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SpectreHD #41 Posted Oct 29 2011 - 11:32

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 18 2011 - 19:22, said:

General Direction and I are having a bit of an internal contest in the office. Didn't realise we had one going, but apparently we do.

He is pleased at the fact that he has a higher 'reputation' than I do. He cunningly used the caption competition to increase his rep: Click "plus" next to the caption that you like, and he placed ten posts on there.

I'm going to be more direct. Please plus this post!

You both still a long ways to catch up to me! :lol: Please do not use your forum powers to reduce mine!



View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 27 2011 - 22:09, said:

Actually, I've just had the PR guy walk into my office and give me a Warning Order of a trip to Vermont next month.

I know two things about Vermont. No license required to carry, and it's HOW BLOODY COLD?!

Seriously, the Gulf Coast of Australia sound far more appealing for a Winter trip...

That's Gold Coast. Haha. But please come to Perth(West coast. Gold Coast is East coast) too although I don't think there is much WoT players here. Maybe you guys can do IP scans.

The_Chieftain #42 Posted Nov 01 2011 - 05:56

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Is it me, or have cowboys and soldiers fallen out of favor as halloween costumes for kids in recent years?

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Nov 01 2011 - 05:56, said:

Is it me, or have cowboys and soldiers fallen out of favor as halloween costumes for kids in recent years?

Seems to be more Zombies walking around now since I stopped playing L4D2, huge amount lurking around last night!

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 29 2011 - 03:54, said:

One of the Great Debates in the US Army which has been going on for a quarter-century and probably isn't about to die down any time soon is the argument over 9mm Parabellum vs .45ACP.

On this matter, I am very firmly in the 9mm camp, especially for any practical use I am likely to have for a sidearm. I further defy anyone to tell me that I made a poor decision by purchasing a Browning Hi-Power a couple of years ago when I last went pistol-shopping.

However, tradition dictates that I have to have a 1911-style .45 in my collection. This deficiency has now been rectfied, a nice new commemorative .45 followed me home. Now, I just need the time in the day to take it to the range and shoot the thing....

Bah! The Holy Gospel of John Moses Browning clearly states, and I quote, "Thou shalt not have a personal defense pistol whose caliber doth not begin with the Holy number of 4".

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Nov 01 2011 - 05:56, said:

Is it me, or have cowboys and soldiers fallen out of favor as halloween costumes for kids in recent years?
to many morph suits, I saw a girl at school today dressed like a cowboy, but no soldiers :/

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View PostVirgilHilts, on Nov 01 2011 - 14:16, said:

Bah! The Holy Gospel of John Moses Browning clearly states, and I quote, "Thou shalt not have a personal defense pistol whose caliber doth not begin with the Holy number of 4".

Do you dare to suggest, Sir, that when Saint Browning started the design of the Hi-Power that this did not result in one of the greatest pistols of all time, and instead resulted in an unsatisfactory weapon?

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Nov 01 2011 - 05:56, said:

Is it me, or have cowboys and soldiers fallen out of favor as halloween costumes for kids in recent years?

when the heck have soldiers ever been a popular halloween costume? I've hardly ever seen a kid dressed up as a soldier, though I do live in the wonderful liberal land of southeastern PA.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Nov 01 2011 - 16:18, said:

Do you dare to suggest, Sir, that when Saint Browning started the design of the Hi-Power that this did not result in one of the greatest pistols of all time, and instead resulted in an unsatisfactory weapon?

Even the greatest genius will occasionally have a flawed concept and design. B)

THE HOLY GOSPEL OF JOHN (MOSES BROWNING)

1 In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good. And behold the Lord said, thou shalt not muck with my disciple John's design for it is good and it worketh. For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain.

2 And shouldst thou muck with it, and hang all manner of foul implements upon it, and profane its internal parts, thou shalt surely have malfunctions, and in the midst of battle thou shalt surely come to harm.

3 And as the ages passed men in their ignorance and arrogance didst forget the word of the Lord and began to profane the 1911. The tribe of the gamesman did place recoil spring guides and extended slide releases upon the 1911 and their metal smiths didst tighten the tolerances and alter parts to their liking, their clearness of mind being clouded by lust.

4 Their artisans did hang all manner of foul implements upon the 1911 and did so alter it that it became impractical to purchase. For lo, the artisans didst charge a great tax upon the purchasers of the 1911 so that the lowly field worker could not afford one. And the profaning of the internal parts didst render it unworkable when the dust of the land fell upon it.

5 And lo, they didst install adjustable sights, which are an abomination unto the Lord. For they doth break and loose their zero when thou dost need true aim. And those who have done so will be slain in great numbers by their enemies in the great battle. a

6 And it came to pass that the Lord didst see the abomination wrought by man and didst cause, as he had warned, fearful malfunctions to come upon the abominations and upon the artisans who thought they could do no wrong.

7 Seeing the malfunctions and the confusion of men, the lord of the underworld did see an opportunity to further ensnare man and didst bring forth pistols made of plastic, whose form was such that they looked and felt like a brick, yet the eyes of man being clouded, they were consumed by the plastic pistol and did buy vast quantities of them.

8 And being a deceitful spirit the lord of the underworld did make these plastic pistols unamenable to the artisans of earth and they were unable to muck much with the design, and lo these pistols did appear to function.

9 And the evil one also brought forth pistols in which the trigger didst both cock and fire them and which require a "dingus" to make them appear safe.

10 But man being stupid did not understand these new pistols and didst proceed to shoot themselves with the plastic pistol and with the trigger cocking pistols for lo their manual of arms required great intelligence which man had long since forsaken. Yet man continued to gloat over these new pistols blaming evil forces for the negligent discharges which they themselves had committed.

11 And when man had been totally ensnared with the plastic pistol, the lord of the underworld didst cause a plague of the terrible Ka-Boom to descend upon man and the plastic pistols delivered their retribution upon men. And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land.

12 Then seeing that the eyes of man were slowly being opened and that man was truly sorrowful for his sinful misdeeds, the Lord did send his messengers in the form of artisans who did hear and obey the teachings of the prophet and who didst restore the profaned 1911s to their proper configuration, and lo, to the amazement of men they didst begin to work as the prophet had intended.

13 And the men of the land didst drive out the charlatans and profaners from the land, and there was joy and peace in the land, except for the evil sprits which tried occasionally to prey on the men and women of the land and who were sent to the place of eternal damnation b by the followers of John.

a Several old manuscripts add the following text. "And they [also rendered as "these men"] didst chamber it for cartridges who's calibers startith with numbers less than the Holy Number 4. And lo the Lord did cause great grief amongst these men when their enemies who were struck in battle with these lesser numbers didst not fall but did continue to cause great harm."
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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 16 2011 - 09:02, said:

My new hat has arrived. Here it is on the aforementioned hat stand.

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Need to find something appropriate to put above the sabres, for WoT purposes, I don't think my military rank is appropriate...

Holy Crap is that a Sheleighly !?

The_Chieftain #50 Posted Nov 01 2011 - 21:22

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View Postparadat, on Nov 01 2011 - 19:35, said:

Holy Crap is that a Sheleighly !?

Well, you want to change the spelling a bit, but yes.

I figure I might as well let you a bit more into the workings of the office. I might even post up some photos of the staff. In the meantime, we'll start with the peripheries. Here's the break room.

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Break room? You got your break when you hired on.  :lol:

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Yeah, now its endless war stories over the water cooler!

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View PostVirgilHilts, on Nov 01 2011 - 18:40, said:

Even the greatest genius will occasionally have a flawed concept and design. B)

THE HOLY GOSPEL OF JOHN (MOSES BROWNING)

1 In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good. And behold the Lord said, thou shalt not muck with my disciple John's design for it is good and it worketh. For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain.

2 And shouldst thou muck with it, and hang all manner of foul implements upon it, and profane its internal parts, thou shalt surely have malfunctions, and in the midst of battle thou shalt surely come to harm.

3 And as the ages passed men in their ignorance and arrogance didst forget the word of the Lord and began to profane the 1911. The tribe of the gamesman did place recoil spring guides and extended slide releases upon the 1911 and their metal smiths didst tighten the tolerances and alter parts to their liking, their clearness of mind being clouded by lust.

4 Their artisans did hang all manner of foul implements upon the 1911 and did so alter it that it became impractical to purchase. For lo, the artisans didst charge a great tax upon the purchasers of the 1911 so that the lowly field worker could not afford one. And the profaning of the internal parts didst render it unworkable when the dust of the land fell upon it.

5 And lo, they didst install adjustable sights, which are an abomination unto the Lord. For they doth break and loose their zero when thou dost need true aim. And those who have done so will be slain in great numbers by their enemies in the great battle. a

6 And it came to pass that the Lord didst see the abomination wrought by man and didst cause, as he had warned, fearful malfunctions to come upon the abominations and upon the artisans who thought they could do no wrong.

7 Seeing the malfunctions and the confusion of men, the lord of the underworld did see an opportunity to further ensnare man and didst bring forth pistols made of plastic, whose form was such that they looked and felt like a brick, yet the eyes of man being clouded, they were consumed by the plastic pistol and did buy vast quantities of them.

8 And being a deceitful spirit the lord of the underworld did make these plastic pistols unamenable to the artisans of earth and they were unable to muck much with the design, and lo these pistols did appear to function.

9 And the evil one also brought forth pistols in which the trigger didst both cock and fire them and which require a "dingus" to make them appear safe.

10 But man being stupid did not understand these new pistols and didst proceed to shoot themselves with the plastic pistol and with the trigger cocking pistols for lo their manual of arms required great intelligence which man had long since forsaken. Yet man continued to gloat over these new pistols blaming evil forces for the negligent discharges which they themselves had committed.

11 And when man had been totally ensnared with the plastic pistol, the lord of the underworld didst cause a plague of the terrible Ka-Boom to descend upon man and the plastic pistols delivered their retribution upon men. And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land.

12 Then seeing that the eyes of man were slowly being opened and that man was truly sorrowful for his sinful misdeeds, the Lord did send his messengers in the form of artisans who did hear and obey the teachings of the prophet and who didst restore the profaned 1911s to their proper configuration, and lo, to the amazement of men they didst begin to work as the prophet had intended.

13 And the men of the land didst drive out the charlatans and profaners from the land, and there was joy and peace in the land, except for the evil sprits which tried occasionally to prey on the men and women of the land and who were sent to the place of eternal damnation b by the followers of John.

a Several old manuscripts add the following text. "And they [also rendered as "these men"] didst chamber it for cartridges who's calibers startith with numbers less than the Holy Number 4. And lo the Lord did cause great grief amongst these men when their enemies who were struck in battle with these lesser numbers didst not fall but did continue to cause great harm."
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This made me cry with laughter good one dude.

P.S. In the words of the greeat Browning the 1911 is still the pistol.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Nov 01 2011 - 05:56, said:

Is it me, or have cowboys and soldiers fallen out of favor as halloween costumes for kids in recent years?

Up here in Canada, surplus gear is bloody expensive.

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The Gun Run is back.

Well, it never really left, but it just dropped out of the public eye for a while. Also known as the Field Gun Competition. A lot of people have never heard of this, allow me to try to explain the concept.

This is a 12pr QF 8cwt field gun, with limber.
http://www.warmuseum...9800480-002.jpg
The gun and limber together weigh in at somewhere just over a ton.

The object of the competition is a race between gun teams. Using manpower only, the gun (Limber always comes with it) has to be dragged about a hundred yards, then manhandled over a 5' high wall. From there, they have to get it across a a 28' chasm some 50 feet behind the wall, using a couple of poles and some wire which are lying on the ground nearby. Once that is done, they  run another 50 feet and get the whole shebang through a gap about 3' wide. Another fifty feet, fire three rounds.

After firing, the gun is brought over another 5' wall, then across the same 28' chasm. Three more rounds fired. Finally, through another 3' gap, and then another 100 yard sprint.

If that sounds bad enough, you want to do all that in about 165 seconds.

It's a hell of a thing to watch:
(Hmm. If embedding doesn't work, go to http://www.youtube.c...h?v=32s4qCCFnmk)


The reason I mention this is that I have recently been told that the Royal Tournament, axed several years ago due to budget cuts, is back. Sortof. It's now known as the British Military Tournament, but generally follows the same format of demonstrations and competitions and a gun run is in there. I am now adding this on my list of military events to visit, somewhere just under the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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Dayum.  :blink:

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Another picture from the office. This one belongs to the Head of Support.

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I see his Baton on the wall, all thats missing under it is a notice "The Floggings will Continue until Moral improves"

Maybe you could rectify that Chief?

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There is a lot of IKEA in the offices I see, worst of all I can actually name almost everything in there :( and I barely work there for a year.

Also love the Tempest model seems the like of WoT and EVE is mutual between both sides :)

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Hey Chief, this might not be the perfect place to ask, but any thoughts on a fellow named Michael Yon? He seems to be not at all please with some Army policy on evacing wounded troops.
http://www.michaelyon-online.com/




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