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Greetings. I reside in Northern Virginia, am a late Baby Boomer, and work as a computer dude for a non-profit in downtown DC.  ObDisclaimer: Any opinions expressed are purely my own and (very) probably not those of my employer. I'm married. My hobbies include reading, primarily science fiction; cooking - usually ethnic and spicy; historical re-creation; and firearms, both competition and recreational shooting. In the “lifestyle, more than hobby” category, I am a SCAdian and a Burner. You can send email to me using 3fgburner at gmail dot com.

Itinerary for 2016: Marscon, Frostburn, Military Through the Ages, RavenCon, Jamestown Day, VARF, Wickerman, Pennsic War Week, MidAmericon II, Henricus Publick Days, St Mary's Militia Muster, Fall Playa del Fuego, Jamestown Foods and Feasts.

Most Recent Update: Added a couple of Filks and a rant (2/7/16)

Info Files Section

This is recipes, info files, and whatnot.

How to build a 12-pack cooler into a 6-board bench-chest
A quick-cheap-n-dirty plywood camp table
A quick plywood armor stand

My Pennsic medieval-gun class handout
Same class, nonfiring / University version
Cannon Drill 101, School of the Musketeer
Quick notes for an hour at the range with a new shooter
Medicine, Physick, and Surgery in Late SCA Period
The Pennsic Medicine Chest
The Pennsic Survival Guide

Jamestown's Mince Pie recipe
Dexter's Mince Pie recipe
Low-carb Jerk Chicken
Turkey Breast A Deux
On Chili
Protested by PETA Chili
Extreme Basil Chicken with Cashews
Easy Thai Curry in a Crockpot
Indian Chicken Curry in a Crockpot
Vegetable Curry in a Crockpot
Soldier's Pottage
Crock-Pot Brunswick Stew
West African Ginger Beer
Pennsic Pickled Beef
Cider-marinated Pork Stew
Scallops Dexter
Oma Winkelbach's Rouladen
Beef Stroganoff, my way
Chicken AlfredoNoff
Tilapia Almondine

Recipes from elsewhere
Grilled Steak with Rosemary -- From Giant Food
Irish Potroast -- From Lori Titus at The Bee Folks, via food.com

Lamb with Onions – Food.com post of Madhur Jaffrey's recipe

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Rants and Writings, my own and others

A bit of doggerel: The Pennsic Warrior's Lament

A totally NSFW Bog-grade filk: Four Pennsic Whores
Ave atque Vale, Magister Ioseph: Carrying on the tradition with the Mongol Birthday Song
Vale, Lazaretta -- Design for some art, built and burnt at Frostburn 2014.

An Immodest Proposal – You want “Universal Background Checks(tm)”? Here's an idea.
Why not renew the "assault weapons" ban? -- A view from the Left: Kontra tells you why not.
A visual quiz on "assault weapons" -- Match the letters to the questions
Answers to the quiz graphic -- A few dozen words, to go with the pics
Printable quiz, with answers, in PDF Page 1 is the quiz pic, 2 is the answer sheet.
Larry Correia's outstanding piece on gun control -- By someone who actually knows what he's talking about.
Michael Z Williamson, on "Assault Weapon" bans -- Read this. I mean, READ IT. Then tell me that a ban is a good idea.
A writing of mine, for a Fall 2007 Poli Sci course at NVCC. Some of the info is dated, but still not bad.
St Louis website of the evidence in the Ferguson Grand Jury hearing re: Wilson vs Brown.

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Here are some of the groups I belong to:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. -- A medieval re-creation group. Specifically, I'm in the Barony of Stierbach.
I'm a volunteer interpreter at Jamestown Settlement.
do English Civil War with MacLean's Co, MacDermott's Regiment of Foote.
From a political-incorrectness standpoint, I'm in the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America,  and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). I'm also a member of the Libertarian Party. To find out your leanings in that direction, take the World's Smallest Political Quiz.
Can you handle a disaster? Visualize calling 911, and getting, “We’re kinda busy, can we get back to you in a day or two?”. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training looks pretty good, now…  http://www.fairfaxcountycert.org/ includes links to the county CERT program.
Long Story, Don’t Ask department: I’ve fallen into the job of Northern Virginia chapter coordinator for http://www.pinkpistols.org/ -- You don't have to be gay, just openminded. Another bunch that thinks "Never Again" is a good idea.

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GunRightsMedia (formerly THR) (Gun discussion) – Discussion forum, mostly politics – Run by Oleg Volk.
The Military Firearms Forum – Military firearms and the folk who shoot them. Where the CETME folk moved to.
Baen’s Bar – The hangout for Baen fen/authors.
Every Day Carry Forums -- How much junk-n-gadgets do you lug, daily?

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Misc. Web Links:

The Box O' Truth – Will a gun do X when it hits Y material? Shoot stuff and find out.
The Real Deal on NBC Terrorism, at Snopes-- An Excellent "Don't Panic" piece on NBC terrorism
hoaxbusters.ciac.org -- the best page I've found on virus hoaxes.

Historical / Reenacting:
http://www.chirurgeon.net/ and http://www.chirurgeon.org/  -- The pages for the SCA's modern first-aid volunteers.
http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/wsnlinks/ -- The Atlantia (SCA) Arts and Sciences link page
http://www.mtn.org/quack/ -- A truly scary site - the Museum of Questionable Medical Practices
http://www.pennsicwar.org/ -- The info page for the SCA's oldest annual interkingdom War
http://www.pennsic.net/  -- The page for Pennsic stuff, non-official

Baen Books -- My favorite SF publisher.
Ebay -- This place can be hazardous to your bank balance :-)
Mo Hotta Mo Betta -- Another truly amazing hotsauce source.
Blockade Runners – My New TentMongers
Syke's Sutlering -- Syke's Sutlering -- a great place for late-16th to early-17th century gear.
At the Sign of the White Rose -- Rod, Gwen & Kathryn’s Sutlery.

Shooting / RKBA:
http://www.handgunlaw.us – Replaced Packing.org as the new go-to place for gun info
http://www.jpfo.org/ -- Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. These guys know why the Israelis use "Never Again" as a motto...
http://www.machinegunshoot.com/ -- Home page for the Knob Creek Gun Range, hosting the twice-yearly MG shoot.
http://makarov.com/ -- A neat page for people who have Makarov pistols, or are curious about them

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