Paco Hope My Random Musings and Rants


On Guns and Waffle Houses

It's a Schrödinger's Cat dilemma. Instead of a cat, we have a legally armed citizen. Instead of a box, we have a Waffle House. All armed people are simultaneously law-abiding and crazy until they pull out their gun and we see which one they are. Call it Schrödinger's Gun.

10 October 2015: A (presumably legally) armed customer shoots a burglar trying to rob a Waffle House.

27 November 2015: A (presumably legally) armed customer shoots a waitress in the head because she asked him to put out his cigarette.

Both stories happened in in America, both in gun-friendly states, nearly within a month of each other. Both shooting victims died shortly after.

The question in my mind, if I am in a Waffle House and I see a gun: "Which one of these guys is it?" So far, there is no way for the non-gun carrying citizen to tell which armed citizens are whack-o nut jobs and which are law-abiding until after the bullets are flying.


On Pharmacists and Roadside Justice

I've seen a few discussions of this story of a licensed, clearly competent pharmacist who shoots and kills a would-be armed robber. I understand that what he did was legal and—to many people—justified. Applying the death penalty at the roadside as punishment for threats is not the society that we want to live in. The guy is not a hero. He was reckless and put others in danger needlessly. He was absurdly lucky. Nobody who has studied how to respond to an armed robber would endorse this course of action, even if they broadly support gun rights.


Why Watch TV News?

I am increasingly perplexed that anyone ever watches TV news any more. Some math:
the average person reads 300-400 words per minute.
The average news presenter speaks 100-120 words per minute
The average 30-minute program on US TV has 8 minutes of ads. The weather takes a good 60 seconds and the fluff and credits take another 2 minutes.


Revolution 60 Review: innovative iOS game

I don't review games much. I don't play games much. I follow Brianna of Giant Spacekat on Twitter, and I felt a real enthusiasm and genuine excitement as the game was released. I had to download Revolution 60 and give it a go.


Avatar: What’s the Big Deal?

So years after its release, I finally saw the movie Avatar. It's gorgeous to look at, but it was a pretty weak film. The plot and story simply don't hang together at all. This is really long. I didn't realise how many things I had to say...