Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anonymity Can Be a Good Thing

If I were a widely-read blogger, I might never admit this.

But I'm not, so I will.

You guys know that I've been trolling the Open Carry Tarrant County Facebook page.

My actual glamour shot.
It's been fun, because they don't grasp subtlety.

Anyway, today the OCTC Facebook page announced that they wanted supporters to sign up for email blasts advertising, presumably, dumb-shit numb-nuts crap-ass things that the organization wanted to publicize. Like its patented "Let's Walk Around with Loaded Guns Because That Totally Makes People Feel Safe" events.

Nothing makes me feel safer than two dudes in fugly hats
carrying weapons at Home Depot.
All you have to do to get OCTC's email blasts is to send your email address to

Which you can totally do if you want. can use that email address to go to other websites and sign up for their newsletter.

Which is what I've done with the following:

  • Wendy Davis for Texas Governor
  • Greenpeace International
  • Wiccan Spirit
  • BuzzFeed All-Cats Newsletter
  • Nickelodeon Universe

I sincerely hope that Kory Watkins enjoys the newsletters I've hooked him up with. With which I've hooked him up. Never mind.

The point is, once your email address is publicized, it's fair game.

So if there's a newsletter or mailing you think OCTC needs to see, feel free to sign them up.

Maybe Mr. Watkins will enjoy the change of pace from right-wing gun-toting conservative nutcase news.

Or not.

Just saying.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On the Record

As you may remember, a couple of weeks ago I taught Precocious Daughter how to play records.

One o' those mother-daughter bonding moments.
We were using our crappy all-in-one record player/CD player/radio/speakers/crap thing. I told her it was fine to listen to my old well-played discs, but if she wanted to buy her own new vinyl, we'd need a decent turntable.

So she ordered one from Amazon, and it arrived today.

I love getting packages in the mail,
don't you?
I took my Pioneer amplifier and my JBL speakers out of mothballs and donated them to PDaughter's new sound system. I taught her how to hook up the speakers; she was baffled by speaker wire. I helped her attach the drive belt on the turntable (yeah, it's belt drive rather than direct drive - something to aspire to). I showed her how to adjust the equalization, i.e., MORE BASS.

Then came the moment of truth. At the same time PDaughter ordered the turntable, she ordered a Strokes album, because she is obsessed with the Strokes.

Damn, album covers look better when they're 12x12".
She oh-so-carefully set the album on the turntable and pressed "start" to engage the tone arm.

And then...

God damn, but a vinyl record through a good amp and a quality pair of speakers sounds AWESOME.

I'm so jealous.

It's like some Freaky Friday kind of deal.
Tell me again why I let her set up the stereo in her bedroom instead of the family room, where I could use it, too?

You know what? It doesn't matter. My love of old-school vinyl has passed to the next generation.

That's...quite literally...groovy.