Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Morakniv HighQ

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a knife guy. I think that after the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel the knife was and is mankinds greatest tool. I'm the first person people turn to when they need a knife. 

Typically I'm a big pocket knife guy but lately I've been in the market for a new fixed blade. Why the sudden interest in a belt knife? I'm glad you asked. My wife and I have been watching Naked and Afraid lately. If you aren't familiar with the show it's in essence a survival show where two experts, a man and a woman, are dropped somewhere nasty naked with only one tool apiece. 

Now, I have no desire to try to survive for three weeks naked in the jungle but it did get me thinking. If I could only have one tool what would I take. I debated a hatchet but that seemed limited to me. Great for chopping but not so good at skinning, carving or other fine work. Likewise for a machete just even less useful for chopping down trees. Thinking back to another favorite survival show Dual Survival, luckily this one is fully clothed, I remembered Cody Lundin doing a multitude of tasks with a knife. It's a medium sized, fixed blade that he where's around his neck. 

Ok, we've settled on a knife. But what kind of knife? This is still a mental exercise by this point mind you. I turned to Cold Steel knives for ideas. Cold Steel makes excellent products at a wide variety of prices but I still couldn't pick one. Next I turned to The Truth About Knives. That's an excellent blog if you are into knives. Very informative and entertaining. One of the first posts I read was about a Mora knife. The editors of this particular blog were quickly shown to be huge fans of these knives so I figured I'd research further. A few days of reading and I had to bite and order myself one. It came in today and I'm in love. 

Now THATS a knife! 

I got it from Amazon. Ordered it on Monday and it was waiting for me when I got home today. Hurray for Amazon Prime! I immediately pulled it out and tested the edge. It slid through cardboard with minimal effort and sliced almost as well. Next I found a scrap of maple to carve on. It bit into the wood well taking off thin slices of wood with each pass. I made a few notches to see how well it went and I was very pleased. 

Since this is an all purpose knife I expect to have it on my belt in the woods quite a bit. I threw it on my belt while I took the dogs out just to see how it felt. The weight is negligible. The sheath is kind of a cheap plastic but it's designed fairly well. It clips onto a belt easily but once there it's tough to get off. It also has a clip system to attach other mora knives to the sheath. If and when I get another I'll show how that works. 

All in all I'm well pleased so far. It's a tough carbon steel. It has a nice robust spine that supposedly holds up well to batoning but I didn't get a chance to try that out. It has a scandi edge that all the reviews say takes and holds an edge well. Obviously I haven't had to sharpen it yet so we shall see. The only con I can see is that it had a rat tail instead of a full tang. According to every review I've seen that doesn't seem to affect it's performance. And all for the low price of $10. That's right. It's not much more than a meal at McDonalds. At that price I had to give it a try. Now let's hope if I'm ever stranded naked on a deserted island I have my knife with me. 

The handle fits my grip well and is slip resistant. 

That's a nice thick edge. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

B7 Re-Watch: Redemption


Where can I watch it?

Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off. Blake is busy analyzing Orac's prediction trying to find a way to prevent it. He enlists Avon's grudging help. I say grudging because systems are starting to act up on Liberator beginning with the long range sensors. Avon casually points out that the location of the ships destruction can be ascertained from the background of the video. All they have to do is never go there and everything will be A ok. Because it's just that easy. 

Remember those malfunctions? Well it's not going to be that easy. The ship has more malfunctions than a new Windows update including taking off at full speed across the galaxy. At the same time tiny hypodermic needles attack them. 

Resistance is futile. You will be inoculated. 

The alien ships manage to knockout most of the ships systems before boarding. The crew is easily incapacitated and the ship is captured. It turns out their attackers are the Liberators builders The System. At which point they take Deep Space Vehicle 1, their name for Liberator, home. 

Again with the sexual symbolism guys?

Who is the System? I'm still not completely sure honestly. We do learn that they are a highly computerized, technologically advanced race from a tiny little star system. No really. We learn that there are only three planets on their system. Now, with such limited resources we're expected to believe that they're churning out ships like Liberator. Sure. Oh, they also look like angry space pixies. 

I've got your fairy dust right here. 

They take time to interrogate, some would call it torture, members of the Blake. The rest of the crew is locked in seperate cells to contemplate their fate. Luckily Vila has magic powers and picks the lock with no tools whatsoever. 

Blake's O face. 

Blake meets a slave of the System who gives him what little information we learn about the System. He helps them escape back to Liberator and of course gets killed in the process. Hey, that's just what we do in B7. 

The system slave retirement plan is shite but the dental plan is excellent. 

Liberator blasts off but the System's ships are in hot pursuit. DSV2 is launched to pursue them and the rebel crew decides that they just can't win and might as well give up. Blake is in a tizzy trying to facilitate an escape but the crew is feeling particularly nihilistic today. 

Although honestly this chick would scare me silly too. It's the snake eyes. They mesmerize you. 

Luckily Orac saves the day by blowing up DSV2 and therefore keeping his prophecy from being invalidated. He's still a D bag however. 

Who left the oven on?

The crew makes good their escape and never again shall we hear of the system. Next up is Shadow. A story of drugs, betrayal and rebellion. 

Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed Redemption quite a lot but would have liked more out of it. I think several questions never get answered that should have been. As I've been asking, how does Zen know so much about the Federation? Who was the System fighting when Liberator was originally abandoned? What took them song to come looking for it? These are things that could have been explored better I think. Still, what we do get is a pretty good story.

Rating: 4 out of 5. 

Memorable Quote:
Vila: When you get Zen working, ask him to prescribe something for a headache, will you? I've got this shocking pain right behind the eyes.
Avon: Have you considered amputation?

Coffee of the Day:
Tully's Hawaiian Blend. Good blend. Medium roast. Not as good as the Community French Roast but a nice change of pace. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, oh lord Monday.

Well, I thought I was better. Dragged myself out of bed and off to work. Around 11:00 I turned right around and came home. It's interesting being sick as a teacher. In almost any other job you call your boss and say "hey, I'm sick". If you're a teacher, at least at my school, you call and find a sub. Then you call said boss. In today's case I had to call two supervisors, find a sub for one class, find someone to cover concession stand duty, get my power hour covered and then got to leave. 

Made it home and called AT&T back about our internet. Got off the phone with them just as the technician pulled up. Nice guy. Replaced our modem and called it good. Too bad our router needed replacing as well. Luckily my wife was up to the challenge. So while I collapsed on the couch she went to Best Buy and brought home "The Beast". 

This bad boy is awesome. Took flipping forever to get everything set up but now I'm sprawled out watching some Who. Good times all around. Needless to say no exercising, building or community band happened today. So much for 14.3

Tomorrow is the ACT. I'm supposedly a runner. Hopefully that will mean a little time to write and edit. The plan is to upload issue 2 tomorrow evening when I get home. It can't be done at school anymore. The smart filter plays havoc with Amazons KDP platform. Oddly enough though the Nook Press works swimmingly. Smashwords is right out though. Way too much smut to get through. 

On another note though Hannah and I have signed up for a Warrior Dash in Mississippi. What is a Warrior Dash? I'm glad you asked. 

Yeah, this is gonna be a blast. Going to have to double down on my training to get ready for this. Now if I can just shake this sinus infection so I can get to it. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The little Sunday that could

As you might have noticed, I'm running out of titles that are even remotely clever. Sorry guys. It was always a pretty shallow well anyway. Finally, at the wife's urgings, broke down and went to a clinic. The verdict is sinus infection. Yay! I don't remember ever getting a sinus infection until the ole nose got broken and Humpty Dumptied back together. I might be scheduling an ENT visit soon to check on that. 

So, two shots in the you know where and a laundry list of drugs later I feel blah. Just slightly less blah than I have been. Hopefully tomorrow we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Going to try to make it to work and if my body can handle it get 14.3 done at the last minute. Rich Fronning got 177 reps. I'm going for 178. Well, in my head at least. If AT&T will get our internet up and running I'm going to upload Issue 2 of By the Fire. I swear if I had other options for internet service out here I'd love to make a change. Then on to my looooong list of things to be written. 

On an aside we walked past the half finished buffet under the carport and Hannah asked how tall it was going to be. So, we did a quick measurement. Yeah, it's like ten inches shorter than the one we are replacing. I guess I'm going to have to get creative. Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Run! It's colored powder!

After a very sleepless night last night we drug ourselves out of bed at 7:00 to head to Ruston for the Color Run 5k. Sick. Exhausted. But we still did the dang thing. It was my first ever 5k and Hannah's 2nd. We manage to finish in 40 minutes. Which, considering I ran almost 100% of it with a cough drop in my mouth ain't too shabby. 

However, that wrecked us both for the rest of the day. We got home, cleaned up, and have spent the rest of the day in bed. I've lost track of all the different medicines that I've taken. We've got two cute little fur babies though who are just beside themselves though trying to make us feel better. They've been even more needy than usual. 

I am proud of us though. I could tell that all of Hannah's training is starting to pay off. The good lord did not make me a runner though. Nope. Not at all. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday. Sick day.

Yep. Took a sick day. Which I hate to do. Spent most of the day watching Videos on Demand since the internet is down. There went my plan of watching Dr. Who until I felt better. On the plus side the wife and I watched the new Veronica Mars movie without having to drive to Baton Rouge to see it. That is all. Carry on. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Go home Thursday, nobody likes you.

I woke up today feeling pretty rough. Still had a bunch of crud in my chest and the Robitussin in my system left me pretty groggy. This will be a brief blog today because being sick shut a lot of things down. 

Late. Yeah, I know. Staggered through the day more or less. I did what I hate to do and just put in a movie for my classes. It still beats calling a sub I guess. 

Managed to sit up, sorta, on a chair and monitor my classes. Finally decided to just tKe tomorrow off so I called a sub. Well, had my drum major call a sub since she knows her from church. 

Speaking of church, I had to cancel practice. I might could make it through a brief practice but I'm just not up to that drive today. Especially after dark through the backwoods with no cell service. 

Made it home and sorta puttered around the house a bit till Hannah got home. Ate. Watched the following. Normal noring stuff that everyone does amplified by feeling drained. That's my Thursday. Kind if a busy. 

Tapped out a review over breakfast. It was brief and not up to par but I felt like I needed to stay on some sort of schedule. Trying to do one a day. 

Got a little under two hundred words typed on Thorn. My output hasn't picked back up from the holidays still. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. 

Nope. Didn't happen. Could barely stand up straight much less lift heavy things. 

14.3 has been released however. It's a ladder involving Deadlifts and Box Jumps. I feel pretty good about this one. If I'm back to 100% by Sunday. 

Too busy hacking up a lung. 

Again, couldn't stand up straight. I wasn't about to play with power tools.