Based off of this post, and because I love the idea of Cas being in the 200th ep.

“I knew Bobby. You’ve truly captured the warmth beneath his gruff exterior.” 

Dean chews his bottom lip to hide his smile, leaning against the table to the chagrin of the prop director a few feet away. He crosses his arms, settling back against a plastic handgun and lets his head rest just off-center, gaze focussed on the scene before him:

Cas is having a serious conversation with Katie, the girl playing Bobby. She’d been more reserved that morning, a little too shy on stage, and though the entire cast had been supportive, the young woman had kept to herself after running her scenes. She’d sat down at the edge of the stage and had stared at black floor.

And then Castiel had joined her.

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Involuntary Memories by Plastic Handgun

Back in January I got an email from Mark Di Giovanni telling me about his latest release under the moniker Plastic Handgun ( plastichandgun​ ).  He provided me a link to his page (below) and asked me to check out his latest release, Involuntary Memories.

I am very happy he emailed me.  This album is, in my humble opinion, excellent.  In Mark’s own words, “I’m an independent musician based in Toronto and this is my first album of experimental/art rock. It was recorded over a 4 month period and touches on sub-genres like psych rock, post-rock and dream pop. Some of my major influences have been Animal Collective, Sunset Rubdown and Atlas Sound, among others.“

I personally find the album to be utterly engaging.  The songs have lush layers while finding that perfect balance between clarity and distortion of sounds.  Each time I listen to it, I have a new favorite track as each one has a uniqueness to it, while not being disconnected from the album as a whole.

Stand out tracks for me are tracks 2, Eustachian Tube, which is a prime example of clarity and distortion working in harmony.  Track 5 Grave Spinning II in which the gentleness of the guitar is enveloping to me.  I get lost in this song and cannot resist tapping my fingers or toes.  Track 8, Selective Living, is very emotive for me straight from the opening guitar.  It digs inside of me an awakens emotions.  I find myself on the fence of lament and hopefulness when I listen to it.  For me music that can do this is special and deserves to be heard.

Mark also offered to give me a free copy of this album too in his initial email, but after hearing it on his bandcamp website I just had to buy it to show my support.  Music like this deserves to be experienced and supported.  I wish Mark much success with the album and want to say thank you for sharing it with me.

Head over to his page and give a listen.  I am sure you’ll agree it is worth your time and money.





3D Weapon Blueprint Downloaded Over 100,000 Times

HOUSTON – The first ever blueprint of a fully functional handgun created exclusively with a 3D printer has been downloaded more than 100,000 times already, according to Forbes Magazine. Except for the firing pin, all components of The Liberator handgun are made of plastic. Photo Credit:…

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Fighting the State Department's Crushing First and Second Amendment Rights in the Name of "Munitions Export Control"
Cody Wilson's legal team explains why the State Department should stop violating his—and our—First and Second Amendment rights over 3D printing files.

Defense Distributed—the company run by 3D-printing provocateur Cody Wilson—and the Second Amendment Foundation this week filed their Reply to Defendants’ Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

This case is important in pushing back against government attempts to shut up open discussion of technical details of weapons making on the Internet or elsewhere, a case that implicates both our First Amendment rights to speak and publish and our Second Amendment rights for meaningful access to weapons of self-defense.

I reported about the start of this lawsuit back in May and the State Department and its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)’s later attempts to further codify the crummy rights-violating practices that they are being sued over.

In quick summation, a State Department agency in 2013 ordered Wilson and his company to take down software files that could instruct 3D printers to make a simple plastic handgun, claiming that doing so was in essence and illegal export of a munition. Wilson complied, but later sued claiming the demand was an illegal violation of his rights.

The filing goes on to demonstrate that computer code and software have indeed been considered protected speech in past cases Bernstein v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice (9th Cir. 1999) and Junger v. Daley.(6th Cir. 2000): “Both of these cases held—as the government must acknowledge—that computer code is protected by the First Amendment. Indeed, Plaintiffs’ files are more expressive than Bernstein’s encryption algorithm or Junger’s source code.”

[Wilson argues], quite convincingly, that it is simply absurd to call the plastic Liberator handgun that the CAD files in question can help a 3D printer to make a threat to national security demanding prior restraint to stymie. As Wilson once told me, in my2013 Reason feature on his project:

It’s a piece of plastic, actually 15 pieces of plastic formed into one small inanimate thing in the palm of my hand. “It’s crazy to say that this tiny thing threatens national security,” he says.

But the state is inherently “hostile to things that can’t be observed, tabulated, put in registries, become objects of expert knowledge,” he says. “They conflated what we’re doing with just wanting to get through airport security. No, we wanna get through your sense of security. We did challenge the security state to become real, and it couldn’t. If there’s a metal-detector-proof gun, OK, become real, stop it. But there’s nothing they can do in any real sense. It’s all theater.”

The State Department believes that in punishing or restricting Wilson, they can accomplish a meaningful national security goal. Or maybe they don’t believe it. They’d have to be morons to believe it, since the file they got Wilson to take down was universally available anyway. What they really want to accomplish is showing rebels like Wilson that they can and will threaten and lean on him even if all the good it does is mess up his life. Good for him he’s leaning back with this lawsuit.

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