A few random observations

Updated on January 7, 2021 in General Stuff
15 on January 5, 2021

The near universal acceptance of face masks has had the welcome side-effect of all but eliminating random whistling in public.

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Of all the dumb things to have happen, the term “binders” has been coopted by the trans people. Twenty years ago, if I asked Google “where can I buy binders”, I’d get results relevant to what we sell: Office/marketing supplies.

Today, “binders” (at least in Google’s mind) is as likely to mean “chest binders for transitioning people” as it is to mean “looseleaf binders”.

FFS. That totally screws up our marketing.

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Speaking of business, it’s my nature to run against the grain. In recent times, that has manifest itself in our program to pimp our new line of thank you cards. We’ve had pretty good luck marketing these along the lines of “In an online world, where everything is “click” and “likes” and “emails” and “posts” and “retweets”, if you really want to stand out, send your client’s a real, hand-written card.”

Most of our clients are smaller businesses. I like to think that one of my advantages is that I mostly sell to people like myself, and that message works. I spent the last couple of days working up some stock designs, a couple of which I actually like: https://speedbinder.com/product-category/printing/thank-you-cards/

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Anyone have any hookups for buying ammo these days? The shelves are bare at all my regular suppliers. Makes me regret not buying up more back in the day. I remember getting 22LR in bulk for a nickel a piece. I just placed an order for 1000 rounds and paid five times that. Guess that’s just the way things are going.

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Speaking of shooting, my exploration of precision riflery continues. At the moment, I’m kind of settling in on getting a Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmore with a 24″ barrel. Problem is, not only are the rifles scarce (and therefore $$$$), but ammo is all but unavailable. Nebraska’s own Hornady produces what I read to be the gold standard in 6.5 ammo. They have match grade rounds in 120, 140, and 147 grain bullet weights. I’d like to try a box of each, but they are essentially impossible to find.

Kind of sucks, but I guess I’ll just keep looking.

 
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The only random observation I can comment knowingly on is your effort to print thank you cards. Takes me back to when my wife and I were doing music. At that time everything was pushing to be virtual. Put your songs out for streaming. No need for CDs. And why the heck carry that stuff around anyways.

But we always found that the best advertising you could have is to have a CD available for sale. People would come out and hear you and would invariably inquire about a CD. No mailing list or cutesy download card could pull back the essence of an enjoyable evening with friends and family on a deck somewhere overlooking the mountains like an actual (possibly signed) CD of music. It makes the experience of the music like 5D which can bring it back to you down to the bouquet of the various wines or the visceral smokiness of a locally sourced cheese (and the hilarity of a dozen half sloshed friends).

True, maybe nobody in Oklahoma will know who you are. But on that small scale, people in Oklahoma aren’t paying you.

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On a related note, I was just commenting to Angie last night that maybe buying movies on DVD is still the way to go.

My prediction is that, within ten years, streaming services will either simply not offer movies that do not comport with ever-evolving “woke” standards, or at a minimum will censor them ala network TV.

eg, “Never go full special”.

on January 6, 2021

I can’t comment on the woke standards, but I am noticing that video streaming services continue to fracture so that now you can pay for 35 different services in the hopes that one of them carries what you actually want. 

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Random observations:

RE: the speedbinder site, I like “call us, we’re nice…”

Re: digital music marketing: K and I came of age in the snail mail list era. 20 years ago, we used to do these quarterly postcard mailers with several month’s worth of noteworthy gigs on them, sending out as many as a thousand locally. It was expensive, but we always got crowds, because the various music lovers would put the gig calendar cards on their fridges, and actually plan a night out around them.

Now, of course, everything is email list, if at all, and more likely just a FB post.

I’ve slowly been putting together a local snail mail list again—at this point, mostly long time fans, student’s families, etc. It’ll probably be 250-300 names, so not that expensive to do as postcards, and it will by default be highly preselected for a more mature audience likely to take notice and come to the recitals, wine bar, and outdoor market gigs.  And we will be among the very few doing a tangible contact in an ocean of digital overstimulation.

Re: ammo, you’re fucked. The entire supply chain is back ordered to the level of raw materials for over a year. There has never been anything like it in recent US history.

Re: the Ruger precision, it’s a good choice. Tikka is about the only other real contender in the price range, and the 6.5CM is the current hotness. My Marine sniper and hunting mentor likes the 140 match rounds. He’s taken Elk and Black bear at insane ranges with the little creed, to say nothing of deer. He keeps browbeating me to get a 24” Tikka.

Oh, and black rifles are racist.

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Aaaand… now that Georgia has fallen, and protestors have breached the capitol grounds… you may as well forget about buying ammo.

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Alea jacta est.

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Which “protestors”?

Some million or so Trump supporters have been on the Mall since about 4:30 this morning. The rally has now moved over to the Capital where the wrangling’s started about 1 pm.

As I’ve watched (professional curiosity mostly), there’s been no violence. And likely won’t be based on the ethics of those folks.

“Breached the Capital grounds” is a bit deceptive. If a couple of them made it in to the building, that not really noteworthy. It’s a public place with space for citizens to watch (hell, I wandered around that building numerous times when I worked there). No biggie.

But if BLM and Antifa have shown up to disrupt the peaceful protests, I’m guessing some of them are dead already. Particularly since Trump and the Secret Service are there also.

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It is somewhat remarkable.

Meaning the willful memory-hole that the last four years just fell into.

My perspective is that from the moment Trump won in 2016, we saw unprecedented protests. Those protests enjoyed the implicit (and frequently explicit) support of prominent national D’s, and were clearly funded/supported by prominent interest groups.

His election was denounced as “illegitimate” based on “Russian hacking” and all the rest. They ran that train all the way over the impeachment cliff.

All of which is to say, I’m not surprised that Trump partisans are giving all that back, just as good as they received it. 

But the short term stuff will fade.

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The Trump people on the ground should just declare a “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”.

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Ammo wise, I’m reasonably well provisioned at the moment. The “big three” for me are 223, 00 12 ga, and 45ACP. I have more than enough for any reasonable (and most unreasonable) scenarios. What I don’t have is enough to burn a bunch on the range. Target/tactical practice is going to be scarce this year.

The stuff I’m really short on is the 22LR. My 1000 round order just showed up, which replenishes me from zero, but that stuff is for plinking sessions with the grandsons, and those burn through rounds like crazy.

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The main thing that annoys me is the fact that the time I expected to spend banging the gong on the 600 yard range at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club this year with the precision rifle I was wanting to get looks like it’s not happening.

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On the Caesar quote, I realized a few years ago that for most of my life, I misunderstood it.

To me, “the die is cast” meant something like “the die used to cast the metal part is set, and therefore the shape of the resulting part is inevitable”.

It wasn’t until relatively recently that I realized it had to do with a throwing a die, having been put into motion, was going to produce whatever number it was going to produce, and while the result remains unknown, the outcome is already inevitable.

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I guess it was the Trump nuts (a few of them anyways) that broke into the chamber itself. Trump’s called out the National Guard. Now we’ll see what real law and order looks like.

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One assumes the goings on at the capitol are “mostly peaceful”.

We’ll know things are really out of hand if they cross the line from “mostly peaceful” to “relatively peaceful”.

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How quickly they forget.

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