Chapa, the new kitten.

After Gremlin died, I felt widowed. A few weeks later, a model from eight years ago reached out to me to offer “Drifter”, a little abandoned kitten found by her friend and bottle-fed by Kirsten.

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A Real Hot Rod caption contest

I don’t think his AC would keep up with this…
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Before Olympic air guns — Zimmerstutzen: new on AllOutdoor

Subcaliber training in the 19th century.
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Another review posted.

Guncrafter Industries Hellcat X2, a very competent double-stack 1911.
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A suspicious child

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Tippmann M4-22 review

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Linda Carbine: new on Shooting Illustrated

Wilkinson Arms Linda

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M+M 10x review: new in Shooting Illustrated

M+M 10x review
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Bio-political musings

Much of the political process can be likened to auto-immune disorders: segments of the body politic hijacking the defensive organs of the society, such as police, to attack other elements of the body. In that way, a small and relatively weak group can dominate or exterminate larger groups in the competition for resources.

In the ideal society, that resource competition (socialism) is replaced with comparative advantage cooperation (capitalism). But that ideal society has no need of commissars, and that hurts the feelings of those sense of self-worth is predicated on being in control of others.

More musings on the same topic.

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Differences of detail level

I just tried comparing a full-frame 43MP Sony A7R3 and 135/1.8 Sigma lens bought for $1200 to a 16MP micro 4/3 Panasonic GM5 with an adapted FED 50/2.8 lens (E26m) obtained at a used book store for $4. Sony wins considerably on all counts other than size, which is to be expected. GM5 was obtained for the pocket camera role with a 20/1.7 lens.

5.6, ISO around 250. Click to expand to see the difference in detail.

135mm can be used almost directly into light sources. The 52mm, especially since it has wider coverage than needed, cannot — but its contrast improves greatly with a lens shade or a hand used as a gobo. Edge sharpness on the 52 falls off rapidly, even though only the center quarter of the lens area is used by micro 4/3 camera.

Conclusion: expensive modern lenses are better than cheap obsolete lenses. A real discovery, right? The purpose of my quest was to see if I could use the 52mm for stylizing 1930-1950s look in camera. The answer is “yes”, but focusing has to be done with great care. Even zoomed in, focus was difficult to obtain. The reason I was curious about the 52mm is that I started my photo learning on a FED camera with this or a very similar lens.

Compositions where detail isn’t critical look reasonably good.
Regular 20/1.7 in use. The detail is sharper, more even out to the corners, but the difference isn’t as much as I expected. The 20mm is half the size of the 52mm, supports AF and has much better contrast…at $270 and 60 years newer, that’s not surprising.
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More SHOT Show finds

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The reader

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The problem with socialism

And from this problem comes its corollary…giving up arms is a mistake free people can only make once.

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Catching up on SHOT Show news

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Firebird Targets Deliver Flash and Thunder: new on AllOutdoor

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Two new Keltec guns: new on Alloutdoor

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“Long guns in the mighty .45ACP”

Dillon Blue Press, page 79.

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Test photos of a new model.

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Catching up on movie reviews

Der Hauptmann (The Captain) is a recent German movie about the real-life deserter who impersonated an officer and ended up building a team of psychopathic underlings for murdering (mostly) prisoners. Excellent acting, good visuals, poor special effects.

The Homesman is sort of a Western, but a very unconventional one. Even stranger than Unforgiven, it’s well acted, beautifully filmed, and the story is anything but predictable. Highly recommended, as is Unforgiven.

Lawless is a pretty well acted and filmed gangster movie with a decent degree of realism to it. Special effects are realistic but rather tame when it comes to showing blood.

Dead in a Week or Your Money Back is a cute but eminently forgettable British comedy saved by charismatic actors.

Girl King tries but fails to make a convincing portrait of a very interesting historic character, Queen Christina of Sweden. Her Wikipedia entry is better than the movie.

April and the Extraordinary World is surprisingly good for a kids’ cartoon, mainly thanks to unorthodox world building with the alternative history forking in 1870. 

The Immigrant wins on the quality of acting, the unpredictable story and the excellent period atmosphere created. Recommended.

The most recent iteration of Mowgli flops badly, with the script diverging from the book and with cartoon characters of animals presented with humanoid features that make all of them look rather creepy. Avoid.

Riphagen, another movie based on a real historic fiend, is well done and acted despite minimal budget. Highly recommended.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a typical Coen Brothers movie: interesting in parts, uneven in pacing and storytelling. Worth watching once if you like Westerns.

The Road to Calvary is a much better adaptation of the book than the several previous attempts, and better than the book itself as well. Well worth watching for the excellent acting and a convoluted, detailed drama. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society tried to be quaint but ended up formulaic despite an interesting premise and reasonably competent actors.

Run, Boy, Run is an epic biographical film presented from the perspective of a kid in WW2 Poland. Much like The Painted bird, it pulls no punches. Highly recommended.

Tulip Fever A 17th century setting populated by characters with entirely modern mindsets doesn’t come across credibly. Excellent lighting and visuals, but flawed storytelling.

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Vintage visions.

Safety on.

Winter is coming…it’s too cold to go commando!
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