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

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Written by Ry Jones

29 July 2014 at 23:46

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Best laid plans, and so on

I had planned to attend a wedding reception this afternoon in Portland, but a co-worker’s wife had a medical emergency Friday afternoon and all plans for weekend coverage were set aside. She’s out of the hospital now, but it would have been nice to make it to Portland. Hopefully I can make amends later in the year.

TGIK has been looking for an AR15, so we went to the local shops to look-see some. The plan was to find something carbine shaped he liked and buy it. The first store wouldn’t sell him a gun until they explored every option in depth. I’ve never seen someone work harder to befuddle a newbie and not sell a rifle. The second store started pushing that whatever-of-the day using great tactics like “a few months ago, this was a $2500 rifle!” Yeah buddy, every rifle was $2500 a few months ago. Credibility shot, no rifle was purchased.

I stayed in the back at both stores. I agreed with everything the first store had to say, but not quite how they said it. I did appreciate that they didn’t hard sell the store brand and try to get him into the most expensive 3 gun rifle they had, and I suggested once he figures out what he wants, he buy it there. The second store has a wider selection at the low end, and if I was looking for the 20th rifle to toss on the rack, I wouldn’t mind picking up a couple $600 rifles there. Just don’t start with the line about how much it was work a while ago. Ammo and mags were in evidence at both, but at prices that aren’t quite where I’m ready to jump in.

Written by Ry Jones

21 June 2014 at 18:36

Posted in Life, Shooting Stuff

2&4, 3

When you see this type of button lock, the default combination is 2&4 at the same time, then 3. This has proved true for “secure” doors in the Federal building as well as every demo gun safe I’ve played with in a store. I bought a gun safe with one of these locks, and following the instructions and being very careful ended up with a lock that had a combination of 2&4, 3. Never buy something with this style of lock.

Written by Ry Jones

13 March 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

Give it away

Take this and make a million: EZ bake rifles. Sell clones of the Remington 700 action made in parts that slap into a jig, heat in the oven, and braze together.

80% lowers without a milling machine.

Written by Ry Jones

6 March 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies, RKBA

End of an era

Minivan of Justice Mark The Second rolled away on a flatbed this morning. Truly, a van more sinned against that sinning.

Written by Ry Jones

16 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies, Humor, Offroading

Perception of color by sex

Interesting. Men use fewer, larger buckets to describe colors. I think this may be generally true, but I suspect my background in painting houses has rendered me more aware of colors, even though I have evidence that my color mapping isn’t generally correct. A couple people have said “you call that blue?” when I say something is behind the blue whatever.

Bright colors taste metallic, anyway.

Written by Ry Jones

1 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

Failure is so rarely frankly discussed

The comments here about the failure of Everpix hit close to home. I worked for a photo sharing startup that I really wanted to take off. I still think all of the key reasons that startup was founded are true – most pictures taken die on SD cards or hard drives because sharing is hard. At the time, one of the market sizing stats we kept hearing was that four flickrs a week (or a month, or a day, I’ve slept since then) were uploaded to Facebook. Clearly, flickr, a brand I love, is dying. Nobody at Yahoo! cares, flickr is fail, and that makes me sad.

Another side effect of internalizing the fact that most pictures die after the shutter closes is I started trying to take intentional pictures – to really only take pictures when I had something to add, when I really wanted to capture a moment. The result of this is I’ve pretty much stopped taking photographs, as they’re all derivative. When I get a chance to make a joke or a pun in a photo… nobody gets it or it isn’t nearly as funny as I thought it was.

This clearly means I’ve failed as a photographer; taking photos when you have nothing to add makes for trite photos by definition.

Written by Ry Jones

25 January 2014 at 7:00

Not like they could tell

At a former employer, we frequently got free tickets to Mariners games; by the end, when they came around, I’d say I’d rather stay at work than go to the ball game.

Now that the Mariners are instituting metal detectors, I’m done. Now that MLB has hooked up with DHS, I’m sure the full-body scanners are next.

Written by Ry Jones

22 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

5/8-24 is a strange thread

Went to Ace to see if I could find a 5/8-24 nut. Nope. Looked on – no dice. Tacoma Screw? Custom item.

I did find one on amazon for $8, but at that price, I decided to just loan my YHM mount out and hope it comes back.

Written by Ry Jones

19 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Shooting Stuff

Wood & nylon

Completed a project a while ago where I got to build a wooden triangle to mount 32 Arduino Yuns for lab work. Of course the birch was laser cut at MCS and, as a side effect of assembly, I now have a couple dozen Yun sticker packs.

I should have only cut one, because I discovered in the act of assembly there were several improvements I could have made. C’est la vie. The Yuns are bolted down using nylon pan-head screws and a nylon spacer. I used steel nuts because that’s all amazon had in 4-40.

Written by Ry Jones

16 January 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies


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