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Monday, March 25, 2019

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 047: Honestly Bad For You


In This Episode:
  • Erin and Weer’d are obligated to talk about the recent mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand;
  • Weer'd Brings us a fisk of Dr. Joseph Sakran as he testifies in favor of universal background checks before the US House of Representatives;
  • Oddball invites his wife to tell a story on why she holds a grudge against CRKT knives;
  • and Steve tells us about trap and blind lines, and how a Private Investigator might use them.
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Show Notes

Main Topic
Weer’d Audio Fisk
Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Friday, March 22, 2019

Unknown Armies Episode 4


This episode is greatly abbreviated, due to my players wanting a light session involving role-playing and talking about goals instead of adventuring (which I was more than happy to give them, considering I haven't had a lot of free time due to my increased workload from mom's surgery) and then having one of those players leave after 45 minutes to go see a movie (harrumph!).
    So settle back and listen to the characters introduce themselves and their backstories:
    • Nick Sisu, old-fashioned gent and survivor of a supernatural attack;
    • Eion (pronounced Owen) Mahoney, former Marine who's well on his way to becoming a hardened sociopath;
    • Adrestia Pruitt, adrenaline junkie trauma nurse with a secret;
    • and Mildred Opp -- Milly to friends, "Dred" to her students -- a middle-school teacher whose goal is KNOW ALL THE THINGS and who claims to have built the Library of Alexandria.. in a past life? in an alternate reality? The details are vague. 



    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 046: Happy Birthday, Erin!


    In This Episode:
    • Erin and Weer’d discuss assorted gun rights news;
    • Weer'd brings us part two of his fisking of Dr. Jeffery Swanson and his love of red flag laws;
    • and Erin interviews Tony Simon, the founder of the Diversity Shoot.
    Listen to the episode here.

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    Show Notes

    Main Topic

    Weer’d Audio Fisk

    Tony Simon
    Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

    Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Making Sense of Star Trek

    So I've been thinking about Star Trek recently. It's actually something I do a lot, despite the fact I don't talk about it much, and the reason I don't talk about it a lot is because while I can enjoy the series for what it is, there's still a part of my brain that wants to make it into a role-playing game.

    And I'm sure some of you are wondering Well, what's the problem with that, Erin? There have been many role-playing games set in the Star Trek universe. Just use one of those. Except the problem with that suggestion is that when you start digging into it -- as a GM must do in order to make a setting into a role-playing game -- there are things about it which make no sense whatsoever.

    No, I don't mean the things you're expecting, like all the anachronisms or the technology that's basically miraculous. I'm not even talking about the numerous discontinuities within the setting (although that's something else I'd have to eventually deal with).

    No, in this case I'm talking about starship design. Look at the various Federation designs since Next Generation came out. Why are some sleek and some squat? Why do some ships have warp nacelles that rise up from the engineering hull, and why do some have nacelles that curve down?

    Why even build the Galaxy class when the Nebula class has 90% of its capability plus a configurable mission pod plus a much smaller cross-section (a definite advantage in combat)?


    http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/nebula.htm

    And don't even get me started on Trek's ship classification system wherein they apparently think that a frigate (traditionally smaller than a destroyer) is second in size only to a cruiser.

    This is the kind of thing which bothers me when I'm trying to sleep.

    And then, I re-discovered Prelude to Axanar. I'd seen it before, of course, and was awed at how amazing it was in terms of writing and special effects. But when I saw it again, I noticed something else which floored me: the ships made sense. 

    If you haven't seen it yet, you must. Clear 21 minutes from your calendar and watch this masterpiece fictional documentary.




    If you don't have the time or desire, then just watch this clip of absolutely gorgeous ships fighting each other.



    I have a bunch of thoughts trying to get out all at once, and I'll try to make sense of them for you.

    First, you need to understand that Gene Roddenberry is a World War 2 veteran. He flew in the Air Force (the Army Air Corps at the time), which partly explains why there are so many officers onboard Federation ships and not many enlisted. His understanding of the Navy also seems rooted in that area, and it carried over into Star Trek.

    For example, the warp nacelles. They are ostensibly mounted on struts because they are dangerously radioactive and they might need to be ejected. However, this makes no sense to anyone who knows that there's an antimatter reactor at the heart of all Starfleet ships and no one seems to give two flips about how dangerous, explosive, and radioactive that obviously is...

    ... except hold up one minute. The whole antimatter core is fully a product of the motion picture series and later TV shows. In the original 1966-1969 series there was no reference to any reactor at all! Dilithium crystals, yes, and they were somehow necessary for powering the ship, but it wasn't explained. It was all very vague. In fact, if you look at the engineering room in TOS it almost looks like that nacelles are the reactors, feeding down to engineering to distribute power across the rest of the ship.

    http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=142

    Once you realize that Roddenberry has simply extrapolated 1940s and 1950s technology into space, suddenly things make more sense. For example, the nacelles are quite obviously boilers, machines which power the ship and everything else on board. Without it, a ship cannot move, fire, or do anything else.



    Boilers are also hot and dangerous, which explains why Roddenberry would want them kept away from the crew. And of course, the more boilers you have, the faster and more powerful the ship is, which means that more nacelles mean a beefier ship and therefore fewer nacelles mean a weaker one. Some of you no doubt recall the old one-nacelle Saladin class ship from Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual and others the Larson class from the old FASA Star Trek RPG as examples of ships both smaller and weaker than the Enterprise, but if you want something more canonical, how about the TNG-era Freedom class or the alternate timeline USS Kelvin? And in the opposite direction, we have the four-nacelled Cheyanne, Constellation and Prometheus ships.

    How does this all tie in with Prelude to Axanar? This article is already getting long, so I'll save that explanation for next time, but here's a teaser:

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    Official Operation Blazing Sword - Pink Pistols statement on the New Zealand mosque terror attack














    Do not allow yourself to be programmed by the perpetrator's attempts to influence your thinking. 

    His entire intent was to do just that in the most brutal and horrific way possible. Extreme acts get past our mental filters and allow whatever those acts carry to get into our minds. This was an attempt to project an image upon the walls of our psyches, to overshadow our thinking and to instill his own agenda into our brains.

    Deny him this.

    If you allow his acts of brutality to turn you against your fellows, to lash out at YouTubers, to try to enact laws depriving others of their rights, to vilify in any way people who were not there and had no part in the horror show of this man's acts, then you serve the deeper purposes of that murdering lunatic and you should be ashamed.

    Deny him this.

    Instead, think upon the people who were brutally murdered by this sick individual, murdered so that he could force his memetic poison into your brains and cause you to take it up and transmit it onward.

    Deny him this by thinking with compassion for those whose lives came to an untimely end, and the loved ones they leave behind. Cast aside his viral program of division, hate, and evil, and instead reach out with love to those who survived.

    Remember Christchurch.

    Do not be manipulated by Christchurch.

    Act with compassion.

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    ACP Episode 045: .45 ACP


    In This Episode:
    • Erin and Weer’d talk about Massachusetts state police abuse of seized firearms;
    • Weer'd fisks Dr. Jeff Swanson and his endorsement of Red Flag Laws;
    • Oddball discusses the advantages and drawbacks of karambit knives;
    • and David details malfunctions related to firearm function and how to correct them.
    Listen to the episode here.

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    Show Notes

    Main Topic
    Weer’d Audio Fisk
    Oddball’s Corner Pocket
    Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

    Unknown Armies Episode 3


    This episode has a few potential titles:
    • Infodump
    • Wandering Jude
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Just Because It Isn't Illegal or Immoral Doesn't Mean It's Not Some Freaky Shit

    Unlike last week, this episode is a self-contained adventure. Episode 4 will be in 2 weeks (I'm trading weeks with my Pathfinder GM who is dealing with family issues).



    Monday, March 4, 2019

    ACP Episode 044: Beware of Squib Loads


    In This Episode:
    • Erin and Weer’d talk about LibertyCon and their short-notice change in venue;
    • David continues his series on firearms cleaning and maintenance, this time explaining various ammunition malfunctions;
    • Oddball gives us his observations on the Benchmade knife debacle;
    • and in the name of bipartisanship, Weer'd brings us a fisk of Republican and former Ohio governor John Kasich in an anti-gun CNN interview

    Listen to the episode here.

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    Show Notes

    Main Topic
    Gun Lovers and Other Strangers
    Weer’d Audio Fisk

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