Joe Lamp’l Rants about Mosquito Spraying Services, and 9 More Things

Guest Rant by Joe Lamp’l I’ve raved about his podcast before but the recent episode “Gardening Pet Peeves – My Top 10″ was particularly on-topic for us. So I asked Joe if we could publish his comments about something not mentioned here since 2007 – the pervasive greenwashing by mosquito spraying companies. Here’s what Joe wrote about them in his shownotes. Susan Mosquito spraying services are becoming more common, and I cringe just thinking about it. What’s worse is that many of them are now tou...
Tags: Gardening, Maryland, Joe, BTI, Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy, Joe Lamp, Joe Lamp'l, Mosquito Spraying, Susan Mosquito, Michigan State University Area

Literary Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame

'Set in provincial, pre-1940s New Zealand, Owls Do Cry explores the Withers family, in particular Daphne Withers. When one of Daphne's sisters dies, a crisis is provoked that leads Daphne to a mental asylum where she receives shock treatment. Her voice from "the Dead Room" haunts the novel with its poetic insights.' There are two phases of discussion. The first begins immediately and may contain conversations about anything pre-completion of the selection including reading progress, section tho...
Tags: Books, New Zealand, Book Clubs, Daphne, MR Literary Club, Withers, Janet Frame

Puerto Rican Rice & Beans

A homemade Sofrito recipe can be found on my projects. [Author: Super Madcow]
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Friday Night Lights: AGM Asp-Micro TM384 Thermal Monocular

AGM Global Vision is a relatively new company. I discovered them at the last SHOT Show back in January. At the time I did not see much that was interesting but lately they have come out with some affordable products that are worth looking into. If you recall, they have a dual-tube bino night vision […] Read More … The post Friday Night Lights: AGM Asp-Micro TM384 Thermal Monocular appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Reviews, Guns, Thermal, Friday Night Lights, AGM Global Vision, AGM Asp Micro, Asp-Micro, Thermal Monocular, TM384

Emotional independence

  There is an unwritten rule saying that “the world is for the strong”, that “only the fittest survive.” If it were like that, human beings would never have existed, because they are part of a species that needs to be protected for a long period of time (specialists say that we are only capable […]
Tags: Books, News, Stories, Warrior of Light

Chicago Rapper Tray Savage From Chief Keef’s GBE Label Shot Dead at 26

Chicago rapper and Chief Keef associate Tray Savage is dead after he was shot Friday morning (Jun. 19) while he was driving in the city’s infamous South Side area. According to Chicago police, Savage had just dropped his girlfriend off in the 8100 block of South Evans Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood when shots rang out. Police said Savage was hit in the neck and shoulder, but continued driving and crashed into three cars. He was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was ...
Tags: Crime, Shooting, Guns, Chicago, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Illinois, Gun Violence, Savage, Chief Keef, Chicago Sun Times, Mazda, Chatham, South Side, Keef

Speer Gold Dot 22 Magnum Ammunition Test & Review

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- When the 22 WMR, or 22 Magnum, debuted in 1959, it was intended as a more powerful, longer-range alternative to the ubiquitous 22 Long Rifle cartridge. As such, it was meant to be a rifle cartridge, but like its predecessor, the cartridge was offered in a pistol configuration almost immediately. The 22 Magnum cartridge boasts more velocity over the 22 LR, even in light-weight shorter-barreled handguns, and the debate over the 22 Magnum's viability as a low-recoiling s...
Tags: Guns, Fbi, Louisiana, Caldwell, CCI, Ammo, Speer, Gold Dot, Ammunition News, Hornady Critical Defense, 22 Magnum, NAA Sidewinder, Terril, Terril Hebert Terril Hebert, Ballistics test

The Last Knight Megatron vs Gundam Iron Blood Orphan Barbados Lupus

Judging from how much everyone liked WꕔTCHER GRAPHICSs Transformers Fall Of Cybertron Nemesis Faces Optimus in DOOM Eternal video. This one should be of interest to two fandoms, but who will turn out the winner? Watch and see.
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Featured Deals of the Week – 6/19/20

Welcome one and all, to the Father’s Day Weekend edition of the one, the only, Deals of the Week. I’m your host Benjamin F, coming to you from my secluded bunker downtown writing studio. Bringing you nothing but the best deals I can find, even in the middle of a panic buying session that’s lasted for […] Read More … The post Featured Deals of the Week – 6/19/20 appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
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Daily Prime - Goodbye Hero Mashers Optimus Prime!

Remember that time Hasbro made non-transforming, super-articulated, part-swapping robots not in disguise? The Hero Mashers were one of those things you always wanted until you got it. After winning over Marvel and Star Wars fans, Hasbro rolled out a Transformers Hero Mashers "That's What It's All About" themed promo (see video below) to a weak response at retail that was discontinued by 2016 canceling waves and distribution to some countries.
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POTD: General Dynamics NGSW Engineers at the Range

Today’s photo of the day comes from General Dynamics-OTS who are current contenders in the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program. The photo was shared on General Dynamics Ordnance  & Tactical Systems twitter page earlier this year. It features their NGSW – Automatic Rifle prototype with engineers from Williston, Vermont, talking operators over the new […] Read More … The post POTD: General Dynamics NGSW Engineers at the Range appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, General Dynamics, Potd, Williston Vermont, Photo of the Day, Machine Guns, LWMMG, NGSW, GD-OTS, General Dynamics Ordnance Tactical Systems, US Army s Next Generation Squad Weapon, RM277, General Dynamics NGSW Engineers, General Dynamics OTS

Font won't embed

I have a proprietary font that embeds perfectly into EPUB, but when I try converting it to MOBI, the font is skipped. I check the metadata in the EPUB and the font is properly referenced there. Any idea how to proceed?
Tags: Books, Conversion, Mobi

Issue parsing HTML tags

Hi guys, I am developing an (edit book) plugin, and I don't seem to be able to parse html tags. My `main.py` file looks like so: Code: import lxml.etree from PyQt5.Qt import QAction, QInputDialog # The base class that all tools must inherit from from calibre.gui2.tweak_book.plugin import Tool from calibre import force_unicode from calibre.gui2 import error_dialog from calibre.ebooks.oeb.polish.container import OEB_DOCS, serialize class MyTool(Tool):     name = 'my-tool'     al...
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Save downloaded metadata in book

I have a lot of epubs on my hard drive which do not have metadata. I added a epub into Calibre from my desktop hard drive and then downloaded the metadata for it from the web. After the download I could see the metadata in the "Book Details" in the main interface. But when I saved the epub back on to my hard drive and opened the book, the metadata did not show in the book. How do I save the downloaded metadata in the epub? Thank you mamaijee
Tags: Books, Library Management

Los Angeles Police Shot & Killed 18-Year-Old Security Guard Who “Ran Because He Was Scared”

Los Angeles sheriff deputies shot and killed an 18-year-old man who was working as a security guard Thursday night (Jun. 18). Andres Guardado had been hired by a local body shop to prevent local residents from tagging the building with spray paint. While on the job, two deputies from Gardena approached the teen and claimed that he flashed a weapon at them before fleeing on foot. The officers chased the teen on foot before ultimately gunning him down and taking his life. “The police came up, and ...
Tags: Crime, News, Teens, Guns, California, La, Los Angeles, Jazz, Police Shooting, Gun Violence, Los Angeles County, Gardena, Andres Guardado, Guardado, Sad News, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Stephen King Has Idea For ‘Friday the 13th’ Novel Told from Jason Voorhees’ POV

Stephen King is always working on something. The prolific master of horror seems to churn out a book every few months, firing away at one tale of terror after the next, with no signs of slowing down. King is such an institution that he can probably get literally anything published at this point, even a grocery list. And while King will continue to thrive as long as he’s typing away, and publishers will continue to eat it up, he’s not above waxing hypothetically about books he’ll probably never ...
Tags: Books, Movies, Horror, Stephen-King, King, Jason, Jason Voorhees, Friday-the-13th, Camp Crystal Lake There, Jason Voohees, Camp Crystal Lake What, Voohees King

POF-USA Founder and CEO Frank DeSomma Dies in Car Accident

Patriot Ordnance Factory, or POF-USA, started in Frank DeSomma’s garage in 2002. Over the last eighteen years he has grown the company to become an industry leader in piston-driven ARs and more. Tragically, on the way home from his office yesterday, June 18th, 2020, the 57-year-old entrepreneur and former aerospace engineer died in a car […] Read More … The post POF-USA Founder and CEO Frank DeSomma Dies in Car Accident appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: News, Guns, Companies, Breaking News, Daily News, Ar-15, Patriot Ordnance Factory, POF-USA, Frank DeSomma, AR Patterned, Gun Brands, POF USA Founder

Pinta Acoustic: Stunning Solutions for Ambient Noise

Pinta Acoustic is dialed in on the synthesis between aesthetics and performance. A great example of the company’s marriage of acoustical control and great design is proudly on display at the Minneapolis showroom of Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. The custom HPC-coated SONEX Linear Baffles offer a stunning aesthetic complement to the deep blue runner below, while also enhancing the overall look and feel. There’s also the Brasserie Bernard, an upscale restaurant in Montreal with a beauti...
Tags: Books, Minneapolis, Montreal, Pinta Acoustic, Brasserie Bernard, WILLTEC

CC not finding library HD 10 (7th gen)

I have an HD Fire 10, 7th gen. I had to reset to factory spec to fix an issue, and now my CC cannot 'see' my kindle library no matter where I put the folder. I've tried deleting and reinstalling the program, the same for the folder, along with all the books. If I put it in the sd root directory, nothing. Inside a folder? Nothing. Inside a folder in a folder? Nothing. I'm about ready to give up on it, even though I bought the full version. Any suggestions?
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Free Springer Science and Technology titles

Scientific publisher Springer has released a large number of titles from their backlist in response to the international COVID-19 crisis. Computer scientist and UK startup co-founder Harish Narayanan has helpfully provided a list by subject here: https://hnarayanan.github.io/springer-books/ Drill down into the subject, and click on the links in it to get the books. (You have to solve a Captcha to prove you aren't a bot, but that's a one time operation. No other action is needed and you will ...
Tags: Books, UK, Springer, Harish Narayanan, Dennis Who

Rigby Keeps Calm and Locks-in During Lockdown

The days of strict lockdown and quarantine are behind for most of us, and hopefully the whole pandemic nightmare will soon be a thing of the past for the whole world. During these difficult times, we had to find ways to cope with new routines. Some of us may have dedicated more time to their […] Read More … The post Rigby Keeps Calm and Locks-in During Lockdown appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, Companies, Daily News, Rigby, Rifles, Lockdown, Bolt Action, John Rigby & Co, 416 Rigby

Public Lands Bring Us Together ~ VIDEO

U.S. Department of the Interior Washington, DC –  -(AmmoLand.com)- This week, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, 73-25. With more than 327 million people visiting America’s national parks last year, it's evident that public lands bring us together. Many roads, bridges, visitor centers, historic buildings, trails, and campgrounds, in our national parks are in need of critical repairs. As such, Secretary Bernhardt released a new video this week on Twitter to highlight the need ...
Tags: Guns, Congress, Senate, America, House, Bernhardt, Conservation News, American Indians Alaska Natives, David Bernhardt, U.S. Department of the Interior

Propaganda aimed at Self Defense in Albuquerque Shooting

Shoot, or Don't Shoot – More Self-Defense Gun Stories U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- In New Mexico, on June 15, the police were pulled back, refusing to arrest people as they attempted to destroy public property. Leftist media called the situation a protest. It was a propaganda event meant to intimidate and demoralize. Residents of the area, including local militia members, attempted to prevent the destruction of the statue.  Mindful of a hostile, leftist media, armed militia members were careful n...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Department Of Defense, Arizona, New Mexico, Apd, Old Town, Keller, Don, Stephan, Tim Keller, KRQE, KRQE News 13, Bernalillo County, BACA, Gun Rights News

GotBot Counts Down: Top 10 Most Underrated Transformers Characters

Wildest. Vote. Ever. Underrated, underappreciated, underused, the field was wide open as hundreds across social media voted for the most underrated Transformers.Absolutely unpredicatable this time with votes ranging from Blitzwing, Spinister, Jolt and Bluestreak, to Energon Hot Shot, Spittor, Lever, Escargon, Seaspray and Cliffjumper.
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Arizona Sen. McSally to Firearm Industry: ‘you Want Me on That Wall’

  Arizona Senator McSally to gun industry, “You want me on that wall!” IMG NSSF U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Arizona Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally spent two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before being appointed to the upper chamber last year. Prior to serving in Congress, Sen. McSally spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force including flying A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. The senator was the first female U.S. fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Iraq, Fbi, House Of Representatives, Arizona, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Kelly, U S Air Force, Keane, Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Az

“A Bay Bay” Rapper Hurricane Chris Arrested for Murder in Louisiana

Hurricane Chris has reportedly been arrested for murder following a dispute with another man at a Texaco gas station in Louisiana. According to KTBS, the 31-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana rapper—whose real name is Christopher Jerrod Dooley Jr.—initially told police he shot and killed a man early Friday morning (Jun. 19) in self-defense after the man tried to steal his car. Via KTBS: The deadly encounter happened just after 1 a.m. at the Texaco convenience store in the 2600 block of Hollywood Ave...
Tags: Celebs, Murder, Texas, Crime, Shooting, Guns, Celebrity Arrests, Mugshots, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Louisiana, Halle Berry, Gun Violence, Chris, Bay Bay

Trump v Bolton: writers' groups file briefs opposing attempt to block book

Pen America and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press file amicus briefs ahead of Washington court hearingUS writers groups have filed amicus briefs opposing a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration in an attempt to block a book by John Bolton, the president’s third national security adviser. Related: Bolton's book makes it clear: Trump is the amoral charlatan we knew he was Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Media, Washington, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, US press and publishing, Bolton, Donald Trump, Trump, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, John Bolton, PEN America, Trump Administration

Per-user language setting on server

Hi, I have a server that I'm starting to use for an extended family member who doesn't speak English. I'd like to have the server show him his language (in the search criteria page, for example) while remaining English for the rest of the users. Is this possible? --bc
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The Shadow of the Wind and the remarkable success of Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Although modelled on the storytelling of Dickens and Tolstoy, his enormously popular novels were sharply attuned to our timesAlthough all of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s most successful books were published in the 21st century – The Shadow of the Wind, the first of the quartet on which his reputation rests, appeared in Spanish in 2001, and in English three years later – he was, at heart, a 19th-century novelist. His aim, in which he succeeded, was to emulate the narratively propulsive but socially reflec...
Tags: Europe, Books, Fiction, Spain, World news, Culture, Fiction in translation, Leo Tolstoy, Cervantes, Tolstoy, Don Quixote, Dickens, Miguel De Cervantes, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Ruiz Zafón, Charles Dickens Wilkie Collins

Speaking With VA Senate Candidate Alissa Baldwin

Speaking With VA Senate Candidate Alissa Baldwin U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Alissa Baldwin was the oldest of four daughters born to patriotic parents who worked in the fire/EMS field. Baldwin worked as a paralegal before being felt called to become a middle school civics teacher. She thought it was necessary to instill civic responsibility into the next generation of leaders. She has a deep love of the Constitution, which she passes on to her students. She believes one person can make a differe...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Guns, California, Senate, Virginia, America, Dnc, John, Warner, Republican, EMS, Mark Warner, Nra, U S Senate, Northern Virginia

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