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I was hoping they'd mention the "FOCAL" mission. 
FOCAL: Deep Space Science and Telecommunications Using the
Sun’s Gravitational Lens
http://goo.gl/Yigk1j  (PDF warning, only 4 pages though)
The projects funded by NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program sound more like a list of science fiction dreams than plausible research, yet that’s exactly what they are. These 15 projects just received $100,000 to explore how feasible they can be.
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Ya saying v2.0 doesn't do it justice, I agree. It still kind sounds like the next step thou. First the telescope was invented. Then it was perfected on the ground. Taking it to space with Hubble was another large step. Now this FOCAL concept sounds like the next big leap.
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Hey +TAC NERD 1.0 I hope this community takes off. I don't have any RIA products as of yet but the Tactical model you posted earlier is at the top of my list (that or HC/Double stack version). 

RIA announced their .22TCM Glock conversion kit at Shot Show. With that kit, they announced the .22TCM-9R cartridge. It's supposedly a .22TCM shortened up a bit to be the same OAL as a standard 9mm. What is really nagging me about that is, what does that mean for the original .22TCM?
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I plan on getting one of the conversion kits myself.  I really like .22 TCM and would love to see it take off.  It's a great round and I think it could end up being the new thing for self defense. 
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wonder how awesome mix vol 2 is going to work
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I'm not so sure about this airing on SpikeTV, but I'll be watching. Red Mars is one of the first books I can remember enjoying cover to cover... And that enjoyment carried on right through the trilogy...
Finally, someone's recognized that Robinson's Mars Trilogy is perfect fodder for a television adaptation. Spike TV is developing a series with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis, who has some experience taking epic words and putting them on the small screen.
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So the ending of the series was unimportant? 
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The Firearm Blog reviews the Officer Length RIA TAC Ultras, 9mm, and .45.
Review: Rock Island Armory TAC ULTRA CS 1911s (9mm & .45 ACP) It’s not often that we are asked to test multiple handguns at the same time. In fact, I wasn’t expecting more than one and it was a surprise when Rock Island sent out two of their latest 1911s for T&E. I am not … Read More …
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I like the look of the rail on that officer length model.
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I got my RIA TCM TAC Ultra FS Combo a little over a week ago, and I've put 138 .22TCM  rounds through it so far. This is a bit of status report.

Let me start out by saying this gun is just amazing. Very accurate, has a great feel. I had a couple of the ROs at the range run a few rounds through it, they were suitably impressed, both with the gun itself as well as the .22TCM cartridge. 

There were a few minor (and I do mean minor) issues. None of it diminishes my opinion at all. Firstly, it's still in the break in period, so out of a 138 rounds there were 2 F2F, and 2 Soft-Strike/Hard-Primer. Those 4 incidents were out of the first 50rnd  box. Then in the third box, I had 3 extraction failures. The first 2 of those cleared by dropping the mag and racking the slide, then the case ejected by pulling the slide back again. It did take some force to pull the slide back that last time. The third and most serious occurrence (pictured), I had to take it down and use a cleaning rod to push the casing out.

Now again, none of this was enough to dampen the my opinion of this gun. I'm thinking that those stuck casings might be due to poor cleaning on my part. At the time I cleaned it for the first time, it didn't dawn on me that the breach is significantly larger than the bore. I might have left some gunk in the neck/shoulder area of the breach, since I used my .22 cleaning gear to clean it. I haven't had a chance to get back to the range...

The other even more minor issue (also pictured), is some brass scuffs at the back of the ejection port. Anyone have any experience with that sort of thing?

tl;dr: Very happy with the gun and the ammo. Super accurate. Couple very minor issues.
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You know I got brass marks on mine too and fairly early.  I think it's just part of shooting but I didn't remember that on my other 1911s
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Answering the question I was most concerned with, What does the introduction of the .22TCM-9R round mean for the original .22TCM? Looks like not much. The new 9R variant will function normally in the existing .22TCM RIA 1911s. That's great news in my opinion... :)
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Yeah, that was a big selling point for me too.
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So Massdrop seems to be a worthwhile site. I hadn't heard of it until recently someone mentioned it in a Reddit I was reading. I've been wanting to try a mechanical keyboard for a while but they're usually pretty expensive just to try them out. They can also be hard to find for sale and in-stock, especially when you're looking for specific layout and features.

Anyway Massdrop seems to have a lot of gadgetty stuff, EDC stuff, Audiophile stuff. I bought a Drop for a Keycool Hero 84 (75% 84 key mechanical keyboard), ultimately it came out to be about 30% off. 

Basically they get a bunch of people together to make a bulk purchase of items to get a better price on said items. Users can put up "Polls" to determine interest in items to drop in the future.

It's a pretty easy signup, they don't ask you a bunch questions. So far they haven't been spammy.
Massdrop helps people buy together as a group to get awesome prices for things they want. The bigger the group, the better the price!
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+Ben Tusa  Here's a better example, one that hasn't completed yet: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/bluetooth-keyboard-adapter?mode=guest_open
Kinda interesting/odd things that you'll find on there.
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Soooo, The wife and I went to Bacon-fest KC , trust me it sounds infinitely better than it turned out to be... If it hadn't been a charity event, I would've gotten my money back... #baconfest #EPICFail 
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