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Sat, Jun. 11th, 2016, 11:29 pm
Baby Gremlin

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Photo from 2007.

Thu, Jun. 9th, 2016, 10:20 pm
More deadbeats?

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On April 11, I sent an invoice to one of my client companies. On May 5, I got a text message promising payment the following week. Since then, I’ve heard nothing from anyone in that company. They are not returning emails or phone calls. They have a history of not paying their employees: last year, at least two of their past employees sued them for non-payment.

I think I will give them another week, then publish all details here. They will be in great company with the other deadbeat mentioned earlier. When I get paid by a client, I try to provide their money’s worth. If the amount is negative, then the worth of my work should be negative as well. I also wouldn’t want others to invest time and resources into working with them in the future.

I am quite puzzled at the willingness of serious businesses to risk their reputation and employee relations in this manner. Neither denies that they owe me, but they aren’t paying. I am only holding off on the details because there may be an innocent explanation for the delay in payment and the cessation of communications in the case of the second client. The first one is in a tailspin, and I suspect the brand isn’t going to be around for long. By a strange coincidence, both companies have the same specialization.

Wed, Jun. 8th, 2016, 12:07 pm
“You can’t post this because it has a blocked link”

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Just got this message while inside Facebook chat. This was the image they blocked. With that, FB just got a little too creepy and nanny statist for me. So, a request for my friends: please use other means of reaching me (preferably, email) instead of Facebook chat. I am going to try to find other venues for interaction that aren’t quite as heavily censored.

Sun, Jun. 5th, 2016, 03:02 pm
Canon problem: help me figure out what’s wrong!

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Taken at 1/200s f3.5 with 70-200/2.8 II lens on 50MP 5DS R body. Images stabilization on in handheld mode.

Taken at 1/200s f3.5 with 70-200/2.8 II lens (actual focal length 105mm) on 50MP 5DS R body. Images stabilization on in handheld mode. Same problem shows up with 1/640s exposure or with studio flash.

I have no idea what’s wrong. All other lenses work fine on 5DS R body. The lens in question works fine on 5Dmk2 and Sony A7R bodies. But the two aren’t working on combination. Camera firmware is up to date. Canon Professional Services have no guesses. The combination as it is now is useless for any purpose.

Sun, Jun. 5th, 2016, 02:42 pm
Texture library update

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More free textures for designers…

Larger files are available on request.

Fri, Jun. 3rd, 2016, 07:35 pm
Interview with me from SHOT Show 2016

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All4Shooters just posted the video of my interview from SHOT range day. The accompanying article is also available in Italian.

Wed, Jun. 1st, 2016, 11:39 pm
Here comes trouble

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I wonder where Hobbes is…

Wed, Jun. 1st, 2016, 11:34 pm
Utah snapshots

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Select fire 9mm carbine from JP Enterprises, with the new AmTac reflex suppressor and Vortex red dot.

Desert Tech Covert .308 rifle with their suppressor and US Optics 5-25x scope. Just the combination for ringing steel at long range with ease and consistency.

In Tennessee, 200 yards is often beyond line of sight. In Utah, 500 just barely gets you out of the driveway. I can see why faster, flatter shooting rounds are so popular there.

Wed, Jun. 1st, 2016, 09:24 pm
Who can help with my computer?

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I have a new USB controller. I do not feel confident digging inside my rather complicated workstation. Is anyone competent to help me with the upgrade available in Hermitage, TN this Thursday or Friday? I’d rather not drag the tower to a repair shop.

Tue, May. 24th, 2016, 11:27 am
A familiar face in print

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Found Alexis in a Gemtech ad on the pages of American Shooting Journal:

Tue, May. 17th, 2016, 12:17 am
If you shoot 5.7x28mm ammunition

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Take a look at RR Weapon Systems 5.7 loads, especially R37X (0.66″ mushrooms on the right). Loaded to full power (2680fps from 16″ AR57 barrel), accurate for the caliber (2MOA), and good terminal performer (penetrates 12″ of gel).

Tue, May. 17th, 2016, 12:11 am
Hush, Daddy!

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Sun, May. 15th, 2016, 11:32 pm
Glock 41 Longslide review: new on AllOutdoor

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Accurate, comfortable, potent.

Sat, May. 14th, 2016, 01:44 pm
7.62 Tokarev for hobbits

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25NAA cartridges on the left, 32NAA on the right.

Fri, May. 13th, 2016, 06:39 pm
Keystone 722 Varmint first shots

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This rifle is incredible. At 25 yards, all shots with CCI Green Tag or Aguila match land on top of each other with minimal effort on my part. I did upgrade the scope to get adjustable parallax at 25. Typically, I disdain 1″ tubes, but this 6-24x Weaver on low Warne rings is as spectacular as the rifle. Clear, with great eye box and clean, sharp reticle. Of the three models (Sporter, Classic, Varmint), the Varmint is the one to get. Great balance, superb barrel.

Photos of the targets and the rifle with the new scope coming soon. The picture above shows bundled 3-9x Simmons optic, decent but less luxurious and on higher rings than the Weaver.

 

Thu, May. 12th, 2016, 11:02 pm
Rimfire rifles, big and small

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Ruger 10-22 Takedown with NC Star Octagon 1.1-4x scope.

Keystone 722 Varmint with the bundled Simmons 3-9x scope. A very extensive article on the various 722 models is coming out at American Shooting Journal this summer. Rimfire Central folks are liking it.

Wed, May. 11th, 2016, 08:24 am
Third issue of TheSear is up

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With my article Winning Hearts and Minds in it.

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