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  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread(March 31, 2012)

    03/31/2012 7:09:21 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 32 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 31, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 17th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or seven- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • 1940 Census Records to be release April 2, 2012

    03/31/2012 3:24:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies ^ | April 2, 2012 | National Archives
    The 1940 census will be released online on April 2, 2012. Please bookmark this page: This is where you will be able to access the digitized census records starting on April 2. The digital images will be accessible free of charge at NARA facilities nationwide through our public access computers as well as on personal computers via the internet. Part 1: General Information FAQs about the 1940 Census 1940 Census Forms Questions Asked on the 1940 Census Selected List of Codes 1940 Census Lectures by NARA staff nationwide Part 2: How to Start Your 1940 Census Research
  • Conroe man survives after 30 hours in the Gulf

    03/28/2012 6:54:52 AM PDT · by eastforker · 2 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/28/2012 | click2houston
    MATAGORTA BAY, Matagorda County - For hours after their boat sank, Ken Henderson and Ed Coen treaded water in the Gulf of Mexico, talking about life and death while struggling to survive. For more than 30 hours, it worked. Then Henderson was forced to make a decision that would save his life, but not his best friend's. "This is the last-ditch effort, but I'm going to go for help or you're not going to make it," Henderson told Coen, just before cutting the strap that connected them in the deep, cold waters off the Texas coast. "I understand," Coen responded,...
  • Concord Woman Named 'Extreme Huntress 2012'

    03/27/2012 12:24:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012
    Woman won online essay contest and popular voteA Bay Area woman has just claimed an award even she didn't expect: Extreme Huntress of 2012. Think of it as the "Miss America" of the hunting community. It's a big deal. Concord resident Tiffany Brewer recently won the nationwide contest, sponsored by Tahoe Films and Tom Opre, host of the NBC Sports outdoors show "Eye of the Hunter." Entrants had to submit a 500-word essay on why they considered themselves the Extreme Huntress. Ten finalists were chosen based on their essays, then it was up to popular online vote to determine the...
  • Why Men Can't – and Shouldn't – Stop Staring at Women

    03/25/2012 11:23:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies · 11+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 | Ian Brown
    Before we discuss why it is men can't and shouldn't stop looking at women in the street, I'd like to explain about the girl in the miniskirt on the bicycle. It was the first of the warm spring days that inflated Toronto this week. I was on my way to work on my bicycle. Two blocks from my house, I turned right and found myself 10 feet behind a young woman. I use the word “behind” hesitantly. She might have been 20. I am 58. She had long blond hair, and was wearing a short putty-coloured jacket, nude hose –...
  • Gun cleaners

    03/25/2012 6:17:02 PM PDT · by YankeeMagic · 40 replies · 5+ views
    Just looking at new gun cleaners, anyone ever use Gunzilla ?
  • After a Real Shooting

    03/25/2012 11:24:31 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Guns & Ammo ^ | May 26, 2011 | Brock Norman
    What should you say, or what should you NOT say if you’re involved in a shooting? Massad Ayoob shares the 5-points to cover when the police arrive.
  • Gallery: Familiar-Yet-Alien Soviet Arcade Games (Comrade Donkey Kong?)

    03/24/2012 5:37:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 1+ views
    DVICE ^ | March 23, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    Gallery: Familiar-yet-alien Soviet arcade games While playing Centipede (don't judge) at my local mall in the '80s, it never occurred to me that somewhere behind the soon-to-fall Iron Curtain there would be some punk playing the Soviet version of arcade games as well. Hell yeah they were! Now, thanks to two nostalgic Muscovites who remembered their days of playing "Sea Battle," there is an entire museum full of these Soviet-era games. The story of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is so cool we couldn't make this up if we tried. Let's talk about the games first. Soviet classics Sea...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread(March 24, 2012

    03/24/2012 11:59:31 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 34 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 24, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 16th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or six- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Sony Reportedly Working on a Full Frame Square Sensor Camera

    03/23/2012 6:58:02 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 23, 2012 | swampsniper
    Sony may be working on a full frame square format digital camera, looks like a Hasslebad! I'm not gonna ask how much this will cost, but I can dream, can't I? My Sony A-200 left the repair shop today, headed home, for the 2nd time, they didn't get it right first time. I've been without a good digital camera for about 5 weeks now, just gnashing my teeth and moaning!
  • Legends never die......teaser vid

    03/23/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Doogle · 10 replies
    Just a teaser from fighter collection site ( the airshow at Duxford coming up on June 30th&July 1st 2012 Some nifty HD shots on the clip
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012

    03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 157 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^) It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the...
  • Is the video game industry Apple’s next victim?

    03/21/2012 11:06:49 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies · 3+ views
    Games Yahoo ^ | Mon, Mar 19, 2012 3:58 PM EDT | By Chris Morris
    While Apple has a well-earned reputation as the inventor of new markets, it's also something of a serial killer. The company's advances in digital music players made the Walkman an afterthought. The introduction of iTunes sounded a virtual death knell for many record retailers. The iPad cut the legs out from under the once fast-growing netbook PC market. And the iPhone has put Motorola in a fight for its life. Now, the company looks to be focusing on the video game industry -- and plenty of people are rightfully scared. The sheer numbers are overwhelming. In 2011 alone, the company...
  • Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

    03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 81 replies · 4+ views
    Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick
    Researcher Debby Herbenick. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm. While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author. "The most common...
  • NYT leaks Haney book excerpt: (Tiger)Woods lied, felt racially targeted

    03/17/2012 7:58:05 PM PDT · by Baynative · 51 replies
    The Golf Channel (via NYT) ^ | 3/17/12 | Ryan Ballengee
    In an excerpt of "The Big Miss" released by the New York Times on Saturday, former Tiger Woods swing coach Hank Haney writes about his perception of Woods as often feeling jilted by the media and his peers.
  • Sons of Guns

    03/17/2012 7:31:19 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 48 replies
    myself | 3/18/2012 | GTV
    Anyone else addicted to Sons of Guns?
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 17, 2012)

    03/17/2012 1:58:03 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 65 replies · 3+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 17, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 15th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or five- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012

    03/16/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 153 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, March 16, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and gardeners! During the rain this past week, I've had a chance to do some reading and found some articles that may be of interest to you. So this week I am sharing links, and I hope you enjoy them and find some useful information. I also hope that you'll check in and let us know how your garden/garden planning is coming along.In Kitchen Garden Creation, you'll learn about growing culinary and visual delights in the same place.The following links are for those interested in improving the structure of their soil. If you have rocks or...
  • 1692 Salem Witch Trial Document Sold at Auction

    03/15/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 15, 2012
    1692 Salem witch trial document sold at auction The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, an elderly Rowley woman, was hanged during the witchcraft hysteria in Salem in 1692. (Swann Auction Galleries) (CBS/AP) SALEM, Mass - A document from the Salem witch trials was sold at auction for $31,200 when it hit the auction block on Thursday. Pre-auction estimates put it between $25,000 to $35,000. The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, a widow from Rowley, Massachusetts in her 70s, and one of the last people hanged during the 1692 hysteria in colonial Massachusetts. It was part of a private...
  • Ghosts, Aliens and Psychology

    03/14/2012 10:32:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Border Mail ^ | 15 Mar, 2012 | Howard Jones
    GHOSTS and aliens fascinate Dr Krissy Wilson, even though she doesn’t actually believe in them. “But I’m not pooh-poohing the claims from people who do believe,” the psychology lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s Albury-Wodonga campus said yesterday. Dr Wilson is inviting both believers and sceptics to a forum where they can learn about the para normal and the psychology of belief. If they wish, they can tell of seeing a ghost or having some other weird, inexplicable experience. Dr Wilson, a former actress who has taught psychology in London and Tasmania, is setting up a research unit into the subject,...
  • Arsenal Firearms Introduces Double Barrel Pistol (Gun Porn!)

    03/13/2012 6:07:23 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 14 replies
    Guns & Ammo ^ | 12 March 2012 | Iain Harrison
    It may come as a surprise to some (and boy, do I feel like a cantankerous old geezer for saying this,) but firearms are a mature technology. We all have to be aware that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should” Following the invention of the double column magazine by Deudonne Saive, there really haven’t been a whole lot of original ideas coming out of the handgun industry for the last 75 years. Yes, I know, underqualified hacks like me will tell you all about the latest whizbang doodad from SHOT show, but in comparison to say,...
  • Michigan Family Discovers Rarest Football Card Collection in History

    A Michigan family was cleaning out an old farmhouse and accidentally stumbled across a long-sought after collection of football cards worth thousands of dollars and considered perhaps the rarest such collection in history. The set is highlighted by an "anonymous" card of former Harvard football player John Dunlop, which was first issued in 1894. The Dunlop card alone is reportedly worth $10,000, according to Lou Brown, president of Legends Sports and Games. "If it was in the right condition, it could be worth up to $60,000," Brown told Yahoo! News in a phone interview. "We get a lot of calls...
  • I’m a girl, and I hunt

    03/10/2012 6:21:14 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Opinion ^ | March 10, 2012 | Georgia Pellegrini
    In Roman mythology, the master of the hunt was the goddess Diana. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty, and hunting skills. In Freemasonry, she was a symbol of sensibility and imagination, of poets and artists. Shrines were erected in her honor; stags followed her wherever she went; she ruled the forest and the moon. I like to think that Diana’s influence has never entirely waned, that hunting was never just about men getting together in the woods. Hunting is for all of us, an extension of our being both humans and animals—our first work and craft, one...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 10, 2012)

    03/10/2012 11:31:36 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 49 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 10, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 14th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Think the Giottos Rocket Blower Looks Like a Bomb? The TSA Does Too

    03/09/2012 8:14:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 09, 2012 | swampsniper
    The Giottos Rocket is a popular tool used by photographers to remove dust from cameras and glass, but if you’re in love with yours, you might want to think twice about flying with it. Reddit user gynoceros found out the hard way that some TSA airport screeners aren’t too enthusiastic about the Rocket’s shape. He writes, FYI — If you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor — no metal, no moving parts), the TSA may confiscate it because it “looks...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012

    03/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 244 replies
    Friday, March 9, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good afternoon gardeners! After a high of 81 degrees yesterday, we are at 50 degrees today after experiencing high winds and 3 inches of rain last night. Radar would indicate that there is more rain to come, as I see it in Texas right now. I hope that all of our Texas gardeners are catching up on much needed rain! PTL!We have so many new gardeners in our group, in addition to folks with the desire to begin gardening, that I thought a primer on transplanting might be useful. Please feel free to add to the discussion with...
  • [vanity] Sourcing a used S&W M&P AR-15 - suggestions sought

    03/09/2012 10:25:20 AM PST · by Blueflag · 29 replies
    3/9/2012 | blueflag
    I am in the market for a used S&W M&P AR-15, or the user-equivalent. My question is where would you experienced FReepers go ONLINE to find reputable sellers. I am aware of, but have never bought a firearm online anywhere. I recognize the role of a licensed firearms dealer in the purchase. I also know how to visit and shop local gun dealers. I am seeking your guidance and counsel specifically with regard to shopping for used firearms ONLINE. Best sources? What to ask about/ watch out for/ etc. AND how to make certain no legal boundaries are crossed....
  • Will the ipad2 be discounted? (vanity chat)

    03/07/2012 6:08:24 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 17 replies
    3-7-12 | Mamzelle
    I'm in the market for an ipad, but it doesn't have to be the new one. I'm not hearing of any deals on the ipad2 now that the ipad3 is coming out. What do you think? I was hoping to buy a discounted ipad2.
  • Libertarianism and the Civil War

    03/06/2012 8:27:38 AM PST · by donmeaker · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 6 March 2012 | Ilya Somin
    There are, generally speaking, three types of libertarian perspectives on the Civil War. Many libertarians actually support the war, some condemn it without defending the Confederacy, and some are actually pro-Confederate.
  • Man ordered to remove 72-ft boat from yard

    03/06/2012 6:13:25 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 87 replies
    upi ^ | March. 5, 2012
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., A California man who has spent the past six years restoring a 72-foot ship in his yard said the city is ordering him to get rid of the boat. Dennis Holland, who has been restoring the Shawnee, a 1916 ketch, at his Newport Beach home, said city officials obtained a court injunction giving him until April 30 to get rid of the vessel, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Deputy City Attorney Kyle Rowen said Holland faces fines of up to $1,000 per day or possible jail time if he does not comply with the injunction, which...
  • Man pleads not guilty in Conn. brain-eating case

    03/05/2012 8:57:07 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/05/2012
    A Floridian charged with hacking a Connecticut homeless man to death with an ax and eating some of his brain and an eyeball has pleaded not guilty to murder. The Connecticut Post reports ( that Tyree Smith, a Florida resident who grew up in Ansonia, Conn., also waived his right Monday to a probable cause hearing in Bridgeport Superior Court.
  • Save the Georgetown Sluts (Creating Lasting Change for Sluts in Need)

    03/03/2012 7:48:27 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Save the Georgetown Sluts About our program- Welcome to the world of the slut, promising yet gloomy, hopeful, yet in despair. The hand that holds the Cosmo, the procreator, the aborter of tomorrow; a slut shapes the destiny of civilization. Such is the tragic irony of fate, that a beautiful creation such as the slut is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity, with a volley of congressional hearings, conferences ...and events held for the cause, with topmost world leaders at the helm. Won't you help? For less than the price of a Latte, you too can ensure...
  • Interesting add-on for Firefox - Collusion

    03/03/2012 6:52:18 PM PST · by djf · 47 replies
    I just installed the "Collusion" add-on to Firefox. Anybody else tried this one? It shows a graphic of websites that are supposedly tracking you when you open a page. So far, FR is clean. Rense IS NOT! Neither is Drudge! Not sure exactly what it means by "websites that are tracking me". Cookies? One of those weird pixel thingamajigs? I may leave it installed, I might trash it, not sure yet...

    03/03/2012 11:32:39 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    self | Mar. 03, 2012 | swampsniper
    It's a given in bird and critter photography that closer is always better but a big lens will work too.This is a Sigma 400mm f5.6 in Minolta A mount. In this pic it's on my Minolta Maxxum XTsi but it also fits my Sony. On the Sony it is equivalent to 600mm.This lens was made in the mid 80s but can pass for new, not a blemish on it anywhere.
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 3, 2012)

    03/03/2012 9:46:42 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 22 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 3, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 13th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012

    03/02/2012 8:10:56 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 127 replies
    Friday, March 2, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good morning fellow gardeners! Here in NE Louisiana the weatherman claims we will reach 90 degrees today. He is really starting to get on my nerves ... doesn't he know that this is the first week of March, for pete's sake? He could shade the truth and tell us it's going to be 68, it's not like he's given bad information before, he does it at least 3 days a week. But, I digress.First off this week, I want to share a link that fanfan, one of our gardening FRiends in Canada, sent to me earlier in the...
  • Kodak Kills Off Its Color Reversal Films

    03/01/2012 5:40:05 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies · 5+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 01, 2012 | swampsniper
    Kodak announced today that it has decided to discontinue its color reversal (AKA slide) films due to a steady decrease in sales and usage. The films discontinued are Ektachrome E100G/E100VS and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100. The company estimates that based on current sales pace, you’ll still be able to purchase the discontinued films for about six to nine months. If you were a loyal Kodak slide film shooter, it’ll soon be time to switch over to negative film or to Fujifilm color reversal films.
  • Kodak to Kill Off Its Camera Business

    03/01/2012 5:37:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies · 9+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 01, 2012 | swampsniper
    Kodak, the company that invented the first digital camera back in 1975, announced today that it is pulling out of the camera market entirely. The phasing out of digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames will likely happen by the end of June. Instead, the company will be focusing on licensing out its patents and brand name (much like Polaroid does), and on inkjet photo printing. Although Kodak wasn’t a big player in the digital camera space, it was once a dominant camera maker in the days of film. The original Kodak Brownie helped popularize consumer photography and...
  • Signs of Spring

    02/29/2012 6:17:49 PM PST · by Sarajevo · 30 replies · 3+ views
    N/A | 29 Feb 2012 | Sarajevo
    Due to the mild/non-existent winter we experienced this year, plants are blooming sooner. Here are a few of mine: Apple tree Citrus tree Kiwi Strawberries Buds on Mulberry tree Peach blossoms Japanese Loquat (finally bearing fruit!)
  • Pet Tales: These cats can drive you crazy.

    02/26/2012 11:46:29 AM PST · by dickmc · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tec ^ | Saturday, February 26, 2012 | Linda Wilson Fuoco
    Waffle and Tirzah are two cats that really know how to make a dramatic entrance into a crowded room. Heads turned. Jaws dropped. Conversations stopped, except for one woman who said, "Oh my God! Oh my God!" Waffle, a black-and-white tuxedo cat, arrived at the Steel City Kitties cat show behind the wheel of a purple child-sized battery-operated car. His sister Tirzah, a tortoiseshell-and-white cat, lounged regally atop a fluffy white cushion in a two-wheeled cart pulled by the little car.

    02/25/2012 4:28:13 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 54 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | swampsniper
    Playing with Windows Movie Maker, the version in Win7. All these shots are with my Sony A200, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine.
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (Feb 25, 2012)

    02/25/2012 6:53:27 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 65 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | Feb 25, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 12th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or two- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012

    02/24/2012 7:48:38 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, February 24, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Greetings from hot and sticky NE Louisiana! We set a record high yesterday at 89 degrees. I miss the mountains of Montana already. It averaged around 15 degrees while we were there and I was walking around in shirt sleeves. Without the extreme dampness, the cold is really comfortable.I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Red Devil_232 and Ellendra for taking care of the thread in my absence. Y'all did wonderful work and I appreciate your efforts more than you will know. I had expected to be able to post the thread for the past 2...
  • Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 5 ~ Feb. 24, 2012 ~ Effects of the Economy on Boating

    02/24/2012 5:23:36 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 43 replies
    Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 5 ~ Feb. 24, 2012 ~ Effects of the Economy on Boating If the boating market is a barometer of the economy - perhaps we are currently in the eye of the storm.. When the economy heads south, boating is one of the first things people stop doing, and one of the last things people start doing again when the economy warms up. If you listed things from need to not need; food, water, clothing, shelter would be at the beginning the list, and boating would be second to last, right before owning property...
  • Vanity: Gun belt recommendations.

    02/22/2012 7:53:51 PM PST · by securityman · 14 replies · 1+ views
    In need of a good gun belt for concealed carry. Will be using a Silent Thunder holster for a Glock 23. The belt size needs to be 1 1/2 inches. 5.11's any good? Wilderness? Beltman?
  • Gun Vanity: In the market for a .308 (Ruger American Rifle?)

    02/22/2012 6:49:19 PM PST · by DTogo · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Ruger ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | DTogo
    In the market for a quality yet reasonably priced rifle to scope and use for target and hunting (mostly white tail) beyond 100m: considering the new Ruger American Rifle in .308. Yes, the ballistic performance is less than a .30-06, it's not a Springfield M1A or a Gunsite Scout, but .308 ammo is cheaper and compatible with other hardware in the event of an "in-the-field" switch.FReeper input welcome!
  • Fighting with Swords and Shields Isn't Berserk, It's Awesome

    02/22/2012 5:43:31 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 52 replies · 1+ views ^ | Brian Ashcraft
    Exercise is important. Some jog. Others play tennis. In Tokyo, a group of folks don medieval armour, wield swords, and beat the tar out of each other. Welcome to Castle Tintagel, a Middle Ages oasis in a hyper modern metropolis.
  • Nikon to Stop Making Parts Available to Unauthorized Camera Repair Shops

    02/20/2012 11:06:31 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies · 1+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | swampsniper
    In mid-January, Nikon sent an letter out to independent camera repair technicians across the US, informing them that “it will no longer make repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs.” After July 13th, 2012, unauthorized repair shops will no longer be able to repair Nikon cameras
  • Big Toys for Big boys......(modeling)aircraft that is..

    02/20/2012 7:00:41 PM PST · by Doogle · 14 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 02/20/12 | YT
    Nice video of giant scale modeling.....nasty crosswind
  • John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74

    02/19/2012 3:19:52 AM PST · by Daffynition · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | 02.18.2012 | MARGALIT FOX
    He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there. Mr. Fairfax and Sylvia Cook in 1972, after their Pacific trek. He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance to traverse two oceans without steam or sail, proved irresistible.