Wow I’ve completely forgotten about tumblr, should probly start actually posting stuff
Couldn’t figure out a good way to do this on Tumblr so I’m just gonna make an imgur album filled with all the pictures and link it.
So over the past weekend I’ve watched 5 zombie movies. Most of them Shitty. To be specific I watched Meat Market 1-3, the original Dawn of the Dead (the only good one) and Redneck Zombies. Because my friends Bear and Blastoise wanted me to watch Meat Marker 1 so badly I decided to live comment about it on their wall (sort of like a live tweet on facebook). This was mostly to be a dick but they enjoyed it so we live commented on Meat Markets 2 and 3 and Redneck Zombies.
I’ll begin posting these and all future live comments on my tumblr.
Wasn’t planning to go to the range today. Woke up to a text message from Jason asking if we were going to the range today. Immediately got up, showered and dressed. Packed up my range bag (back pack) full of ammo and cleaning supplies. Cased the Ruger 10/22 rifle and Nikita (Mosin Nagant). Took 40 rounds of Mosin ammo (7.62x54r) and 700+ 10/22 ammo (.22lr). I wanted to conserve my Mosin ammo for next weekend’s range time with the noobs, however 10/22 ammo is cheap as dirt as is. Jason took his Stag Arms AR-15 rifle and Anya (his Mosin Nagant). He packed 500+ AR-15 ammo (.223) and 20 mosin ammo.
The basic purpose for the range trip was a safety test for the Mosins and a function/accuracy test for all rifles. After a quick trip to Jason’s followed by the bank, we finally made our way to the range. Followed the directions to google maps, this led us to Wolcott. After finding out the range is no where near Wolcott, we began making our way to the range’s actual range in Naugatuck. High Rock shooting association is a small range tucked away in Naugatuck state forest. Outdoor range, 16 lanes, long hill going out to about 100+ meters. End of the hill is a large rock formation (high rock). At the beginning of each hour there is a 20 minute shooting period, followed by a 10 minute cease fire to change targets (followed by another 20 minute shooting period, another 10 minute cease fire).
We got set up at 4 o’clock. First up was Nikita. This was the first safety test so I was a bit nervous. Of course I fully cleaned and inspected the firearm before I went to shoot it. I made sure I inspected every single piece and made sure I knew exactly how the firearm worked. I was still scared because of that “what if it just back fires and sends the bolt into my face”. Lined the sights, fired without a problem. Fired all 40 that day with no problem, same with Jason’s 20. Mosins are officially safe.
Functionally, the guns were all pretty good. Nikita’s bolt and trigger assembly was all very free flowing all day, every piece very smooth, 100% function. The Ruger 10/22 had one failure to fire, later determined to be an issue of a round with no primer. Besides the one hangup, the 10/22 functioned 100%. Jason’s Stagarms ArR-15 fired fine all day. Anya, however, had a pretty sticky bolt. Not sticky enough to require it to be bashed open but he had to use a good amount of force to get the bolt unstuck. During cleaning we gave special attention to lubricating the bolt and the bolt track.
Accuracy was no problem for the 10/22 and Nikita. Nikita held a fist sized group consistently (surprised me because normally Mosins are sighted with bayonets on and I fired with it off, barrel harmonics weren’t changed enough to change the point of impact). 10/22 held a pretty large grouping but this was because I changed my sight picture halfway through the day. Jason’s accuracy with the AR-15 held a decent group (about the same as the 10/22) but was about 4 inches low. Needs to have the front sight lowered about 16 moa. His accuracy with Anya was pretty awful. He hit the paper about 6 times in 3 different locations. He blames the gun, more likely it was just bad shooting. I’ll determine this on saturday when I get a hand on his Mosin.
In all had a fantastic day at the range, got back and made sure to clean everything. The Mosins were agreed to be the most fun to shoot. Bolt action is just a fun way to shoot. Bringing a group of noobies next saturday to this range, should have a great time. Have to get them safety trained and train them in the weapons operation sometime during the week.
TL;DR: Guns are awesome
In this film Matt Damon plays a politician who fights for the woman he loves against seemingly unstoppable supernatural forces. Its a science fiction romance movie that seems to work ok. The romance is convincing enough and the sci-fi is interesting enough to keep both parties entertained on date night. The entire premise of the film feels a bit contrived but its a bit easier to get into by the third act. Though many parts come across as very cheesy it doesn’t overwhelm the overall feel of the film. The only problem is that the villains never feel particularly evil or villainous, more just misguided. I feel like I should add something about the basic plot but just about anything I’d give away would be a bit spoilerish. The first act is pretty good, second act slows down and is less interesting but the third act is much better. Overall, I’d say this movie is a good date night movie but still only an average film.
I’ll give it a 7/10
My original intention for this review was to compare the two Avatar: The Last Airbenders. After watching the movie, I realized this was stupid because it doesn’t even compare to the cartoon. Instead, I’ll just go over the things the movie did wrong. To begin, the source material is ignored quite a bit. Some of these are excusable, most are not. First off, they mispronounce several names. Aang, Sokka, Iroh, even the term Avatar. All mispronounced in the film. I find this pretty inexcusable. The names and terms were said in the cartoon, but for whatever reason the pronunciation was ignored. Casting in this movie was simply awful. When you compare the physical traits of the actors to the characters in the show, everything feels off. Aang is supposed to have an innocent sort of happy look. In the movie, he looks very sad, sort of “thousand mile stare”ish. Kotara isn’t too bad, still supposed to look a couple years older than Aang. Aang looks like he’s 8 (supposed to be 12), Kotara looks 9 (supposed to be 14), Sokka looks 21 (supposed to be 15). The only person who looks age appropriate is Zuko (supposed to be 16). Iroh is supposed to be old, short and fat. In the movie he’s tall and sort of old. I could go on and on but its nothing that hasn’t been said before. Costume and makeup are bad, the bending looks awful, many of the key aspects of bending have been completely ignored, etc.
TL;DR: Watch the Cartoon, not the movie
Cartoon - 9/10, Movie 3.5/10
Plan for this weekend: watch the first season of avatar: last airbender, compare to avatar last airbender movie
Pictures I was in for World at War on sunday. http://imgur.com/a/EtvTR
More to come as the official ones are released.
No not the call of duty game. Airsoft!
Got up at 7 today, rushed through getting ready and scraping off my car to get to Jason’s on time. From there we went to the field where the event was taking place. The field sits at the bottom of bear swamp rd., which not only has terribly steep hills to be driving down in snow, but also a pretty scary name. As we were pulling in to the parking lot, Jason managed to be driving too fast and skidded into a snowbank. We were fine, as was the vehicle. We dug it out in like 15 minutes.
We unpacked our gear, got everything on and ready, registered (on team USA) and chrono’d our guns. Unfortunately we forgot that everything involving airsoft invariably starts an hourish late, so we spent a lot of time just standing around waiting for stuff to happen. We started meeting up with our team and began to realize we had way too many support gunners. I believe the final count we made of heavy machine guns was 9. (9 of these: http://tinyurl.com/y8znpua).
The way this game worked is that there were five teams, USA, China, Brazil, Russia and that one I can’t remember. Each team had a flag in their base, your objective was to remove that flag and put up your own. Doing this not only gave you that base but that team now fought for you.
Eventually we finally got started and proceeded to our team’s base, “The Castle”. Pretty good name for it, as it was literally a castle (made out of plywood, though shaped like a castle with 20 foot walls). We began removing any cover around the base, creating a “no man’s land” so the enemy wouldn’t be able to attack us without being exposed. As we were doing this, the game started and within a couple minutes we were under attack.
After a lot of resistance from the team behind us, they eventually surrendered and allowed us to take their base. This seemed kind of lame, but we were more than happy to take the extra manpower. Not too long after this we began to get hit hard from the front. It quickly dawned on us that while we had taken one team’s base, the team attacking us had taken two and thus outmanned us. We tried several tactics to stop them from being able to advance. Counter flanking and attempting to capture the other team’s base while they were away were two that I went on, both failed. After a while it became evident this was a stalemate, we were too fortified to be captured and had no feasible way to capture any of their bases. The teams were again divided and the game started again.
We didn’t waste any time once this game started. We quickly met up with our former team mates in the base behind us and agreed to them letting us capture them. Once we did this, we quickly ran to the closest base in front of them. Our only strategy here was “sprint up the hill and shoot everyone in the base”. It was essentially a wave of about 30 people sprinting up on a base, each of them firing their gun into the base. This was the most fun I had all game, running, yelling out to advance on the base, shooting into the base. It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in airsoft. They really didn’t stand a chance and this base was captured pretty quickly. We didn’t bother trying to set up defensive positions, this game was purely offensive. Basically, team USA was on a speedrun. Now with about 40 people in our Platoon we did the same tactic. The only difference was that there were even more that last time. This base put up a bit more resistance than the last but we took it very easily. Now USA team had absorbed 3 opposing teams and bases, just one more to go.
It looked like the final team was preparing to surrender, but quickly changed their minds. After sliding down a steep hill, we yet again tried the sprint in tactic. With a platoon of about 50 we sprinted as fast as we could towards the base but found this team would not go down as easy as the others. While the other teams had bases with less than one hundred feet from a hill we could sneak up on them from, this one had about a 300 foot no man’s land all around it. Our tactic got most of us hit quickly, halting our progress on this base. More and more pressure was applied until everyone in the base was hit and we could get the flag in. With that, USA won the game!
Now I’m back in my apartment, most muscles in my body aching, and really exhausted. I couldn’t have had a better day.
TL:DR : I had an awesome day at airsoft.
I finally got a higher kill count in airsoft than Jason!!! Though to be fair he was using support weapons making me the designated rifleman. To be unfair, both his guns were far better quality than mine. I managed to get myself in the underground toc and act like a turret, taking out 5 guys invading the base (doesn’t sound like much, however my personal best before this was 3 kills in a game). I still feel really awesome, can’t wait till I get christmas money so I can get an new airsoft pistol (http://tinyurl.com/24x8fes)