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    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Reboot Firefly

    There's some buzz on twitter and facebook and various blogs about Nathan Fillian's (probably throw-away) comment about wishing he could buy the rights to Firefly and start it up again on his own.
     
    The perfect opportunity for synergy would be to get Bill Whittle's Declaration Entertainment involved. This is precisely the kind of subversive program we all instinctively love. (And you could throw a few bucks their way to jumpstart the process.)


    Join me in getting Bill's attention here: Reboot Firefly

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Risk Management

    I continually train myself. I find opportunities to learn new stuff as I am able, even when it's not directly applicable to my current job.
     
    In aid of this, I've been reading this:
     
     
    I'm going to quote a bit and paraphrase a bit and mixc it all up:
     
    Hazard is the seriousness of a risk from a technical perspective. Outrage is the seriousness of a risk in non-technical terms (in terms of how people respond to the risk).
    Experts view risk in terms of hazard. Unprepared people view it in terms of outrage. This latter doesn't produce a single positive result, and until you can get beyond that stage, you will be subject to greater (objective) harm when something unexpected or undesirable happens.
     
    Get over your outrage at the unfairness of the universe. It doesn't pay to anthropomorphize and rail against injustice (including conspiracy theories). But fortune does favour the prepared mind. Taking responsibility for your own reaction to external events, especially before they happen, makes you stronger.

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    My Letter to the BATFE0-I-E-I-O

    I understand you are studying a ruling on sporting purposes for shotguns.

    I believe it is very important to interpret this ruling very widely, to include any sport, organized or unorganized that individuals may lawfully engage in. "Plinking" is a sport every bit as much as frisbee golf or any other activity that people may engage in for fun, education, exercise, enjoyment of nature and being outside. Competitive shooting very CLEARLY meets the definition of sport, in that it is organized competition, but many forms of practice lead into organized competition, and any chance for the sport to develop is crippled if the unorganized and private practice thereof is restricted.

    To this end, I believe it is vitally important to include semi-automatic shotguns with potentially uncommon configurations and variations in the definition of sporting shotguns.

    Make sure you express yourself as well: shotgunstudy@atf.gov

    H/T to Snowflakes in Hell.