So those winsome fashionistas (and connoisseurs of fine food, travel, and Korean culture, pop and otherwise) at The Hidden Thimble have tagged me for something called a "Liebster" Award. This thing is (as Talyssa and Siree describe it) an "...award is given to bloggers by bloggers like a chain to encourage and support the discovery of other upcoming blogs out there."
So, okay - first, thanks, Siree and Talyssa!
Then...questions? Sure. I can do questions.
1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
well...the slogan up at the header of the blog reads "...firing unobserved rounds at anything moving." I was an artillery fire direction chief when I was in the Army, and I still write a lot about military issues. A "graphic firing table" is a sort of slide rule the gunners use to adjust fire. In one of my first posts I described it as: "...a simple but useful tool that helps you to commit broadcast mayhem. Kinda like a blog." So, there.
2. What does a normal day in your life look like?
Wake up before daybreak. Make coffee, feed cats. Drive to work. Drive to job site. Explain to contractor the this isn't fucking Burger King and he doesn't get to do it his way, he has to do it the way he's supposed to (which is my job - I'm the dirt nanny). Drive back to shop, write up field report. Do lab test, set up drilling exploration for tomorrow. Drive home. Cook dinner. Read to kid(s). Cuddle with wife. Blog. Sleep. Repeat.
3. Tea or coffee?
Coffee, cream. Something dark and earthy; Sumatran is good.
4. Why did you start your blog?
I love the sound of my own voice and I'm an opinionated sonofabitch. It was that or stand on a box in the park ranting at strangers. This way is less degrading.
5. What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?
In blogging, or in life? In life, probably "You're not nearly as important as you think you are." and "Why are you afraid of doing/saying/trying that? What's the worst that could happen?" In blogging, probably "If you write what interests you you will interest others."
I think maybe the one about the great Ice Age floods in the Pacific Northwest called "When Da Levee Bruk".
"...dissolve into hopeless panic before the wall of water sweeps you all away into chaos and the darkness of the vanished years. Or perhaps you can only stand there, transfixed, staring at the long white line across the black horizon, as the first cold puff of wind racing out before the waters shivers your cheek like a lover’s last caress."
Sometime I can flat-ass write.
7. What is the most exciting thing about blogging for you?
The nature of it as epistolary friendship; meeting and talking to people - like the Thimblers, and you readers - from very different places and with very different mindsets. That's why I like comments; it takes this whole thing a step further, from me talking to us having a conversation. Letting my inner curmudgeon out for a walk.
8. What’s your favourite social media platform?
The only SMing I do is Facebook, and that only because I have a number of geographically distant friends that migrated over from blogging.
9. Do you think of yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?
Very much an extrovert.
10. What or who is your current obsession?
For some reason I've been fascinated with religion, at least, the variety on display in these various "Religious Freedom" laws being passed in the redder parts of the United States.
Soccer, of course.
So. Blogs...who else should you go read?
Well...Goblinbooks, of course.
An old and peculiar favorite of mine: D.D. Tinzeroes
The Snarky Penguin; Badtux
Labrys, The Experiential Pagan
And Lisa Jakub's blog...tho I have no idea whether it's a "micro" blog or not, she's a fine writer and she swears like a trooper.