Quote of the Day

| January 15, 2013

Seen at Legal Insurrection: I’m willing to die protecting my 2nd amendment rights. Are you willing to die trying to take them away from me? I really need one of those bumper stickers.

Quote of the Day

| August 20, 2012

Protein Wisdom commenter McGehee: Academics have always thought they should be in charge. They fancy themselves philosophers, and who was it that first posited the philosopher-king? Too much tenure, not enough hemlock. In response to “Supporting the 2nd Amendment is a Mental Disorder Say Connected Physicians”

Good / Bad

| January 5, 2012

The good news — one goblin down, one under arrest. A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year’s Eve, less than a week after the baby’s father died of cancer. Sarah McKinley says that a week earlier a man named Justin Martin dropped by on the […]

Mayflower: the Frame

| October 11, 2011

As promised last week, cats notwithstanding, I have here a few details of the Mamoli Mayflower project to date. Construction of the hull began with me having to shoo away one or another of the cats (usually Kismet, the stinker) while I prepared the 5mm plywood keel and bulkheads for assembly. The keel was rather […]

The Perils of Cat Ownership, as Specifically Related to the Pursuit of a Hobby

| October 3, 2011

I started, several months ago, on the construction of the Mayflower. Shortly after beginning, I was rudely interrupted by a tax audit, for which I had to clear off the work table. Once the audit was complete and the table set up again, I realized I was having rather a lot of difficulty seeing what […]

Ye Mayflower, Parte the First

| March 31, 2011

The next project I’ll be working on here is the Mamoli kit of the Mayflower. The completed model will be about 20″ long and 16″ tall. Those who recall the challenge I had on my previous project might well imagine the rapidity with which I have decided to do entirely without the sails. The flags, […]

I tried. I really tried…

| March 22, 2011

… But after many months and many attempts to make passable sails (I got so far as needing to order an extra supply of sail fabric) (which didn’t do me any good) I’ve finally given up. Thrown in the towel. Raised the white flag. By way of compromise, I opted to make furled sails. At […]

Civil Rights Victory

| June 28, 2010

It appears that the Supreme Court has incorporated the Second Amendment against the states. This is a major civil rights victory, as well as a “win” for reading comprehension. Naturally, the Left side of the Court voted en bloc against it. I’m looking forward to reading the majority opinion when the decision is published. UPDATE: […]

Little Things Mean A Lot

| May 3, 2010

It’s been almost a month since I last posted on the subject — a month full of fiddling small details. When last I wrote, the hull shell was complete; interior and exterior fittings had yet to be done. It might have looked sort of like a boat, squinting, from a distance, but without the little […]

Hull (-abaloo)

| April 7, 2010

After getting the initial framing and the planking done, and the shell of the hull removed from the construction jig, the next steps involve fitting out the hull interior. The frames completed so far are not all the frames needed — just enough to hold the hull together for the remaining framing. More frames were […]

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