Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Here We Go....

Buckle up, Buckaroos! We're going for a ride...

On the whole, I'd probably be better off in Honduras.

TBG - - Μaking backups-

"Completion" - You Keep Using That Word...

Saw an article on the Rio Olympics facilities...

Rio Olympic Park is 95% Ready.
And they have photos...

Looking at the pics, I think that 95% number is a little generous...
Rio 2016

Rio Olympic Park

Rio 2016

Rio 2016

I'm thinkin' they have a little more work to do...


Defecation, Meet Ventilation, Part 2

That 38 is in Celsius.
That's 100 degrees in 'Merica.

So- hot as hell, then a deluge.
Hope they adjust the competition schedule so it doesn't screw up the next few days...


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Druthers: SOTU

Things I'd rather be doing than watching Obama give his last State of the Union address:

  • Root canal work by an unwashed Mumbai sewer worker using only a teaspoon and a dull icepick.
  • Crotch defoliation via highspeed belt sander followed by site irrigation with nitric acid.
  • Molten aluminum enema.
  • Chalazion removal and curettage on my eyelid using a tire iron & a 10-cent cigar.
  • Swim laps in a the sewage treatment tanks at the Mexico City leper hospital.

Really. Anything but listening to his narcissistic bleatings and petulant simpering.

TBG - still down under.

Fifty Shades of Jay

Information Technology is a great job. </Sarc>

First on site, last ones to leave.

I'm on the late shift, doing last walk-through of the offices around 11:30pm before heading back to the hotel...
I notice a light on in the office an Admin. Better check it out.

She is at her desk.
The tall well-shaped brunette Admin Assistant that has been the bane of my existence all week.

The needy bitch...
"I can't access the share drive. I can't print. I need a bigger screen."
Biting the bullet I walked over to her desk..
"Hey- I'm heading out. You OK with all your printers and stuff?"

She looks up wistfully...
"Oh... I'm OK..." She heaves a heavy sigh.
She looks up at me coyly, then with a come-hither batting of her eyes she opens her gambit:
"I know I've been a pain in the arse with all my requests..."
I waited for the other shoe to drop...
"I'm very high maintenance..." she purred.
Uh oh.
She got up from her desk and smoothed her blouse seductively...
"I've been a bad girl... I need to be punished." She said- biting her lower lip...

I looked into her smoldering eyes...

"No problem." I said.

I promptly installed Windows 10 on her laptop.

"That ought to do it."


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Flirting & Sexual Harassment - Definitions Please

In the local news, on of the Big Bash cricket players was twigged for an interview with a local SportsNewsHottie...

“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well.
That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so. Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”
She recovered, got the interview back on track and aside from from snickering from the other commentators, but it wasn't any near as bad as Joe Namath and his drunken hitting on Suzy Kolber in 2003...
Granted- live TV and all that. So his timing was off. BFHD.

Obviously, all the blue hairs and feminists got their knickers in a bunch regarding this...
But geez- that's pretty tame, all things considered.
He apologized, she accepted - then the PC Police went crazy- he got fined $10,000AUD
(What's that- $25 USD?)  and they are talking suspension/firing.
For telling her she was cute and asking her out for drink?
All things being equal, if you look at female Aussie Talking Heads, every damned one is a looker. They don't hire the 5s, only 8-10s. So- to be sure they are hired for their (sex) appeal. [The male ATH? I am not qualified to judge such things...] But in as much as they are hired with such an attribute, what the fck do they expect?

Cpould someone PLEASE draw the line where banter / harmless flirting and normal male-female interactions become sexual harassment and become harmful?


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Australia Gun Laws & Rules

To whet your appetite have a peek at this from one of the FAQs

I currently hold a firearms licence for sport/target shooting. Can I go hunting on rural property?

No, you are only authorised to shoot at an approved Sport/Target Shooting Club. If you wish to shoot on rural land you must apply to have the genuine reason of Recreational Hunting and Vermin Control or Primary Production added to your existing firearms licence.
To add this genuine reason, you should email the Firearms Registry Licensing Unit at to obtain pre-printed application forms – please refer to the information under 'What if I want to change my genuine reason or add a new genuine reason?' above.

Pique your interest?

Submitted for your edification, some FAQs and Links regarding gun laws from the oh-so-enlightened Aussies...

From the Auburn Shooting Academy (Sydney west) website:

-Frequently Asked Questions-

How long does it take to get a pistol license?
After joining the club and completing the initial Pistol Safe Handling training, your application for a Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) will take about 6 to 8 weeks. You will then need to complete the clubs 12 week pistol training program while under close supervision and the remainder of the first 6 months of your PPL under general supervision. A PPL is valid for 12 months after which time a Category H (Pistol Target Shooting) licence can be applied for.

Can anyone become a club member and licensed shooter?

You must be able to pass a Police criminal background check, have good English language skills and be a NSW resident.

What do I need to join the Shooting Academy Club?

You will need a government issued photo identification, two references from adults who have known you 2 years or more and be able to pass a Police criminal background check. You will also need to be a member of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA).

How much does a Pistol License Cost?
Your Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) will cost $100 (for 12 months), and your Category H Pistol Licence will cost $100 for 2 years or $200 for 5 years. These fees are in addition to your club and shooting association membership fees.

When I have a license, can I bring an unlicensed friend shooting?
No. Unlicenced shooters may only try pistol target shooting, under the requirements of the Police P650 declaration form, by prior arrangement with the club and under the direct supervision of a Club Range Officer.

Can I shoot at the Shooting Academy at any time?

After you have completed 6 months of your PPL, and have completed your induction and safety training, you can shoot at any time provided the range is not pre-booked for training or competition.

Do I have to attend every Thursday night in the first 12 weeks?
 No, but it is in your best interest to complete your 12 week induction and safety training as soon as possible. You must complete the club's 12 week training course before your PPL is 6 months old. You can only do this on Thursday nights under the supervision of a club Range Officer.

What are the attendance or competition requirements to comply with the conditions of Pistol license?
Licenced pistol shooters must compete in at least 6 club competitions each year, and a further 4 club shoots for each different type of pistol they own.

What's involved in buying my first pistol?
After you have your Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) for 6 months, and have completed the club’s induction and safety training course, you can apply for a Permit to Acquire (to buy your first pistol). You must have your Category H safe inspected by the local Police who will provide a letter stating that it complies with regulations. This together with the Permit to Acquire is forwarded to the Firearms Registry.

Can I buy a gun on the Internet?
No. Firearms can ONLY be legally bought and sold through licenced firearms dealers, and only to licenced shooters who have a Permit to Acquire.

Can I shoot at other Pistol clubs or ranges?
Yes. After you have your Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) for 6 months, with the permission of the other Club, you can participate in shooting events at other approved pistol ranges. Range fees and competition entry fees for other Club venues are not included in your Shooting Academy Club membership. Additional training and accreditation may be required for participation in external shooting competitions.

Do I need to purchase my own pistol?
No. Club pistols are available free of charge to members under training and during the first 6 months of a PPL. .

Can I store a pistol at the Club?
Yes. Safe-storage compliant gun safes are available at the Club for a modest biennial fee.

Which leads us to the NSW Gun Laws...

Licence Applications

In NSW, any person seeking to possess and use a firearm must be authorised by way of a licence or permit.
All persons wishing to obtain a firearms licence in NSW must have a genuine reason for obtaining the licence and must meet a range of legislative requirements relating to that genuine reason.
Licence holders are only authorised to possess and use the category of firearm for which the licence has been issued and the firearm may only be used for the purpose established as being the genuine reason for holding the firearms licence.
The Genuine Reasons applicable to a firearms licence are listed below. Please review the requirements for the genuine reason you wish to select to ensure that you can meet all the requirements. The Licence Category and Genuine Reason Table also shows the categories of licence applicable to each genuine reason.

Genuine Reasons

Changes to an Existing Licence

Firearms Safety Training Courses

If you are applying for a licence for the first time you will need to complete a Firearms Safety Training Course for longarms or pistols. Refer to each genuine reason FACT Sheet for information regarding applicable courses.

Business Licence

If you are making an application for a firearms licence for a business, please see the FACT Sheet below and the Business Declaration form which must be completed and returned with your application.

Making Your Licence Application

Once you have determined the appropriate genuine reason and category of licence, you may use the link below to request your pre-printed licence application and genuine reason forms.
You may also obtain pre-printed licence application forms by contacting the Firearms Registry Customer Service line on 1300 362 562.

I especially enjoyed the phrasing under the section on firearm collectors the caveat:
"A Firearm Collector licence allows for the possession of firearms only, not their use.
NOTE: This licence does not authorise the collection of ammunition. For information on collection of ammunition see Ammunition Collection Permit."

And finally, as an American gun owner, these FAQs are hilarious and frightening.

Lord, please spare us who want to use the Australian model for proposed gun regulation & ownership...


Friday, January 08, 2016

Deterrence? Maybe.

From our "you've gotta be sitting me" file:

This must be a joke, especially with that 9gag watermark. Because wearing these might cause a host of other problems...

And after a moment cogitation, I'm thinking that I might get a pair of these, except that it would lead to misrepresentation or false advertising charges...
(Girls can get away with padded bras, but if a guy wears a stuffed codpiece, things tend to end badly.)

TBG - still down under...

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

This Is Why I'm Such a Shitty Blogger

If you substitute the word "Thought" with "Blog Post Idea"...


Monday, January 04, 2016

Think Before You Speak - Hurt Feelings Edition