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    • 3 years ago

      peelman
    • RIP Monty

      4 years ago

      peelman

      I know that the RT gang is going to soldier on, if for no other reason than it would be Monty's wish, but damned if this isn't a big blow to everybody there. Thoughts are with the giant extended family and fandom that is RT.

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    • 7 years ago

      peelman
    • Five Signs of Death

      7 years ago

      peelman

      Keeping with my new commentary-about-the-podcast theme...

      We* generally only dealt with the first two, but the five signs are important to any and all First Responders. When making a run, you are ethically (and in some cases legally) bound to perform whatever life-saving measures you can, despite obvious injuries or your take on the patient's outlook. If the head is still attached, and rigor isn't set, you perform CPR until you get a pulse, or you are relieved by a doctor. Responders can't call a Time of Death, only a doctor can, or so went our training.

      Where I grew up, 25 minutes by a fast ambulance from the nearest hospital, it wasn't uncommon for EMTs to do CPR on a clinically dead patient for the entire trip, but that was the job. Also contributed to our fairly high turnover rate; shit like that is hard on the mind. There were plenty of times when they were able to bring people back, as it were, but your odds are 6-to-5 and pick 'em when you're that far from help.

      * I grew up in a family of volunteer firefighters and EMTs. At one point or another, my dad and my two older brothers were EMTs and firemen. My grandpa was supposedly a founding member of the local department. I ran off to college before I could take my EMT classes, but I was a firefighter, as a Cadet when I was 16, and the RealDealâ„¢ at 18. I have charged head-first inside burning structures, performed extrications using the Jaws of Life (Amkus tools, in our case), landed helicopters for AirCare, and commanded accident scenes coordinating multiple agencies including law enforcement, EMS, and fire services.

    • Harry Potter...

      7 years ago

      peelman

      So Burnie has been going on in two Podcasts now about the Harry Potter story being "very British" in that the titular character is "born into" his role.

      I really don't like getting on my soapbox for this kinda shit, but here it goes, a 27 year old clearing up the plot devices in a series of what is generally referred to as a kids' book.

      Harry wasn't born into anything. He was a normal kid, born to normal parents (Keeping in mind we're talking about a fictional universe where you can light shit on fire with nothing but your mind and a special stick).

      His mom was a muggle, his dad's family had some money, and were descendants from powerful wizards, but the concept of royalty is railed against in the books (The Slytherins and Death Eaters being the biggest example of this, since their believed that blood lines dictated ones abilities and place within the Wizarding world).

      Had Burnie read the books, or even followed through on watching some of the later movies (Jack was incredibly right in that they got incredibly good starting with the 3rd movie, and with the expcetion of Order of the Phoenix, got progressively better), Burnie would have a better understanding that what made Harry special wasn't his birth or his bloodline, it was a judgement made by the main villain, who also while descendent from powerful wizards, was born of a muggle/wizard union, and rose to power through fear and tyranny. At one point Dumbledore insists that Harry wasn't special; he was made special through Voldemort's choice to pursue him, based on the Prophecy. Had Voldemort choose Neville instead (the other baby who fit the prophecy), things would have worked out very differently and Harry would have grown up in a well-off, but otherwise normal house.

      Saying Harry Potter was born into it is like saying Frodo was born into it.

    • Life Happens...

      8 years ago

      peelman

      So in the intervening time since i wrote that post a lot has happened.

      We closed on our house on the 27th of May. Nine days later my sister in law passed away from cancer at the age of 40. We buried her the following Friday, and got married on Saturday (June 11). On June 13 we flew to Maui for nine days, trying to leave it all behind and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. We got back on the 22nd, and started packing, moving into our new house on the 27th. July has been spent trying to get my head back into my job, getting our new house settled in, going through the nightmare of paperwork getting my new wife's name changed and getting our address changed for everything.

      So June disappeared into a haze, almost like a dream (a nightmare at times). July has melted away into the Indiana heat mingled with the stress and rigors of moving and transplanting your life from one city to another.

      I'm hoping August will offer a break from this miserable heat that's been suffocating the midwest, and see us get the rest of our things in order here in our new home.

      The next big hurdle is getting away from my current job and moving on to one that doesn't make we want to throw things and hurt small animals.

    • So we just bought a house...

      8 years ago

      peelman

      Or rather we made and offer on one and it was accepted. We're going through the ridiculous process of actually securing a loan and buying it now.

      Then comes the fun of moving.

      And spending money.

      And buying furniture.

      And spending money.

      And decorating.

      And spending money.

      And mowing grass.

      And spending money.

      And spending money.

      And spending money.

      Every time I have moved in the past it has been an expensive process, chock full of the death and rebirth of many aspects of my life. Luckily, we are hopefully done moving for a while. Moving 7 times in 9 years sucks. Hopefully we can nest in this place for a while until we can afford to buy some land and build...

    • Stargate Universe...

      8 years ago

      peelman

      Just wanted to say I'm very happy they found a way to bring Ginn and Amanda Perry back. Likewise I was ecstatic to see McKay make an appearance! I forgot he was slated to guest star.

      I'm really hoping some other network will pick up SG:U. It seems MGM hasn't given up hope yet...

    • Still no fucking gun...

      8 years ago

      peelman

      Hasn't even shipped yet...i'm starting to get more than a little annoyed.

    • Pistol ordered!

      8 years ago

      peelman

      By the end of the week I should be taking possession of my Beretta Px4 Storm, 9mm. Can't wait to make all my Sig and xD carrying friends jealous :). Will be spending quite a bit of time in the next two weeks at the range.

  • Comments (2)

    • griffon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold create/destroy

      8 years ago

      ugh that's terrifying

    • peelman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      You are repeating what you've just said. I hope Bungie does a great job. But judging by their new HALO REACH MULTIPLAYER BETA, I'm not so sure anymore. Have you played the Beta? It doesn't feel like Halo anymore.

      Yes, I have played the beta, quite a bit yesterday as a matter of fact. And I would argue that this is the first real Halo multiplayer we've seen since Halo: CE. No dumbass BRs, dual wielding, etc. Just pure, raw Halo-esque action.

      Indeed it has bugs, I think grenades need some work yet, they're either too powerful or not powerful enough, I can't decide which. Some of the new weapons need some serious tweaking (the plasma repeater is worthless) and the interface isn't specacular (almost every weapon reticle needs to be bigger, brighter, and easier to see, they get too obscured by muzzle flashes now. And i'm already sick of the two maps they have out there.

      But bugs aside (it is a BETA after all), its still fun as hell.

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