December 19th, 2009

wombat

Saturday, looking out at the snow

Well, I guess we're going to get that two feet they were raving about all week. Be interesting to see if management has the parking lots cleared out by tomorrow; I would like to go to Mass, but I don't fancy trying to ram the Sportage through a couple feet of snow to get to the street.

In the meantime, I'm taking the leftover hunk of last year's Christmas ham and boiling the bejesus out of it so I can make split pea soup. I may throw some barley and a potato in, just because I have them laying around and I don't have anything else around here they're likely to go with. I thought about chucking some of the weird frozen veggie boxes in there too but had second thoughts after taking another look at some of the combinations. I mean, does this look like it belongs in any decent soup? I mean, sure, they were a hell of a deal at the Harris Teeter: $0.99, buy one get one free with the VIC card, and I had coupons for $0.50 off two boxes so that in the end Green Giant was paying me to take these off their hands. And I'm okay with that. :) How much good these really do is another question, but so far they're tasty enough, and the price is definitely right.

Finished S.M. Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers (again) the other night, and am thinking about digging out Lucifer's Hammer, which is kind of related. Question for the f-list: if instead of the Moon, Earth had a belt of stuff like Saturn, would it be a case of "Rocks fall from the sky, repeatedly. Everybody dies," as I commented to Dr. Spence on his Facebook today, or would things be stable so we'd just have a much cooler night sky? I don't know enough about orbital mechanics to really have an informed opinion.

Of course I could just stop reading other peoples' stuff and work on my own damn novel. It's not like I don't have the time.
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Legendary badass.

I missed Simo Hayha's birthday this past Thursday. Hayha is probably the deadliest sniper in the history of modern warfare, having killed over 500 Russians with his Mosin/Nagant M/28 - over iron sights, because he felt using a scope carried too much risk of exposure. He then went on to kill another 200 Russians with his Suomi submachine gun. At the age of 34. Under weather conditions that could be charitably described as "appalling". More details at Mitch Berg's joint.
Hayha is one big reason why this mopo is so true: