Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Just after midnight.
It's cold out there tonight. I know this because my outdoor temperature transmitter failed, and I had to go out and change the batteries a few minutes ago.
19 degrees out. The Weather Channel said it wouldn't get that cold but they often miss their bets up here.
There's one of those Weather Underground private weather stations about six miles as the crow flies from here, but he's way down a lot lower than I am so I have my own temperature transmitter up here.
I use an ungodly number of batteries on my electronic gear here on the mountain. Smoke detectors in every building, all over the place. Radio transmitters to send a signal to me in the main house if the alarms in the outbuildings go off. Radios of all types, galore. Flashlights. Motion detectors. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I went to Home Depot last week and spent over a hundred dollars on batteries. They were having a cell on special packages of all types of these batteries that amounted to half off. I bought a lot of them. Cold weather uses them up fast in the equipment that's outside, and I have a lot of that . No help for it.
Survivor's Edge magazine (Spring 2016) is out. Nothing spectacular. More of the articles on self defense techniques in unarmed combat. I think these are a waste of time. I don't think you can learn self defense from a magazine. I sweated for many years, twice a week, with a good teacher and was never particularly good at it. Maybe because I never planned on getting caught in a situation where I'd be unarmed.
Seems to me you could learn enough from a magazine article to get killed and that's about it.
The rest of the magazine was pretty typical. There was one long "I love me" article from some guy who was in that bizarre "naked and afraid" show. I watched that once for about half an hour and gave up in horror.
Shotgun News, which as been around for many decades, is now renaming itself Firearms News and changing the number of editions per month, and it's "look." It used to be a great magazine for parts, and specialty articles on old weapons. I haven't seen the new version yet so don't know if I will like it. I doubt it.
Gunlist disappeared long ago, a victim of the Internet. But it was a good magazine, great for finding parts and specific guns you wanted. Like so many other things , it's gone now.
Incidentally, just as a footnote. I've said this before but let me reiterate it. I write about some contentious subjects and I don't expect everyone to agree with me. It's perfectly OK to say so if you do. I'll acknowledge we disagree. Because there's no facial expression, no tone of voice, no body language on the net, it's easy to sound unpleasant in such a situation. That's never my intent. So if you get a response from me and feel like I was being rude, it wasn't my intention. Word of Honor.
In the case of trolls who are just out to get my goat, I just don't ever publish their comments. But I always publish comments from people I know.