Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell

Posted on October 23, 2007 by Stephen

ISBN: 0151010269

It has been a while since anything from my school days has interested me. I have found this nice hardcover version of "Animal Farm" and "1984" together in one book. I have read "1984" as a junior in high school but never had the chance to read "Animal Farm". Well, now is my chance to read one of the most provocative novels ever published.

Although this book is about communism, I can draw parallels between the pigs taking over the farm and rewriting the rule to suit themselves and what is happening with our government right now. We are loosing our freedoms slowly and nearly daily. We, like Boxer, Clover and all the others, don't even notice that things are worse now than before.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke again

Posted on October 22, 2007 by Stephen

Well, I said that I would read it again and I have. It was even more enjoyable the second time.

Chapel Sales, Inc.

Posted on October 22, 2007 by Stephen

Way back on July 23rd, 2007, I requested a refund for the magazine that never arrived. It was to take 4-6 weeks to arrive at in the mail. Today is the 22nd of Oct and I still have not seen a refund.

Convert any base number to decimal

Posted on October 21, 2007 by Stephen

Here is the equation to convert any base (radix) from binary, hexadecimal, vigesimal, etc. to decimal.

Winchester Mystery House

Posted on October 20, 2007 by Stephen

On Saturday my family and I went to the Winchester Mystery House ( to take the tour. Before the tour we walked through the historical firearms museum where guns from civil war times right up to the last century were displayed.

Our guide was very knowledgable about the Lady (Mrs. Winchester) and the house she haphazardly build. The tour was quite cheep ($24 for Michell and I and $21 for my Parents). I recommend this tour for anyone who can walk a mile unaided.

Trajectory of the .17HMR round

Posted on October 10, 2007 by Stephen

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Trajectory of the .17HMR round

High velocity has a big effect on trajectory, as does the ballistic coefficient of the bullet. Since the .17 HMR has the advantage in both areas, we can expect it to be the flatter shooting cartridge, and it is. Here are some factory figures based on a 100 yard zero and a line of sight 1.5" over bore (a scoped rifle):

- .17 HMR, 17 grain V-Max = +0.1" at 50 yards, 0 at 100 yards, -2.6" at 150 yards, -8.5" at 200 yards.
- .17 HMR, 20 grain XTP = +0.6" at 50 yards, 0 at 100 yards, -4.1" at 150 yards, -13.1" at 200 yards.

2007 - 2008 California Hunting Seasons

Posted on October 01, 2007 by Stephen

Info on the hunting seasons in California. Now I just need to find out where to hunt.