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    DParker replied to a thread Let's talk Gear in Podunk Corner
    Mine, being the "basic" TLR-1 (it was the only version available when I bought it) is 300 lumens, which is more than bright enough for indoor use. The "HL" variant delivers 800 lumens, and some others might as well.
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    DParker replied to a thread Let's talk Gear in Podunk Corner
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    DParker replied to a thread Let's talk Gear in Podunk Corner
    Yes, it requires either a Picatinny or Glock rail (Glock has their own proprietary rail, of course) on the underside of the frame in front of the trigger guard, and comes with hardware for using either. That means that when you take your finger off the switch it returns to the "Off" position and the light deactivates. That's as opposed to the "On" position, which stays in that position (with the light activated) even after you remove your finger from the switch. If you shoot right-handed, you simply push the switch up for "Momentary" and down for "On". That's reversed if you're shooting southpaw. That's how much money you have to pay in order to buy something. I kid! I kid! I see it on Amazon for ~$118 right now. But I'm sure you can pick it up cheaper if you look/wait for sales.
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    DParker replied to a thread Let's talk Gear in Podunk Corner
    I never get to have any fun. *kicks a rock* I've had a basic Streamlight TLR-1 (I say "basic" because they offer quite a few variants) mounted to my M&P9 for about 8 or so years now, and I'm pretty happy with it. It's still using the original CR123 batteries I put in it when I first bought it, and is still blindingly bright. It's rugged, and the rocker switch (which has "Off", "On" and "Momentary" positions) is ambidextrous and easily manipulated with your trigger finger. It's a bit larger than some other currently available options, but since I only have it mounted when at home that's not an issue.
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    3 Days Ago
    OK, here's your "This is why we can't have nice things" story of the day. 80-year-old woman accidentally shot by diner at Western Washington restaurant Yes they are.
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    6 Days Ago
    Although I feel compelled to correct myself here in that Parcells was not fired. He voluntarily retired...though I'm going to tell myself that Jones ran him off by...well...by being Jones.
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    1 Week Ago
    ...now hold some sort of record for having fired three Hall of Fame coaches?
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    I scarcely know where to begin with that one, so I'm just going to sit here and roll my eye derisively.
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    1 Week Ago
    Curse you Google Translate!
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    It looks like Krugman has since deleted the tweet only an idiot...or someone desperate to get out ahead of a story...would have issued to begin with. He must have gotten a call from his lawyer and/or the editorial staff of the NYT.
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    Ruh-roh Shaggy.... <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography. I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me.<br><br>It’s an ugly world out there.</p>&mdash; Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) <a href="https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1214991222009409536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> As you might expect, the responses are pure gold.
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    1 Week Ago
    The lamenter in question. Relative or intimate acquaintance, I don't know. Either way, she just oozes class and sophistication.
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    ...to be the recipient of this year's, "Conan, what is best in life?" award. He crushed his enemies, saw them driven (away) before him...AND heard the lamentation of their women (well, one of them, anyway): Sheriff: Shootout between 79-year-old Army veteran, gun shop burglars ends with 1 dead
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    2 Weeks Ago
    LOL!
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    The jig is up. We've been found out. Oh well...it was nice while it lasted.
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    Good for you, Jon. We have just this weekend left (for deer, then we switch to squirrels and hogs), and I've seen exactly one deer in the woods...and even then all I saw was it's ass-end as it bolted from cover and ran as I was walking in. I think next year I'm going to finally break down and spend the money to lease some hunting land. It has gradually become pointless to hunt the public WMAs in this area.
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    And liked it!
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    I smoked a new batch of bacon on Sunday... (Link to larger original) I know, the smoker is disgusting and desperately needs to be scrubbed out. But that'll have to wait until I'm done playing with my new toy. After making short work of a hunk of pastrami from my last project, on to the bacon... (Link to larger original #2) Precisely 3.5mm thick slices spit out just as fast as I can push the product tray. Man, I like this gizmo.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Now that you mention it, the blade does look an awful lot like some other replacement blades I'm seeing online, so maybe it is a standard design. I'll need to do some more reading when I get home tonight. Thanks for the tip.
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    "We're lookin' at half a millimeter" and "Where does the meat go?" don't belong together in the same scene.
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Was that a Genoa salami in his pocket, or was he just glad to see someone?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Damned post office losing invitations again. I don't know about that, but they definitely had that little something extra perception boost that comes from making them yourself. I've been wanting to do both of these for a long time but, oddly, had a hell of a time finding proper soft hoagie rolls anywhere. I have no trouble at all finding numerous sources for all manner of exotic ingredients, but hoagie rolls are nigh impossible to locate from local retail sources (grocery stores, dedicated bakeries, etc). Surprisingly, I happened to find them in the bakery section of our local WalMart where they bake them daily. Who would have thought?
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Since yesterday's all-day rain kept me from being able to smoke my latest batch of bacon I decided to put the slicer to work helping me reproduce 2 of history's greatest smmiches: Cheesesteak made from the aforementioned paper-thin ribeye, carmelized onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and provolone on a butter-toasted soft hoagie roll with just enough mayo to keep the bread from soaking up juices and getting soggie. For game day, we watched Green Bay pull out an ugly win against Detroit while downing proper Italian cold-cut subs. Genoa Salami, Prosciutto, Black Forest Ham, Mortadella, Provolone, shredded lettuce, paper-thin Roma tomato and sweet onion slices on the same hoagie rolls with mayo and homemade Italian dressing (garlic-unfused olive oil, balsamico and Italian herbs). So much for that whole low-carb thing.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    One of the other gifts I got was a pair of cut-proof gloves for when I'm butchering large hunks of meat (briskets and what-not). Unfortunately I couldn't remember which box they were in, but I think I'll dig them out and use them the next time I disassemble the blade. I don't know that they'll be as safe as thick leather gloves, but they should at least provide some measure of protection. Oh, and replacement blades are US$140 from the manufacturer (I haven't found any cheaper outlets for them yet), so I'm gonna' baby that thing.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Slicing ribeyes edge-wise (hence the narrow strips) on the 1mm thickness setting. About as close to paper-thin as you're going to get. The sliding action of the product tray is baby's-butt smooth, and even with that hum the motor is significantly quieter than my old slicer. And you're certainly right about that blade being something that's not to be trifled with. I don't know that I've ever been as careful with anything as I was when taking things apart for cleaning.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Thanks. Yeah, I was taking bets from the family on how long it would be before I ended up christening the thing with my own blood. The smart money seemed to be on "not long".
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
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    DParker replied to a thread Merry Christmas in Photography
    Now that we have all of the well-wishing out of the way, let's move on to what Christmas is really all about: Crass commercialism and the goodies that Santa brought us. Apparently Mrs. Claus got tired of listening to me whine about how inadequate my old half-plastic Cabela's slicer was every time I wrestled a slab of bacon through it, and she upgraded me to this restaurant-grade 240W 10" blade model. Now I need to pick up some hoagie rolls and cheap ribeyes and slice the latter paper-thin for Philly cheesesteaks.
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    3 Weeks Ago
    As always, it ain't Christmas until Hans Gruber falls from the top of Nakatomi Plaza, and Porky sings.
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