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I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Old Stuff

I blew off the Pima 3-Gun yesterday to catch up on my beauty sleep. It didn't help. I went through some DV tapes and found some match footage from last year that hadn't been captured yet. That ought to put some gunnyness back in the Blog!



And here's a longer one from the Cactus Match.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Camerageekery

So Cool. Click the link or pic.

H/t to Mario.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

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Got a better caption or photoshop for this unsourced pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL. You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even your home-made sunscreen concoction.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday p.m.

WINNER!

Rodney Dill of Outside the Beltway wins with:
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Other Contests:

Blogs4Bauer
Family Security Matters
Military Times
Outside the Beltway
RT's Ponderings
V the K
Wizbang

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

May 2010 Cactus 3-Gun



Even with Big Thumper, Jon placed 2nd in Carbine!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Cactus 3-Gun

Here are the stages as designed for the May Cactus 3-Gun Fun Match tomorrow. Hope to see y'all there!

Spin Control (Pistol)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 12
TARGETS: Ten (10) Texas Star plates, Two (2) USPSA Pepper Poppers
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing normal ready in Box A.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, draw and engage P1 through P12. All steel must fall.

Spin Control (Shotgun)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 12
TARGETS: Ten (10) Texas Star plates, Two (2) USPSA Pepper Poppers
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing low ready in Box A.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, with shotgun engage P1 through P12. All steel must fall.


Natto So Fast (Pistol)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 16
TARGETS: Six (6) USPSA Pepper Poppers, Two (2) Metric paper targets, Six (6) Plate Rack Plates
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing normal ready in Box A.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, engage P1 and P2, activating the swinger. Then enageT1 and T2. Move to Box B behind Table and engage P3 through P12. Two hits are required to neutralize paper targets. All steel must fall.

Natto So Fast (Pistol/Shotgun)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 16
TARGETS: Six (6) USPSA Pepper Poppers, Two (2) Metric paper targets, Six (6) Plate Rack Plates
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing normal ready in Box A.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, with pistol engage P1 and P2, activating the swinger. Then enageT1 and T2. Move to Box B behind Table and engage P3 through P12. At any time, safely ground pistol and with shotgun engage the remaining steel. Two hits are required to neutralize paper targets. All steel must fall.


Ben Kyoshi Moss (Pistol)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 27
TARGETS: Twelve (12) USPSA Metric paper targets, Three (3) USPSA Pepper Poppers
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing normal ready in Box A
PROCEDURE: On start signal, draw and engage P1 through P3 and T1 through T4. Proceed to Box B and engage T5 through T9. Proceed to Box C and engage T10 through T12. Two hits are required to neutralize paper targets. All steel must fall.

Ben Kyoshi Moss (Pistol/Rifle)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 11 Pistol, 26 Rifle
TARGETS: Fifteen (15) USPSA Metric paper targets, Three (3) USPSA Pepper Poppers, Four (4) Head & shoulder Sihouette Steel targets
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing normal ready in Box A
PROCEDURE: On start signal, draw and engage P1 through P3 and T1 through T4. Proceed to Box B and engage T5 through T9 and RP1 through RP4. Proceed to Box C and engage T10 through T12 through the barrel and T13 through T15 over the barrel. Two hits are required to neutralize paper targets. All steel must fall.


Work Around (Pistol)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 18 Pistol
TARGETS: Nine (9) USPSA Metric paper targets.
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing anywhere behind Charge Line A in surrender position.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, draw and engage T1 through T9. Two hits are required to neutralize paper targets.

Work Around (Rifle)

SCORING: Thursday night MINIMUM ROUNDS: 18 Major Caliber Rifle, 27 Minor Caliber Rifle
TARGETS: Nine (9) USPSA Metric paper targets.
START SIGNAL: AUDIBLE STOP SIGNAL: LAST SHOT
START POSITION: Standing anywhere behind Charge Line B in surrender position. Loaded rifle grounded at shooter's feet.
PROCEDURE: On start signal, draw and engage T1 through T9. Two hits from a Major Caliber rifle (7.62 NATO or higher) or three hits from a Minor Caliber Rifle are required to neutralize paper targets.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Geekery

"Frodo" by Flight of the Conchords

H/t Patrick G

And maybe even Geekier: Shadow Sex.

H/t Young Chris

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Heh

Air Force General: Mr. President, we've just invented an invisibility cloak for Air Force One.

Obama: No bull?

General: That's right, sir. Will you be going along on its maiden flight?

Obama: Wouldn't miss it for the world.

General: Have a good trip, sir.

Thanx, YM

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Here's My Baby

I Find Your Lack of Fence Disturbing


Exurban Kevin has a funny.


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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Martini Shot

Weeks after the bulk of my movie was "in the can," I recruited my visiting buddy Jon to help me arrange the Martini Shot of Always. Lots of folks don't realize how little light actually makes it into a movie camera. For this shot, I'd placed a 750 watt Tota floodlight in the back of the garage and aimed a 500 watt Omni floodlight at the bedroom window (composed out of the picture). While Jon hosed down the sidewalk and driveway, I'd set up the camera across the street behind a wet pane of picture frame glass gaffer-taped to a light stand.

Time to set up? About an hour. Time on screen: about half a second. If I was really artistic and ambitious, I would have lit the exterior of the house with two more lights and hit the dining room window with another Omni, but, hey, it was Saturday night after a long day on the range, and we had those martinis rums and coke waiting. There's only so much I'm willing to do for half a second of screen time, at least at the amateur level.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Almost Like a New Gun

It looks like my BAG Day Gun was actually that blank-firing .45 replica. To make up for that hollow feeling, I converted my old AK-braked Bushy to a virtually new gun by finally mounting my VLTOR butt stock onto something and fixing the Nordic Component +18 mag extension (Thanks, Jon!) to a Magpul PMAG. Then, without ever test-firing it, I brought it to the Cactus Match and took second place out of a field of 10 carbine shooters.

The buffer tube is Colt mil-spec (required for the VLTOR), with a DPMS carbine spring and buffer.

I'd actually test-fired the extension before it failed during the SMM3G... seems to work better when it's not screwed on very tight. Doh.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Almost Over

Apprehension, Arizona Chainsaw Massacre, and my own Always (along with dozens of projects from the basic production, animation, and our advanced video class) have all been burned to DVD and await their theater premiere Friday. The two Advanced Cinematography flicks will show again Saturday, following the student projects that didn't air Friday.

I got an "A" on my final screenplay for Adv. Screenwriting, so that might save my grade in that class. Monday is my Japanese 101 final and that's as up in the air than anything. Takusan benkyoshimasu!

After that, I get a couple weeks off, then it's History of American Cinema on-line and a very concentrated summer iteration of Biology 101. I've also gotten some pings about some independent filmmaking projects this summer, so I shan't be bored.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Not Bad for a Crime Lab Guy

Jon's doing a good job at the Arizona Police and Fire Games so far. A Bronze in B Class Combat Pistol and a Silver in the team event. Tomorrow is the 3-Gun event!









Update: Bronze Medal in 3-Gun too!

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Gratuitous Content

I feel really bad about being such a non-posting slug this year, so here's some gunny content. Unfortunately, it's me instead of somebody really competent, like Jon.

Here's my showing at the 2009 ID4 Match. I did rather well, considering.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

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Got a better caption or photoshop for this AFP pic from the Taipei Times? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL. You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even your old Wild Wild West episodes featuring Doctor Miguelito Loveless.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday p.m.

WINNER!

Wyatt Earp of Support Your Local Gunfighter wins with:

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Studnut Report



Yay! May is here! Spring semester is winding down and for most of my "finals," the hard work is behind me. Our two Post-Production movies, Apprehension and Arizona Chainsaw Massacre, are being scored by musicians at the moment, as is my Always Advanced Video project. The most rewarding (and time-consuming) aspect of the semester was working on my classmates' productions. Besides serving as Armorer for three productions, I was Director of Photography for one classmate, 2nd Unit Director and cameraman for another, and grip/boom operator for another. I ought to get producer credit for a few of these for which I provided lights and mics.

I'll be surprised to get better than a B in Advanced Screenwriting.

Oh, yeah, I ought to squeak out an A in JPN101 too!

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