I’m just going to point to this article

And say I agree wholeheartedly.

Caleb does a good job of describing the problem with the term ‘sheepdog’ well, and even I admit that I had been swayed by Grossman’s writing on that subject. But a good look at the concept should disabuse you of the notion that you’re some sort of local hero in waiting. Go read his post & just basically copy & paste it here and that’s pretty much how I feel.

There is one further point I want to elaborate on though about this – my gut instinct is that many people claiming the sheepdog title are doing so as a shortcut. It’s like voting. So many people think they’re doing the right thing by simply ticking off a checkmark next to the right person’s name and calling it a day. Here, there are people who say “I’m a sheepdog” as if that was the strongest spell available to Hogwarts that bestows magical gifts of heroism on the utterer.

You absolutely should carry a gun if you are both physically & mentally capable. When you do, as Caleb said, it should be a mundane act. You should train when you can, keep yourself well regulated, understand the laws of your areas, and be prepared to suffer under an unjust system that loves to punish those defending their lives. The ‘sheepdog’ part of protecting society automatically happens if enough people do that and it’s not something you specifically need to be.

posted by Robb Allen @ 2/25/2015 10:31:05 AM | Feedback (7)
A sad realization

I don’t have a 1911 IWB holster.

Not that I’d tote the Delta Elite or the Para around a lot as the M&P40 has more capacity, but it’d be nice to have something a bit slimmer from time to time without having to go for the P3AT.

Even better would be openly carrying so I didn’t have to worry about it, but that’s not in the cards right now.

posted by Robb Allen @ 2/22/2015 1:04:02 PM | Feedback (10)
Innocent until proven guilty?

Not in Florida. It is a crime to carry a gun. You must provide an affirmative defense to the court to prove you’re innocent via a permission slip granted to you by the very state that is charging you with a crime.

Norman v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 2178 was decided against Norman. The court twisted logic in ways that would make a pretzel look perfectly straight to say that requiring fingerprinting, background checks, fees, & classes (which also cost money) to get a permit that the state can revoke at its leisure is somehow not a burden on the 2A. People scream bloody murder that voting requires an ID which is free and yet somehow this is permitted.

Here is Florida Carry’s email on the affair

Yesterday the 4th District Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Norman v. State, 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 2178.

The Right to Bear Arms has now been completely Infringed in Florida.  That fundamental right enumerated in both the Florida Constitution and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is no-longer your birthright. In its place is a license that you must pay the government to possess.

The court correctly recognized that the right to bear arms outside the home does exist, then it went on to eviscerate the right in favor of the privilege of a license that you must pay for.

Don't have enough money to pay for your right?  Tough, you can't have it unless you pay up.

Get arrested while legally carrying? Tough, the Florida Concealed Carry License serves as merely a defense to the crime of carrying any type of firearm. Every time you carry you are breaking the law, tell it to the judge that you have the affirmative defense of a license and that it was only a concealed handgun.

Have a stalker and need to exercise your right now?  Tough, you have to wait up to 90 days. Unless there is an administrative issue with your fingerprints or background check, in that case the timeline for issuance is suspended almost indefinitely.

Have any type of firearm other than a handgun? Tough, the right to bear arms only applies to handguns in Florida.

Carrying a handgun concealed and it becomes accidently exposed for a few minutes before you notice? Tough, you're going to jail because the exposure wasn't brief enough to satisfy the officer on the scene of your crime.

The list goes on and on...

Will will not sit idly by and let this horrendous decision stand.

There are numerous legal and technical defects with the court's order.  In coming days we will ask the court to rehear the case and correct it's ill considered decision.

Should the 4th DCA fail to correct it's ruling.  We will take Dale Norman's case to the Florida Supreme Court.

We greatly need your financial support to defend the right to bear arms in Florida.

Please consider joining or donating today so we can fight this terrible decision.

posted by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2015 8:53:44 AM | Feedback (4)
The next phase of my career has started

I used to be a prolific blogger. I’d put up 2 or 3 things a day and I enjoyed it immensely. However, after my last job change, I found myself having less & less time to be able to thoroughly read up on what I was talking about. Ill-informed posts bother me to no end.

I’ve been doing development for 20 years now. I’ve been in almost every aspect  - web, front ends, back end, long running server processes, portals, packaged software, client-server, thick client, thin client, remote only (back when Citrix was in its diapers). I did server management, network management, and many things that used to be the realm of the Webmaster that are no longer even considered a developer’s job anymore.

Today, that’s changed. I’m now a Development Lead which ironically requires very, very little development. I’m running my team now, keeping people on task, assisting the junior developers with learning the systems, evangelizing technologies, interfacing with upper management on statuses, etc. I will be doing Architect work as well to ensure I stay up to date on my coding skills and I’m ok with grabbing low hanging fruit for tasks, but most of my interaction with code will be doing code reviews & design / architecture of solutions. It’s very odd to come up with an idea and then know you’ll be handing it off to someone else to implement.

I don’t think my blogging time will change, mostly because it’s been so sparse as to be non-existent. I’ve seriously considered calling it quits and saving myself a boatload of money each month on my internet costs (the ads do not bring in enough money to cover the costs and that’s because I don’t blog enough to bring in the traffic), but at this point I’m not giving up yet.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I do this for my own amusement, but I like it when it amuses others too.

posted by Robb Allen @ 2/17/2015 11:11:30 AM | Feedback (8)
When the bad becomes the better

One thing that Virgil has commented on to me is that sometimes it is frustrating that people only see pictures online that freeze hours & hours of effort into 1/30th of a second. You see a blank piece of wood, then some shell, then pieces, then the inlay put together and finally inlaid as a final product. What isn't shown are the intense amounts of work to get all that to work and even the problems that happen from time to time that require considerable effort to correct.

This is one of those stories.

For the cartridges & empty casings on my fretboard, I wanted brass. Because ammo cases are (generally) brass, I thought it'd look awesome to have them in the same material as they are in real life. I also didn't want ebony or Indian rosewood for the fretboard because I wanted a bit more texture which is why I went with the bocote wood. Both of these choices lead to headaches for Virgil.

To start with, the bocote was oily compared to other fretboard woods he has worked with. This made adhering the board down problematic. Then, the large pieces of brass didn't like the sanding. Even with scoring the brass on the backside & the wood, the brass kept coming loose. Eventually, Virgil didn't trust the brass to stay put and requested that we swap out materials & use bronze mother-of-pearl instead.


And I'm thrilled with the results! The original brass looked flat (because it was). The bronze MOP has a ‘shape’ to it and fits better with the overall look of the fretboard.

This was a "problem" that Virgil was able to turn into something even MORE amazing.

posted by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2015 6:17:08 PM | Feedback (0)