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Reckonaut Dan Koch
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Jimmy Cagney, by the way.


Given the circumstances, I'd say there are three key factors to the decision, in descending order of importance:

  1. Ability to find supplemental ammo.
  2. Ability to maintain the gun.
  3. Accuracy.

(1) and (2) are pretty close, and I could be convinced to swap them.  (3) I'd consider a distant third.  If you're shooting a zombie from long distance, chances are you're doing it for sport.  At close distances, either the differences between the AR-15 carbine and the AK-47 are too small to make an impact, or you're on the run and it's time to spray n' pray anyway.

For (2), the AK-47 has a clear advantage.  For (1), you've got the benefit of starting with a decent stockpile, but it won't last forever.  In my limited experience, I've seen more 7.62mm rounds floating around than the 5.56mm NATO stuff the AR-15 uses, so I think the AK-47 has the advantage there as well.

In other words, I'll be fighting those zombies exactly as I imagined -- like a Russian.


I got 'early casualty' in the ReckonLabs office pool.



Actually, I'm being unfair to the Super Bowl here in the sense that you can usually get away from the pageantry if you (a) tune into the broadcast about thirty seconds before the opening kickoff, (b) tune away from halftime, (c) don't go to a huge Super Bowl party, and (d) stay the hell away from ESPN.

(d) is probably a good idea any week of the year, come to think of it.



I actually wasn't introduced to this concept by Friends, but by a Joe Posnanski blog post that I can't seem to find at the moment.  

The key here is that you both have to have a list.  If one of you wants to joke around about it but the other person says "you're all I ever want, honey bear", you, my friend, are dead in the water on this whole 'list' business.



In a high performance car -- one with good tires on that is designed for this sort of thing -- I could see myself doing 110 or 115 without thinking much of it.  I'd probably have Kraftwerk's Autobahn playing quietly on the Blaupunkt while I was at it.  How often are you going to get the opportunity?

If I was in my Fit, probably not.  Mostly because it's got a short wheelbase,  and I really wouldn't trust it at 100 MPH+.  But we're in a high-performance German car here, so max it!



All of this material has generated an insane amount of money, and it must've done it on something besides momentum.  Right?

I'm intensely curious to see how well The Phantom Menace does on re-release.  Could this be the day of reckoning where Lucas is confronted with the fact that he has slowly, torturously wrung the neck of his golden goose?  Or is this the point at which he is finally proven right that the goose is immortal?


@Dan Lloyd

Yeah, it's really the video games that are the sticking point.  KoToR. Battlefront.  All of the Rogue Squadron games.  Most of the Dark Forces games.  Lego Star Wars.  Even The Force Unleashed.  As bad as the movies have been, their batting average with games has been pretty good.



As a dedicated 'no problem'-er, I've got to stand up and fight for what I believe in.  

I'm really not seeing a tremendous distinction between 'No Problem' and 'It Was Nothing' or 'De Nada' or the 'You're Welcome' equivalent of ninety-six other cultures. They all mean the same thing -- what you asked for wasn't an imposition and I was happy to do it.

What we can save the rage-faces for is the 'uh huh' brigade.  'Thanks!'... 'Uh huh.'  Their reckoning is coming soon enough.



My guess is that Inspector Lewis doesn't use the Oxford comma, but I bet his partner Detective Sergeant Hathaway does.


I am beyond shocked at how lopsided this one has been so far.  I would've assumed that this would turn into a dead heat.



Meh -- I try not to step in things, and I'm generally successful, so the heck with it.  Shoes on.  

One thing though: if you are in a shoes-on household, I strongly recommend to take the five second rule and shorten it to three.  It's the sanitary thing to do.



Even with ReckonLabs, I still generally wade through my taxes myself.  It's mostly just being a control freak -- I really want to know what's going under the hood of my tax standing, so crunching my end of year financials is as good a way to come to a day of reckoning as any.



Days like today make me wish that the internet had snow days.  But it doesn't.  Well, except for SOPA day.  That was basically a snow day.


@Michael Clem

I'm surprised that there's much snow down in Tulsa, although I know the weather can change on a dime there.  Do most folks cope with it well, or does it turn into drivers alternately panicing and ignoring the conditions as sometimes happens up here?



"Spit in somebody's gaspacho" is my new favorite phrase, bar none.

When it comes to tennis, I certainly think the new techonology has made the sport less interesting.  Nowadays, the rackets make rallying from the baseline the only tenable style of play, even on grass.  Watching a game from McEnroe's era is an awakening -- there's more strategy involved.  Different styles clashing.  I think that's part of why tennis was such a big deal in the 70s, and has been in slow retreat since then.

I don't, however, think it's made the athletes worse.  The athletes are definitely better, fitter, and stronger than they've ever been.  For McEnroe's statements, part of it is just old-athlete's syndrome, and part of it is that his serve-and-volley style of game would be really poorly suited to today's equipment.  He'd get his clock cleaned if somebody stuffed 22 year-old John McEnroe in a time machine and brought him to today.


I think it's a little of both -- athletes train harder and they train better than they did forty years ago.  This is probably more pronounced in tennis than some other sports because modern professional tennis only really started in the late 1960s, so the concept of what it took to be a top-flight professional was still evolving at the time.

For technique, the equipment influences what technique you focus on -- less practice on drop shots, more on service return, etc. -- but I think the net 'amount' of technique is the same.  I don't think players look at better equipment and think "now I can play sloppier and hit just as well."  They look at it and think "now if I play just as well, I'll hit even better."


Jan. 20, 2012, 5:59 p.m.

It's Friday Night on the I-95 corridor (how I've intuited this, I can't reveal).  Rush hour never really ends.  I say go for it, and make sure you pack plenty of podcasts (like The Reckoner! podcast, maybe?)



I imagine that many folks draw an equivalency between steroids use and gambling on baseball.  I don't.  Gambling on the game is worse, because it calls the very essence of the competition in question.

Nonetheless, this is still a tough question.  Pete's been in limbo now for more than twenty years over this.  I feel pretty confident that if he wasn't such a slimy guy, they'd already have forgiven him over it.  But I still say keep him out.  Rules 1 and 2 of baseball are "don't bet on baseball or we'll ban you for life."  It's on the wall of every locker room.  And there are good reasons for that policy.  He knew this.  He still did it.  He pays the penalty.


Jan. 20, 2012, 1:35 p.m.

Even though I was still going through puberty the last time Kodak was relevant, this still makes me sad.  There's something about the brand, the click of the camera, the smell of those little film canisters, that speaks to an idea of American life that is hard to give up.



Every time I see that clip, I just can't get my brain to believe the rulebook. It looked like not just any old fumble, but the fumble they'd lead off with in NFL Films' 100 Fumbles That Reflect the Platonic Ideal of Fumbling.


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