Monday, March 31, 2008

Bowler Gate

And it today's utterly irrelevant political news, Barack Obama is a horrible bowler. 37. Wow. I can't wait to see how Hillary uses this moment of weakness in her campaign advertising.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Grand Re-opening

X-Ring Supply off 273 in Newark is holding their grand reopening today after losing their Federal Firearms License last year. We'll see what effect new management has on the old place. I'll probably be checking it out this afternoon.

UPDATE: It was a good event. Not only were they giving away free food and the usual advertising gewgaws, but they were also giving out Hoppes gun cleaning kits to anyone who wanted one. Their gun selection still isn't up to it's former glory, but I did get some price quotes for AR-15 scopes that are competitive with online retailers.

The new X-Ring also had a lot of women inside. This makes a lot of sense because the new owners are the sisters of the old owner. The old shop had a tendency to be a boys club in a very bad way. Amy was decidedly uncomfortable the last and only time she went in there. Hopefully the new one will be a bit friendlier and more open.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I Guess I'm not Emergent Enough

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
Test came by way of a bigger potty mouth than me.

The Shot Heard 'Round the Airport

You probably heard that a TSA certified pilot accidentally discharged his weapon in flight. News coverage of the event probably made you wonder what Captain Fife was doing playing Wyatt Earp in the cockpit when he should have been landing his plane. The answer of course is that he was most likely locking up his gun as required by the TSA whenever he leaves (or is going to leave) the cockpit. For some stupid reason, the method the TSA uses to secure a weapon in flight is to put a padlock through the gun's holster into it's triggerguard, while the gun is loaded and on the pilots belt. Think about the mechanics of that one. It's a really great idea, isn't it?

For those not in the know, you don't play with loaded weapons. You don't want to do anything that screws around near the trigger of one because if you pull the trigger the gun is supposed to fire. There is no reason to go near the trigger if your gun is in the holster. Most modern holsters cover the trigger guard for this very reason. In contrast, the TSA approved holster has a slot in it so you can stick a curved padlock shackle into the trigger guard and wiggle it around a bunch.

What idiot thought up that procedure and how can we get him fired?

On Compact Fluorescents

James Lileks has some commentary on them:
I hate fluorescent bulbs. I can’t stand the ghastly chalky light, the flicker, the slow warm-up, their incompatibility with dimmer switches. But it’s been a while since I investigated the situation; it’s possible they have bulbs that meet all criteria now. In which case I will install some, because they last longer, and I don't get enough mercury in m y diet. . Until then, however, I prefer the tone and quality of “Reveal” bulbs.
We have some CFs at our place. I replaced most the lights we use regularly with them because it makes the most sense. Some bulbs are good and some suck. We have two 3-way 150W torch lamps in the living room. One has a good bulb that gives warm light with no flicker and no warm up. The other does is it's evil twin and exhibits all the breeds failings. How annoying.

But the real reason we aren't using them more is that the compact fluorescents just aren't compact enough. Several of our fixtures (like the 2 3-way lamps upstairs) require bulbs of such size that you have the choice of CFs or a lampshade, but not both. We went with lampshades. Perhaps I'll rework the shades upstairs so we don't have this problem anymore at a later date.

Stuff Christians Like

I suspect that the items found at Stuff Christians Like are more typical of Evangelical Protestants than Catholics, but they're still amusing. My Current favorites are Metrosexual Worship Leaders, Subtly Finding Out if You Drink Beer Too, and Brand X Cookies. Via Thinklings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Religion in Science Fiction

SF Signal is discussing the question "Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion?" with a panel made up of a number of different Sci-fi authors. John C. Wright acquits himself well with reasoning that could be true of conservatism or religion:
Criticism of religion is an SF theme, because it is speculation. If Jesus turns out to be a Martian, or the Bethlehem Star turns out to be a supernova, that is speculative. Defense of religion is not an SF theme, because the idea that our ancestors were right on this point is not disorienting. It is not speculative.

Let us not misunderstand this point. It is not that religion is unscientific ergo science fiction is irreligious. That argument is beneath contempt. It is that science fiction readers love the roller coaster of new ideas.
Adam Roberts brings up some interesting connections between the rise of Science Fiction and the Reformation. Individual authors pieces are mixed, but the whole is still worth reading.

WiiMote Coolness

Johnny Lee, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon. has whipped up some cool stuff, using only a Wiimote and some safety glasses with attached IR LEDs.

These videos have been floating around the web for some time. While I've heard about them second hand, I've somehow missed actually seeing them until now.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Of War Stories and Fairy Tales

Here is an old joke that seems increasingly related to criticism of the Clinton Campaign:

Q: What is the difference between a fairy tale and a war story?
A: Fairy tales start with "Once upon a time..." and war stories start with "This ain't no shit..."

Perhaps we should add "Back when I was First Lady..." to the list?

UPDATE: I guess I have to retract this bit of snark. I've found a copy of the actual footage on YouTube which clearly shows Hillary's courage under fire.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Over the Weekend...

Amy and I watched the Illusionist, I went shooting with a bunch of people from Delaware Open Carry, and we had Easter dinner at my parents place.

The Illusionist is quite good. It is a dramatic romance involving a duchess, a stage magician, the chief police inspector of Vienna, and the crown prince of Austria-Hungary (based largely on Crown Prince Rudolf). I can't write too much because the plot is fairly twisty and the story isn't told in a simple linear fashion. But it's good. I also love the setting. You just don't see a lot of movies set in Europe between the Napoleonic Wars and the Great War. When you do find one, it is usually set in the British Empire. Seeing the Austro-Hungarian Empire was kind of a treat and makes me wonder about the history of that part of Europe.

Shooting with the folks at Delaware Open Carry at Ommelanden on Saturday morning was also a treat. I tried out one person's XD9 and another's Bersa Thunder 380. The XD was pleasant to shoot with a nice grip geometry, good sights, and trigger safety that doesn't stab your finger (unlike every Glock I've ever shot). The trigger is kind of squishy which took some adjustment because all of my guns are crisp single actions. The Thunder is reliable with a nice trigger but small sights. The recoil was also lot snappier than I expected. The slap into the web of my hand after every shot was unpleasant.

Over all, I really wouldn't mind owning an XD9 or XD45. Since at least three people in the group were carrying them, I'm guess the group shares that opinion. I thought about buying a Thunder, but now I'm definitely going to reexamine that. I'm looking forward to our next trip because hopefully I'll be able to glean some rifle marksmanship pointers from the military and ex-military folks in the group.

Useful Lessons

The lesson found in this video applies not just to cyclists, but also to motorcyclists, scooter riders, and stupid college students that don't bother to look both ways before crossing Main Street.

So Not True

As someone who is married to a MMORPG addict, this happens all the time. Sorry Kurtz.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gorbachev Comes Out of the Closet

The prayer closet. It seems the last Premier of the Soviet Union is also a Christian. Something Reagan figured out over twenty years ago. I think the blotch on his head looking like the Virgin Mary was a tip off myself.

Gorbachev credits "Christian morality" with why he didn't violently suppress the revolution of 1989 as others would have done before him. Go Mikhail and go Jesus.

Games People Play

Risawn has discovered Carcassonne, a game my mother is nuts over and my wife couldn't care less about. I can take it or leave it. The basic game is pretty fun, you lay down tiles to build roads, cities, or monasteries. You get points depending on what you build or lay claim to. Unlike some games (like Settlers of Cataan) it seems to scale pretty well between two and a few players.

The problem? Like Settlers of Cataan, there are a hojillion expansion packs. There is nothing wrong with that, but the more expansions you add, the longer the game takes. Add more than one or two and a fun game that takes less than an hour turns into a afternoon affair. Less is definitely more.


I stopped by Rita's on my lunch break, but the shop wasn't open yet. Grrrr...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Important Events

Other bloggers are covering major events like the Heller argument or the death of Science Fiction great Arthur C. Clarke. Which leaves me to cover truly important local events.

In that light, don't forget that tomorrow (March 20) is the first day of Spring and therefore is Free Rita's Water Ice Day. Drive on over to your local Ritas for icy goodness. You can thank me later.

Suspicions Confirmed

LawDog saw 10,000 BC.
Allow me, Gentle Reader, to reach down deep for the exact words to properly describe this move:


Yes, I think that fits the bill rather nicely.
In short, whomever wrote the movie obviously didn't bother to Google what life was like in 10,000 BC. Whatever that movie is supposed to represent, it surely isn't the Mesolithic period. And that doesn't even touch on the hackneyed plot.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The FetchBot 2000

This robot tennis ball slingshot is a neat way to keep your energetic dog busy. It is also really well engineered. Notice how the thing doesn't go off if the dog removes the ball.

But it wouldn't work for our cat. Why? Because cats don't fetch. They might bring their fresh kill to you, but they don't fetch it reliably. Milo likes to kill things like birds, mice, or bugs. Balls aren't on that list and don't hold his interest very long. Milo also wouldn't go near the thing because it makes too much noise.

Thankfully cats don't seem to have the boundless energy that dogs do. Milo will play for at most 15 minutes. Then he sleeps for the rest of the day until his next feeding.

Heller Goes to Court

The Supreme Court will be hearing the oral arguments for D.C. vs. Heller at 10 a.m. They should last about 75 minutes. Scotusblog is planning on live-blogging it via the delayed CSPAN feed and hosting links to the audio.

My prediction on the final outcome? I agree with the Geek. I think the individual rights case will carry the day and that complete bans on entire types of weapons (like handguns) will not be considered "reasonable." I also think the Supremes will dodge the issue of incorporation via the 14th amendment. Why? Because they can.

UPDATE: Yup, individual rights carried the day. See Scotusblog for the transcript. The real question is what, if any, standard of review will the Supremes will put on current laws (reasonable, strict, etc.) That is up in the air.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Gas Piston ARs

Look another one! I'm not a huge fan of the gas piston AR/M-16/M-4. They do make the gun run cleaner. Which is nice because cleaning an AR is a pain. They are generally billed as making the gun run more reliably. This is generally bunk. Why?

AR-15s are actually very reliable. The AR has a failure rate around 1% in pretty hard conditions like the Army "dust test". Once you are that reliable, proving another rifle is better in a statistically significant sense is practically impossible. You are so far down the tail of the statistical distribution that you need a huge number of trials to differentiate between the systems in a statistically definitive way. Nobody does that many. This is why all the AR-15 sand tests come back with answers like "the current rifle is good enough."

Jamming in the AR-15 is not generally caused by gas blowing into the action. Jamming is caused by the close tolerances used in the rifles to make them accurate. AR-15s don't jam in the desert because they "shit where they eat." AR-15s jam in the desert because they are full of sand because they are in the desert. Putting a gas piston on the upper does not make them less full of sand or loosen up the parts tolerances so the sand doesn't cause problems.

The reason the military doesn't use piston uppers is not because it is a new concept. Colt tested designs like these in the 1960s. The reason the military doesn't use them is that they aren't significantly better than what we have. Reliability doesn't change much. Accuracy, on the other hand, changes a lot with piston uppers being about half as accurate as a standard AR.

St. Patricks Day

Chris Byrne has a lot of St. Patty's material over at his blog.

For those who might be wondering, the kilt stayed in the closet today. It isn't Irish enough. And it was really cold this morning. If Stillwater ever gets their green wool heavyweight kilts back in stock in my size, maybe I'll pick one up and wear it next year.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Israeli Citizens Demanding THEL

I can't talk too much about this article because unfortunately I actually know something about the Tactical High Energy Laser. Let me just say that demanding your government put 8 trailers full of highly-energetic and highly toxic chemicals in the middle of your town is not very smart. It's not smart even if your town isn't being shot at with rockets and it's even dumber when you realize that your incredibly expensive laser defense system is worthless in less than ideal weather.

I mean seriously. What else in your town is worth $150 million dollars and will blow up nice and destroy or pollute everything around it? If your enemy manages to kill it they'll get bragging rights for years. If I were them, I'd aim for the stupid thing.

Democrat, Republican, or Southerner

I saw this joke over at the Delaware Open Carry Forum and made a few improvements...

You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you. You are carrying a Kimber 1911 cal. 45 ACP, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

The Democrat Answer:
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away?
What does my wife think?
What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted?
We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a consensus.
The Republican Answer:
BANG! See the Free Market works!
The Southern Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click..... (Sounds of reloading)


Daughter: 'Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?'

Son: 'Can I shoot the next one!'

Wife: 'You ain't taking that to the Taxidermist!'

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I don't have a horse in this race, but I have found a few quotes downright hilarious. Like Vodkapundit's:
Governor Eliot Spitzer: Cleaning up New York one prostitute at a time. Sometimes maybe even two at a time.
Or Suitably Flip's:
The Emperors Club reportedly arranged for female accompaniment at rates as dear as $5,500 an hour and also offered investment advice. Full service, indeed.
Sadly Flip doesn't know how to spell "schtupp." Must not be a good Jewish boy... But investment advice? What a great idea! It would be even better if they allowed you to bill their services in some way that is tax deductible. These might be the first prostitutes to make you money since Grand Theft Auto.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse has a roundup of late night monologues about Schtuppergate.

If anything this proves to me how stupid NBC is for taking their content off YouTube and backing Hulu (which is currently in closed beta). I can't watch the Leno and Conan jokes if I want to, but Comedy Central and CBS get free advertising.

UPDATE2: Amybear turned on Good Morning America this morning. One of the Governor's former service professionals had called ABC to defend him. The former prostitute (who had since moved into internet pornography) said that Spitzer was a great guy. He was kind and considerate and always tipped well. A model John. I suppose this is high praise indeed from the people who trade in the world's oldest commodity.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Big Defeat or Trouncing a Loser

Instapundit brought up that Denny Hastert's old House seat has changed party hands in Michigan. This may be a foreshadowing of November, where Republicans get ousted for becoming political fat cats. But I have to wonder if it isn't a more isolated incident. Why?
Oberweis has now spent nearly $9 million of his own money on six elections the last six years and still does not hold elected office.
The GOP ran a six time loser. Give it a rest already. This reminds me of Barbara Hafer who seemed to run for (and lose) every statewide office under the sun during my later school years in Pennsylvania. Or Mike Protack, who can't even seem to get through the primaries, but just keeps running.

Dishonest History

David E. Young takes 15 historians to task for an amicus brief to D.C. vs. Heller that isn't just poorly reasoned, but is actually factually inaccurate. He doesn't list the names of the professors involved, but they are:
  1. Jack Rakove
  2. Saul Cornell
  3. David T. Konig
  4. Bill Novak
  5. Lois Schwoerer
  6. Fred Anderson
  7. Carol Berkin
  8. Paul Finkelman
  9. R. Don Higginbotham
  10. Stanley N. Katz
  11. Pauline R. Maier
  12. Peter S. Onuf
  13. Robert E. Shalhope
  14. John Shy
  15. Alan Taylor
I'm going to look into these people more later, but I already know that several of them are Brady Center affiliated.

Squirrelly Photographers

My brother sent me to a site featuring pictures of a cute pet squirrel name Sugarbush. The owners dresses up the squirrel in costumes as befits the latest news and then takes pictures.

The more I look at it, the more I wonder about her owner's mental health. Amy and I dressed Milo up once for Halloween. He was so mortified that I doubt we'll ever do it again.

Maybe this woman just doesn't have any children?

Not Just Cool Because It's Black

Major Brian Shul's piece about flying the SR-71 Blackbird has been making the rounds on various high profile blogs. Here is the opening paragraph:
In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist camps in Libya. My duty was to fly over Libya and take photos recording the damage our F-111's had inflicted. Qaddafi had established a 'line of death,' a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra, swearing to shoot down any intruder that crossed the boundary. On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph.
Bad Ass. There are some amazing aircraft that came out of the US in the 50s and 60s. Aircraft like the Blackbird or the Starfighter.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Pin the Label on the Feminist

John C. Wright brings up this City Paper editorial about prolonged adolescence. He correctly points out that this is what happens when sexual propriety is thrown out the window. Turns out that before feminists sought to revolutionize gender dynamics, they should have bothered to understand them first. Oops.

He doesn't mention that the whole article is a put down on the male gender. For example:
Single women in their twenties and early thirties are joining an international New Girl Order, hyperachieving in both school and an increasingly female-friendly workplace, while packing leisure hours with shopping, traveling, and dining with friends [see “The New Girl Order,” Autumn 2007]. Single Young Males, or SYMs, by contrast, often seem to hang out in a playground of drinking, hooking up, playing Halo 3, and, in many cases, underachieving. With them, adulthood looks as though it’s receding.
Can you see the double standard? Young women shop, travel, and dine with friends. But when young men do similar things they are described derogatively as "hanging out" or "partying." Men live in disgusting bachelor pads. Where do the women live? Moreover, who do you think these young men are hooking up with? Those guys can't all be gay. Why do all the shallow girls emulating the prolonged Sex and the City style of female adolescence get a pass? The answer is that this isn't the narrative the author wants to tell.

Frankly, I think the main reason for prolonged adolescence in both sexes is college. Once upon a time, you graduated from high school and were expected to start taking care of yourself, and act like an adult. Make plans to settle down with your high school sweetheart, etc. Not any more. Now most high school students have four more years of drinking still to go. There is no point to planning long term with your high school girl, because she probably won't be your college girl when you graduate. And is it surprising that men and women are living in apartments with their friends after they've been doing it through four years of higher education? No.

Subtle Hints

My wife sent me this article this morning. Perhaps I need to do more vacuuming?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Left Wing Religion

Physics Geek has a commentary on some of Barrack Obama's recent statements. I respect a man that uses scripture or theology as a punchline.

The Importance of Carry

Kim du Toit made me aware of this account of a man protecting his daughter from two would-be thieves. They wanted a Gameboy and since they couldn't steal one from Walmart, they marked two people who just bought one and tried to take it by force in the parking lot. They didn't plan on a .45 automatic entering into it.

Quite a while ago, John the Methodist asked me which one of my guns I'd use for carry. I own three handguns, a Browning Buckmark, a 9mm FN Hipower, and a .45acp RIA 1911. The buckmark is a .22 target pistol. It doesn't have stopping power or reliability. The RIA has stopping power, but isn't as reliable as I would like. This is mostly the fault of me buying cheap magazines. This leaves my hipower as my "go to gun" for carry. It is accurate, powerful enough if I use hollowpoints, and it has never jammed.

What I need now is a decent holster for it. My current holsters are a cheap IWB that snags on the sights and a surplus thumbreak that is better, but still doesn't fit quite right. Since I do not have a concealed carry permit, the former is unacceptable even without snagging problems. I really need to pick up a good open carry holster, a few more magazines, some magazines carriers, and decent carry belt.

UPDATE: By the way, one of the more annoying things about the hipower is that if they carry a "hipower" holster, it often isn't actually made for hipowers. Most "hipower" holsters are just 1911 government or commander holsters that are marked "and hipower." While the two guns are similar in shape, they aren't quite the same and the 1911 holsters often don't fit quite right. I already have a holster that is better than nothing. I want something that is actually good.

Losing a Wizard

Gary Gygax passed away yesterday at age 69 from unspecified health problems. He was the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons and as such shares the credit for revolutionizing modern gaming with the invention of the role-playing game.

There is no word yet about how the family intends to protect his grave to prevent tabletop gamers from cracking it open to recharge their dice. I'm betting on clay golems or masterwork-grade death traps. Perhaps a well placed Sphere of Annihilation. Those would be awesome.

Most of the blogosphere is mourning his passing including Chris Byrne (who moderated a newsgroup for him) and, oddly enough, Michelle Malkin.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Why You Use Two Hands

Lets say you have a Thompson Contender Encore single shot pistol chambered in 600 Nitro Express. This is a gun that fires a round with almost 5 times the muzzle energy of a .44 magnum. The cartridge is normally chambered in 15 pound double rifles used to stop charging elephants, not 6 pound handguns used to show off at your local range. So if you're going to shoot such a weapon and do so with people watching and recording the event for posterity, don't lay it across your wrist, hold on to the grips with both your frickin' hands! Otherwise you'll look like fatso here.

Rising Skepticism

Instapundit linked to this story about the rise of solar power. Here is a problematic excerpt:
"We also see an exponential progression in the use of solar energy," he [Ray Kurzweil] said. "It is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we'll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years."
Except that an exponential rate of expansion is not generally sustainable forever. "If trends continue" is one of those phrases that should light warning signs and sound sirens. Especially when these trends must continue for over a generation. The growth curve for new technologies is generally exponential growth up to point followed by a decline in growth until they hit the market saturation threshold. I expect this to happen with solar power just like it has happened with everything else.

Why? Well among other things, roughly half the planet is dark at any given time. Even more is getting weak sunlight in the morning or evenings. Electrical power transmission is lossy and power storage technologies on an industrial level also stink. So you can't move the power around well or store it well. While I could be wrong, I don't see either of those things changing in the next 20 years because they haven't changed in over a hundred. When it is dark you need another power generation option. You also can't do electrical load balancing with solar. The sun is shining or it isn't. You need generators somewhere that you can throttle up or down to meet supply needs in real time.

The other problem is that outside of cities and suburbs, increasing solar electrical generation capacity will have to compete with arable farm land. Solar makes for a great bottom feeder generation technology in urban and suburban areas. It costs (or will cost) very little to throw it on the roof of your house or factory. Why not do it? But out in the country, most of the land is actually used for growing food. Which is important. Nature and agriculture are also solar powered.

I'm not saying that we aren't on the cusp of a solar power revolution. I actually think we are. New manufacturing processes are set to both drop costs and raise efficiency, but there is an upper limit to what we can achieve. A canna' change the laws of physics. I haven't seen any sort of analysis that realistically addresses that generation threshold. Kurzweil essentially just waves his hand and assumes the problem away, which is just sloppy thinking.


Ah, so thats why I don't use it.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Glock in a Box

The guys at QandO think this video of the ultracompact prototype FMG9 is pretty cool:

It's a neat product, basically a Glock 18 that folds up into a compact package. But parts of the video do bother me. Did you notice how the guy showing it off is sweeping all creation with the guns muzzle in various parts of the video? Likewise, having a "flashlight" on a gun is only good if you don't mind putting a hole in what you light up with it. And you can't forget muzzle discipline just because it doesn't look like a gun at the time. I'd imagine that it would make a pretty decent PDW for vehicle crews though.

Third Party Candidates

If McCain and Obama aren't going to do it for you, then there is always the BadAss party candidate.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Yankee Candle They Ain't

About the only saving grace of most candle places is that they might have a few products that smell liked baked goods. For a while my air fresheners were vanilla or apple pie. Which is great but they do make you hungry. But Manterns sells an explicitly more male friendly selection. No word on whether they have any specifically designed for the bathroom though.


John the Methodist and his wife are expecting their first child in September. Please go over there and suggest a baby name or else they'll probably use a Watership Down character. Because a kid named Thlayli "Bigwig" the Methodist would have a really rough childhood.