Archive for the ‘Boomershoot’ Category
I can only hope that someday I approach his awesome level of decision making skill. Wear a hardhat for the fireball this year.
Time to start saving pennies. Threaded for silencers from the factory, eh?
Buying supplies for Project Apple Fritter today; once I told the guy what I was doing, he had all sorts of tips on how to make it better.
The interesting thing is, due to scheduling, Apple Fritter and Project Breakfast Is Served will happen at once. Good times!
Had to find the center of mass of one of my rifles – forgot to account for a can, so I had to do it again. Why? Bought one of these. And the ballhead and tripod they work with. Can’t wait to try it out in 2013. For a more practical use, I’ve been loving how easy it is to use with my camera; squeeze the grip, re-point the camera, take a picture. Very nice, no fiddly little knobs and stuff to mess with.
All of the forward-facing surfaces of my rifle were mud-dappled.
Here are photos and video. I switched my gravatar to a cropped version of the first photo on that page.
Project Sparky was a failure, as was Project Nitrogen. This means we don’t have electrical detonation of boomers, which means (right now) no computer-controlled displays. Dammit.
Furthermore, while my pistol worked fine, the ammo did not. I will be contacting the manufacturer to see what’s what, but given the price point, I was fairly annoyed. My video camera’s iris died, meaning the video I needed from today wasn’t captured. My Nikon is frequently giving me error codes r12 and r13 when I try take pictures; I changed lenses to no avail. I missed several shots last night when the camera display just flashed, like the camera was rebooting.
Good news is tubular targets worked, so we’ll be able to provide 1.5″ wide by 4′ long targets. I look forward to putting some on the hill next year.
Did you know Fry’s sells 5 volt, 5 amp power supplies for cheap? Me either, but I have one now. This means I’m only some romex short of testing Project Sparky – this Saturday is the day. Joe and I discussed Son of Sparky at work today; on the ride back from Fry’s, I figured out a simple solution to the design issue we were having. I won’t have time to act on knowing the answer, but I hope to next time. If Project Sparky fails (as Joe says it will; he’s confident this will be a total waste of time), we’ll have a backup. Then, on to Project Nitrogen.
The first parts of Project Sparky arrived yesterday.
I hope to have time on 09 JUN to take the first steps toward making it a reality.
A bunch of clicking around lead me two places today; at one, Joe and I read the rules for safely putting on an event like the Boomershoot fireball – something about the minimum safe distance for a 14 pound shot being 500 feet or something. Nervous laughter.
The other said some guy set the world’s record for the longest wall of fire in 2007 at HUF; I can hardly let this aggression stand. Also learned he used about a gallon per five feet of firewall; we used 13 gallons in three feet. Might have to work on that, but it brought out the other kind of laughter, for sure. Giggles here, but at John said, it was more a wall of smoke, not fire.
The other day, I laid a number of grave insults at Joe’s feet regarding one of his rifles; I expect I’m going to get payback at some point. We both laughed. Nervously, or the other kind, or perhaps a third kind? We’ll see; I’ve certainly never done anything mockable with any of my rifles, a dremel, and a devil-may-care attitude. Joe’s defense is it was his first rifle; my first rifle was shamefully fucked up by yours truly, so, you know, goose, gander, assemble.