Saturday, January 12, 2008

urrr, because it's Saturday, I suppose

I'm getting tired of looking at my last "humorous" post, but I'm having serious "2nd Rule of Fight Club" problems just now. I love reading Kim du Toit and consider him a good friend, but I have no desire to copy his course through the employment minefields via bloggery-pokery.

Something will change soon enough, but 'till then ...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Gratis factoid

If you should ever decide to try carrying concealed in an ankle holster, do be certain to first obtain some sort of washable pad to wear between the holster and your flesh. I don't possess the eloquence to fully describe the sensation of standing in a checkout line in a busy store (ie: lots of people around) while a 3 lb-fully-loaded airweight revolver steadily works to turn one's ankle into a perfect circle. Through the force of friction alone. Even while one stands perfectly still.

Trust me, this is an experience to be missed if at all possible.

Other than that, I think I like this form of carry whenever I'm not inclined to wear anything more sturdy then a pair of sweat pants. Which would be most of the time.

Maybe if these NASA science types are right and we get some global cooling going, I might break down and buy a decent shoulder rig.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Want to be a winner?

First, go here. Once there, read this, followed by this. Save them to your bookmarks (or something similar), as you are going to be reviewing and making reference to the subject matter repeatedly. Or not, just trying to make the process a bit less awkward.

On a purely personal note, I despair of ever developing the talent to write so well as this.

Take the time to make the effort to grasp the strategic principles that are variously at work during the process Bill Whittle describes. Use the OODA looping process to refine your focus on a specific application and then to expand your view to include some other aspect of the process. Once again, refine your focus until you have a thorough understanding and then repeat the process again with some other part, and then again and yet again, until you've developed a sufficiently agile grasp of the technique to make practical use of it's principles.

Then, apply the OODA tactic to your own life, with the intention of discovering a better understanding of the influences which control your decision-making and activities. Pick a general area to examine, then begin the refinement of your focus through repetition of the looping process.

At some point you will discover that you have picked the one aspect of your life that you are best positioned at that moment to develop a more positive control over. Then begin the OODA process for making that transition.

Just like I don't study strategy because I like war, mastering Col. Boyd's tactic(s) doesn't require a military calling in life. In fact, I would suggest that the more non-military your life is, the more effective you will find this process to be for making controlled, positive changes in your personal circumstances.

My personal thanks to Bill Whittle for presenting me with an insight as to how to decide when to begin.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Right then ...

... break's over.

Everybody back on your heads now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008


One down, 365 more to go. If it wasn't for the fresh load of hope that's included, it would hardly seem worth the effort, you know?

Oh well, at least brother Brian gets to celebrate his 12th birthday this year!