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Primer testing

While thinking about how to better test primers, I went through a lot of half-baked ideas about water displacement for gas volume measuring before I realized what we really need is a slightly modified bomb calorimeter. I used one in high school physics, but it wasn’t as nice as this one.

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Written by Ry Jones

22 October 2014 at 21:50

Experiments with oil and primers, part the second

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I direct you to Joe’s post for the first post in the series. Joe ran the “One Hour” tests; I ran the “One Day” tests. Here is the data. Note, the firearm changed to a Beretta 96. I noticed, looking at the primers, that Joe’s pistol leaves a slightly deeper primer strike – usually.

Here are the results so far.

Solvent Detonation Result
One Hour One Day
Water 2 dead 2 dead
Break Free CLP 1 mild, 1 dead 1 mild, 1 dead
WD 40 1 mild, 1 very mild 1 very mild, 1 dead
3-IN-ONE 2 mild 1 mild, 1 dead
Tetra Gun Lubricant 2 mild 2 dead

The difference between “mild” and “very mild” was “heard a pop and smoked” versus “heard a pop”.

As you can see, four primers out of ten went from “some reaction” to “dead”. I don’t think this is very interesting, but I will continue popping primers until I run out. There are three tests to go, two primers each.

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Written by Ry Jones

21 October 2014 at 18:53

kennykjc ragequits

I’ve played thousands of hours with Kenny, but he’d been missing on the server for a while. I took some time off myself, but jumped on for some Lazytown scrim and found out he had died a month or so ago. It didn’t take too much digging to figure out what happened.

Instead of focusing on the negative, I’ll point to his playlist of TF2 videos and a video of Silence taunting Kenny.

Tonight was strange – catching up with old clan mates, playing Lazytown. Talking about the old pre-Q servers, Q, MAD, FSE. Mach4. Some FSE (or maybe MAD) members got married after grinding Lazy for nights on end. Watching those videos is to watch Kenny playing with the same people I’ve been playing with since TF2 came out, and for me, to wonder where all those names have gone.

Written by Ry Jones

18 October 2014 at 1:40

In which I vote against religion

When I switched to OS X all around, it was because my long-in-the-tooth gaming rig was giving up the ghost and Windows 8 sucked. I bought a top of the line MBP a few weeks ago, hoping the 755m GPU would get me some nice FPS – no dice. When I installed Windows 8 on the same hardware, I got over 10x the FPS.

In fact, I found the FPS on my year-old MBA with an anemic Intel 5000 “GPU” gets the same frame rates under OS X as the MBP with a much better CPU/GPU combo. I ended up returning the MBP because I only bought it to support the DK2, and it couldn’t do that without Windows 8.

I found a gaming rig on amazon for under a third of the price of the MBP which should run decade old games just fine. We’ll see on Tuesday, when it shows up. I was considering a Surface Pro 3, but looking at the specs I saw it had the exact same CPU and “GPU” as my year-old Macbook Air. No thanks.

Written by Ry Jones

22 September 2014 at 6:22

Of course, thinking about old software…

I think the Convergent S220 was the first Unix-ish machine I used. Same place had a IBM Series 1 running a homegrown Unix-alike; it was the front-end for AMEX validation at the time. I had a 286 laptop running Coherent in 89 or 90; it came with a manual that was worth the full price of admission alone. I contacted the author of the manual in the mid-late 90s and told him how great it was; he seemed chuffed.

I see ICTT is still using the logo Ken Jones drew up in 86 or 87, at least as the favicon.ico.

Written by Ry Jones

20 September 2014 at 20:28

I don’t want to be buried

but if I were, I’d want my headstone to read


there is no other bit of software I’ve used more, or for longer, than vi. I see some heathens have removed ex mode from NeoVim. Bah.

Written by Ry Jones

20 September 2014 at 20:12

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.

Written by Ry Jones

9 September 2014 at 21:13


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