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Everything's Turning Into Tulip Bulbs

First it was hand sanitizer, bleach, cleaning supplies and toilet paper. (And that's not entirely over; good paper towels are still hard to come by.)Then it was flour and baking powder as everyone decided to try home baking.Of course guns and ammo have been in short supply since the start of the 'Rona, and that situation is unlikely to resolve itself in time for the now-traditional quadrennial Great American Election Year Panic-Buying Freakout.Bicycles were a shortage I hadn't foreseen, but shou...
Tags: Wtf, News, Guns, China, Nature, Tam, Meijer, Rona, Life In The Monkey House, Money Makes The World Go 'round

At this point? Sure, why not...

#Peak2020 https://t.co/MP53yoz0r6 — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) July 5, 2020 I picked a hell of a week to quit drinking. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tamara K, Bread And Circuses, Seriously WTFingF

And so it goes...

Ennio Morricone has passed away at the age of 91. I was just listening to "The Ecstasy of Gold" the other day; everybody associates Morricone's scores with Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, but he scored a lot more movies than that...Mr. Morricone scored many popular films of the past 40 years: Édouard Molinaro’s “La Cage aux Folles” (1978), Mr. Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), Mr. De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987), Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” (1988), Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” (19...
Tags: Guns, Roman Polanski, Tunes, Ennio Morricone, Tarantino, Tam, Giuseppe Tornatore, Carpenter, Morricone, Sergio Leone, De Palma, Wolfgang Petersen, Suckage, Bread And Circuses, Édouard Molinaro

Happy Independence Day!

It was a slow one around here. I tried to shovel out from under a backlog of writing and photography projects, while Bobbi did woodworking and grilled an amazing dinner, which we watched over Episode 3 of Stranger Things.After sunset I wandered out on the front walk and fired off a couple dozen bottle rockets and fountains left over from New Year's Eve.Happy Birthday, America! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, YUM, Blog Stuff, Tam, Good Times, Bobbi, Bread And Circuses


Bobbi has the details of Independence Day's delicious pork roast & veggies dinner here at Roseholme Cottage up on her blog, with step-by-step photos.It's not a recipe, per se, but it's close enough for government work... [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, YUM, Tam, Bobbi, Dead Meat, Roseholme Cottage

Trolled Again

Look at the background of the header photo! The only way this could be more obvious would be if his Twitter handle were "@lololitrollboomers".But that didn't stop the usual suspects from falling for it with the charmingly adorable, repeated gullibility of Charlie Brown going after that placekick.One post showed a poster that advertised a flag-burning, complete with Antifa members doing face painting, of all things. Another post suggested that 30,000 members of Antifa were planning to invade Get...
Tags: Facebook, Wtf, Guns, United States, Ohio, Charlie Brown, Gettysburg, Cuyahoga County, Trump, Tam, WaPo, Nathan, Misanthropy, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Mockery

Testing, Testing...

Sleepy HoldenFujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, Nikon 50mm f/1.4D Trying out a new-but-old camera on a favorite test subject today, I thought the photo looked familiar for some reason.I realized that it's because it rhymes, sort of, with one that Oleg took of Mittens so many years ago. They could almost be bookends. Mittens would have loved Holden, because Mittens loved everyone. As long as Holden wasn't too rambunctious with her, that is...and with Holden, that's a pretty big "if".It's hard to be...
Tags: Cats, Guns, Nikon, Mittens, Holden, Tam, Oleg, Pickcher Takin


Despite having had it for years, I'd never actually loaded film into the old Leica IIIb. It's a complex process and the penalty for screwing up means trashing the shutter curtain in an 81-year-old camera.During World War II and Korea, war correspondents did that at night in shell craters...under artillery fire. Wild. I reckon anything gets easier with practice.I think everything worked out, and after deliberately wasting a roll of Fuji 400 from the local CVS to make sure I was doing it right, I...
Tags: Guns, History, Korea, Cvs, Tam, Roberts, Pickcher Takin

More Macro

Canon EOS 5DS, EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Playing with that inexpensive older Nikon macro lens was the push I needed to finally get off my butt and pick up a macro lens for my work cameras. Well, that and the serendipitous appearance of the minty used 100mm f/2.8L for a price I couldn't pass up at Roberts when I was there to drop off film yesterday morning. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Nature, Nikon, Tam, Canon EOS, Roberts, Gear Ho, Pickcher Takin

Memes for Days...

This Bryco will ride eternal across the memeiverse, shiny and chrome... pic.twitter.com/oIqOhPA2l4 — Sal the Agorist (@SallyMayweather) June 30, 2020 pic.twitter.com/WKXVQqdNKy — Mofdi De Santa (@MofdiLombardi) June 30, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Bryco, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Memeishness, Mofdi De Santa

Vimes' Boots Theory Applied to Wastebaskets

Here's my enthusiastic and unpaid product endorsement for our kitchen trash can here at Roseholme Cottage.Replacing a string of cheapie treadle-operated lidded trash cans, the first Simple Human one made it almost a decade before wearing enough that it needed replacing.It lasted in kitchen service almost as long as that microwave I bought after moving up here. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Gadgetry, Blog Stuff, Tam, Practicality, Roseholme Cottage Replacing

Showing Some Love for the Underdog

My very first real name-brand centerfire autoloading pistol...well, it really wasn't very cool. It was a Ruger KP91DAO.If you're not hip to Ruger numerology (and why would you be?) that's a stainless Ruger P-series auto in .40 Smith & Wesson with a double-action-only trigger.In fairly short order I swapped it for a Glock 23 because I believed the standard wisdom that DAOs were some sort of crappy trigger for proles, undertrained cops, and other yahoos who couldn't shoot. That was the gun counter...
Tags: Guns, Smith Wesson, Tam, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, Safety first - Accidents last, Practicality

Didn't we just leave this party?

Remember when, in a masterful stroke of diplomacy, the president had used his charismatic negotiating skills to talk the Norks into dismantling their nuclear program? Good times..."In order to eliminate the nuclear threats from the U.S., the DPRK government has made all possible efforts either through dialogue or in resort to the international law, but all ended in a vain effort," North Korean state news wrote in an essay Friday morning about future prospects for peace, using an abbreviation for...
Tags: News, Guns, Dprk, Tam, Life In The Monkey House


Dual-illuminated Trijicon RMR RM08 I've gone from "moderate curiosity" to "grudging acceptance" to "advocate (with qualifications)" on the topic of red dots on pistols over the last decade or so.I mean, my current carry gun doesn't have a dot on it, but I wouldn't have a problem carrying one at this point. They're definitely easier to get new shooters up to speed with than irons, and are a real aid to accuracy for me out beyond ten yards or so. I can also tell from the way things are goin...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Trijicon, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Gun School, Gear Ho, Absurdistan, Scott Jedlinski, Aaron Cowan

Over/Under on the rise of the machines in 2020?

What gun for terrifying robot pony?Also, "Terrifying Robot Pony" is the name of my next band. https://t.co/uhGvWJJ7g2 — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) June 30, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Tamara K, Eek, Seriously WTFingF, Taxonomy of Modern Dangers

From Conversation Elsewhere...

I feel like a broken record having to type this again, for probably the fourth or fifth time in the almost fifteen years now this blog's been going, but..."Buy it cheap and stack it deep when times are good. Be the ant, not the grasshopper.If you're just now buying your first gun because of 'Rona and looting, you have an excuse.If you owned a firearm at any time from November 2016 or earlier, and you're not sitting on at least a six month stockpile at your normal rate of consumption, over and a...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Rona, Boomsticks, Spitting In The Wind, Preparedness

"In Boston, we have our hats..."

I've explained the story before, but for the new people, here it is again: I was in my local gun shop to use the indoor range for the first time since...*checks iPhone photo library*...March 5th, and the first time in the shop since late March or early April.The place was cleaned out. I didn't go look at the handgun showcases, but it looked like it was down to a handful of high-dollar 1911s and collector revolvers. The walls were nearly bare. A guy came in to buy some ammo and was told that, fo...
Tags: Wtf, Guns, Boston, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness

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

Your Morning Boost!

"Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come, especially when that idea is how to build a hydrogen bomb."— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) June 29, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Tamara K

Another Vanished Landmark

Apparently the iconic John Jovino Gun Shop in New York City went under last month, with the 'Rona being the straw that broke the camel's already-nearly-broken back."The rent, he said, is the number one reason for closing. And then the coronavirus, shutting down business. There's also the trouble with regulations, the slow-down in shipments of ammunition, and people buying on the Internet instead of from their local shop. Finally, Charlie said, “I’m old, I’m 74 years old, I was born in 1946, I am...
Tags: Asia, Guns, New York City, Tam, Charlie, Rona, Boomsticks, Suckage, Money Makes The World Go 'round, John Jovino

From Elsewhere...

"Almost no municipal (and damned few state) LE agencies have the resources or wherewithal to actually *test* gear, whether guns or cruisers or whatever. They all either piggyback off testing done by teh feds or one of a handful of large agencies, or else they buy whatever the chief thinks is cool or saw on the cover of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement in the checkout line at the Piggly Wiggly."Once the gun companies have your email in their files as "media", you get inundated with email with i...
Tags: Guns, Tam, John Wick, Boomsticks, Money Makes The World Go 'round, Blastomatic, Ass Bend Missouri Police Department, ABPD

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

The Sunday Smith is up!

Go check it out at the other blog! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Smith, Collecting, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks

The internet was a mistake...

Okay, this is the weirdest, most cyberpunk dystopian plot twist to 2020 yet: Apparently the Instagram Influencer/Mommy Blogger/Wellness Coach* world is being swept by a wave of Q-Anon and COVID/5G conspiracy nonsense.I'm waiting for the first Instagram shots of someone on the beach in Phuket wearing a sponsored bikini and matching anti-5G tinfoil hat ensemble: "Remember to buy Lululemon and fight the harvesting of adrenochrome from innocent babies!"*throws cards down, pulls chips off table*That'...
Tags: Guns, Phuket, Tam, Lululemon, Teh Intarw3bz, Idjits, Mockery, Seriously WTFingF, Conspiranoia, Instagram Influencer Mommy Blogger Wellness Coach


If you've wanted to try a "Gadget" Striker Control Device on your Glock pistol, Tau Development Group is having their annual Tau Day Sale.Just use the discount code "TAUDAY2020" at checkout for 20% off and free shipping!Hard to believe I've been using them for better than half a decade now. I've grown so accustomed to using the Gadget on Glocks that I get decidedly skittish when holstering a 509, P320, or other striker gun without one. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, G-Lock, Safety first - Accidents last, Tau Development Group, Gadget Striker Control Device

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #183...

FN 509 Compact MRD in Tactical Dirt Color with a Trijicon SRO and a Streamlight TLR-7 that is fixing to get shot a whole lot to see how it does. (I mean, it's done fine so far, but I'm looking for an excuse to do a bunch more shooting, and here it is.) . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n

All the Megapixels?

Only a dozen megapixels there. Many years ago, when the talk of the town was the D810, I remember several of my Nikon-shooting friends at first excited to grab one, and then a few months later lamenting their choice. For example, a friend of mine works for Getty and is responsible for shooting celebrities and events in New York. At 36 megapixels in 2013, he found himself with way too many images that were far too large, which complicated his media storage and seriously slowed down his wor...
Tags: New York, Guns, Writing, Getty, MacBook Air, Nikon, Gadgetry, Tam, Geekery, Pickcher Takin

"So...can we have your liver, then?"

NOTE: Best viewed in full screen. Soundtrack's pretty good, too.Highlight for Spoiler: In the long run, entropy wins. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Space, Science, Guns, Tam, Vidjo

Old bike, old imaging tech...

Here's that 1951 BSA again, this time on Kodak TMax 400, shot with the Nikon F4. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Kodak, Bikes, Nikon, Tam, Pickcher Takin

Seems Buggy

The third in the "Home Remedies" art project from https://t.co/2JYYri7SNH... pic.twitter.com/xedybGNRVw— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) June 26, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Tamara K, But is it Art, Pickcher Takin

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