09.26.06

“This was a man!”

Posted in General, Guns & Weapons, Military, Literature & Poetry at 3:35 pm by Administrator

Jeff Cooper 

I am deeply saddened to report the passing yesterday of Col. Jeff Cooper, the “Gunner’s Guru”. Jeff has been one of my heroes since I was thirteen and his writings have inspired me in more ways than I am probably even aware.

Jeff was truly a Renaissance Man. He was a soldier, teacher, author, philosopher, historian, innovator, husband, and father. He is probably most famous for developing the Modern Technique of Shooting, the Scout Rifle concept, the Four Rules of Firearms Safety, as well as the Color Code for combat mind-set.

This was one of Jeff’s favorite poems. It is a perfect summary of his life and values:

IF

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

                            -Rudyard Kipling

Requiescat in pace, Jeff. You will be missed.

05.18.06

Wright Stamps

Posted in General, Art & Drama, Architecture at 9:59 pm by Administrator

Frank LLoyd Wright stamps

I got my 1966 Frank Lloyd Wright stamps today. They came in a sheet of 100 and only cost me 1000% of face value! Not quite as colorful as the Ayn Rand stamps, but I think they’ll work. Notice the Guggenheim Museum in the background.

I still wish the post office would come out with a Frank Lloyd Wright Houses set.

Detail of Frank Lloyd Wright stamp 

Click for detail image.

05.04.06

Stamps as Art

Posted in General, Art & Drama, Philosophy at 1:51 pm by Administrator

Closeup of Ayn Rand Stamps 

The Post Office may be an inefficient, monopolistic, government run bureaucracy; but they sure do sponsor some nice stamps. Nick Gaetano’s art deco style is perfect for a postage stamp featuring Ayn Rand.

My sheet finally got back from the framer and she did a great job as usual:

Framed Ayn Rand Stamps

I decided to hang it in my office. My business involves a lot of mailing so this is a perfect addition to the room.

Despite a few good ones, most of the stamp themes the Post Office issues are rather boring. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of some new stamp themes for the Postmaster General to consider.

  • Robert A. Heinlein (The background has some interesting possibilities. Think “I Will Fear No Evil.”)
  • Recent Hubble Photos (Not that stupid “Constellations” set they issued last year.)
  • U.S. Small Arms of WWII
  • Pulp SciFi Paperback Covers from the Sixties
  • Frank Loyd Wright Buildings (I’m in the process of buying the stamps featuring his face.)
  • Shock and Awe
  • Famous Pills (Aspirin, Valium, Prozac, Viagra, etc.)
  • U.S. Wartime Propaganda Posters
  • B-Movies
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle

There are so many possibilities.

05.01.06

Happy Mayday, Comrades

Posted in General, Politics at 1:16 am by Administrator

soviet poster

Is there such thing as an anti-holiday?

04.17.06

Hello world!

Posted in General at 1:41 pm by Administrator

…and so begins my first blog entry. I’m not quite sure what this blog will really be about so I’ll say it’s about whatever interests me (where have you heard that before?). It’ll probably have reviews of books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen, as well as commentary about whatever topic happens to interest me at the moment. There will probably be observations about daily life here at NIU and life in general (especially funny or ironic observations). Basicly, anything is fair game here(for me).