Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Why I bought a camper . . .

more in the "vaguely related to hunting" department:

For more Ruffy the Grouse video, check out:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hitler Learns There's No Grouse Camp This Year

For Keith . . . vaguely related to hunting.

blogging is the real blood sport

Friday, March 26, 2010

Time for a subtitle contest ...

Click on image for full picture (hint: there be plus-fours with the pointe dogges)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hitler Doesn't Like Quality Deer Management

Apparently the making of film parodies using a clip from the movie Downfall (about Hitler's last days) has been a constant source of YouTube amusement for the past two years. Here's an article about the phenomenon:

Turns out there's even one about Quality Deer Management. Apparently Hitler wasn't a fan (You may want to hit the full screen view button to read the subtitles):

There's also another one about deer management in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Use enough vacuum cleaner

An ad for the Rowenta 2100 Watt vacuum cleaner. 

Friday, March 19, 2010

During the commercial break . . .

. . . of the Cornell-Temple game.  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More significant celebrity

The Old Spice Actor Visits Ellen:


I was recently interviewed by Kenn Blanchard of the Urban Shooter Podcast about an upcoming hunter education workshop I'm doing. You can listen to the podcast at

If you want, allow the podcast #156 to load and then scroll to minute 32:00 which is when my interview starts. Sound quality varies a bit, but there it is if you're interested.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More uses for mouse thumb puppets

Been pretty quiet lately. Here's another Tidball-worthy taxidermy project for all you grouse camp mouse hunters out there. Remember: full utilization of the resource is good.

computer mouse

Friday, March 05, 2010

Google killed Bambi

apparently this has made the rounds the past few years.

New York state street address. No wonder.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Bias at National Pretentious Radio????

I know Uncle Pete isn't going to want to believe this, but check out the following BLATANT case of liberal anti-gun bias being spouted forth by Pete's hero Nina Totenberg:

Civil Liberties Advocates, Not ‘Gun Advocates’

Posted By David Boaz On March 2, 2010 @ 10:54 am In General, Law and Civil Liberties | Comments Disabled

In this NPR story [1] Nina Totenberg gives both sides their say. But twice she refers to the people advocating Second Amendment rights as “gun advocates” (and once as “gun rights advocates”). That’s not the language NPR uses in other such cases. In 415 NPR stories on abortion, I found only one reference to “abortion advocates,” in 2005. There are far more references, hundreds more, to “abortion rights,” “reproductive rights,” and “women’s rights.” And certainly abortion-rights advocates would insist that they are not “abortion advocates,” they are advocates for the right of women to choose whether or not to have an abortion. NPR grants them the respect of characterizing them the way they prefer.

Similarly, NPR has never used the phrase “pornography advocates,” though it has run a number of stories on the First Amendment and how it applies to pornography. The lawyers who fight restrictions on pornography are First Amendment advocates, not pornography advocates.

And the lawyers who seek to guarantee our rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be called Second Amendment advocates, or advocates of the right to self-defense, or civil liberties advocates. Or even “gun rights advocates,” as they do advocate the right of individuals to choose whether or not to own a gun. But not “gun advocates.”

Article printed from Cato @ Liberty:

URL to article:

Pete, I know your entire worldview is NPR-formed, but dude, you've got to get a different radio station. imho

Monday, March 01, 2010

You can thank a philosopher . . .

Here's an interesting article by Steven Levy on "How Google's Algorithm Rules the Web." Thank goodness for those gender-confused wordsmiths:

Take, for instance, the way Google’s engine learns which words are synonyms. “We discovered a nifty thing very early on,” Singhal says. “People change words in their queries. So someone would say, ‘pictures of dogs,’ and then they’d say, ‘pictures of puppies.’ So that told us that maybe ‘dogs’ and ‘puppies’ were interchangeable. We also learned that when you boil water, it’s hot water. We were relearning semantics from humans, and that was a great advance.”

But there were obstacles. Google’s synonym system understood that a dog was similar to a puppy and that boiling water was hot. But it also concluded that a hot dog was the same as a boiling puppy. The problem was fixed in late 2002 by a breakthrough based on philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s theories about how words are defined by context. As Google crawled and archived billions of documents and Web pages, it analyzed what words were close to each other. “Hot dog” would be found in searches that also contained “bread” and “mustard” and “baseball games” — not poached pooches. That helped the algorithm understand what “hot dog” — and millions of other terms — meant. “Today, if you type ‘Gandhi bio,’ we know that bio means biography,” Singhal says. “And if you type ‘bio warfare,’ it means biological.”

Wittgenstein rocks! Words are his metier.