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8/29/2006

Nothing Tonight

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:22 pm

I’ve been fairly tied up with chores around the house and I’m really not in the mood for this hobby. Perhaps this would be another good time to plug the many fine sites on my blogroll.

See y’all tomorrow.

8/14/2006

Miscellaneous Links o’ the Day

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:20 pm

The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time [hat tip to Viking Pundit, whom I agree with about the absence of the TI-99/4A, the first computer that sucked away any of my time. To that I add the Commodore 64 to the notably missing.]

Funny Star Trek motivational posters [hat tip to TexasBestGrok]

While we’re at it, how about some genuine demotivational posters for sale? They’ve been around for awhile, but I’ve always enjoyed the sarcasm available at Despair, Inc.

College football is right around the corner — here’s your chance to grab a Texas A&M Hawaiian shirt or a set of A&M scrubs (for those unfortunate souls with ties elsewhere, feel free to check here and here respectively).

Also around the corner: the best show currently on TV returns for its third season on Oct. 6, less than eight weeks from today.

Speaking of BSG, Noooooo!!! Say it ain’t so, Trapper, say it ain’t so.

8/8/2006

The 21st Century Spartans

Filed under: — Gunner @ 1:05 am

Here’s an absolutely outstanding infantry graduation speech by LTC Randolph C. White Jr. last month at Ft. Benning.

Take a look on the parade field, ladies and gentlemen, take a long, hard look. What you see standing out there is representative of the noblest strata of our society.

You’re the latest band of brothers, miles away from the flagpole and making things happen the very best way you can. The techno-wannabes in the corporate world can’t even begin to fathom the vast responsibilities you’ve accepted. You will be scrutinized like no warriors before you, expected to eradicate our enemies, pacify the critics and abide by the rules of land warfare as only we and our true allies seem committed to doing.

Hooah!!!*

The fine LTC is harsh on military critics. Appropriately so, in my opinion. Latte, heh. I’ll take coffee, black, just like I learned to enjoy at Ft. Knox.

* Please note, this is a genuine and enthusiastic Hooah, not the sarcastic, deadpan Hooah I entertained myself by giving as a response to almost all orders while in uniform. Hey, that was my schtick.

6/14/2006

As Promised, Wedding Photos

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:49 pm
First Dance

The first dance for Mr. and Mrs. Gunner
May 6, 2006

More photos in the extended entry for those that are interested.

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5/6/2006

Going to the Chapel

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:40 am

Well, today’s the day. Wish us luck.

5/2/2006

Carnival of Liberty XLIII and a Personal Note

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:35 pm

This week’s installment of the Life, Liberty, Property community’s Carnival of Liberty is up over at Searchlight Crusade. Go read another fine collection of posts from a libertarian slant.

As an unrelated note, this is possibly my last post until after my wedding this weekend, and maybe even until after my honeymoon. I cannot recommend enough the fine members of my blogroll — they do a wonderful job of keeping me informed and entertained.

4/28/2006

Nothing Tonight but Work and Wedding

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:17 pm

Sorry, folks, but I drew pager duty this week, my last before my wedding and honeymoon. Tonight, it bit me.

As to the wedding, I am now roughly seven days and nineteen hours away from being married. Alas, there’s still a few details to be worked out before things are set.

  • Marriage license … check
  • Beer brands and quantities … check
  • Wines and quantities … workin’ on it
  • Rehearsal and reception dinner menus … check
  • Attire decisions … check
  • Ceremony music … workin’ on it
  • Reception music … workin’ on it
  • Reception order (cake, first dance, toasts, dining, etc.) … workin’ on it
  • Song for father-bride dance … check
  • Song for first dance with my wife … workin’ on it … and could use any suggestions y’all have

Oh well, that’s it for tonight. I promise more blogging, or at least some tasty links that I’m currently digesting, tomorrow.

4/21/2006

April 21

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:54 pm
Painting of Battle of San Jacinto by Henry Arthur McArdle, 1895, from Texas State Preservation Board

That’s an important date in Texas. On this day in 1836, Texans won their independence from Mexico at the battle of San Jacinto.

About 3:30 in the afternoon, during the Mexican siesta period, Houston distributed his troops in battle array, bracketing the line with the “Twin Sisters” cannon. Shielded by trees and a rise in the terrain, the Texans were able to advance with some security. Then with the cries “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember La Bahia” or “Remember Goliad” ringing along their lines, the Texans swooped down on the dismayed Mexican army, pursuing and butchering them long after the battle itself had ended.

630 Mexicans were killed and 730 taken prisoner. Texans lost only 9 killed or mortally wounded; thirty were less seriously wounded. Among the latter was General Houston, whose ankle was shattered.

The date is also marked by Aggie Muster, the most moving of the many traditions at Texas A&M.

Aggies gathered together on June 26,1883 to live over again their college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon the drill field and in the classroom. By April 21, 1903, this annual gathering evolved into a celebration of Texas’ Independence on San Jacinto Day. These early meetings included field games and banquets for Aggies to reflect and celebrate their memories of Aggieland. ‘Let every alumni answer a roll call’ wrote the former students. It was not until 1922, however, that April 21 became the official day of events for all Aggies, thus, the annual tradition of Muster was born. The March 1923 Texas Aggie urged, ‘If there is an A&M man in one-hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.

[…] Twenty-five men, led by General George Moore ’08, mustered during the Japanese Siege of the Philippine island of Corregidor. Knowing that Muster might soon be called for them, these Aggies embodied the essence of commitment, dedication, and friendship- the Aggie Spirit. They risked their lives to honor their beliefs and values. That small group of Aggies on an outpost during World War II inspired what has developed into one of our greatest traditions.

Muster is celebrated in more than four-hundred places world wide, with the largest ceremony on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. The ceremony brings together more Aggies, worldwide, on one occasion than any other event.

[…] The Campus Muster involves an entire day of activities for students both present and past. Alumni enjoy a special program including tours of the ever-changing campus. At noon, all Aggies congregate at the Academic Plaza for the Camaraderie Barbecue that rekindles the tradition of the original Muster celebration. That night, the Muster ceremony consists of an address by a keynote speaker, the reading of poems, followed by the Roll Call for the Absent. The Roll Call honors Aggies that have fallen since the last Muster roll was read. As the names are read, a friend or family member answers ‘Here’, and a candle is lit to symbolize that while those Aggies are not present in body, they will forever remain with us in Aggie Spirit.

Aggie Muster

4/19/2006

Study: Couples in Austria, U.S., Spain Have Best Sex Lives

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:18 pm

As a 38-year-old American facing marriage less than three weeks away, I find this research to be very heartening news.

Middle-aged and older people in Austria, the U.S., Spain and Canada are more satisfied with their sex lives than counterparts in East Asia and the Middle East, a study released today showed.

Equality between men and women plays an important role in attitudes about sex, according to research by the University of Chicago. The study of 27,500 adults aged between 40 and 80 in 29 countries also showed that Japanese and Taiwanese people were the least satisfied with sex, while residents of Turkey, Egypt and Algeria were in the middle.

The research is the first of its kind to compare sexual behavior and attitudes among middle-aged and older people worldwide, the authors said. A majority of people over 40 remain sexually active in all countries. Societies in East Asia and the Middle East, where men have a more dominant status over women, showed the lowest marks for sexual satisfaction, the authors said.

Alright, America, we made the medal stand!

USA! USA! USA!

4/17/2006

Light Blogging Notice and a Warning

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:38 pm

In case y’all hadn’t noticed, my blogging of late has been sparse and sporadic. With my wedding less than three weeks away, expect that trend to continue. Part of that will be because of work. If I’m not working, I’ll be working on the wedding. If not the wedding, I’ll be working on moving in with my new bride. If not working on moving, I’ll be working out — hey, I don’t want to look too shabby on our Hawaiian honeymoon. I’ll try to blog when I can, but I figure I’m just going to need to squeeze in some down time somewhere.

If anybody is interested in chipping in on the blogging, drop me an email.

In the meantime, go give this look at the Iranian president’s motivation for his country’s nuclear ambitions and consider yourself warned about the fanatical nature of one of our enemies (hat tip to Chap).

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