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White rock

White rock, a common gravel used for driveways in the midwest, is made from quartz, not limestone as I said earlier. Actually, I found places selling both limestone and quartz as white rock, but the samples of quartzite gravels I found had blue components, which is what I remember seeing when I grew up.

After looking at Joe’s renovations earlier today, I think instead of seeding the new driveway, a couple – four yards of aggregate should be dumped at the top of the grade and smoothed out. I know, sending coal to Newcastle, but it’s probably cheaper to import proper rocks than to make them on site.

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Written by Ry Jones

9 September 2014 at 21:13

1/4 diopter

Had once-every-two-years eye exam, found out I’m a quarter diopter worse in each eye. Begged for contacts to use with the DK2; optometrist said “you’ll hate them”, and by golly, he’s right.

Ran up to a saddle overlooking Lost Lake and Keechelus Lake on Monday – it was a nice trip. If I’d planned better (at all), I would have taken a camera.

Written by Ry Jones

2 September 2014 at 22:29

WESCO International

Once you pass Ellensburg on I90, to the south, there is a complex of white barns. It used to have plastic banners in Japanese and Korean that seemed to change pretty frequently on the ends of the barns; I planned on stopping while en route to Boomershoot this year to get pictures, but the banners were gone. Always wanted a translation.

Yesterday, I noticed that they had been replaced with digital sign boards, but I didn’t notice until I was past the exit, so I couldn’t get pictures. There’s a lot of Japanese going by on the signs, though.

90% of the timothy grown around Ellensburg is exported to Japan for race horses and dairy cattle. I read this was due to a good hay salesman convincing Japanese farmers that greener is better, and of course his timothy was the greenest.

Along the same lines, I was reading a thread that asked if the IJN was a peer, superior, or inferior to the USN in WW2. Apparently, the IJN was a near peer or peer at the start of the war, but couldn’t keep up after Midway. One thing mentioned a couple times was the IJN modeled itself on the British Royal Navy, to the extent that they had bricks fired in Britain imported to build the schools in which to train sailors and officers.

Written by Ry Jones

24 August 2014 at 13:23

Posted in Hobbies

Inventory

I have four plastic lowers on the way this week – with the two other plastic lowers (CAV ARMS) and three 80% lowers with one upper for the crowd, I’m short eight uppers. At $400 a pop, it will take a while to turn these lowers into rifles.

Written by Ry Jones

3 August 2014 at 1:20

Fitbit Flex is made for skinny people

Bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s one of an incredibly long line of products clearly designed by thin people with perfect dexterity, vision, and nails.

Neither of the bands it comes with is close to going around my wrist. I made an extender out of the small one (cut the band off, stitched it together on the large one) and it fits! Too bad the big band broke after a single use (the silicone detached right at the sharp angle for the display). Wore it anyway for a couple days and discussed the results with a friend that works for on a competing product – I was seeing 50-80% difference between the Flex and my GPS. He said 20% error is about as good as it gets regardless of the product.

So now I have a cut up Flex and a broken band. I found I got readings as good as my wrist by putting it in my shirt pocket, so I’ll keep it. For now.

Other beefs:

  • The Surface Pro has the microSD slot on an angled surface. All of my microSD cards are black. Thanks, assholes. Removing the card means getting a fingernail into the microSD slot to pop it out, which invariably means I’m chipping a nail.
  • The switch on all iPads is clearly designed for maximum nail breakage. I try to remember to use something else to switch the lock, but I don’t always remember.
  • The power switch on my Kindle is the same.

Bah

Written by Ry Jones

2 August 2014 at 14:10

LE6920

Joe’s new shooter picked up his LE6920 today. He’s thrilled, I’m thrilled he’s thrilled, here’s to a convert.

Written by Ry Jones

29 July 2014 at 23:46

Posted in Shooting Stuff

On fame, or nearness to it, part II

As a follow up to this, I was searching for a former co-worker who now shares his name with a very popular TV character. Did you know there are people that set up fake LinkedIn profiles for TV characters? Thanks!

Written by Ry Jones

2 July 2014 at 12:49

Posted in Humor

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