Busy Little Bee

"Making Catnip Honey" Nikon D3, 105mm f/2.8 AF-D 1/160th @ f/6.3, ISO 400 My photography group's photo assignment for the week was "Macro, or close-up photographs of small scenes."I'd never done macro photography of live bugs before...heck, I haven't done much macro photography at all...but when I saw the bees on the catnip plant out front, I put my new-to-me 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor lens on the D3 and went out to try my hand at it. I think I managed a couple decent shots for a first try...
Tags: Guns, ISO, Nature, Tam, Neat-o, Shouldn't we talk about the weather, Pickcher Takin, Catnip Honey Nikon

Lewin Resources LWH-01 Spike 1/6 Scale Action Figure Has Buttons!!!

Lewin Resources LWH-01Spike 1/6 Scale Action Figure Has Buttons!!!: Our sponsor, RobotKingdom, has shared some retail-ready images of Lewin Resources LWH-01 LWH01 Spike 1/6 Scale 12-inch action figure. We first heard of this back in December as a proof of concept, now its ready for retail. As they have proven time again, Lewin don't mess around when is comes to action figures.
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Lewin Resources LWH-01Spike 1/6 Scale Action Figure Has Buttons!!!

Lewin Resources LWH-01Spike 1/6 Scale Action Figure Has Buttons!!!: Our sponsor, RobotKingdom, has shared some retail-ready images of Lewin Resources LWH-01 LWH01 Spike 1/6 Scale 12-inch action figure. We first heard of this back in December as a proof of concept, now its ready for retail. As they have proven time again, Lewin don't mess around when is comes to action figures.
Tags: Toys, Lewin, Robotkingdom

Shout-out to Terry Waltz

We recently had Dr. Terry Waltz as a guest on the You Can Learn Chinese podcast, and it struck me that I’ve barely mentioned her books on my blog before. It’s time for a bit of a spotlight! I met Terry in 2016 at ACTFL in Boston. We had a great conversation about comprehensible input and Chinese graded readers. (I was there representing Mandarin Companion.) Terry is all about improving literacy in Chinese (At the expense of handwriting characters, if need be), and has authored multip...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Boston, Reading, Language, Linguistics, Terry, Jared, YCLC, ACTFL, Terry Waltz

Go shoot something you love.

View this post on Instagram Happy #NationalCameraDay! Go shoot something today. #leicaiiib #leitzelmar5cm #canoneos5ds #canon100400 #filmcamerasA post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jun 29, 2020 at 9:25am PDT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, Pickcher Takin

Custom Column: Alphabetical sorting in tag browser includes articles

I have a custom column that appears in the tag browser. Some of the custom categories include articles such as "The" and "A." They sort in alphabetical order so that "The Category" sorts as T instead of C. How do I make sorting by alphabetical order ignore the articles without changing them all to "Category, The"? :thanks:
Tags: Books, Library Management

M.A.C.S Rifles – SNES Laser M16s

Two years ago I posted about the Multi-purpose Arcade Combat Simulator (M.A.C.S). It was a basic rifle marksmanship training system that was based on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) gaming console. Hook it up to a TV, plug in the M.A.C.S. cartridge and plug in what looks like an M16 into the SNES console. […] Read More … The post M.A.C.S Rifles – SNES Laser M16s appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Reviews, Guns, Training, Lasers, SNES, Other Gear & Gadgets, M16, Rubber Duck, M.A.C.S

Suspect injured in officer-involved shooting off 10 Freeway off-ramp in Montclair

A possible homicide suspect shot at officers during a traffic stop in Montclair on Monday, June 29, and was wounded when Pomona police returned fire. California Highway Patrol officers observed a person resembling a homicide suspect driving along the 10 Freeway in Pomona, and requested assistance from the Pomona Police Department, PPD spokeswoman Aly Mejia said. Officers attempted to stop the motorist along Monte Vista Avenue near the freeway off-ramp at 3:37 p.m. SBD: EB I-10 in Montclair. In...
Tags: News, Shooting, Guns, Police, Sport, Soccer, California Highway Patrol, Homicide, Local News, Compton, Pomona, Santa Ana, Montclair, Pomona Police Department, Mejia, South Pasadena

moving library to a new computer

I got a new computer and followed the advice in the manual on moving a library. It mostly worked. I say mostly because not all of my library was imported. I tried deleting what was imported and retrying, but the entire library still did not get imported.:( What do I do to get the rest of my library back into Calibre?
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Respect for mystery

Paulo Coelho I had to live for many years before I realized that love is an act of faith in another person, and its face should continue to be wrapped in mystery. It should be lived and relished at each and every minute, but whenever we try to understand it, the magic vanishes. When I […]
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Daily Prime - The Art of Optimus Prime Playskool Heroes

For me, collecting is as much about art as the property itself. The evolution of a character over time can vary greatly from the most epic to utterly simple. It is this dynamic that I find so engaging. Ironically, as much I love super-detailed figures foisting pounds of metal, extended articulation, lights, sounds and chrome as far as the eye can see.
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Yummy World XL Victorio Veggie Taco Plush Set

Kidrobot has released the newest plush from their collaboration with the folks from Yummy World. The Yummy World XL Victorio Veggie Taco Plush Set features a mustachioed Victorio taco as well Celia, Sylvia, and Sam Cilantro, Alejandro and Abigail Avocado, the Tomato Twins, Larry the Hot Sauce Packet, and the Bean Brothers. And if you're looking to save some space, just zip all of those other guys inside of Victorio. You can pick up your own Victorio Veggie Taco Plush Set for $49.99.
Tags: Toys, Kidrobot, Plush, Victorio, Yummy World XL Victorio Veggie Taco Plush Set, Celia Sylvia, Sam Cilantro Alejandro, Abigail Avocado the Tomato Twins Larry, Victorio Veggie Taco Plush Set

The Rimfire Report: What it Takes to Get Extreme Long Range out of 22LR

Welcome back to The Rimfire Report! In this ongoing series, we aim to explore the various firearms, ammunition, competitions, history, and news surrounding the rimfire world. This week we’ll be exploring a rimfire shooting practice that has been picking up more and more attention in recent years – The Extreme Long Range 22LR (ELR Rimfire). This […] Read More … The post The Rimfire Report: What it Takes to Get Extreme Long Range out of 22LR appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns

POTD: Riding Towards Nuclear Explosion With an AK

Photo Of The Day – A picture and story found at the Soviet Wastelands, we’re looking at “a Chinese PLA horseman riding towards a nuclear explosion whilst aiming a Kalashnikov during a Nuclear weapons test in Lop Nur China 1964.” Times were certainly different then. Just imagine sitting on a horse at full speed, gas […] Read More … The post POTD: Riding Towards Nuclear Explosion With an AK appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Guns, PLA, Photo of the Day, AK-47 / AK-74 / Everything AK, Nuclear Explosion, Soviet Wastelands, Lop Nur China

Etsy Finds: Outdoor & Backyard Activities

Hey Moms and Dads. Are your kids bored? Are you tired of them watching TV or begging for screens? It’s not even July yet. :) I rounded up a few ways to entertain the kids outdoors and support some small online businesses on Etsy! cornhole boards   box of outdoor activities   smores kits   leafy greens seed starter     “things i love” scavenger hunt (printable)   nature craft kit   neighborhood scavenger hunt (printable)   monarch butterfly growing kit    mandala rock painting kit   ...
Tags: Crafts, Etsy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Wave 3

Super7 has announced the pre-order availability of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 3 Ultimates . Inspired by the original 1980's classic toy line, each 7-inch tall articulated deluxe figure features a massive cache of weapons and interchangeable accessories (as seen below). Wave 3 includes the following figures: the trusted ally to the Turtles - April O'Neil ; the robotic turtle - Metalhead ; the carefree joker - Michelangelo ; the mutant rhinoceros villain - Rocksteady . Each figu...
Tags: Toys, Neil, Michelangelo, Super7

Problems adding single books in individual folders to library

Hello, I just tried to add to library with folders and sub folders "assuming each folder contains same book in different formats". Unfortunately it completely fails - every book entry starts with a period, the names and titles are messed up, and the actual books don't seem to get imported at all! So far example, Calibre thinks it has a PDF and EPUB of the same book but both return errors when I open. Space on drive for each entry is 0.1mb - so nothing is importing. I have used this feature bef...
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Perfect Effect DX 11 Honor Warrior & DX 11B Dark Warrior Video Preview

YouTube reviewer 胡服騎射 has posted a first in-hand look at the Perfect Effect DX 11 Honor Warrior & DX 11B Dark Warrior that will be released for Perfect Effect's 10th Anniversary. These are supposed to be shipping in July for about $60 USD each from USA retailers. Get a look at these toys via the video in the Chinese language below for more details on these guys.
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Man Who Pointed Gun At Peaceful Protesters Compares March To Storming Of Bastille

Mark McCloskey, the man in St. Louis, Missouri, who aimed a rifle at peaceful anti-police brutality protesters as his wife Patricia swung her tiny pistol around on Sunday evening, painted the situation as some kind of French Revolution in miniature. During an interview Monday on local NBC affiliate KSDK, McCloskey claimed that the protesters had broken the gate in front of Portland Place, the gated community where he resides, which prompted him and his wife to retrieve their guns while orderi...
Tags: News, Nbc, Guns, St Louis, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Protesters, Josh Marshall, Patricia, St Louis Missouri, McCloskey, St Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Mark McCloskey, Lyda Krewson, Cristina Cabrera, Portland Place

‘Decoding Firearms’ Educates on REAL ‘Gun Safety’

‘Decoding Firearms' Educates on REAL ‘Gun Safety’ U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun and ammunition sales soar as defund-the-police movement grows,” CNN Business reported Wednesday. “More than 6.5 million gun-sale background checks were conducted from January 1 through April 30, according to the latest NSSF research, which showed a 48% year-over-year rise from the same period in 2019,” the report elaborates. “Firearms retailers … estimated that 40% of their sales came from first-time gun buyers.”...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Guns, Safety, Congress, California, Women, Training, Book Review, Resistance, Jeff Bezos, District Of Columbia, Nra, National Rifle Association, Eleanor Holmes Norton, David Codrea

Mini Question about Mini firmware

Hello. I have a question about the Kobo Mini. Since it's running on firmware 3.19.5761, is it possible to manually update it to the newest firmware? Thanks.
Tags: Books, Kobo Developer's Corner

Forma Search-in-book results sometimes ends on page17, even if there's more (hidden)results

I noticed that some “search inside a book” ends its results on page 17, even though there are more than just 17 pages of results. Why is that? Here’s what I mean? I search for the word “the” and the results don’t even get past the first chapter of the book. Or when I search for the $ (dollar symbol), I also have just 17 pages of results, even though there’s more than that. (For example, I’m reading the 20th chapter of a book, and I see multiple dollar signs, yet the last page of results only go ...
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Chuck's Reviews Transformers Generation Selects Exhaust

Who doesn't love a surprise? Well to be honest I don't, I really don't, I get violent. Anyway, even though Exhaust had been rumored for awhile it wasn't until late last week that we got any in-hand imagery. It's a cool figure that's a completely legal update on that classic Diaclone deco. If you have problems with Wheeljack, you're probably not going to enjoy Exhaust; but if you really dig the Wheeljack mold Exhaust might just be up your alley.
Tags: Toys, Wheeljack

Below The Radar: The NICS Review Act

Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president's comment to reporters. (Dave Workman) United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Instant Check System has been a point of contention among Second Amendment supporters since the passage of the Brady Act in 1993. Some view it as an infringement and a “compromise.” Others viewed it as averting a far worse situation. It goes without saying that at a bare minimum, the system clearly needs fixes, and the...
Tags: Guns, US, Reagan, Fbi, United States, Harold, NICS, Dave Workman, Maloney, Carolyn Maloney, Gun Rights News, Harold Hutchison, Soldier of Fortune

Sideshow Collectibles Announce Sideshow Con Experience!

Sideshow Collectibles Announce Sideshow Con Experience! While most San Diego Comic-Con exhibitors are leaving their booths behind and taking their products 100% into the digital realm, Sideshow Con will center around a physical booth space for a unique twist on their typical convention format. A custom-made installation will recreate Sideshow’s jaw-dropping “pop culture art gallery” style Comic-Con presence, but in a secure and private environment that will augment an online experience. ...
Tags: Toys, Movies, Horror, Sideshow Collectibles, San Diego, Collectibles, Extras, Andy Smith, Movie News, San Diego Comic Con, Sideshow, San Diego Comic Con We, COVID, Sideshow Con, Hot Toys PCS Collectibles DC, Greg Anzalone

Look at these Lovely New Rugs from Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen and Cecile Manz provide a one-two punch of Scandinavian flair with a new rug collection. But perhaps I should re-phrase the aphorism as a “gentle caress,” because the four new designs—Dots, Balance, Dotted Balance, and Ochre—are subtle expressions of minimalist artistry, drawing inspiration from Manz’s pencil drawings and the play of light slanting through her studio windows. As with many expressions of Scandinavian design, the rugs manage to be both warm and cool ...
Tags: Books, India, Nepal, Textiles, Fritz Hansen, Manz, Surfaces, Rugs, Cecile Manz, Cecile Manz design, Fritz Hansen rugs, Handcrafted Rugs, New Rug Collection, Tufted Rugs

Anatoma Stranger – Rose Moon

Flawtoys will be releasing a new Anatoma Stranger colorway called Rose Moon (Glow in the Dark) . The handmade figure measures 7 inches tall and is limited to a run of 35 pieces. Each one will run €170 (about $192). Also, there will be an optional mini GID Stranger available in matching colors for €20 (about $22). The release will take place on Tuesday June 30th 2020 at 11AM ET. The figures will be shipped around mid-July 2020.
Tags: Toys, Handmade, Rose Moon

I Need a New Cell Phone

I also need help finding one that work for ME! TOO Many I am Soooo Confused :blink::blink::blink: 1. compatible to T- Mobile 2. 32 on board Storage 3. expandable storage At least up to 256 4. Big enough to read on 5. decent camera 6. Warranty 7. Price no more than $200 [fixed income]
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Don't know if I should get an Oasis or not

I have previously been happy with my Paperwhites and had no desire to update due to cost and portability. Frankly I've been in the mood for a new e-reader and I don't see Amazon releasing any new ones (besides perhaps Fires or basic Kindles) for awhile. By their history I don't see them releasing a new paperwhite this year, and likely not a new Oasis yet since the Oasis 3 was released last year. My Paperwhite 4 has become increasingly buggy, and it's my main reading device. I keep getting sof...
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I Have Published an Update to Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability

I have published some edits and additional content for my book – Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. One of the things I really like about how I have published the book (with Leanpub) is that anyone that has previously purchased the book gets these, and all future, updates for free. So if you have purchased […]
Tags: Books, Marketing, Management Matters, Leanpub

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