Monthly Archives: August 2006

A subtle glimpse into the action lifestyle

Over the past few weeks I have been getting ready for the “busy season” and have been taking care of some summer projects, since most of fall and winter is spent doing what’s really important – paintball, camping, hunting, etc.

Here’s a list of a few things I have been working on of late:

Filmed 1/2 of an action-based short film: Yep, that’s right. The Orion Raiders are heading to a small screen near you. We are putting together a short to be the first in a series of shorts detailing an erstwhile notebook computer and it’s journey through the lives of different folks. That’s all we’re saying for now . . .

Made a rope of braided nylon cord: So what, you say. I’ll tell you what – 50 foot nylon cord, times 3 (braided), times 7 strands of interior cord – that makes 1,050 feet of cordage. Now that is an amazing amount of cordage in a small package that now rests comfortably on the side of my woods pack.

Went through Wilderness First Aid training: The whole reason I got my EMT-B certification 6 years ago was to become a professional hunting/backpacking guide. Then there was the lure of corporate america and 40 pieces of silver . . . I took the class and am joining up the local search and rescue team. Finally getting back on the path.

Got my money’s worth at Texas Tactical range: I finally wised up and joined a range. Now when I bring a carpet bag full of cap and ball revolvers and a musket or two, there is no additional charges. I just get to show up and play. Awesome.

Also look for the latest action/events/paintball calendar to be coming out soon. That’s right kids, it’s almost time to dust off the markers and hit the glorious field of battle.

The Best Product In the World Just Got Better

Friend of the outdoorsman, medic, and home hobbyist alike, duct tape (or duck tape, depending on your politics) is now available in a carabiner-based version that allows you to clip the wonder product directly to your action pack or utility belt.

Ok, so maybe it’s been out a while, but it’s new to me. I was out late on Sunday night at (gasp!) Wal-Mart (where else is a fella to get his caulking on at 11pm on a Sunday? – don’t ask) when I spied this latest example of Intelligent Design sitting so inconspicuously on the tape and/or adhesive aisle.

Wow – now that is a product who’s time has come. If only it came in OD green . . . ah, one can hope.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude toward one another, have varied from age to age; but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed to one way or the other.

The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when the have an aim – for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be mor ethan intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives – is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal. Thus throughout history a struggle which is the same in its main outlines occurs over and over again. For long periods the High seem to be securely in power, but sooner or later there always comes a moment when they lose either their belief in themselves, or their capacity to govern efficiently, or both. They are then overthrown by the Middle, who enlist the Low on their side by pretending to them that they are fighting for liberty and justice. As soon as the they have reached their objective, the Middle thrust the Low back into their old position of servitude, and themselves become the new High. Presently a new Middle group splits off from one of the other groups, or from both of them, and the struggle begins over again. Of the three groups, only the Low are never even temporarily successful in achieving their aims. It would be an exaggeration to say that throughout history there had been no progress of a material kind. Even today, in a period of decline, the average human being is physically better off than he was a few centuries ago. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. From the point of view of the Low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters.

George Orwell, 1984