Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.