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1/4 diopter

Had once-every-two-years eye exam, found out I’m a quarter diopter worse in each eye. Begged for contacts to use with the DK2; optometrist said “you’ll hate them”, and by golly, he’s right.

Ran up to a saddle overlooking Lost Lake and Keechelus Lake on Monday – it was a nice trip. If I’d planned better (at all), I would have taken a camera.

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Written by Ry Jones

2 September 2014 at 22:29


I have four plastic lowers on the way this week – with the two¬†other plastic lowers (CAV ARMS) and three 80% lowers with one upper for the crowd, I’m short eight uppers. At $400 a pop, it will take a while to turn these lowers into rifles.

Written by Ry Jones

3 August 2014 at 1:20

Fitbit Flex is made for skinny people

Bought a Fitbit Flex. It’s one of an incredibly long line of products clearly designed by thin people with perfect dexterity, vision, and nails.

Neither of the bands it comes with is close to going around my wrist. I made an extender out of the small one (cut the band off, stitched it together on the large one) and it fits! Too bad the big band broke after a single use (the silicone detached right at the sharp angle for the display). Wore it anyway for a couple days and discussed the results with a friend that works for on a competing product – I was seeing 50-80% difference between the Flex and my GPS. He said 20% error is about as good as it gets regardless of the product.

So now I have a cut up Flex and a broken band. I found I got readings as good as my wrist by putting it in my shirt pocket, so I’ll keep it. For now.

Other beefs:

  • The Surface Pro has the microSD slot on an angled surface. All of my microSD cards are black. Thanks, assholes. Removing the card means getting a fingernail into the microSD slot to pop it out, which invariably means I’m chipping a nail.
  • The switch on all iPads is clearly designed for maximum nail breakage. I try to remember to use something else to switch the lock, but I don’t always remember.
  • The power switch on my Kindle is the same.


Written by Ry Jones

2 August 2014 at 14:10

Fish tailing

Written by Ry Jones

20 October 2013 at 18:26

S&W M&P 15-22 upper disassembly

The barrel nut is at the back of the rail, against the upper. Buy one of these and use as appropriate. The rest is obvious.

Written by Ry Jones

29 March 2013 at 7:42


Horsepower + sand

Written by Ry Jones

23 February 2013 at 23:11

When anyone with $20 for a domain name

and a thesaurus can scare up a multi-year wait list for anything black and tactical, why do people throw tantrums about order delays? LaRue cancelled all orders to New York and it probably didn’t cut his multi year wait list for a rifle. BCM spiked some whiner’s order and said whiner whined about it. Here’s a clue: companies can fire customers left and right and not hurt themselves right now. Play the hard ass and find another multi-year line to stand in.

Written by Ry Jones

9 February 2013 at 15:08


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