-on IWB holster, the model of which I don’t know; I bought it at a gun show because it looked decent and the price was right, without knowing a thing about Don Hume beforehand.

The Don Hume holster works enough for the two locations at which I can and do carry, but it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The small clip will allow the gun to cant whichever way physics wants it to, particularly since the weight of the gun tugs at and bends my jeans waistband.

As of yesterday, I went on the market for a new holster. I had started hearing a lot about Raven Concealment Systems recently, particularly because ARFCOM Hero Chris Costa and His Manly Beard rock the Raven Phantom (with special Magpul Dynamics cut!) as their holster of choice. And certainly, it looks like a fantastic option. The modular design allows OWB, IWB, overhooks, underhooks, soft hooks, and tuckable mounting options, all with a single holster.

And who wouldn’t be impressed by customer service like this or OWB carry this close to the body?

However, I’ve also only just discovered that there’s a wait on just about any good holster. Raven is currently advertising 60 day lead times; I guess that’s what happens when ARFCOM Hero Chris Costa and His Manly Beard are Raven’s proponents. Another current trend, the Crossbreed SuperTuck, is apparently still ringing in under three weeks, while long time IWB staple Milt-Sparks only takes a limited number of orders each month, and Comp-Tac advertises an 8 day production time.

The worst part about it all is I’m a six foot tall beanpole trying to wear a Glock 19. There’s no way to know what will work for me, having what seems a rather uncommon body type, without just trying it; and each of these holsters runs in the vicinity of $70.

On the bright side, I’ve still got about a year and a half to find the right one.

I Observed Malevolence

I was sitting here at my desk at work, and just moments ago, I looked out the window. There, about forty feet away, I observed a man walking down Sailors Drive with an air of malevolence.

This man was wearing a dark purple velvet sport coat, solid black shades, and had his short gray hair swept back. He was walking with a purpose.

I feel like he might have been an assassin. Something just wasn’t right about this guy. He was looking too cool for someone walking down a side street in a purple velvet sport coat.

Guns Are Funny

I’ve noticed recently that adding guns to mundane situations can make them funny. For example, when swapping stories about scars, saying

I cut myself trying to cut a zip tie once.

is not funny. Instead, try

I stabbed myself in the finger once trying to take a zip tie off an AK47.

Now it’s funny. Here’s another example.

There’s my other flip flop! It was under the desk.

Not funny. Instead, try

There’s my other flip flop! It was under the M16.

I hope this helps you in your funnious exploits.

Whistle While You Work

If you work in an office environment, you’re probably familiar with the sounds of computers humming, people coughing and the clearing of throats, shuffling of feet, and tapping of keys.

I’m trying to think of a portmanteau of “office” and “ambience”, but all I’m getting is “officebience” or “offbience”–neither of which works, so I’ll just drop it.

Either way, the ambience in an office is similar to the colors of a hospital; it makes you feel sick. It’s that work sound.

I’ve found it extremely important to spice up my work day with a constant stream of background music. Not too loud; you don’t want it to be distracting, but you want to be able to hear and enjoy the music. It makes things much less dull.

Do it now.

Starcraft 2 Beta

To begin the story, back in October of 2009, I won a Starcraft 2 beta key through Blizzard’s “biggest Starcraft fan” contest on Twitter and I got into the beta right at its launch in February. My excitement was palpable.

I’ve played this game raw. I’ve bugged the heck out of all of my friends because I wouldn’t quit talking about it. To put it succinctly, I went full retard over Starcraft 2. I’m still not very good at it, but since I feel that if I mention Starcraft 2 to any of my friends one more time, no jury would find them guilty of murder, I turn to you, my blog, to talk about Starcraft 2.

Continue reading