Feb 092013
 

Lone Wolf.
Jodi Picoult.

This was an enjoyable book to have read to me as I walked the dog each morning for the past 2 weeks. Fiction is the best use for an audio book and I find myself looking forward to my walk each day.

It is a story of family. Warts and all. It is a story of how, even when we know what we should do, we fail. It is a story of secrets. Secrets that break a family apart. Secrets that are hidden to protect yet destroy. It is a story of love and redemption. Yes, it is a story of family.


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Feb 092013
 

Cougar in Howard Amon Park

I was asked by the City of Richland’s Park Ranger if I could get her a photo of the new cougar statue at the north end of Howard Amon Park for the Geocaching Coin Challenge the city would be sponsoring later this year. As the sun was setting I located the statue and took a couple of photos but was rushing too much to beat the disappearance of the light. Still, I am happy with this shot.


Source: Cougar in Howard Amon Park
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Feb 072013
 

Just in case you ever doubted the 10th Doctor’s explanation….

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect, but actually, from a non-linier, non subjective point of view it is more like a big ball of wibbily wobbly timey wimey…stuff
From “Blink” 2007


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Feb 062013
 

Shooting Blanks.
Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman.
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The authors answer the many arguments usually posed against the individual ownership of firearms, concealed carry, and the individual rights protected by the second amendment. They seem to deal factually with the issues but this may just be how it appears to me since I agree with their positions.

The book is an easy read, almost like a FAQ for the 2nd Amendment, giving a common question that people have about guns, gun ownership, and gun usage then providing a thorough answer incorporating relevant facts and statistics. This is a book that every gun owner should read as well as those who don’t like guns so they can refute the authors’ arguments.

I would like to read a book taking the pro gun-control side, If you know of one that is not just a screed against guns and gun owners, let me know (especially if you can loan it to me).

Book Info

Shooting Blanks: Facts Don't Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd
by Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman
Publisher: Merril Press
ISBN-10: 093678363X
ISBN-13: 978-0936783635
Started: 01/01/2013
Finished: 01/12/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: I was looking for some books on gun control from the library. I decided to read this one first because it is the most recent book they have and from the table of contents it appears to answer many of the questions I hear people asking.
Format: Paperback

Publisher Synopsis

Another timely expose by Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman. They debunk the so-called facts that the gun ban crowd uses to try to push through more regulations and more laws and file more law suits to take away the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.


Author Info

Alan Gottlieb is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American Politics.Alan has appeared on over 3,000 TV and radio talk shows, including the Lehrer News Hour, ABC's 20/20, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV, NBC Today Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America.Alan is also President of KBNP in Portland, KITZ in Seattle and KSBN in Spokane and Chairman of the Board of Talk America Radio Network with more than 700 affiliates coast-to-coast.Dave Workman is a career journalist, freelance writer and author. Now senior editor for the Second Amendment Foundation, he spent 21 years as a senior editor and writer at Outdoor Empire Publishing. Workman began his career running a small-town newspaper and "stringing" for the Associated Press. Over the years, his byline has appeared in several newspapers and publications.

Dave Workman is an award winning outdoor writer who has authored numerous books. His articles appear in several outdoor publications that include Fishing & Hunting News, Gun Week, Gun World as well as newspapers coast-to-coast such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.




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Feb 032013
 
Page: 46
Although we’re using RTM to manage our action items, still Evernote will be a daily-used source for lists and notes we’ll reference throughout the day. All the daily & weekly summary lists as well as goal-oriented notes, I keep in a stack at the top of other other stacks called !GTD. Maybe someday I’ll think of a prettier name, but for now, this communicates what it’s about.

Keeping a seperate list for routine daily and weekly chores seems counterintuitive until you realize that the daily list is really just a reminder of the daily habits you are trying to build. Your actual to-do list contains non-routine tasks.

Based on the suggestion of this book, I pulled my daily routines into a seperate list and now find it much easier to get both done.


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Feb 022013
 

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. To use them, you'll first have to turn them on by going to “Settings” and selecting “Keyboard shortcuts on” in the General tab. Then, these keys will perform these actions:
 c – compose new email
 / – moves your cursor to the search bar so you can search your archives
 n – moves to select the next message (hit to open it)
 p – moves to select the previous message (hit to open it)
 u – returns you to your inbox from viewing an open email
 e – archives the email you are viewing or have selected
 r – reply
 f – forward

For more keyboard shortcuts, see Google's official list.

Page: 26

There were a couple of Gmail shortcuts I had not used before that seem very useful. The ‘r’ and ‘f’ are too obvious and are going to be so useful. I have always used ‘j’ and ‘k’ for next & previous but ‘n’ and ‘p’ are more easily remembered for most folk. The other shortcut I see using a lot is the ‘/’ since I am always filtering my mail looking for something.

Thanks Mystie!


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Feb 012013
 
[Organization] is never complete. It is like swimming. You are either treading water or slowly sinking; progress is getting yourself back to the surface before you drown, not arriving at a destination. However, treading water at least becomes easier the longer you do it. At first it takes concentration and focus and energy simply to stay afloat, but eventually you get into better shape and can breathe evenly again. However, you never get so good at it that you can stop. Stop, and gravity and entropy will immediately begin pulling you down again.
Page: 6

How many times has my to-do list has completely overwhelmed me? Too many times to count. I am not sure which is worse, not getting things done because there is too much to do or because you don’t remember what needs to be done.


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Jan 292013
 

conceal carry Where can you legally carry a pistol/handgun, loaded or unloaded, concealed or not while in Washington State? Even though the title of the following RCW (Revised Code of Washington) is “Carrying Firearms”, it only deals with handguns not all firearms and primarily with respect to conceal carry on the person and handguns in vehicles.

RCW 9.41.050 – Carrying firearms

(1)(a) Except in the person’s place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol (CPL).

Of the 3 rules in this section this one probably needs no explanation. Stated simply, you cannot conceal a weapon on your person unless you have a conceal carry license or you are at your ‘abode or fixed place of business.’ Only thing I have not seen spelled out is if a motorhome or camping trailer would be considered an ‘abode’ either while parked or moving but since I have my conceal pistol license, I don’t have to worry about that question.

The other thing of note is that it does not specify that it is dealing with the concealment of loaded pistols and therefore having an unloaded pistol concealed on your person would be just as illegal. The exception to this is noted below, without a license you can ‘conceal’ a handgun in an ‘opaque container’ or ‘secure wrapper’.

(2)(a) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and:
   (i) The pistol is on the licensee’s person,
   (ii) the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or
   (iii) the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

I have seen quite a bit of discussion on this rule. Most of the confusion is because people don’t read it correctly, thinking there is an ‘and’ between (i) and (ii) instead of the implied ‘or’. First off, the only hassle-free way you may possess a loaded firearm in a vehicle is if you have a concealed pistol license. An exception to this, noted below, is if you are engaging in or on your way to an ‘outdoor activity’. Rule 3 below will deal with persons without a conceal carry permit. So, with a conceal permit, part (i) says that if the loaded handgun is on your person then you are fine. Part (ii) says the loaded handgun can be anywhere in the car as long as the licensee is also be in the car. This means the pistol does not have to be out of sight or concealed. It can be on the seat, in the glove box, or anywhere you choose to place it as long as you are in the vehicle. Part (iii) is the only other possible situation, if the licensee leaves the vehicle, the loaded pistol can be left in the vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the pistol is not visible from outside the vehicle.

(3)(a) A person at least eighteen years of age who is in possession of an unloaded pistol shall not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

Finally, if you don’t have a concealed pistol license, then to have a handgun in the vehicle it must be unloaded and you must be at least 18 years old. If you are going to leave the handgun in an unattended vehicle, the vehicle must be locked and the unloaded handgun must be concealed from view.

So, Washington may be an ‘open carry’ state, but when you get in your car, the handgun can no longer be loaded if you do not have a concealed pistol license. I find it interesting that the definition of ‘loaded’ (RCW 9.41.010 does not specify any significant physical separation of the ammo from the handgun. If the magazine has been removed and the handgun does not have a round in the chamber the handgun is considered unloaded even if both the handgun and the ammo are in the same carrying case or glove box.

The next RCW lists exceptions to the above laws, two of which apply to us regular citizens.

RCW 9.41.060 – Exceptions to restrictions on carrying firearms.

The provisions of RCW 9.41.050 shall not apply to:

(8) Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;

This odd exception seems to be saying that a loaded pistol may be carried on the person or in the vehicle by anyone either engaging in any outdoor activity or on their way to or from such activity. In all the reading I have done I have not figured out how such a broad exception got written into the law.

(9) Any person while carrying a pistol unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure wrapper;

It must be remembered that this is an exception and not a ‘rule’. A pistol is not considered ‘concealed’ if it is in an opaque case such as a plastic box like you get when you buy your gun or in a secure wrapper which I have seen described as a backpack. In other words, you are allowed to carry a ‘concealed’ unloaded pistol using either of these two methods, since without this rule you could not carry a pistol out of a store without breaking law unless you carried it in plain sight. This rule has nothing to do with how the handgun must be stored in the car, otherwise it would have been put it RCW 9.41.050 and not here in the exceptions to that section.

In a future post we will look at specific places that you can and cannot carry a handgun in Washington State.

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Jan 292013
 

Lone Wolf.
Jodi Picoult.
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Lone Wolf first made it to #1 spot on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller List on March 18, 2012.

This audiobook is on a little “playaway” device checked out from the Mid-Columbia Library which I am listening to while I walk the dog each morning. It is the first time I have used one of these devices and might have to put up a post later about the experience.

Book Info

Lone Wolf
by Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Published: 10/23/2012
ISBN-10: 1439102759
ISBN-13: 978-1439102756
Started: 01/28/2013
Finished: 02/09/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: New York Times #1 Fiction Best Seller
Format: Playaway

Publisher Synopsis

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SENSATION TELLS A PROVOCATIVE STORY ABOUT FAMILY SECRETS, LOVE, AND LETTING GO IN HER UNFORGETTABLE NEW TOUR DE FORCE.

On an icy winter night, a terrible accident forces a family divided to come together and make a fateful decision. Cara, once protected by her father, Luke, is tormented by a secret that nobody knows. Her brother, Edward, has secrets of his own. He has kept them hidden, but now they may come to light, and if they do, Cara will be devastated. Their mother, Georgie, was never able to compete with her ex-husband’s obsessions, and now, his fate hangs in the balance and in the hands of her children. With conflicting motivations and emotions, what will this family decide? And will they be able to live with that decision, after the truth has been revealed? What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?


Author Info
I grew up on Long Island with my parents and my little brother, the product of a ridiculously happy childhood. My mom says I've been writing as long as she remembers - my first masterpiece was "The Lobster That Was Misunderstood," at age 5. I honed my writing skills beyond that, one hopes, before I headed off to Princeton, where I wanted to work with living, breathing authors in their creative writing program. Mary Morris was my teacher/mentor, and I really do believe I wouldn't be where I am today if not for her guidance and expertise. I had two short stories published in SEVENTEEN magazine when I was in college. However, when I graduated, a desire to not eat ramen noodles exclusively and to be able to pay my rent led me to take a job on Wall Street (not a great idea, since I can't even balance my checkbook). When the stock market crashed in 1987, I moved to Massachusetts and over the course of two years, worked at a textbook publishing company, taught creative writing at a private school, became an ad copywriter, got a master's in education at Harvard, got married, taught at a public school, and had a baby. My first novel was published shortly after my son was born, and I've always said that the reason I kept writing is because it's so much easier than teaching English.

In fourteen years, I've published thirteen novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale, Harvesting the Heart, Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Keeping Faith, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, Perfect Match, Second Glance, My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, and the upcoming The Tenth Circle, this March. Two of my books (Plain Truth and The Pact) were made into Lifetime TV movies; Keeping Faith will be another. My Sister's Keeper is in development at New Line Cinema to be a feature film. And there isn't a single day that I don't stop and marvel at the fact that when I go to work, I get to do what I love the most.

My husband Tim and I live in Hanover, NH with our three kids, a dog, a rabbit, and the occasional donkey or cow.


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