Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How Venture Capital works in the Internet Security market

Interesting article over at Robert Graham's blog, using a recent startup flameout as an example of how the VC work works.  My track record has been sort of all over the map - at a successful IPO, at a successful acquisition, at a long, protracted zombie existence.  Robert lays it out the way it is.

If you're interested in how capital fuels Internet Security, this is a great article.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lawdog Has Returned

Whatever else is wrong on the internet, the Lawdog is posting again.
"... Not being entirely gormless, my body (not currently admiring the shot that started this whole episode) spun, took two steps, and flung me at the lower limbs of the nearest mesquite tree ... about those two steps ahead of the enraged pig.

So.  There I am, hanging like a panicked sloth from the lower limbs by one ankle, one hand, and one wrist, while a Paleolithic-class hog stands below, loudly opining as to my ancestry and sexual proclivities, and daring me to come down..."
Go find how he got there and how it all worked out.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Apparently the Lord does not have favorites ....

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra. BMX and X-Games star. 41 years old. Married with two daughters.

Here's a short video. It's not my sport, but what a talented guy.

 I opened the local newspaper this morning and he was on the front page. 

  I know I am hyperaware of this issue but this one is literally close to home.

Now that's a pie chart

550 Yards

Borepatch might recognize this field. His Enfield has been shot there. He got poison ivy cutting a load of firewood in those trees in the distance.

Last Sunday afternoon. 550 yards across the field. It was late and the light was fading. My shooting partner went first. He got his scope zeroed, took his shots, and then I had just a few minutes. I took 3 shots. They were all in the scoring rings on a 100 yard SR target. Not great. I think the rifle is capable of better. I think a 6 inch group is possible.

Now we are ordering some true 500 yard paper targets and an 18" steel plate. I want to try this range with my 1903A3 and iron sights.

If you open this image and start expanding it, you can see the target, it's at the edge of the treeline almost straight out from where the rifle is pointing.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Unrelenting Reality

You can pretend that vaccines are bad. Reality will eventually intrude. 
 A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease. Tara Hills was stuck in isolation at her Ottawa home for more than a week with her sick children and her regrets about refusing to vaccinate them against the highly contagious respiratory disease. The Hills kids completed a course of antibiotics and were released from isolation Tuesday.
"I set out to prove that we were right," Hills said in an interview with the Washington Post, "and in the process found out how wrong we were."

An Officer and a Gentleman

This guy gave up his shot at the Hall Of Fame to serve his country:
Mitch Harris pitches for the St. Louis Cardinals. But he was in Boston last week to receive the Tony Conigliaro award, given by the Red Sox at the Boston baseball writers dinner to someone who exemplified the determination, grace and will with which Tony C. dealt with adversity in his all-too-short life. We think after you hear about Mitch Harris, you’ll be glad we shared his story, and you’ll perhaps understand why Richie Conigliaro, Tony’s brother, was in tears when he presented Harris with his award, and a banquet hall full of people were moved to rise to their feet. 
Unlike most recipients of the Tony C. award, Harris did not face a physical challenge he had to overcome. His test was of another sort, one that he elected to take on voluntarily, despite an awareness of the near-impossible odds he was facing. Mitch Harris burned with the desire to play big-league baseball, and had the talent to do so. But as a member of the Naval Academy, he had embraced another calling, one he renewed after his sophomore year. Midshipman Harris had the option after two years at the Academy to walk away. Instead, he signed a 2-7 commitment: two more years in the academy, five years of service as an office in the Navy.
Bravo Zulu.  This brings to mind what Ted Williams and Bob Feller did.

Hat tip: Chris Lynch, who also has a video of Archer as Magnum P.I.  Awesome.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Careful who you put in charge of sales

Things seem kind of fishy here.

Climate Change as a political proxy measure

Rick emails to point out that the population simply isn't much interested in Climate Change:
A YouGov poll of 18,000 people in 17 countries found only 9.2 percent of Americans rank global warming as their biggest concern. Only Saudi Arabians were less concerned about global warming at 5.7 percent. The biggest concern for Americans was global terrorism — 28 percent of Americans polled listed this as their top issue.
Despite a big PR push by President Barack Obama to tout his administration’s global warming agenda, most Americans have been unconvinced it’s the country’s most pressing issue. A Fox News poll from November found only 3 percent of Americans list global warming as their top concern.
So why the intense focus by the political establishment?  Partly it's so that Democrats have an issue to run on this year that isn't their terrible track record of governance screw ups.  Partly it's about political donations from "Big Green" environmental movements.  Partly it's a desire (by both parties) for higher revenue from Carbon taxes and the like.

But the real message to take away from this is that it reflects the profound anti-democratic views of the entire governing class.  The concerns and desires of the governed are quite irrelevant - only the concerns and desires of the elite matter.

It's another example of the anarchy-tyranny in which we find ourselves: the anarchy (lack of effective approach to terrorism) is mixed in equal measure with tyranny (a continued push for Carbon Taxes, and damn the polls).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Well played, Netflix: