The watchmen, released in 2009 is a superhero movie of such epic proportions it is somewhat difficult to describe. Is it a love story, maybe a war story, vigilante story, underdog story, or maybe all of them?
There are so many parallel plots going that there is no lack of action or lack story. The Watchmen is not just one story, or two stories,,, but a bunch of stories all rolled into a beautiful mess.
While browsing through youtube I found this video and wanted to share it with all of you. It is beautiful, elegant, moving and a work of art.
While walking along a creek taking stock pictures for a Thrunite flashlight review I heard leaves rustling behind me. I turned around and saw a snake slithering down the bank and into the creek.
Upon reaching the water the snake stopped and was looking straight at me. I have heard that the water moccasin (cotton mouth) can be aggressive. I do not know if this is true. Most of the cotton mouths I have came across where happy to slither away, or they coiled up and stayed still.
There was a dried vine hanging close to my head. I reached up and snapped off a piece of the vine that was about 2 feet long. The snake started to slither towards me, so I stepped into the middle of the creek where the water was running at a faster pace than close to the bank. The snake continued along the edge of the bank and went into a clump of roots that were in the water.
I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It appeared that I may have spooked the snake and it just wanted to get back to its home, and I was between the snake and where it wanted to go.
Looking at the snake for a few seconds I realized it was a water snake and not a cotton mouth water moccasin. The head was not that of a water moccasin and the body was much smaller. This snake had a narrow head and slim body. The water moccasin has a well defined triangle shaped head and thick body.
Honestly I do not care what kind of snake it is. It can go on its merry little way and leave me alone.
A buddy of mine has been talking about getting into blacksmithing. This got me to thinking, why not get into it myself?
I have a poor mans anvil that has been laying around the farm. Awhile back a large hickory tree and large pin oak fell on the back of the property. I have the anvil and I have something solid to build the anvil stand out of, sections of a tree trunk. All I need to do now is put everything together and pick a few odds and ends.
While looking through youtube I came across this video that discusses in great detail what is needed to get into blacksmithing. I like that the person making the video is not recommending top of the line tools. Obtain what is needed to get started on the path to blacksmithing and go from there.
Three blacksmith essentials:
Anvil, or something hard to work the steel.
The video discusses in great detail different types of forges, different types of anvils, such as the London pattern and the European style anvil.
This type of video is exactly what I was looking for to help on my future blacksmithing endeavors.
First thing that is mentioned is magazine fit. My WASR-10 can be rather picky when it comes to magazines. Some are loose while others are rather tight. When I bought some Korean 20 round AK magazines the fit was tight until they had a few rounds put through them and the finish started to wear.
Make sure the rivets and pins are uniform.
Look at the front sight if it is “canted”, which means the front sight may be leaning to one side or the other. My WASR-10 has a slight cant on the front sight. I did not know to look at the rifle to make sure the sight was aligned with the barrel. I figured the person assembling the rifle would take a little pride in their work and make sure the front sight was on straight.
The video talks about several other things to look for before you buy. Be sure to subscribe to the AK operators youtube channel.
Very nice video about a guy who finds a piece of steel at a local scrap yard. The piece looks to be around 3 inches thick and the guy says it is 27 1/2 inches long.
What makes the video so interesting is how he builds a wood base and frame around the piece of steel. He starts out with some 2x6s and a rubber pad. He builds a base made out of wood, puts the rubber pad under the piece of steel, then builds a wooden frame. By the end of the video he has a very nice setup with slots to hold his hammers.
What I would have liked to see is a frame that could be left outdoors, such as in a polebarn. Not everyone has a nice enclosed shop to work in. Some people may have their farm supplies in a simple barn with a dirt floor.
Every culture in the world has developed it’s own form of music. This is the one thing in all of humanity that just about all of us can relate to. Music taste varies from person to person and culture to culture.
One that that I enjoy is hearing music that crosses the cultural boundary. Music that was written in one nation, is sung and enjoyed by people in another nation.
Couple of things about this video I love – 1. The guy in the boat making his way to shore and then joining the band. 2. The lead singers hat. Where can I find a hat like that?
Sometimes a song comes along that sticks in my head. One such some is The Mummers’ Dance by Loreena McKennitt.
Music is the essence of what makes us human. Every civilization developed music in some shape, form or manner.
Lyrics start out:
When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair
Songs about nature hold a special place in my heart. I like metal, heavy metal and industrial metal, but songs like The Mummers Dance have a special meaning. Our modern lives have displaced humanity from where we belong, and that is with nature. We are not meant to live in cities or in neighborhoods crammed next to each other.
Another example of The Mummers Dance. This video sticks with me as it shows a lot of stuff I relate to – living close to nature, beautiful women, family, and living in peace.
Have you ever asked yourself if the major news outlets are telling you the truth and the whole truth? Or, maybe, just maybe the major media outlets are pushing an agenda. One example is when CNN was caught censoring the news.
Ask yourself, did you remember hearing about a bus being firebombed in Paris?
Some kind of barricade, which looks like trash dumpsters, are positioned in the street so that traffic is blocked.
A fire is set on the right hand side of the bus, then there is an explosion.
Reports say everyone made it off the bus.
Terrorism has been denied by local police. Do we “really” expect the police to say anything different? Who wants to admit France is being overran terrorist?
This is the arrest of Arrest of Floyd Lee Jammer, Jr by the Sweeny Police Department in Sweeny, Texas. Video is from bodycam footage.
Why is it so difficult to conduct oneself properly when talking to the police? Do not call your dog on the police, do not act aggressive, do not curse the police. Do as the police officers ask, answer with yes sir, no sir, yes maam, no maam, and everything will be fine.
Regardless of what you think of the police they have a job to do. Society can not function without “someone” to keep the peace and enforce the law.
What are you thoughts on the situation? Share your comments.
Wouldn’t it be something is life, or signs of life was found on Mars? Something to prove we are not alone.
The video shows “something” that was pictured on Mars. Whether or not it shows evidence of past life I do not know.
Watch the video, make up your own mind and go from there. If you think the video shows some kind of evidence for past life be sure to share your comments below.
Personally, I think it is just a matter of time before we find “something” on the red planet. What that “something” is will be decided at a later date. It would be nice if NASA found some kind of evidence of past life.
When I first heard this song streaming on I heart radio I instantly fell in love with it. Disturbed, a rock and roll band known for heavy metal songs such as “bodies hit the floor” made a song that touches the soul
Disturbed should make more songs like this. Maybe an album like what Metallica did with their symphony and metal (S&M) album?
There is no doubt Disturbed is a great band. I just feel their earlier works seemed like they were trying too hard to make a product people might like, rather than art.
Over the past few decades music has moved from artist to performers. Todays groups and singers are performers designed to generate revenue, rather than making art. Music is art but. Art will be remembered long after money has lost its glitter.
On June 26, 2014 Vice posted a video on youtube about the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Little did we know the outbreak was going to get much worse. It is kinda scary that in just six or so weeks the Ebola outbreak went from barley making the news to getting worldwide attention.
There are a several important points in this video:
1. As the population of Africa expands into jungle, the indigenous people will be exposed to viral infections never seen before.
2. We share around 99% of our DNA with primates. When humans keep primates as pets and eat meat from primates, there is an increased risk of exposure.
3. With modern transportation Ebola and other diseases are just a plane ride away from the rest of the world.
For those of you old enough to remember Money for nothing by Dire Straits, here is a version singing about spreading the wealth and obamacare.
In short, while people were busy watching TV the nation was stole from under our noses.
What are we going to tell our kids and grandkids when they ask why they have to buy healthcare when other first world nations get healthcare supplemented by taxation.
Future generations will think of us like we think about our great great grandparents. What the hell were they thinking when the income tax passed? What the hell were we thinking when mandatory buying health insurance was passed?