Panhandle Quail

Got a little late season quail hunting in this weekend thanks to Skylar and his family sharing their hunting land with me. I’m by no means a pro with a shotgun but managed to do fairly well (5). My desk job nerd legs let me know that I don’t exercise enough, thinking about starting bi-monthly paintball weekends again. Gonna make an obstacle course out back too.

Will update this post with cooked bird pics later tonight.




The Little Boy From the Mountains

Sometimes Alexis asks me to tell her a story when I’m rocking her to sleep. It’s always some awesome story of one of my countless adventures.  Last night I told her the story of the little boy from the mountains. She had never seen mountains so I tried my best to explain what a mountain is, how the land raises up into the sky. I told her about how the little boy used to climb to the top of the highest mountain he could find and look out over the land, how calming and happy it made him to be at one with nature. How the little boy used to make forts in the woods and fish in the ponds. How the air smelled so fresh and the sky was so blue. About how the little boy had to leave the mountains when he grew up and how he missed them every day since. Near the end of the story she raised her head up off my chest put both hands on my cheeks and said “ill climb a mountain with you daddy”. Such insight.

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Treasure Hunting with Kiddo

Build Log – Hira Zukuri Tachi


Authentic tachi were forged during the Kotō period, before 1596. With a few exceptions katana and tachi can be distinguished from each other if signed, by the location of the signature (mei) on the tang (nakago). In general themei should be carved into the side of the nakago that would face outward when the sword was worn. Since a tachi was worn cutting edge down, and the katana was worn cutting edge up the mei would be in opposite locations on the nakago of both types of swords.

An authentic tachi that was manufactured in the correct time period averaged 70–80 centimeters (27 9/16 – 31 1/2 inches)in cutting edge length (nagasa) and compared to a katana was generally lighter in weight in proportion to its length, had a greater taper from hilt to point, was more curved with a smaller point area.

Unlike the traditional manner of wearing the katana, the tachi was worn hung from the belt with the cutting-edge down, and was most effective when used by cavalry.Deviations from the average length of tachi have the prefixesko- for “short” and ō- for “great or large” attached. For instance, tachi that were shōtō and closer in size to a wakizashi were called kodachi. The longest tachi (considered a 15th century ōdachi) in existence is more than 3.7 meters in total length (2.2m blade) but believed to be ceremonial. In the late 1500s and early 1600s many old surviving tachi blades were converted into katana by having their original tangs cut (o-suriage), the signature (mei) would be lost in this process.


Hira Zukuri

Basically a bevel which slopes from the cutting edge of the blade all the way to the back. Rarely seen on full length swords, usually used when making tanto and wakizashi. It forms a lighter and much sharper blade with greatly enhanced cutting ability at the cost of durability. You wouldn’t want to go up against a sword wielding opponent with one of these if you find yourself having to block and parry often. If however one wanted a very light weight but very effective offensive-only sword this is the way to go. In the world of competitive tameshigiri cutting these are often referred to as ‘cheater blades’ due to their cutting effectiveness.

Here is an example of a Hira Zukuri style blade. Note the complete lack of a flat deflecting side edge.





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Neat Lab Screenshot

Was working on a little static routing lab this evening using three TinyCore linux VM’s, two 12.1R1.9 JunOS routers and one 12.4 Cisco IOS. A simple but fun way to get used to JunOS command line syntax. While the level of configuration done here is relatively trivial, it’s good to start small when learning a new network operating system CLI. Next up I will clone the lab and migrate from static routing to OSPF. Fun stuff.

In the screenshot you can see the route table from JunOS_2 and Linux1 and Linux3 pinging each other across five subnets. Done with GNS3 and VirtualBox. Loving this new laptop, thank you Jess for supporting my studies.

multi-platform lab ping thru


Alligator Gar

Caught my first ever alligator gar this sunday morning on rod and reel with whole flayed shad on the bottom of dog creek near the verdigris river.

Tossed in a few pics of the fishin hole and boat modifications (flush mounted rod holders) too.


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