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March 30, 2005

Your Daily Gun Porn

John has a lovely arty post over at Castle Argghhh!

I had to steal this photo as a teaser:


Sheer poetry.

Posted by Cassandra at March 30, 2005 09:32 AM

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The Unit will be proud of you, Cassie - that's a Marine crew.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at March 30, 2005 10:10 AM

Now see? I knew it was sheer poetry :)

It was a great post - I enjoyed it very much, John. And I normally don't go around reading about arty stuff (well, sometimes I do, but it has to be good).

Posted by: Cassandra at March 30, 2005 10:26 AM

Pretty good photo, the composition is okay but with a few changes the photo could be excellent. Move the focus of attention a little bit more off center (not too much) and then get rid of the gas can in the foreground, that is a little distracting and adds nothing to the sheer beauty of the setting.

Posted by: Pile On® at March 30, 2005 12:57 PM

>>hzzz. is what gun position look like. jerry can is holding water and not gasoline--hold gasoline things get suddenly very exciting to gun bunnies. maybe mistake adjective arty for adjective artsy?

>>hzzz. is onlette sleeps through night yet?

Posted by: name scout at March 30, 2005 01:12 PM

Oh, and don't listen to me, I really don't know what the flock I am talking about. A guy reads a book once and he thinks he is an expert. Some of the best pics I have seen on a blog (artisticly speaking) have been at the Castle. Some of the florida beach pics were great.

Now if the seagull could have been convinced to put a bullwhip up its arse you might be able to get a NEA endowment.

Posted by: Pile On® at March 30, 2005 01:28 PM

Oh, and answer NO.

It is really taking a toll on Mrs On too.

Posted by: Pile On® at March 30, 2005 01:29 PM

Took KJita a long time to sleep through the night. But she did get really good at going to sleep with lots of training and dedication to timing and ritual. Now she is great to put to bed and does a dern good job staying there until morning. Sadly, she is also like clockwork in getting up. Every day. Even Saturday and days after Daddy had too many adult beverages.

Posted by: KJ at March 30, 2005 01:59 PM

Reason #79,876 why I don't have kids yet. :-)

And before anyone gets started, yes, I do want kids someday, just not today.

Posted by: Masked Menace© at March 30, 2005 02:08 PM


I won't even tell you how long it took my boys to sleep through the night. You'd very likely turn the Onlette into a miniature football. But like KJ, once they got it, they were great.

You just have to adjust your expectations Pile - like it or not, the aliens have taken control. It's like the Twilight Zone: they control the horizontal, they control the vertical...

Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The good news is that some day you can call the little darling and say "Help - Mommy can't figure out why she keeps getting a 500 error from this *&^%TY%$#@@!! CGI program on the web server - it's 99% of the way there! HELP!!!" and the helpless little being who is running your life now will get off work early and bust his/her butt to help you.

Kids rule, sometimes.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 30, 2005 02:12 PM

If any little boy tries to get my little girl horizontal, he is going to find out who's in control.

Posted by: KJ at March 30, 2005 03:16 PM

My first born was +3 year old before he regularly slept through the night. Then my second son was born.
Thankfully, he only took about 3 months to sleep through the night.
So I had about 3-1/2 years of half-slept nights.

And you may say,"What does this have to do with photos of artillery?"

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at March 30, 2005 03:49 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I hold in my hand a picture of Chewbacca. Does it make sense, that on a thread about artillery that I present you a picture of Chewbacca? NO, it does not make sense...

Posted by: Johnny Cochran at March 30, 2005 04:09 PM

Well, before I retire for the night, I will make all of you positively sick when I tell you that Lad #1 slept through the night at 6 weeks of age, and Lad #2 slept through at 1 month. In fact, the first night Lad #2 slept through, he slept for 16 straight hours.

There are several problems with this. One, you keep hearing the words "crib death" going over and over in your head. You call the husband, ask if you should try to wake him up. He says wait a little longer (he reminds you of some wise soul who told him "never wake a sleeping baby"). You try to hold a mirror under his nose, but his nose is so tiny you can't get close. He is still pink, you think you see his chest rising and falling, but you can't really tell because it's winter in Alaska and the baby is bundled up very well.

And, you are engorged. Like Elsie the Borden Cow. Finally, he awakens in an excellent mood, and from then until he's able to climb out of the crib is an excellent sleeper.

Lad #1 slept from 7 pm until 7 am from the age of 4 months until he was about 5. You chould set your watch by his schedule. You could toss him around like a sack of potatoes and he'd stay asleep.

I think the key to getting babies to sleep through the night is to make very high fat breast milk. I ate a variety of nuts which made both boys full and happy at night. I ate a lot of chicken, turkey and fish, because eating that way I was able to make large quantities of milk. If I ate pork, I had almost no milk, beef I got a passable amount. With fish, the babies were in greater danger of drowning in milk than starving for lack of it.

Lots of veggies, too. Eat stuff that is easy to digest, and your energy will not be spent breaking the food down, but rather turning it into milk for the baby.

Well, I'm off for the night.

Posted by: MathMom at March 30, 2005 11:43 PM

Well, I'm glad to see my fellow redlegs have the new and improved hearing protection ... the M1A1 Finger.

Posted by: Frodo at March 31, 2005 01:18 AM

>>hzzzz. is actually m1a1e1--clipped fingernails before lanyard yank.

Posted by: name scout at March 31, 2005 08:09 AM

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