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Archive for April 2011

In which interesting trivia is uncovered

I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s a nice story.

A table or a chair with only one leg can not remain stable. It was used once at the dangerous production of nitroglycerine. Process vessel was monitored by a worker on a one-legged chair, to prevent that he had been sleeping.

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Written by Ry Jones

15 April 2011 at 17:35

Posted in Boomershoot

In which the hazy past is recounted, part one

My grandmother Jones took me to see a movie at HQS in, wikipedia tells me, 1981. I went with her and a friend of hers; they enjoyed the movie, and I thought it was cool to watch a boat sink (still think it should have caught fire). The loons! The loons!

Perhaps as penance for subjecting me to this crude torture, she took me to a record store and changed my life. I really didn’t know what kind of music I wanted or liked; I asked mom for KISS, I got Yellow Submarine (looking back, I’d say she made a wise choice; second grade was no time for KISS). Somehow, my grandmother bought a tape of a certain classic album. I knew nothing of Rush, what the lyrics were about, but my ten-year-old self played the ever-living shit out of that tape; In particular, Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, and YYZ.

Before ESL, everything was either what my parents listened to or what was on the radio. After ESL, I could leave planet Earth at will (as long as the batteries lasted).

Thanks for that!

Written by Ry Jones

13 April 2011 at 19:55

Posted in Boomershoot, Family

In which the algorithm is realized

Written by Ry Jones

13 April 2011 at 18:52

Posted in Tech

In which nothing of value was lost

It appears CheyTac has, or is, going under. This guy’s restraint is amazing; if I spent $22000+ on a rifle system that wouldn’t feed, wouldn’t shoot, and couldn’t keep the magazine in place, I’d be livid.

CheyTac, if you recall, was the wonder-rifle maker that only sold de-tuned rifles to civilians. Fuck ‘em.

Written by Ry Jones

13 April 2011 at 12:44

Posted in Shooting Stuff

In which the obvious is stated in tshirt-worthy form

Sure! Let’s have a meeting about this fucking email! I’ve got nothing but time! No deadlines ahead, no cocksucking PMs waiting in the wings!

Al Swearengen

Written by Ry Jones

13 April 2011 at 11:10

Posted in Tech

In which Burger King sells a heart attack on a tray

Written by Ry Jones

12 April 2011 at 14:38

In which you can see the shockwave before it hits you

Written by Ry Jones

10 April 2011 at 23:21

Posted in Boomershoot

In which the obvious is stated

that was a very, very bad idea“. He’s about as Russian as my socks, but hey, his videos are funny. Good to see an SOT having fun.

Written by Ry Jones

9 April 2011 at 0:45

Posted in Shooting Stuff

In which the power of everything is increased exponentially

These clever folks are selling a bit of glue that, applied properly, means you can interact with anything, anywhere, from anywhere, without much work. Android devices are cheap as chips; with a little Java, you could now put a powerful, modern microcomputer on the side of any damn thing you want.

There’s so much win here my nipples are exploding with delight.

Written by Ry Jones

8 April 2011 at 11:17

Posted in Boomershoot

In which damage is spotted from afar

I was tooling around Bing Maps for no good reason and noticed some strange damage on a building. I asked someone I knew who worked there; my guess was an industrial accident, but he said it was tornado damage.

I only saw it as I was searching for some of the places we used to go skate; I wonder how much damage is visible elsewhere.

Written by Ry Jones

4 April 2011 at 22:14

Posted in Hobbies

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