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Thursday, May 28, 2015


Yes, I'm phoning it in this week. I'm a bit flu-ish and can't concentrate, but I'll be back next week taking a hypothetical look at the hypothetically leaked Supergirl pilot. In the meantime, enjoy Sausage.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Triple Wednesday

Since I didn't post anything on Monday about guns, and because I feel a bit guilty for phoning it in yesterday with "My Little Tyafelm," I now give you a threefer: a fun/funny post about a gun, and then Traveller stats for it.

So this is a Monday Gunday Tuesday Traveller Wednesday Night Wackiness post.

Some of you may remember that about three years ago I blogged about the Arsenal Firearms 2011, aka the double-barrel 1911.  If not, I shall quote myself:
At the Intersection of Awesome and Ridiculous...

.. lies this gun. 

I... I don't know what to say about it. This is like the Michael Bay (or possibly Rob Liefeld) of handguns: It's bulky, heavy, expensive, overblown, and prone to massive overkill.

On the other hand, I can't deny the effectiveness of firing two bullets at once; there's a reason that police learn the "double tap" method of shooting, and this gives an effective double tap with a single trigger pull.

English needs a word that adequately describes "possessing qualities both sublime and repugnant."

If you had forgotten about it, that's all right; I had forgotten about it, too until I saw this video on Jerry Miculek's Lederhosen page:

Traveller Stats:

Since .45 caliber is 11.43 millimeters, I shall use the stats for the 12mm Heavy Autopistol (Central Supply Catalog, p.65) as the baseline for a stock 1911:

Yes, that looks about right, although traditional 1911s have a magazine capacity of 7.

Extrapolating from that, the Traveller 2011 would look like this:

  • Recoil is derived from the notion that, since many of the components are fused, it's not quite as as strong as if you were shooting two pistols in the same hand. 
  • Cost is taken from MSRP and various auction sites
  • Mass is taken from the technical specs on the AF2011's page
  • Given that earlier in the CSC the price for 20-30 round magazines for all autopistols are listed as 25 Cr., this is a reasonable assumption for the 18-round 2011 magazine as well.
So for ten times the price, you can own a pistol that fires twice -- and if the first shot hits, the second shot gets between a +0 to a +2 bonus to hit.

More information about the 2011 can be found in this video.

Now players being players, they will likely ask "But can I get a double Desert Eagle in .50 AE  instead?"

Yes. Yes you can.

I predict that at least one of my players will want to buy one before the week is out.

No, scratch that; he'll want two, so he can dual-wield it like Jerry.

My use of Traveller setting and dress falls under
fair use guidelines for both Mongoose and Far Future Enterprises.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Traveller Tuesday: My Little Tyafelm

About this time last month, a fellow on the Traveller Facebook group talked about turning characters from The Wizard of Oz into Traveller PCs. This, naturally, got me to thinking about statting up one of my favorite shows...
My use of Traveller setting and dress falls under
fair use guidelines for both Mongoose and Far Future Enterprises.
My Little Droynie
My Little Droynie
Ah ah ah ah....
My Little Droynie
I used to wonder what tyafelm could be
My Little Droynie
Until you shared iskyar with me

Twilight Sparkle
Leader caste. Smartest and with the strongest magical psi powers of them all, Twilight is the natural leader of the group. (Princess Celestia, her mentor, easily fits the mold of Yaskoydray, and Spike makes an obvious un-casted chirper.)

Sport caste. She is clearly the most diplomatic of all the ponies, and is most likely to go off for solo adventures.

Pinkie Pie
Drone caste. Pinkie is all about community -- she knows the names and birthdays of everypony within ponyville, knows what everypony likes/loves/needs, and throws coming of age parties. Clearly she'd run casting ceremonies for young Droyne.

Technician caste. A bit of a stretch, this one, but Flutters is well-versed in biology, ecology, and veterinary medicine, and technicians are the ones most schooled in the hard sciences.

Rainbow Dash
Warrior caste. 'Nuff said.

Worker caste. She doesn't just value honesty and hard work, she THRIVES on it, and will work to exhaustion to help others.

Turn their various magical powers into psi talents (Rarity and Twilight have Telekinesis, Twilight has Teleportation, Fluttershy has high levels of Telepathy for use on animals, Dashie and AJ have Awareness to boost their physical stats, and only Yaskoydray knows what Pinkie has that allows her to break the 4th wall like that) and it actually works rather well to be honest...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gun Blog Variety Podcast #40

Another week, another exciting episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast!

Adam and Sean talk about some really interesting stuff, including that "viral" photo where the man is walking on the "wrong" side. We also talk about people driving gasoline powered cars filling up at the only pump that has diesel, and that Waco biker shootout.
  • Erin Palette discusses the OODA Loop.
  • Nicki Kenyon thinks that eventually the war in Ukraine will become a "Frozen Conflict."
  • Special Guest Bob Owens discusses his recent LA Times article "Why cops shouldn't carry Glocks."
  • Barron B. talks surge protection.
  • And Weer'd does another of his patented Audio Fisks, this time of the two Moms Demand Illegal Mayors for Everytown (A wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc) anti-gun ads from North Carolina and Texas.
Thanks for downloading, listening, and subscribing. And don't forget to tell a friend! (Have you "liked" The GunBlog VarietyCast on Facebook?)
Listen to the podcast here.
Show notes may be found here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

SHTFriday: A Prepper Library of PDFs

This article only looks like I'm phoning it in. It is actually a carefully assembled and uploaded library of non-copyrighted PDFs that I think are of interest to preppers.

Heck, the copies of Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist are alone worth the "cost" of the article.

Download these to your laptop, tablet or e-reader so you'll always have them in an emergency. (And this is why I carry a solar charger in my bug-out bag -- so I can always power my electronic library!)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mad Max: Furiosa-ly Spinning a Narrative's Wheels

A few weeks ago, the 'man-o-sphere' (a collective name for various men's rights and tangentially-related movement's websites and adversarial boogeyman to its it equally-silly-named counterpart, the fempire) erupted in a chaotic backlash after seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, saying that it was all a big distraction to preach feminism at hapless, unsuspecting men, and that MRAs everywhere were boycotting the film.

At least, that's you'd think if you looked at initial headlines from trusted and totally-not-biased source The Mary Sue.

Now, I haven't seen the movie. I'm honestly not sure if I will, unless I catch it streaming somewhere at some point. I don't often go to the cinema; these days, it takes a major ticket to get me to go. Make it a Rifftrax Live or a Marvel film, and I'm there. But I've seen maybe one Mad Max film and I honestly wasn't that impressed. So I'll pass, but not because my man-jimmies are rustled, but because I'm still fresh off of Age of Ultron and waiting for Ant-Man. I'll probably pass on Jurassic World for now, even if it is 70s-era sexist (what's up, Joss?).

The original article that started this whole mess was posted on Return of Kings, which according to the linked “About” page is less 'men's rights' and more 'Al Bundy's NO MA'AM' by way of the 'He-Man Women-Hater's club.' I get a serious Poe's Law vibe off of Return of Kings and would doubt its very veracity were it not for being familiar with too many things on the opposite/nearest end of the gender-political horseshoe. Even according to its own published work, they are fervently anti-MRA. But the three little letters, “MRA” are, as I stated earlier, an adversarial boogeyman to sites like The Mary Sue, who will conflate everyone from GamerGate to the GOP with that boogeyman in an attempt to discredit opposing – or even unrelated – viewpoints.
So The Mary Sue published their article, and then everyone from The Verge to The Daily Beast (seriously, who keeps giving Arthur Chu work?) to CNN picked it up and ran with it, not even bothering to do their own research. So that one guy on a fringe gender activist website, who hadn't even seen the movie, turned into millions of angry misogynist MRAs angrily boycotting a movie they hadn't seen... whilst simultaneously lauding a film full of half naked women getting beaten up and run over as a feminist triumph because the author of The Vagina Monologues (which, I'll have you recall, included a 'good rape' in reference to a child being molested) was brought in as a consultant. Another clear case of why TMS wins my vaunted “Intellectual Dishonesty Award.”

But, as they often do, the narrative is once again shifting. Feminist Frequency gave the movie a sound trouncing. Other sources are saying it didn't do so well on the fem-front. Jezebel published the most incomprehensible attempt at satire I've seen in my entire life.

I'm just sitting here shaking my head, shrugging my shoulders, and going 'Meh.” If you like Max, I hope you managed to enjoy the movie amidst the nonsense gender-politics war surrounding it. What is even journalism anymore? My head hurts. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Following Up on Nicki Kenyon

About 2 weeks ago I posted that fellow gunnie Nicki Kenyon needed financial assistance to help her evict two squatters (one of them a convicted child molester) from her house.  I am pleased to report that, as of this writing, Nicki is over halfway to her goal.

Nicki is all out of bubblegum. 
In order to sweeten the pot, my brother-from-another-mother Oleg Volk has announced that between May 18 and June 1, the highest contributor will get a poster print of their choice. All you need to is:

  1. Donate to the fundraiser
  2. Email Oleg with your amount and date of donation. 
  3. Indicate which photo you wish to have posterized. 
As I mentioned in my previous post, any money which Nicki does not need for legal fees or other expenses (I have a feeling the squatters are going to trash the place before they're evicted) will be donated to a charity for homeless veterans. So no matter what happens, you know it will be used for a good cause! 

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