Monday, March 19, 2012

*twitch, twitch*

In a comment to the previous post, Gentle Reader Le Conteur posted a link to the following YouTube video:



Two words immediately come to mind after watching that video: Do. Want.

I have no idea why I would want a Siamese-twinned M1911 ... but I do.

Has anyone actually got to coon-finger one of these things yet?

Little bit of looking around and I found the web-site of Arsenal Firearms here.

Interesting little company. Should be fun to see what they come up with next.

LawDog

Monday, March 05, 2012

Oh, god, please don't suck

I am a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- well, pulp novels, in general -- but Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of my favourites.

I will freely admit that Edgar Rice Burroughs did not write High Literature. His work is pulp fiction, and rather proud of it, but while some High Literature has lost its' allure for me over time, I can pick up a Burroughs book and be just as enthralled today as I was the first time.

While Tarzan may be Burrough's most popular hero, I've always been partial to John Carter of Mars. While the derring-do is a plus, it is the ruined palaces, dried sea-beds, the fliers, the magnificent city of Helium, all that and more that really hold a special place in my heart.

I am apparently not the only one -- many of the scientists, engineers and others in the NASA space program could quote the Barsoom books; and Carl Sagan kept a map of Burroughs' Mars on the wall of his office at Cornell.

Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Alan Dean Foster, and Arthur C. Clarke are all fans, as well as many more authors who have -- some overtly, some not so much -- referenced Barsoom in other works of fiction.

Now I learn that Disney (oh, god) is releasing a movie (probably very loosely) based on "A Princess of Mars", said movie to be out this coming week.

Please, please, please, don't let it suck.

LawDog

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WHY?!

The last couple of days that I've posted, I've noticed that something's been a wee bit odd.

The LawDog Files has used the heavy blue italic font from Day One. I might even go so far as to opine that the blue italic font is a signature.

How-some-ever, the lat couple of times when I post, the font comes up heavy and italic, but in a most unbecoming shade of charcoal grey. This has forced me to go back to an old post, click over to the HTML editor and search through the confusing HTML stuff until I found the code for the proper shade of blue.

A large amount of trial and error there, I'm here to tell you. More error than trial, I fear.

Today, when I logged-on, I was greeted with: "Try The Updated Blogger Interface!"

Seems that Blogger has decided -- yet again -- to dink around with how we post stuff.

*sigh*

Mindful of the recent drubbing I have taken over the whole smart-phone issue, I decided that while I would not whole-heartedly Embrace Progress, that I should perhaps give it a bit of a go.

Yeah. It sucks.

This shade of blue isn't an option, and when you choose the shade of Disney Blue that Blogger now offers, instead of putting the letters directly on the page (so to speak), it embeds the blue letters in a faint peach-coloured stripe.

Ah,well, sayeth I, I'll just cut an paste the HTML code from an old post.

Hah!

Apparently when you input "rgb(0, 0, 153)" into the new interface, it changes it to "color: #000099" -- and it isn't the same colour.

Snarl.

Why? Why dink around with something that was working? What is this perverse need that people have to take something that was working perfectly well, and "fix" it?

LawDog