Friday, January 31, 2014


Captain Boyd Alexander

[1]  There is only one rule for good prose, the rule which Newman and Huxley in their different ways enunciated and followed—to set down your exact, full and precise meaning so lucidly and simply that no man can mistake it . . . . I am ready to assert that almost the best prose has been written by men who are not professional men of letters, and who therefore escape the faded and weary mannerisms of the self-conscious litterateur.  As an example I would point to the prose of Cromwell, Abraham Lincoln, and of a dozen explorers like Captain Scott and Captain Boyd Alexander, and of soldiers . . . . like the Canadian general Arthur Currie.

John Buchan:  from Homilies and Recreations: The Judicial Temperament (1926)

General Arthur Currie

[2]  Prose is not to be read aloud but to oneself alone at night, and it is not quick as poetry but rather a gathering web of insinuations which go further than names however shared can ever go. Prose should be a long intimacy between strangers with no direct appeal to what both may have known. It should slowly appeal to feelings unexpressed, it should in the end draw tears out of the stone . .

Henry Green:  Pack My Bag (1940)

Thomas Huxley:  Sketch of then hypothetical five-toed Eohippus being ridden by "Eohomo"

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Edouard Manet, The Execution of Maximilian, 1868-9

By Cheryl K. Chumley

The Washington Times

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A newly developed bullet from G2 Research is being billed as the last round a gun owner will ever need: a smashing hunk of copper with full metal jacket power to shred through solid objects and stop attackers in their tracks.

G2R, the Windsor, Ga., company that created the Radically Invasive Projectile, or R.I.P., says the bullet is like a full metal jacket when it strikes and is designed "to take out all your vital organs."

"I wanted to create a round that would work well against a home intruder," company president Cliff Brown told the Blaze. "There were so many stories out there about a woman trying to defend her home and having to shoot someone five or six times and they'd still come after her. We wanted to create an effective one-shot man-stopper."

The execution of Maximilian, Miramon and Meija, June 19, 1867

The bullet is made with trocar angles — edges with three angles that lead into a single point — which  enable it to cut through an object's layers with greater speed and efficiency than other forms of ammunition, according to the company's website.

"It is capable of going through barriers such as sheet rock, plywood, sheet metal or glass and still performs its original intent," the site claims. "The bullet shreds through solid objects and only then, expands its energy."

The benefit of expanding bullets is that they cut down on the risk of ricocheting.

So far, the R.I.P. bullet has generated a lot of buzz, Mr. Brown said. The company showcased the bullet at the Las Vegas Shot Show earlier this month and posted reaction on its website.  

Francisco Goya, The Third of May, 1808  

"We went around and talked to several vendors and it knocked their socks off," Mr. Brown told the Blaze.

G2R officials said they tested the bullet in a range of automatic and semi-automatic weapons, as well as in rifles, with zero failures.

The bullet will not penetrate level 3A body armor, though, which Mr. Brown said is by design to protect law enforcement officials.

"That was one of our main goals when designing this bullet," he told the Blaze.

Pablo Picasso, Massacre in Korea, 1951

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde: Rest In Peace (Link)