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the. effing. future.

I just ordered a new pair of spectacles from the internet. Plug in the prescription and go. And now, comes the improtant part. I spent 50 bucks (including shipping and a sunglass clippy bit). In the past I’d have to spend 4 hours at the shop with their limited selection and wind up spending $300.

And here’s the best part–the pair of $50 glasses I’ve been wearing for the past two years have held up much better than the junk I was spending 300 bucks on before I came to this revelation. No more having to go in the get the lenses replaced every 6 months because the high index layers were flaking off.

I don’t have a flying car, but I can order pizza and glasses off the internet. The future is still alright.


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So, uh… I kinda did a thing (techno-geek allergy alert)

Well, my old Samsung SIII has been dying for the past year, and rapidly accelerating here in the past week, giving out “Can’t find SIM card!” warnings requiring resets and generally just slogging down. So, possessing the knowledge that I was eligible for a subsidized upgrade, I hied meself down to the Verizon store, and found that the new Ultra Greatest Phone EVAHR, the Droid Turbo, had literally come into the store mere hours ahead of me–the guy had never even played with it until I asked to see it. For the price of VERY MANY Brownell’s on-sale AR lowers, I walked out with the latest bit of technogeek pocketslavey, and have been messing with it ever since.

…It’s kind of crazy that you can walk around with a quad-core-3-gig-RAM-32-gig-memory geegaw that could have gotten the astronauts to the moon with room to spare for–and correct me if I’m wrong but even if I am I think I’m not too far off–the contents of the library of congress, and 30 pounds of vinyl to boot.

While it lacks a few features I would have liked, namely removable memory and battery, it smacks the rest of my want list out of the park (decent camera, no Samsung TouchWiz UI [*spit*], and nice enough specs to last a couple years), so far past what the rest of the offerings out there currently are there was no contest–and I figure that with the memory card (that was from the old Droid X, no less) my Samsung was the same size, and I was just now about to run out of room on the card for new pictures, and no matter the amount of Technowizardry they always only seem to last 2 years anyway, so I’d probably be just fine–and if not I’ll just have to be more diligent about deleting the extraneous photos of the blurry ground I always seem to take 3 of before I get a picture worth saving.

AAAAAAAAaaaaand now that I’ve found something else to completely bore you all with, I’ll leave you with the standard FCC/FTC/FAC/FCKTL disclaimer that no, I didn’t get anything out of this, and yes, I would have been happy to have gotten something out of this, dammit, for future reference.

So, goodbye little Samsung, you served me well for two years, making me hate you nearly constantly for the past one, and I hope I never have to use you again!


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Later, Taters

I’m off to Utah for a few days to sit on a boat in some canyons and drink rum and tonic water in various combinations. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do stupid while I’m gone.  If you catch Ebola please cover your mouth when you sneeze.  Might could expect some pictures by the end of next week, but don’t count on it. The motto of Houseboat is “Start easy and then just taper off.”

Oh, also, “Happy birthday to me!”  “Thanks, me!” “Me, you’re starting to get old.” “Nonsense, the doctor told me the other day that he didn’t think you needed to get your blood screened for high cholesterol and the like until you were 30.” “Wow, me, considering the last 3 years have passed in such a blur, what makes you think the next 3 won’t?” “Stop thinking about that and just go enjoy Powell!” “Sounds like a plan.”


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Next to my bed


This is what is currently in the “being read”  pile. Not counting the couple books that were in it that were done, and so got put away before the picture.  All the airplane and tank books are out because a) I’m a plane geek and b) to look for paint schemes for Dropzone Commander, the rulebook for which can also be seen.

That’s 12 wood-pulp books and 6 magazines (and now that I think about it, there’s another couple magazines on the headboard, and we’re not even counting the bibles and devotionals and hymnal…), and who knows how many things are in the Kindle…

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New experience

I’ve never had to superglue one of my toenails back together again. Until now.


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Dazed and Amazed

Went out into the yard this morning and just sort of wandered back and forth, stunned. If I need to remind you, this is what it looked like before. I am not sure I’m going to be able to handle not having to go out and shovel and rake and pick up rocks for hours on end every day.

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This reminds me of my time as a rocket engineer intern

Yes, for those of you who weren’t around here in early 2011, I was an actual honest to goodness rocket engineer for a few weeks.

And the engine I helped ready exploded quite spectacularly.

Much like SpaceX’s Falcon 9R
just did (though ours was just on the ground in a test stand).

But the thing I remember most was that when it blew up, taking the metal building it was in with it, with debris landing a half mile away, the head engineer just sort of nodded and said “Interesting.”

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As per request, a close up of my tiny emergency/dress pants/loose thread cutting Spyderco. It’s been living mostly full time in my pocket organizer, and doesn’t get that much use, but after two or three years of that it’s still sharp enough to shave the hairs off my arm. A solid little thing, I quite like it.

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Pocket dump


Because Butch did it and I haven’t done it in a long time.



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I hate it when you start bleeding and can’t figure out what you did to cause it That’s what happens when you save small children and puppies and kittens from bear attacks.

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Slumming it

Butch writes about his favorite bottom shelf liquors, and I thought I would chime in, too. Keeping in mind that I haven’t explored the least expensive choices in general (not that I think I’m better than you or anything [heheheh]), I’ll just go for the ones that I have experience with.

Bourbon: I’ve already talked at length about Evan Williams. So there it is.

Rye: Guess I’ve never tried a cheap one (my favorite, Bulleit, shows up later on the mid level list)

Gin: For all that people pooh-pooh it, I think that New Amsterdam is just fine (especially for the price–1.5 liter for $18.99 around here!). If you want to talk more traditional, it would have to be Gordon’s. My personal philosophy is that (even though I have more expensive fancy types than any other spirit) gin was first made prominent by being mixed up in the bathtub, so anything you can get these days will be at least top-notch quality compared to history.

Scotch: Um, so far no.

Irish Whiskey: Are there bottom shelf choices? All I know about is Jameson and Bushnells, neither of which are that cheap.

Canadian Whiskey: Another “Nope.”

Brandy: I’d agree with E&J, sure, though truthfully it’s the only cheap choice I’ve tried.

Apple Brandy: Love me some Laird.

Wine: Bottles? What is this nonsense? If it doesn’t come in a cardboard box you need to get down off your high horse and take off your fancy pants.

Beer: I’m a home brewer, ok? I’m ok with being a hypocrite after talking wine, to say that I can stand to use the occasional MGD in chili or beer-butt chicken, but spare me from cheap American beer otherwise. Now, if we’re talkin’ Belikin, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. Otherwise, I live in a town with [counts on fingers] 5 (I think) microbreweries, and a state with, like, 60–so drinking cheap beer is just a sad reason to not try something new and interesting. Also, the punctuation used in the previous sentence is totally kosher with English Majors mmmhmmm.

Hard Cider: I get mine for free from my friend who makes it from local apples in exchange for homebrews. Can’t beat that.

Cocktail Mixers: PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (I’m even moving away from storebought tonic for crying out loud, so don’t even start on that green artificial stuff for… ugh… “margaritas.”)

Vermouth: Agree with the Martini & Rossi.

Beer for beer-butt chicken: I know I talked about this already, but you should try it with a Coke. Just sayin’.

Butch’s list has several things that I now want to try, and I hope I fulfilled the spirit of his post even though I admit that I head to the middle shelves much more often than my wallet thinks I should. What about you? Got any recommendations for the cheap stuff? We’ll go to the next notch up on a later post, howabout.

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And… drumroll… 4000!!!!!!

Hello, this is you captain speaking, letting you know that this is post number 4,000 on this weblog. This post contains no content, much like at least 3,900 of the other posts on this weblog. If you look to your left you will see an archive of said posts, as well as a collection of categories. To your right you can see a list of other webloggers who have much more interesting things to say than me. Thank you for wasting your time with DEADMANDANCE blogways, we hope to serve you again the next time you are looking for weird music videos or dog pictures, with the occasional bit of gunnuttery.


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Mini tuff lite


Banana for scale

I bought it for one simple reason: it’s lime green. Seems to be a well made little thing, though, locks up much tighter than some of my other knives of similar cost. The edge it came with is easily sharp enough to shave the hair off the back of my hand. Closing the blade, the lock mechanism give a nice little spring assist. Oh, and did I mention that’s it’s lime green?


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Since I was on a roll getting the bearing replaced (or paying my uncle to replace it, anyway) I did something else that’s been needing done–oil change.  12700 miles since the last one…  yeah, that’s definitely a failing on my part. You know those stories you read about the guy whose truck has a million miles on it, and he says “regular maintenance” is how he does it? Yeah, that’s not me.  Though this Ford is a serious trooper, in the forty thousand miles I’ve put on it, I think I’ve had to spend about half as much as I ever had to on the jeep, with similar mileage.  I just did a Prime subscribe and save for oil and filters, maybe that’ll keep me honest.

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