“Something is ROTTEN in the state of [Virginia]!”

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I Collected 21 Sets of Dog Tags During the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta!

Ever since I managed to rank #40 on the Playstation leaderboards for dog tags collected in Battlefield Bad Company 2, I have been addicted to collecting the sexy little things! I just love grabbing a quick melee kill and collecting a new set of tags that I’ve never seen before, particularly the more rare varieties.

Check out the video below that I made from the footage I collected during the 2021 open beta of Battlefield 2042. 21 kills in all, though not a single dog tag appears on screen. I reached out to the official Twitter account for the game to ask them if this was just a beta thing, or if there would not be dog tags in the full version. They did not respond to my query.

Kill list:

dirt_47_FBgg || Jamx998
Gothmog442 || TacticalPOG13
KlipzDaily || Dweasel93
Miiiy00 || Sir_Flowers_
PFC L. MEYER [AI] || Jeffy5612
RubenSalvador || Cthulhulord66
PFC S. MADDEN [AI] || BATT3Y
WO B. KENNEDY [AI] || M-R V DOMASHYOVA [AI]
EFR K. POLOTENTSEVA [AI] || NEKROreNCRnated
SuicideSoldier3 || Illiminate86
Zzzippler

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Colorado GOP & Mesa County GOP Tighten Criminal Grip On Western Colorado

If half the country and the federal government are calling you “domestic terrorists” it’s probably because you are. Take it from me, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, and former member of Pearl Harbor ASF, a reserve police and counterterrorism/civil rioting rapid response force. Republicans have thrown off the freedoms of American Democracy in exchange for the yolk of a new King.

What they call “Socialism” is merely educated society making good on the SOCIAL CONTRACT. If you’ve never heard of it, you should do some reading. Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau–and others–dedicated their lives to the study of political theory. Each arrived at the Social Contract by different means, and with different intent. But they all got there, nonetheless.

Why? Because the Social Contract is nothing more than forcing government to care for the PEOPLE as much, or more than, the “KING.” To Hobbes, life was “nasty, brutish, and short.” People were generally self-absorbed, and therefore “bad” for and to each other. The social contract allowed an authority to be raised to counterbalance the worst aspects of Man’s nature, whilst also providing for them a leveling of the playing field, not so much with respect to each other, but to the overwhelmingly thuggish nature of the world around them.

Seriously, if you call this Socialism, you simply don’t understand cause and effect. You don’t understand where we’ve come from as a species, nor where we are going! The act of caring for the People IS NOT EVIL. Only one ‘person’ can believe that, and they are THE KING.

The modern Republican Party, at Federal, State, and Local levels, is faced with becoming irrelevant. They have watched the data as closely as anyone else, and they know that party identification has been waning for years. This is most likely why they have clung to “The Big Lie” so vehemently, because they are out of sync with the nation, and rather than reevaluate their positions, they resort to theft. Or, as one evil Republican once so eloquently put it, try to drown [Democracy] as an infant in a bathtub.

Vote Blue. Veterans stand against Republican TYRANNY!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

With Tina Peters At The Election Helm, Mesa County Voters Cannot Be Guaranteed A Free And Fair Election!

Tina Peters has willfully violated the trust of all Mesa County voters! I swore an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against “all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.” Tina is most certainly one of those domestic enemies.

She, and her staff, as well as a member of the public (Gerald Wood) have all violated election law, spread disinformation about election integrity, fled or hid from criminal investigations, and jeopardized the entire election system of Mesa County, Colorado!

To think that there is ANY CHANCE WHATSOEVER on this shithole planet (thank Trump for that terminology) that an election in which Tina, or anyone from the Mesa County GOP is involved–even by one iota–could even possibly be free and fair ignores both Tina’s Actions, and the overt actions and intentions of the Republican Party. These people are criminals, and they possess no love at all for American Democracy.

Tina Peters, and anyone associated with her, must not be allowed to oversee any part of future elections in this county. PERIOD. FULL STOP! If I had my druthers, she/they would lose all voting rights from now into perpetuity. And remember folks, if you see Tina, be sure to ask her, “WHY WERE THE CAMERAS TURNED OFF?

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

Tina Peters Looks More Guilty By The Day!

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The Foundation: Out Of Time To Read, Will Try The Audiobook

If you’re like me, then you’ve run out of time to read this series before the Apple TV version premiers on September 24th. No worries, though! The books are available in audiobook form, and since one my my gigs involves delivery driving, I have plenty of time to listen! If you’re in the same boat that I am, please don’t hesitate to follow the link below and grab yourself a copy of the audiobook as well!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid

Time-Lapse: Building a Laser Etched, Basswood Butcher Block with Black Pipe Legs from Scratch.

SO MUCH FUN!

This was a really fun project! It took me a week to complete rather than the single day (ha!) that I had planned for. My wife really wants to redo our kitchen cupboards and top them off with butcher block counter tops, so this was a bit of a practice run for me. Boy am I glad for having it, too! I learned many lessons!

MATERIALS

First, I ordered basswood blanks from Bell Forest Products. I have to confess that I did not research the company before hand (no excuse) so I have no idea about sustainability practices or fair trade policies, or anything like that. I literally just googled “basswood blanks” and voila, up they popped!

Why basswood? I lucked into working with basswood a couple of years back when I built a chest for my daughter for Christmas. It was one of the few choices for “hobby lumber” that I was able to purchase locally, in person. It’s a fairly light stock, not as light as balsa wood, but not too much heavier, either. It sands quickly and effortlessly, takes stain like a sponge, has enough structural integrity to build sizable (though not huge) projects with, and just has a damn cool name.

(Full disclosure, I’m a long-time bass player, so I may be biased.)

You don’t have to go with Bell, but at $55 the price was right for me! Here are a couple of other options, though:

Of course, I like to build with as few fasteners (nails and screws) as possible. So, you’ll need a good wood glue, and lots of it!

For this table I used a polyurethane spray around the edges (3 heavy coats) and a glaze coat epoxy kit for the work surface.

Last, but not least, I fastened the whole thing to a set of black pipe table legs. These come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Here are some of my favorites:

PROCESS

First, I laid out the pieces of basswood as they would be arranged in the finished project. I then snapped a photo, and began planning out all of my laser etchings:

The laser etcher that I used was by LaserPecker. I ordered the deluxe version (thanks to the S.B.A.), but it comes in many different configurations. Here are a couple of them:

I then glued together only the 3- and 4-piece blocks that would have to be glued together prior to etching. This was primarily necessary for the 4 portraits, but also for the H.S.T. Gonzo emblem and the ship’s seal for the USS Reuben James, etcetera. From there each individually etched piece was processed through the LaserPecker and assembled, piece by piece, to form the entire surface of the table.

I stained the surface and edges of the desk, then flipped it over and glued four 1 x 4 furring strips cut to match the depth of the tabletop. This may or may not have been necessary, but it gave me piece of mind in the sense that it shores up potential structural integrity issues with the butcher block pieces by adding cross supports that bridge most, if not all, of the basswood blanks with the others.

Next, I flipped the whole thing back over and created a basin for the epoxy resin (glaze coat) using several layers of tightly pulled painter’s tape. Glaze coat pours out pretty thick, and maintains a high viscosity all the way through to curing (hardening). This gives it what the manufacturer calls a “self-leveling” quality, which is probably just marketing hype, but it’s also not untrue. You have to work the liquid around a bit to make sure that it gets into all areas, but once it has contact with the entire area, thicknesses pretty much level out on their own thanks to gravity and time.

The key is to have a heat gun or flame available to work out as many of the bubbles that you will inevitably find trapped in the goo–once it is spread evenly–as possible. If you miss this step, you will get dimples and holes where the bubbles remained during curing. They are actually pretty easy to coax up through the gelatinous epoxy, so long as you warm the goop from a proper distance and don’t overheat or boil it. I found that a heat gun was also good for fine tuning the spread of the resin, as it was able to move the material without leaving behind a depression in the surface like the mixing paddle did.

Anyway, the rest is pretty much self-explanatory. Please do watch the time-lapse above of me building this project as described in this blog post.

Thanks for reading!

Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid