I write lots of stuff that isn’t songs and aren’t books and frequently aren’t in any particular category. Philosophical or technical musings on various subjects I find interesting, random ramblings about life, etc. I may someday break these stories into separate sub-categories, if I get enough of any one kind to warrant it. For now, though, they’re all just classified here under ‘Other Writings’.
— Jack Lambert
I have done a lot of different things in my life, from hard labor at minimum wage, to technical support, to network engineering and security consulting at hundreds of dollars per hour. That’s a lot of background for one guy, and I confess, anyone who reads my resume is usually pretty impressed with some of the highs that I’ve achieved. But to be honest, my very favorite thing I’ve ever done out of all those many things, is technical support. That seems crazy, right? Maybe, maybe not, but I have learned a lot about how to be a tech support professional and keep your sanity. Read this article for more info.
This experiment all started, because I found this really nice little chunk of public land not too far from home that I could legally hunt on, that was obnoxiously close to a neighborhood. I checked it out thoroughly, and it’s perfectly legal to hunt there, but it just didn’t seem right for me to cut loose with my obnoxiously loud short barreled 30-06 less than 200 yards from someone’s house. I’m far to lazy to deal with the paperwork involved in legally acquiring a can (aka: suppressor or silencer), so I started investigating other things I might do to wind up with a big game capable rig, that was also quiet enough to keep me from feeling like a heel when I knocked over a deer almost within sight of some strangers house. I didn’t know when I started how quiet I could get it, but I was curious to try. Turns out, I can make one remarkably quiet indeed. Here’s how I did it, and how I could have done it better now that I’ve got some experience with it.
I have a dog named Tod. I have dogs besides him, but today I want to tell you about Tod. Tod is an acronym for The Outside Dog, which is where he lived before we moved to Canada. He is smarter than any other dog I have known. I have learned a lot from this dog. Hopefully this blog article will capture some of those things.