Monday, June 14, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 157: Whole Lotta Geekin' Goin' On


In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the recent Federal Court ruling on California's Assault Weapon Ban by judge Roger Benitez, as well as the ATF's proposed reclassification of pistols with stabilizing braces;
  • Xander brings us his Independent Thoughts on Gun Geekery and how it's perceived by less experienced people;
  • David gives us a deep dive on the history of the striker-fired pistol;
  • and Weer'd sits down with Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons again, this time to talk about the origins of his company Headstamp Publishing.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

OBS-PP in Edge Media

I was interviewed by Finbarr Toesland of Edge Media last month about, in his words,  "LGBTQ gun groups growing in the face of escalating threats and bigotry." We had a long and productive conversation, and this article is the result. 

It's annoying that firearm prohibitionist group GAG got the top picture, but the article immediately delves into the pro-gun side of things, which is both unusual and a pleasant change of pace. 

It's also refreshing to see that queer gun ownership is beginning to be seen as valid and part of the mainstream, and no longer some weird fringe position held only by a few.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

My Toons, Let Me Show You Them: Suffolk Punch

 It's been a long time since I last talked about City of Heroes. Now that the "renegade" servers are public and are (apparently, hopefully) in no danger of being shut down, and now that I've gotten back into playing CoH in my copious free time [/sarc], I figured I'd share some more of my character creations with you dear readers. 

I'm going to start off with something that is so very, very me: a character that is essentially one big My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic reference. 

This is the Mysterious Mare Do Well from the episode of the same name. The costume is very much of two-fisted (two-hooved?) pulp style of The Shadow, and I was curious if the versatile CoH character creator could do a credible anthropomorphization thereof. 

The answer is "Yes, and quite a good one too."

You could say that the resemblance is downright... re-mare-kable. 

But just having an MMDW tribute toon wasn't enough, because I wanted an explanation for why she was human, and I wanted a good punny name, and I wanted a pony reference without just straight-up copying the character. So I named this character Suffolk Punch. 

The Suffolk Horse, also historically known as the Suffolk Punch or Suffolk Sorrel, is an English breed of draught horse. The first part of the name is from the county of Suffolk in East Anglia, and the word "Punch" is an old English word for a short stout person. It is a heavy draught horse which is always chestnut in colour, traditionally spelled "chesnut". Suffolk Punches are known as good doers, and tend to have energetic gaits. -- Wikipedia

Since Mare Do Well got her physique from Applejack, I knew I wanted a punchy-kicky type of character, so I picked "Street Justice" as a primary and let me tell you, she kicks like a horse. (Heyooo!) I chose Super Reflexes as her secondary because it was the closest representation to Pinkie Sense that I could find (plus the power icons for SR are pink, so it fits). I also made her a Brute, for reasons I'm not entirely clear on; I just feel like it better captures the character, both as the embodiment of Applejack's physique and as a two-fisted pulp brawler. 

 So using AJ as a base and an English name, you can guess where this is going. Here's her in-game bio:

(Translated from the thickest, most incomprehensible English country accent ever heard):
Nae, it's na Suffolk, it's SUCKER! Sucker Punch! Look, Oi lives on a farm wiv me Granny Kidney, me big bruvver Falcon and me li'l sister Rabbit. Wha koinda punch issa Suffolk? It makes nae bleedin' sense!
Ye've already entered th' name in th' registry? Well bleedin' CHANGE  IT, then! 
What d'ye mean "Oi can't change it?" 
Bloody bureaucrats. Foine. I'll be "Suffolk" Punch, then, an' Oi'll Suf-folk yer roight up if yeh cross me agi'n.  

I regret nothing!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Streets of Fire

Through an odd confluence of events I don't understand (perhaps the dread algorithm in play?), lots of people on Facebook are suddenly talking about Streets of Fire, the 1984 cult classic which spawned a hit song even though the movie itself wasn't very successful at the time. 

Streets of Fire is a very odd film, which is probably why it isn't more widely known. It's a very 1980s film, a sort-of-but-not-quite rock opera, but it's set in an era that could be anywhere between the late 40s and early 60s. It's a period piece without a discernable period, at least to my eyes. A friend of mine called it "a western set in the rust belt", but I disagree; I would summarize the plot as "The Little Soldier Boy and the Leader of the Pack fight for the heart of the Homecoming Queen." 

It also stars a shockingly young-looking Willem Dafoe, which is curious since he was also in 1986's Platoon where he managed to look a decade older. 

But for me, the most interesting thing about Streets of Fire is that one of its songs -- and in my opinion, the best song of the whole movie -- is Nowhere Fast, as lip-synced by Diane Lane.


Also, if you're a fan of 1980s anime you can see how it inspired parts of Bubblegum Crisis. Priss and the Replicants are a Japanese cyberpunk Ellen Aim and the Attackers, and you can definitely hear how 1984's Something Fast inspired & influenced 1987's Konya wa Hurricane

I don't really have any great point to make, other than that I like both songs and it's neat to see the link between them. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 156: The Oblate Spheroid Table


In This Episode

Erin and Weer’d are joined by Oddball, David, Xander, and Adrian for a Round Table episode where we discuss:

  • Being a good ambassador for the Second Amendment;
  • David Chipman's Senate hearing for ATF Director;
  • Several recent shootings;
  • A story where an armed teacher saved the day;
  • Ian McCollum's wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign for his book Pistols of the Warlords;
  • And of course the usual unscripted shenanigans!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I'm Doing My Part

I don't know about you, but I mailed my two Senators along with Minority Leader McConnell urging them not to confirm David Chipman as ATF Director. 

In addition to printing out the OBS-PP press release, I wrote this message on every letter:

I also enclosed two business cards per envelop. Ideally, the Senators will keep one and pass the other to someone on the Hill who may be interested in learning more about us. I don't know what the chances of that are, but I had to try. 

If you haven't contacted your Senators, there's still time! Contact details are here

Monday, May 31, 2021

Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 155: A Whole Lotta News


In This Episode
  • Erin and Weer’d discuss a bunch of news stories:
    • Leo Prinsloo, the driver of South African dashcam fame, gives his account of the harrowing attack on his transport vehicle;
    • Texas gets Constitutional Carry;
    • March For Our Lives activists cry some more as the media has topped giving them attention;
    • the Congressional hearing for anti-gun lobbyist David Chipman as ATF Director has been scheduled;
    • and we review an attempted spree killing that was stopped by a good man with a gun.
  • Next, Xander brings us his Independent thoughts on the Mark McCloskey campaign video;
  • and finally, Weer'd interviews Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons and Headstamp Publishing about his latest book, Pistols of the Warlords.

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