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Tritium, Lume, and Mechtorch

I’ve been buying and installing tritium lately, because glowy stuff cool. Took some pics.


I just received a special edition Mechforce Mechtorch, mainly for the 16 tritium slots, and because I like the price point and performance of it for use as a nice EDC beater.

Note that Mechforce has improved the Mechtorch, which now tailstands very nicely.


Having also picked up a Barrel M2JN, which I consider a higher end light, I’m both surprised and somewhat disappointed to learn that the entry level, much less expensive Mechtorch out performs the Barrel. At their highest settings, the Mechtorch is putting out substantially more light, and will do so for a lot longer than the Barrel. One thing I have noted about the Barrel is that it will only hold the highest turbo mode for a moment (one second or less), which is virtually useless. There’s really not much point in having a turbo setting that the light can only maintain for less than a second. I’ve tried multiple batteries, including the one that came with the light, and I get the same result. So while the Barrel is a true thing of beauty, and I feel fortunate to own it, I’m surprised by the inferior performance when compared to the slightly smaller Mechtorch.

It may be a bit on the cheesy side, but glowy stuff cool, and it’s an impressive little titanium performer at a great price point. I really like the blurple trit ring, but I have black and stonewashed titanium pocket clips on the way, because I think the purple clip takes it too far.




The flashlight collection, spurred by my recent interest in EDC (every day carry).



The Cool Fall Spy 007 Ultra with tritium vials in the slots and on the home made lanyard.


The Barrel M2JN TAD Edition DLC (12/2019)




The Barrel with its Spy brother.



And some other flashlights and lasers.


Pipe Box Project

I had a 10″ piece of walnut plank in the scrap bin, so I decided to turn it into travel box for my pipe.  All the wood is taken from a single piece of scrap, part of which I re-sawed for the box sides, and the other part of which became the block to hold the accessories that is inside the box. The hardware was purchased from Brusso.  Nice stuff. It is finished with boiled linseed oil, which goes well with the rustic look of the pipe. 

Closed Box Back of Closed Box


The Box houses my pipe, batteries and a small bottle of naturally extracted tobacco liquid made from some of my favorite cigars.  All interior surfaces which touch the pipe are lined with leather.

Box Full and Open

Box Open on Side


The swing arm pivots on a stainless steel flat head shoulder bolt, secured by a stainless steel nut embedded in the underside of the block. Some blue locktite keeps the screw from moving when you pivot the swing arm.  The arm has a magnetic latch to hold it in place. The action on the swingarm and latch is pretty sweet.

Swing Arm Half Way

I added a couple of blocks as an afterthought to keep the bottle and pipe from moving. If I had it to do all over again, I would have made it a bit bigger so I would have room to fully capture the bottle instead of using a block. Ah well.

With Blocks 1


Overall, I think it came out pretty well.

Box Full Open Close


The Ant and the Grasshopper

I didn’t write this, but kudos to whoever did.

Ant Grasshopper

THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper.

Two Different Versions …
Two Different Morals


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.


Be responsible for yourself!


The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving…

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’…

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev Al Sharpton’s assistant has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. The Reverend Al can not attend as he has contractual commitments to appear on his MSNBC show for which he is paid over two million dollars a year to complain that rich people do not care.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight…

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Ant Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.


Be careful how you vote in 2016.

Intimidation and compliance is unacceptable.

The terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists Stéphane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski and Jean Cabut, their colleagues and visitors, and the police has shocked and horrified civilized people around the world.  The goal of these radical Islamic savages is to intimidate free and civilized people from speaking out against them.  Free speech must not be chilled.  The response to such atrocity must be to overwhelm these savages with speech, not to cower in silence.  The following headline from AllahPundit sums it up:  Mark Steyn: Charlie Hebdo was a target only because the rest of the media wouldn’t share the risk.

liberalism doesn’t depend on everyone offending everyone else all the time, and it’s okay to prefer a society where offense for its own sake is limited rather than pervasive. But when offenses are policed by murder, that’s when we need more of them, not less, because the murderers cannot be allowed for a single moment to think that their strategy can succeed.

So in that spirit, “piss be upon him”:



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