Masculinity is a Guided Hunt

| July 28, 2018

When last we spoke, it was on the subject of Masculinity and Rites of Passage through the personal experience of soloing an airplane. In case the point eluded some of you, the instrument of transformation — the airplane — didn’t actually need to be what it was. It didn’t hurt in teaching a young Man […]

Masculinity and Rites of Passage

| July 21, 2018

One fulsome morning in the late autumn of my 16th year, I was a student pilot at the controls of a Piper PA-28 “Cherokee” in the afterglow of the rollout from what had to be the best landing I’d ever accomplished. That took an epiphanous turn when I heard my Flight Instructor telling me to […]

Looks Like I Picked a Hell of a Day to Take Up Smoking

| July 8, 2018

Title notwithstanding, today we started testing the Little Chief smoker by Smokehouse Products of Hood River, Oregon. For this first trial run, we’re doing a short flavour smoke on marinated pork chops and beef patties. Taste testing reports and a product review in a week or two as comprehensive testing proceeds.

Canada Day 2018

| July 1, 2018

You can keep your bit coin mining. It’s a well known fact that nickel mining is an important component of the Canadian economy. Less well known is that the one in Sudbury, Ontario, is the biggest we’ve ever found. This is Canada Day up here in the Great White North, on which all and sundry […]

A Week in Thirty-six Movements

| June 16, 2018

I have just come out the other end, as it were, of a week of battle with an intestinal infection of surpassing vileness. Among other things, it spawned this. Critic’s Notes on Maestro Whynacht’s Symphony, “A Week in Thirty-six Movements” I attended the first performance of Maestro Whynacht’s daunting new symphony, “A Week in Thirty-six […]

Risk: Nothing of Value Happens Without It

| May 27, 2018

“In 1866, a book was published titled Readings for Young Men, Merchants, and Men of Business. Fortunately for the world, this tome has been unearthed and scanned by Google bringing it back just in time to prove my point. “This is a world of excuses where everybody needs to have one foot over the safety […]

Death and the Child

| May 20, 2018

    “A dragon lives forever but not so little boys. Painted wings and giant’s rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more, And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar. “His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain. Puff no longer […]

Well Now, THAT was Fun! — When Good Accounting Systems Go Bad

| April 5, 2018

As many of your know by now, and those that don’t will in a moment, I have been a security consultant for 37 years. 35 with the LFM family firm Whynacht Security Solutions. As with most successful businesses, the schedule is demanding and can get unruly if you don’t keep your saddle cinched tight and […]

Musings on Musketry — Part the Second: The Real Meaning of “Military Grade”

| March 23, 2018

When last we convened in the matter of musketry, I closed with reference to how, “The care and feeding, proper shooting, and maintenance of a wooden stocked rifle, particularly one of this vintage, requires dedication to what it means to be a Marksman.” As you will know from having read the first installment in this […]

Pervertibles

| February 4, 2018

The most fulfilling moments in my so far 37 year career as a security consultant have involved engineering nasty surprises for miscreants, mostly human but occasionally from other tribes, who thought they were smarter than everyone else but weren’t. Oh, sure, along the way we’ve saved a few lives, but that was just collateral un-damage […]