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Archive for May 2007

Quote of the day

The existence of flamethrowers is proof that someone, somewhere, said to himself, “I want to set those people over there on fire, but I don’t feel like walking over there to do it.

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Written by Ry Jones

29 May 2007 at 6:17

Posted in Humor

twenty-six biases

26 internal biases you project. Sounds like someone that’s read Black Swan.

Written by Ry Jones

29 May 2007 at 6:06

Posted in Life

Doot

Durnk.Net contains quotes from the #distributed crowd.

Written by Ry Jones

27 May 2007 at 9:48

Posted in Humor

My personality is Provigil and Mt Dew; what’s your excuse?

From one of my co-workers:
my personality comes from adrecore, st. johns wort, ACE+S, vita-lea, bee pollen, 3g vit c, 800 mg ZEN, green oats and goldenseal

Written by Ry Jones

16 May 2007 at 4:56

Posted in Humor

Elk River Idaho Area 29 Snomobile trail maps

Click through for full sized images. Sized to print on two sides of a legal sheet
of paper in landscape mode.
Elk River, Idaho Area 29 Snowmobile Trails Map
Elk River, Idaho Area 29 Snowmobile Trails Map
If you want the source files (they’re in Publisher 2007 format; free trial available),
let me know.

Written by Ry Jones

14 May 2007 at 8:37

Posted in Offroading

You love me! You really love me!

Once before, I was bestowed the title of “worst of the web”. In the decade since, nothing. Today, I was awarded a Dirty Sanchez by Phil of Soft Green Glow. I’ll work to make the event so painful and expensive that nobody returns… I’ve already put out enough ideas about how to make a 1000 yard shoot hard; we’ll see how moderate they are when Joe rejects all of them. Remember, Joe wanted a berm to shoot from, I wanted a trench full of mud. spectators would get paintball guns to distract the shooters. Joe’s no fun!

Written by Ry Jones

9 May 2007 at 8:02

Posted in Humor

When anthropomorphism interferes with completing the mission

The most effective way to find and destroy a land mine is to step on it. This has bad results, of course, if you’re a human. But not so much if you’re a robot and have as many legs as a centipede sticking out from your body. That’s why Mark Tilden, a robotics physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, built something like that. At the Yuma Test Grounds in Arizona, the autonomous robot, 5 feet long and modeled on a stick-insect, strutted out for a live-fire test and worked beautifully, he says. Every time it found a mine, blew it up and lost a limb, it picked itself up and readjusted to move forward on its remaining legs, continuing to clear a path through the minefield. Finally it was down to one leg. Still, it pulled itself forward. Tilden was ecstatic. The machine was working splendidly.
The human in command of the exercise, however — an Army colonel — blew a fuse.
The colonel ordered the test stopped.
Why? asked Tilden. What’s wrong?
The colonel just could not stand the pathos of watching the burned, scarred and crippled machine drag itself forward on its last leg. This test, he charged, was inhumane.

Bots on The Ground, 06 MAY 2007 Washington Post

I understand the urge to assign human traits to inanimate objects — I do it all the time — but clearly this is too much. It’s a robot built to be destroyed. Let it complete the mission.

Written by Ry Jones

7 May 2007 at 3:35

Posted in GWoT

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