Short Films to Occupy Your Time

Honda has a series of short films posted here that seem to be about exploration. I just watched the intro video, and I’m impressed. It kind of reminds me of BMW’s The Hire series, but these look to be more of a documentary format rather than fictional stories. I haven’t watched all of the Honda videos, but at this point I intend to. Of course, there was brand recognition and a little product placement in the intro video, but it was certainly not telling me that I should buy a new Accord. Most of the product mentions had to do with new technology development (as in stuff we won’t see on the road for another decade). Anyway, I fount it interesting and thought you might as well. With that, I’ll close with “The Star” from The Hire from BMW, starring Madonna and Clive Owen, directed by Guy Ritchie (and my personal favorite in the series). This, incidentally is an exaggerated example of why people should wear their seat belt particularly when they ride with me.

Shooting in Tucson

There is mourning and there are accusations of guilt. But, I’m not going to focus on those things. I’m not here to write about the tragedy, the losses, the crime, the cause, or any of those things. I want to take a moment to write about the heroes and their enormous victory on January 8, 2011. I don’t at all want to minimize the victims in this situation, but our heroes deserve some serious recognition.

The fact is that Joe Zamudio, one of the citizens who tackled the shooter, who was armed at the time more than likely limited the victim count to 20 instead of the capacity of all the ammo the deranged lunatic had on him. He didn’t run away from the gunfire like a sensible person would, he ran into it to try to help.

Col. Bill Badger, 74 years old, was another one. He was actually shot in the head prior to tackling the shooter. Dude has big old brass ones swinging back and forth. When I’m 74 I can only dream I’ll be tough enough to get shot in the head and then take down a 22 year old.

I have a feeling that Daniel Hernandez will get a promotion if Giffords can recover and resume work. If he was my intern and did something like that, I’d make sure to make him a nice job offer.

And 61-year-old Patricia Maisch focused through her own panic to wrestle the ammunition out of the hands of the killer. Getting knocked down, watching people all around shot dead, most people in her place would have just gone into shock. But not her. She stared death in the face and said, ‘not today.’

This story is not a failure, it is a success. Yes, the lives lost and affected are tragic, but this is so far removed from the worst case scenario. I haven’t seen any reports on how much ammo he had on him, but if he had two 15-rounders that came with the gun in addition to the two 33-round mags reported, we’re talking about nearly a hundred shots that he could have fired if good people had done nothing. Even Christina Green’s dad made the statement that he’s thankful for our freedoms, even if this is the risk. Wow!

As a side note:

Police have said the gunman did manage to put another magazine into his firearm, but its spring failed.

We can learn from the mistakes of the BG. Make sure all your equipment works!

Quit With the Political Labels Already!

Not to spoil the best quotes, Larry Correia wrote up this beautiful rant which contained jewels such as these:

Because I am sick and tired, because I’m a gun owner, for being blamed every single time a nut job goes on a rampage.

Only in la-la land can you stretch that far and still sound credible. The rest of us just scratch our heads and feel kind of sorry for you.

It’s kind of stupid that I’m trying to point both my readers at Larry’s blog though, as my readers probably read his before they even get here… Anyway, you should go read the whole thing. He says it way better than I could.

HT to Mike W.

Scientific Time Discovery

Research Scientist Ken Uheerme who lead the project said in a prepared statement “We have reason to believe, after pouring through recent events and volumes of data, that there exists a span of time shorter than the Planck Time that is clearly measurable and has meaning. Where we used to consider 10-43 seconds as the shortest time span probably, it has come to our attention that the time between a tragic event and the media blaming that event on Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, or the Tea Party is considerably shorter.

Heh. Go and read the whole thing. Enjoy.

H/T to Robb Allen via Alan

Blogroll Update

It’s been entirely too long since I last did this. Frankly, I’m not so great at it. Some of these folks are a long time coming (as in I should have added them a long time ago), and some are relatively new either to me or to their blogging. So, I’d like to welcome Carrie, Ambulance Driver, LabRat & Stingray, Matt G, Phlegmmy, Christina LMT, Alan, Breda, TD, and FarmGirl and FarmMom to my blogroll. You’re probably already familiar with most of them, because both of my readers are the hippest cats on the interwebtron. But, if you see some new names in this lineup, check them out. There’s enough combined talent to take over some midsized countries in that list! Also, if you find that you aren’t in my blogroll and you probably should be, I swear I’m not snubbing you. Like I said, I’m not very good at keeping up with my blogroll. Just shoot me a message and I’ll get that fixed.

New Gun from Ruger

It seems that our friends at Ruger were so pleased with the success of their little Elsie Pea that they decided to unveil a slightly larger version chambered in 9mm Luger. Go and check out the LC9! I’ve been saying for a while that there aren’t enough choices in a pocket-sized 9mm. Now, we have another. How exciting!

Looking at specifications of the two Rugers side-by-side shows us that the big brother is only slightly larger. Indeed, it is less than an inch longer overall, just under an inch taller, and .08-inch wider, if their numbers are correct. That makes it a very competent entry into the micro-9 market. That makes it just a hair larger than Kel Tec‘s PF9 or P11.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird – Epic Win.

Go. Rent. It. Seriously. Now. Why are you still sitting there, reading this?

It is odd that a film that was made out of South Korea and filmed in China could elicit this reaction from a dude like me, but this has to be among the top five ‘westerns’ that I’ve ever seen, even if it was not at all a ‘western’ in the traditional sense. This movie is the embodiment of everything that Hollyweird doesn’t have the balls to do anymore. “So,” you ask, “what’s so great about it?”

Do you like beautiful cinematography? A fusion score made up of old Mexico, trance, jazz, and far-eastern folk song? Train heists? Gun fights? Chase scenes? Sergio Leone? Period motorcycles? Horse riding? Epic battles? Old military guns? Edged weapons and martial arts? John Wayne style lever action? High fashion? Sexy allure? Actual stunts not muddled up with tons of CG? Anime? Nonstop action? Massive explosions? If you answer ‘yes’ to any three of these, you need to see this flick.

This multiple award winning film is a western, filmed in China with hat-tips to Indiana Jones, The Man With No Name, and Akira Kurosawa, just off the top of my head. It opens with a bigger-than-life train heist and quickly establishes who is The Good, The Bad, and who is The Weird. Watching the film, I kept waiting for them to drop the cool factor and slide into something lame. It never happened.

The actors say, “To meet your expectations…” “We promise a great film.” “You won’t be disappointed.” They aren’t lying or bluffing, either. Jennifer and I had seen a trailer for this film on a DVD that we rented at some point or another. We decided to give it a whirl because it looked like fun. I honestly didn’t expect a whole lot, with preconceived notions on what a Korean western could possibly be. Suffice it to say, we were all blown away. Two days ago, we watched the original True Grit. I would put this movie up with that one, if that means anything to you. For full disclosure, it does contain a lot of violence, some nudity and sexuality. I wouldn’t show it to the younger kiddies, but the older ones will enjoy the action and adventure.

It takes place in Manchuria during the 1930’s. I’m going to have to check out other films from the writer/director, Kim Jee-woon, as this one was truly a masterpiece. If you have two hours and a three-dollar movie rental fee to spare, go check it out. You will thank me. Don’t stream it to your iThing via Netflix, either. This film deserves a big screen, surround sound, and a rumbly sub-woofer. The God, The Bad, The Weird. Go rent it now! In fact, don’t bother renting it. Just buy it on your favorite format.