That’s One Hardcore Apple

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Okay, it’s time to lay off the jokes about Apple for at least one week. They have at least one employee who is a bonafide hero.

During the same cowardly attack that killed Major General Harold Greene, an unnamed US reservist wearing body armor jumped in front of a UK colonel who wasn’t wearing any, and then returned fire with both rifle and pistol. Three shots were stopped by his body armor, but he was hit twice in the legs and once in the shoulder.

And yeah, his real job is as a customer service manager for Apple, out in Cupertino on their main “campus,” but he’s done three tours.

UPDATE: The original story about this actually came out August 12, based on the casualty report, and was reported by the Washington Post and other US sources. But I hadn’t seen it before today.

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Cool Sword Channels on YouTube


Realized that some folks AREN’T already following Medieval Otaku’s blog, so I might want to spread this around a bit– he found a bunch of cool youtube sword channels, like it says on the tin….

Originally posted on Medieval Otaku:

As you know from my handle and previous posts–especially this one, I’m fascinated by medieval swordplay.  I’ve discovered several great channels on YouTube by enthusiasts of Historical European Martial Arts and figured that I should share the best of them here.  Some of my dear readers are no doubt curious what the difference is between real Medieval swordplay and what Hollywood portrays.  Medieval swordsmanship had been been lost until people in the latter half of the twentieth century began to try to reconstruct medieval swordsmanship from old manuals and the ergonomics of the weapons and armor.  There is a particular degree of ignorance in the study of the long sword and other weapons–as Skallagrim admits here; but one of the virtues of this community of enthusiasts is that they correct each others’ misconceptions.  You may watch this video where Skallagrim points out some errors in a…

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Our Lady and the Founding of Modern Greece

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Here’s another famous story I’ve never heard before!

In the early 1820’s, Greece was trying to break away from the Ottoman Empire and various European powers, and become an independent nation again. (We don’t hear much about this, except Byron’s involvement in the fight.)

In 1821 in Tinos, a gardener started having dreams that Mary wanted him to go dig up an ancient icon of her, which was buried in a local landowner’s field. He dug around a bit and found nothing. Then in 1822, a Greek Orthodox nun named Sister Pelayia (Pelagia) also had dreams, on three consecutive Sundays in July, also asking her to dig up the icon in that same field. Sister Pelayia told her Mother Superior, who told the local bishop, who decided they needed to scale this thing up and dig up the whole field.

So he got together all the people who wanted…

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Some “Activist” Nuns Do Good Stuff

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Usually, I’m not in favor of religious doing activism. The idea is supposed to be that religious, priests, and deacons prod the local lay community into doing stuff, and support them in a background way once they get going. The real job is supposed to be charity, not holding signs.

OTOH, it would seem that Sister Christine Frost, MBE, a Catholic sister from the Jesuit-related order* of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, does seem to do some good works for UK poor people living in those creepy public housing developments in London. Her main job is a friendship and help charity called Neighbours in Poplar, doing things like running lunches and bingo entertainment for the elderly. The charity serves people of all faiths, although it’s run out of a community center that used to be the East India Company’s Anglican chapel. She’s been at this for over…

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LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014

Took my mug shot and left. It’ll take three to six weeks.

Really? I know the licenses aren’t like the keycards you get on a ship, but they make those in about 10 seconds, and I have to think there’s a quicker way to get them to me. Unless someone actually draws them by hand to look like official documents, and the foil-and-hologram part takes a whole day.

via LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014.

I think I can shed light on this– at least, the reason I hope that it is.

You don’t want them to be able to make the card at the office, because a fake ID is worth a lot.  This would be a false ID– there wouldn’t be a tell in how it was made.

So you put the IDs somewhere that can have really good supervision, where the supplies can’t be stolen, and where you only have to find one in fifty of all of your employees that can be trusted with instant identity theft materials….

(The military did the same sort of thing last time I was in for a new card.)

LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014

As for those old pictures I have in digital form, here’s one from 2004, ten years ago.

via LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014.

I don’t really know Mr. Lileks; I’ve read him since I was a kid, and his was the first website I went to after boot camp, followed by finding some G-Files.

It’s amazing to me that his “new baby” is old enough to be an artist– learning, yes, but she’s on DA among the other folks who have more talent than I ever will– and I think it’s a blessing of the internet age that I’ve been able to chat with him a couple of times.

A former sailor's ramblings on anything from family, country and Church through general geek-ness.


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