Thursday, September 30, 2010
UPDATE: We have an extended season! You can shoot this contest through the first weekend of October, and submit your target the following Monday or Tuesday. I will compile the results as they come in.
Last week we hosted the annual FFA Forestry Sectional Contest at Fairfield, and were very pleased to have twelve schools attend with sixty FFA students. This year the kids have Tree ID; Timber Measurement; Tree Selection for harvest, leave, or kill; Equipment ID; Map Reading; Compass and Pacing; plus a written test. Here we see one of the Wayne City students measuring diameter with a Biltmore stick.
Many of the kids had no idea how to use a compass, so I gave every group a quick lesson before they navigated the course. The sectional contests are as much about learning as competition, and many of the kids we help come back as good competitors the next year. Olney High School's students placed first, and Wayne City placed second. Both of these schools will be competing Saturday at the State FFA Forestry Contest at SIU- Carbondale. The Wayne City kids came out to the farm after school on Wednesday, and spent a couple hours reviewing tree species in our woods, so maybe they can put some heat on Olney this weekend.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The videos by Ruger just keep popping up on YouTube, and they make an interesting and informative post every week. I manage to learn something from every one of them.
I still have a bit of video from the Rendezvous to post, and I have collected photos from the Packing Rat, Bea, and myself to make a slide show of GBR activities. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
You can count on hearing the U of I Extension saying every year that the harvest has started in Earnest, or that it is in Full Swing. I am not sure if they are trying to be funny, but it always gets a few laughs.
Monday, September 27, 2010
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Saturday, September 25, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
This 1908 Columbia may be the first recorded version of this old favorite. Posted by MsMartyBob.
This record by Ada Jones and Billy Murray was made in 1909, and posted by edmundusrex.
Twenty years later, after electric microphones were in use, the song had not changed much. edmundusrex also posted this version, by the Hal Kemp Orchestra.
Ruth Etting made this recording in 1931. Thanks go to bsgs98 for sharing this great old record.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Gun Blogger Rendezvous 2010 from CS Tactical on Vimeo.
CS Tactical has posted a great video of activities during the recent Rendezvous. I think you will really get a kick out of the quick draw action at the end of this presentation. We went into this contest with most assuming that it would come down to Molly and Derek, but it soon became apparent that there were other contenders. You can see the results over on Mr. Completely.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
The bloggers really enjoyed visiting with Lori Petoske in Reno, and she told us that Ruger is planning on continuing with their series of videos related to shooting. Ruger is doing a great job with all of their videos, and this series for beginning shooters is really hitting the mark, judging from the postive comments on YouTube.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I was over on Grouchy, and his Sunday Guitar was a nice gentleman playing the Traumeri. I immediately did a search on YouTube and found one of my favorite Jolson songs, from 1912. I have heard this song on an original disc, but my only copy is vinyl, so I haven't been able to share it with you. Victrolaman posted his record, and no-one should give him any trouble since we can see his machine playing it. These old records are iffy sometimes with YouTube if the singer is a big name that may have been published on CD or mp3. The lyrics are included on this video, which can be a help if your ear isn't used to picking up the words on acoustic discs.
Pax41 has posted a 1911 recording of "Alexandar's Ragtime Band" performed by Collins and Harlan. Irving Berlin had just published this song,and it is fun to listen and see how the singing styles have changed. Below are the notes included with this record by Pax41:
"United Record A1032 recorded 6/7/1911, this is a Columbia recording used by United Talking Machine Co.
The song was written by Irving Berlin in 1911.
Collins and Harlan were the most successful duo of the acoustic era. Collins and Harlan came to be largely identified with black dialect work but they were not limited to this. They sang comic songs in various dialects, performed rube skits and recorded songs satirizing trends of the day.
Collins and Harlan were the first to record Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band". The choice of Collins and Harlan for "Alexander's Ragtime Band" was natural considering they had recorded more Berlin songs than any other artists up to that point in time. They were also well known for singing syncopated melodies, what Tin Pan Alley called ragtime."
"Bill Brassard Jr., Director of Communications for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The NSSF provided the pizza dinner Saturday night, and Bill is the gateway through which bloggers can get media credentials to attend the annual SHOT show in Las Vegas.
Rachel Parsons of the NRA, who provided a very nice breakfast for us Friday morning before we headed off to the range, but was unable to make it herself due to illness.
Randi Rogers AKA "Holy Terror" of Glock, who provided a certificate for any standard Glock handgun.
Charles Brown of Hi-Point Firearms and MKS Supply, who provided a certificate for a 9mm Carbine.
Kerby Smith of Para USA who provided a 35% discount coupon for any new Para pistol
Lori Petoske of Ruger Firearms who provided very nice briefcase-style range bags for all of the bloggers, plus cups, hats and other swag.
Larry Weeks of Brownell's, who unfortunately couldn't be with us as this year he was a range officer at the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals being held in Las Vegas. Brownell's provided AR-15 mags, one of their top-of-the-line range bags, and other great stuff.
Colin Anthony of MidwayUSA, who provided shirts, a stack of excellent pistol range bags and other stuff, plus a discount code for blog readers (and another one to come!)
Patrick Harlan of Crimson Trace, who provided a certificate for any in-stock Lasergrip, and some very nice pistol rugs and other swag.
Leupold, who through Allen Forkner of Swanson*Russell, provided a damned nice VX3 scope.
Jamie Klund and Gary Shank of Cabela's who hosted a tour of their 125,000 square-foot Reno store, and let us fondle the rare firearms in their Gun Room, (including a $30k Single-Action Army!) Cabela's also gave us some discount coupons that most of us made immediate use of.
The Cowboy Fastdraw Association, who put on a match for Rendezvous attendees Sunday at absolutely no cost to us. It was, to coin a phrase, a blast. Special thanks to "Quick Cal" Eilrich and the Sage Hills Reno Rustlers Cowboy Fast Draw Club who ran the match.
The Palomino Valley Gun Club who run a fine range, and the Western Nevada Pistol League who let us shoot their steel on Saturday.
Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms, who brought some of his stuff to Friday's Show-'n-Tell for us to look at and handle. Richard lives an hour or so away in Gardnerville, NV, and said he thought some other local manufacturers might be interested in attending next year.
Derek of The Packing Rat, who donated an Air Venturi Bronco break-barrel air rifle. Derek is also the unofficial photographer for the Rendezvous.
And the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino who treated us well all weekend.
And thanks also to all the attendees who helped us raise money for Project Valour-IT."
A few more: The bloggers were greatly honored to have Jeff Bader from Soldiers' Angels attend this fund raiser.
Springfield Armory donated a stack of hats, and ball point pens.
Front Sight Institute provided a certificate for a deeply discounted training session.
Caleb provided a personally autographed NRA hat!
And, Thank You, Kevin, for putting this list together!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I must apologize for the smudge in the upper left of this video. I was busy running around Pinckneyville taking pictures and should have checked the lens more often, but Oh Well, or words to that effect. The video is still worth looking at.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The photos and videos from the Rendezvous are not only fun, but are very educational to watch. In this little compendium, we see Dirtcrashr with his .45, Lori Petoske of Ruger with a Mk III, (both recreational shooters) then KeeWee and Mr. C, both of whom compete regularly. Quite a difference! Bea is pictured at the front end, and Dirtcrashr at the finish of this clip.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ever since Bea bought her Blackhawk she has been on a campaign to encourage other women to "bring enough gun." She is doing her part at home and on the road to show others that a small person can launch a big bullet without undue discomfort. In this video we see Bea, KeeWee, and Lori of Ruger sending .45 Colts, .44 Mags, and .357's downrange at the Washoe County Shooting Range during GBR-5.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
When you attend the same steam show forty times in your life, the whistles you hear at those shows haunt your dreams at night. This little video gives us a sample of the whistles on Midwest Central's Number Six and Number 9, courtesy of ReevesMan88.
Friday, September 10, 2010
This week we have the flip side of "The Girl I Left Behind Me." "Maggie In The Woods" is another great old time fiddle tune, perfect for dancing. You don't even have to worry about bouncing the needle when you play it on YouTube.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This beauty is a swamp white oak that Dad stuck in the ground in '03 when it was a 4" seedling. He laughed and said that he would never get to enjoy its shade. He watered and fertilized it, and had it up close to his knees before he passed away in 2005. We measured it today and it is 17' tall in seven growing seasons. These trees were planted to get the jump on the ash trees dying when the emerald ash borer comes to town; and we know it will.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This 1917 Mogul truly is a unique treasure. It spent all of its working life in a building running a corn sheller, instead of being on a farm, eating dirt, mud, and wearing out before its time. The second owner kept it under cover, and the current owner takes it out and shows it, so it is seeing the great outdoors more now than it ever has. Working indoors was good for this old girl, and the head has never been off to have the valves ground. Yes, this tractor is 100% original, and I doubt that you could ever find another like it. It started with one pull the day I watched it run at Pinckneyville this year.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I missed Old Threshers this year after attending thirty years straight, and forty times in my life. I hope to make it next year. This slide show appeared on YouTube courtesy of morepowernow16, and it gives us a good look at some of the engines on display this year.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Ruger keeps knocking them out of the park with their series of useful videos for shooters. This is an easy method to discover which is your better eye for aiming, and I suspect that many people who have trouble shooting are using the wrong eye. We need to keep in mind that things can change as we age. I developed problems seeing iron sights in my mid-forties, and that has given me incentive to shoot more because it is not as easy as it once was. Recently I found that I am developing a cataract in my left eye, and I am glad it is not my dominant side; of course it is just a matter of time before the right eye does the same thing.
You can meet Lori Petoske at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous this week and learn all kinds of important things about the Ruger line of fine firearms, so for Heaven's sake, sign up with Mr. Completely and hit the road to Reno.
Friday, September 3, 2010
The current contest is a good one for applying your best tactics in order to maximize your score. The prescribed distance is 25 feet for pistols, but you can shoot at any distance you want/need, and your score will be adjusted. Say for instance that you are shooting 3's at 25 feet, but at 20 feet you can score 5's. Well, 20 feet will give you a scoring factor of 80%, which gives you 4's, which are better than 3's any day. Or maybe you are an extra steady shot and can make 5's at 30 feet. Your 5's would then be increased by 20% to 6's, blowing away the competition, unless some hotshot can make 5's at 35 feet. It's a good contest for experimenting to make your best possible score. If you can't make it to a range, set up a BB gun range in the basement or garage and have at it. Every entry you send in gives you a chance in a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate from Cheaper Than Dirt, so for Heaven's sake, get out and shoot!
This week we are revisiting that artful Vaudevillian, Frank Crumit as he performs one of the real classics of the Roaring Twenties, "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune." Frank was at a real disadvantage in the years before 1925, when his expressive voice did not come through well on acoustic recordings. This is one of his best, and you can hear him strumming along on his ukulele as he sings.
UPDATE: I just noticed that this record is the 350th posting on my YouTube channel. No Oscars yet, though. My YouTube views are now past 830,000, which is much more impressive than the numbers for True Blue Sam. My blogging may not be very good, but at least there is a lot of it.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
and the blacksmith shop in the North Village. Old Threshers starts today and runs through Labor Day. On the first day of this event, veterans get in the gate for half price, and get to ride the trains for free.