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Was driving a car length or so behind a BMW of some type through the Mercer tunnel; they were ahead to my left. As we made the final turn to the floating bridge, the overhead lights formed a circle of points of light, spinning like a wheel in reverse, on the fender flare right above the wheel well. Never seen that before.

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Written by Ry Jones

7 April 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

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

So, what have you created?

The national music press is taking a huge dump on Aberdeen’s effort to exploit Kurt Cobain’s having been a resident. Quite a bit of ire has been dumped on the sculpture of Kurt – the one made shortly after he killed himself, the one that’s been resting in the back of the muffler shop of the lady that made it for years.

I get that it isn’t your thing, but if all you’re going to do is tear her down for making it, fuck off.

Once she’s dead, she’ll be heralded as a leading lady of outsider art. Alive, she’s to be mocked.

Written by Ry Jones

26 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

Oh, amazon

Bil with one L send me an email: this thing you like is 2/3 off on amazon right now. I go to the page to spend the $35 on a couple, but amazon only has one in stock. I place the order, then I wanted to see if anyone else was fulfilling them at that price – and the product page now had six in stock! I went to change the quantity on my previous order to two, saved the order and… amazon canceled the order. Well, shit, back to the product page thinking I might get two pair and see if anyone else wants a pair and THERE ARE ONLY TWO IN STOCK. Bought both of them and I see they now have six.

You are a harsh mistress, amazon.

Written by Ry Jones

25 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Hobbies

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

190 days

I ordered a custom belt on 09-July-2013. I then forgot about it. 190 days later, I got the shipping notice.

In the interim, I bought three slightly different mass production belts from amazon. Last week, I was thinking I should cancel my order; had I done this, and it shipped, I would have thought ill of the beltmaker for putting me to the head of the line only when I cancelled.

I wore it for a week or so after it showed up – it’s nicer in some ways than other belts, but I’m back to my standby.

Written by Ry Jones

8 February 2014 at 7:00

Posted in Shooting Stuff

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

Interesting video on Tumbler-Snapper shots

Nice to see people crawling over freshly irradiated detritus while smoking pipes and cigars – that is invariably what jumps out at me of seeing older films, people walking around smoking like it’s normal.

Written by Ry Jones

27 January 2014 at 7:00

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


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