Friday, May 31, 2013

Having taken counsel of CarteachO

and bought one of these lanterns, I'm happy to report
It works as advertised, and
I haven't had to use it for real as yet.

It has a single button control: hit it once it's on bright, twice on low(damn sure can't call it 'dim').  The diffuser does a very good job of giving even, non-glare light, and using LEDs the reports of battery life are very good.  Can't say I'm looking forward to needing it, but it's very comforting to have sources of light like this available.

I've been using PDB's home-mix CLP for my cleaning, and it seems to work quite well.

AG Holder: "We won't spy on you the same way anymore, but don't quote me on that."

It appears I can scratch Staples off the list of places I buy from.
We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected* for the following reason(s):
Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.
Ok, so screw Staples, there's a lot of other places to buy stuff from.

More wonders from Californicated, first on Obamacare:
But the data that Lee released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.

and then on screwing gun owners(this is just ONE of the pieces of crap):
Californians who want to buy ammunition would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, under a bill passed by the Senate. The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.
Ammo shops would check the name on buyers' driver's licenses against a state list of qualified purchasers.
The goal of the bill is "to ensure that criminals and other dangerous individuals cannot purchase ammunition in the state of California," said Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), author of SB 53.
Yeah.  Because criminals NEVER obtain ammo illegally...

Speaking of ammo, I have bullets to size & lube if I can get the other stuff out of the way today.  Catch you later.


Gerry N. said...

Mark, I haven't bought anything from Staple's for about six years, don't remember why, but this confirms my dislike for them.

About the LED lantern. I am a confirmed Luddite and rilly, rilly like lanterns that generate light by actually burning a petro-fuel. My favorite being a Dietz Kero fueled one I canna remember the name of, but it's a big one with a 3/4" wick. All that said, I just ordered the Eveready product from Amazon. Da Missus is gonna break my thumbs to slow down my buying streak from Amazon.

Firehand said...

I've got a Aladdin oil lamp that puts out a lot of light, and in winter it's great because also puts out heat. But I do like having something that's cold, and can be used in case of gas leaks, etc.

Windy Wilson said...

I prefer the two mantle Coleman 220's from the 60's and 70's, myself, but having alternative light sources is a good thing.

For battery lanterns I have an old Coleman lantern (from only the 1990's!)with fluorescent tubes that uses a proprietary battery, so this looks like a good deal. It uses one of my preferred standard batteries, too, D, AA, 6v Lantern, and (grudgingly) AAA, so it won't contribute to proliferation of batteries.

Gerry N. said...

Da Missus and I have an Aladdin Genie we bought new thirty some years ago for less than $20.00. At the time we were having power outages several times each winter, some lasting as long as two weeks. I keep spares so I can quickly replace anything that might break or wear out. I also sprung for a small generator so I could keep the freezer cold. Our house is a split entry, so I put up hooks to hang blankets to separate the living/dining room and kitchen from the rest of the house. Between the Genie lamp and a Toyosun kerosene heater I can keep the upstairs about 65F pretty easily. Da Missus cannot put up without electronic entertainment so we've got several battery AM-FM radios with tape and CD players. I could go without electricity very well for a few months. Did it two winters in a row before I got married. There were a few chicks I met who kind of dug the "Retro 19th Century" lifestyle with kerosene light and a woodburning stove. One had never seen either in operation. The idea of heating water via a wood fire in the kitchen stove and sharing a bath by kerosene light really turned her on. (me too) Good times.

Gerry N.

Sigivald said...

They must think it's real hard to drive to Oregon, Nevada, or Arizona to buy ammo...

(Especially if you're a criminal supplier with an accordingly large profit margin.)