Monday, June 24, 2024

From Elsewhere...

Very Online Right Wing Weirdos: “Those guys were feds! Absolute glowies!”

Normal People: “How can you tell?”

Very Online Right Wing Weirdos: “Their fashy haircuts, butch sunglasses, and tactical pants!”

Normal People: *look directly into camera*

Tab Clearing...


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Does not work that way!

The nice man on the TV news said “Paris may have the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe, but the most unique spot in France might be on the Normandy coast...”

I yelled at the TV “There aren’t degrees of uniqueness! That’s literally what it means!


Saturday, June 22, 2024

Friday, June 21, 2024


I couldn't even bring myself to go to the indoor range this morning.

Indy Arms Company has a fantastic air handling system, such that you actually feel the breeze from behind you on the firing line, and that's great for ensuring you're not breathing nasty, lead-y air.

But on a day like today there's just no way the A/C can keep up with the sheer volume of outside air being sucked in to feed the ventilation system and so even on the indoor range it's swamp-ass hot by 10:30 or 11:00. Some days I can deal with that but today ain't one of them. I've got a mess of laundry to deal with this afternoon and that's about the limit of my exertions.

I'll just have to make up for it on Monday morning.


Testing my sympathies.

Some guy in Indy got shot by the cops, and when the video of the incident was released, it's pretty clear why they popped him.

Look, if you point a gun at the po-po, especially if they're already pointing guns at you... let alone if you actually start shooting at them ...I have a real hard time mustering up a ton of sympathy, if only from a sort of Darwin Awards standpoint.


You're not going to believe this...

...but it's hot as dammit again out there today.

Supposedly a front will move through on Sunday and we'll get some rain and it'll cool off some.

(I mean, for a given value of "cooling off". Other than 88°F on Sunday, highs are supposed to be in the nineties until next Wednesday at the earliest.)


Thursday, June 20, 2024

Quality Blaster on a Budget

My review of the Rost-Martin RM1C is up in its entirety at Shooting Illustrated
Whether shooting underpowered, budget 115-grain ball ammo that barely cracked the sound barrier or 124-grain +P Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints, the Rost Martin chugged right along without a malfunction. After the full 450 rounds, the mount was still snug and the dot had held zero, too.

Considering that the MSRP of the RM1C is only $459, significantly undercutting similarly featured competitors from Glock and SIG Sauer, that’s impressive. The fact that the pistol comes with the full panoply of modern features—like an optics cut and fully ambidextrous controls—rather than making you feel like you’re driving a budget rent-a-car is a bonus.


Sleepy Huck

Nikon 1 V2 & 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

For creatures that evolved in the hot climate of the ancient Fertile Crescent, cats sure seem to have gotten acclimated to air conditioning.

Holden, especially, with his floofy northern coat, was delighted to discover that the metal grates in the floor dispense cool air at this time of year, just like they do warm air in the winter, so it's not uncommon to find him parked atop one during this heat wave.


Summer Summer Summer

The solstice is today, the longest day of the year. It's the official start of summer and, thanks to the vagaries of celestial mechanics, it's occurring earlier in the year than it has since 1796.

The last time the summer solstice was this early, there were only sixteen states, George Washington was president, and Napoleon was running roughshod over Italy.


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Automotif DXV...

A successor to the original pre-war designed Fiat 500 "Topolino", the 1957 Fiat 500 was the car that put Italy on wheels... well, four wheels. Designed for maximum economy of materials and with an eye toward efficient packaging of internals, the rear-engined 500 had twice the passenger capacity of its two-seat predecessor.

The one in the photos here is a late-production 500F, distinguishable by its normal front-hinged doors.

Tab Clearing...


Small is Beautiful

An all-in-one "walking around" zoom lens is what's normally on my cameras. I like them because they're more versatile than a fixed focal length lens and have more reach than the typical 24-70mm pro zoom. (They don't have as much reach as a superzoom. In non camera nerd speak, these are "5X" rather than "10X" zooms.) 

The lack of focal length, however, is made up for by much better optics as well as larger available apertures over the most of the range of the lens. For instance, my favorite Nikon full-frame superzoom, the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6, has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 at 28mm, while the 24-120mm f/4 VR is a third of a stop slower. But by the time you've zoomed out to 50mm, the 28-200 can only manage f/4.5, while the 24-120 will hold f/4 all the way out to 120mm.

The bigger hole lets in more light, allowing you to use lower ISOs or faster shutter speeds indoors or in the shade.

These lenses tend to be compact, but still fairly chonky, and that's one reason that smaller sensor cameras still appeal to me.

Thanks to the magic of crop factor, these are the equivalent lenses for full-frame, APS-C, and Micro 4/3rds:
That Micro 4/3rds lens on the Olympus, seen in the photo above, is almost an inch shorter, about a half inch smaller in diameter, and less than half the weight of the full-frame Nikon, yet it covers the same effective field of view and is a full stop brighter on the wide end, to boot. 

That's just shy of a pound's weight difference between the Nikon and Panasonic glass, and you notice that when it's hanging around your neck during a long day.


Monday, June 17, 2024

Automotif DXIV...

Saab's 99 evolved into the 900 for the 1978 model year. Like its predecessor, it had a longitudinally-mounted four cylinder motor up front, driving the front wheels.

The 1987 Saab 900's got a facelift, with integrated bumpers and a more aerodynamic nose.

The 1991 900 Turbo, like this Beryl Green Metallic convertible, got a displacement bump for its 16V turbo inline four, to 2.1L. Now rated at 140 SAE net, the 900 Turbo was actually a fairly sprightly car for its era, although the convertibles were burdened by an almost 300 pound weight penalty over the coupes.


Fixin' to be hot today here in Indy. The weather dude says we're likely to tie the previous record high for the date, 95°F, set back in 1913.

Going to be keeping a close eye on the air conditioning, because this would be a terrible day for it to freeze up.