Shotgun Revolver

A revolver is an elegant weapon.  Simple to operate, simple to clean, simple to fix.  You control the rate of fire, you control the spent shells, you control just about everything about it.  I like that, I like control.  I also like Glocks, but my end of the world arsenal will include multiple .44 magnums, which despite what science says, Is the most powerful handgun in the world.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish let’s get this party started.

User rhmc24 created this sick looking revolver shotgun.  By himself.  From scratch.   Look at the craftsmanship on that beauty.  It’s 6x 12ga of power stopping awesome.

All that was custom made with alot of trial and error.  I assume that his trials went semi well to perfectly harmless, because even though I don’t know the first thing about making your own gun, I know that it’s probably one of the more dangerous things you can do yourself.

Her is one last close up where you can see the nice detail of the wood stock, which, is also beautiful.

Mind the Mine

I like me the military. That’s a known fact. I also like me some one of a kind furniture pieces. And these repurposed naval mines as furniture is really up my alley.

You can get genuine Soviet Naval mines circa 1940+ turned into super cool living room furniture.

There are choices from a fireplace or charcoal grill, to a toilet, bedroom set, living room set, porch swing, and many more.

I like the chandelire at the top of the post the best, but the fireplace is nice looking, as is the other photos I choose.  I’m not so sure how a full bathroom would work.  There is a toilet, and a bathtub, but no sink, and no shower.  I don’t know if the shower would be comfortable, but if there’s enough space to sit down, there should be enough space to stand and shower.  I mean, if they can make a bed, they should be able to make a shower too.

This desk is pretty nice looking too, but in my opinion, alittle to narrow for my tastes.  And I don’t like the light color of the granite top, but it’s still cool.

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Slow Motion Life

High Speed digital photography is nothing new, and with Mythbusters using their high speed camera at every irrelevant moment, it’s something we’ve all gotten alittle too used to.  That is until you see some every day occurrences done with it, and you realize that all that science they Mythbusters use their high speed camera for is silly.

Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

The best parts are clearly the ones with the faucet and water, I mean I’ve seen things like that before, but this is just so well done. Perhaps its the 1080p powers of the ridiculously expensive Phantom Flex video camera used to capture those shots, but something about that video makes is so much more cooler then regular High Speed camera shots.
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Ted’s Caving Page

Ok, so I might be 6 to 10 years off on this, but it’s the first time I’ve come across it, and let me just say that it is riveting.  I won’t spoil it much for you, but I will give you a short summary.  Two guys go cave exploring, and dig up more then they can carry.

I think that’s a good explanation.  Also, it’s based on a true story, so eat that.

Go read it, and then go watch The X-Files, and then go to bed.

Jurassic Park will be real

This infographic shows what scientists hope to do within 4 years, or so claims The Telegraph.  Using some new techniques scientists have been able to clone a mouse whose DNA has been frozen for 16 years.  That’s not bad, now they want to make the jump to 5,000 year old wooly mammoth DNA.

Personally, I think that’s quite a jump to make, but hey, what’s science if not leaps of innovation and faith?  That being said, even before they start trying to clone a wooly mammoth, I hope someone somewhere is trying to clone dinosaurs.  I also hope that that person either has the name John, or looks like Richard Attenborough.

Also, if they know what’s good for them, they will stay away from Velociraptors, regardless of what modern science might tell us about them, they are still ruthless killing machines.

The Day The Music Died

On February 03, 1959, The Music Died, at least according to Don McLean, and because of that, most of the American public, at least the ones that understand the song.  And let’s be honest, you can’t call yourself an American and not like that song.  Understanding it is a totally different thing, but liking it, you just have to.

Infact, if there’s any song that has inspired more discussion, more controversy, and more thought, it’s American Pie.  Don McLean, who wrote the song has long held firm in not explaining what it means, going so far as to say “It means I never have to work again”  which I gotta hand it to him, is awesome.

The general consensus is that the song is about the sudden and unexpected deaths of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper in a plane crash in February.  At least that’s what the first and last verse seem to recount anyway. McLean acknowledged that the first verse was related to how he first learned about their deaths, while folding papers in February.  The last verse might reference the three deaths with The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but that’s the only half kinda reference in the entire song.

All that inner part is anyone’s guess.

I actually usually just gloss over it, not thinking too much, just singing along (yes, I know the words),  but just last weekend I was in Las Vegas to see Garth Brooks, and he covered this song, and did alittle interpretation of it.  And by interpretation, I mean he spoke one verse and was like WTF dudes?  But that prompted me to pay more attention to them, and I agree with Garth, wtf?

But whatever, I’m not gonna dwell on it much, cause as I learned way back in high school English Literature class, I don’t really care what the author was thinking about when he wrote it, or why he wrote it.  It’s not my place to put words into his mouth and say what I think he meant.  Needless to say, I was not very good at high school English Literature.

Anyway, here’s my favorite interpertation, favorite only because it’s so out there. It’s about Bill Gates and Microsoft’s rise to power.  I think he’s alittle full of something, but hey it’s an interesting take on it.

And that’s that for today.

Rings of Saturn Ride

I’m not one for amusement park rides, in fact, outside of Rollercoaster Tycoon, I hate amusement parks.  I wouldn’t even think of going near this ride, but I would love to see it in full sized action.  It honestly looks like the inventor, Thomas Casey, knows exactly what he’s doing, and is some strange cross between Mechanical Engineer and theme park enthusiast.  I wish him the best of luck in marketing this new ride to the Six Flags of the world.  As well as all those smaller theme parks.

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Ski Pride

I’m a skier, have been for ages, and one thing I always loved about skiing is the lift tickets.  They were stickers that you put on metal hangers on your jacket’s zipper, or special lift ticket holder.  The stickerness of them allowed you to layer pass on top of pass.  Over time I’ve seen people with lift ticket stickers over an inch thick.  That’s quite alot of skiing to do.  I made it my personal goal to get accumulate a hanger that was so thick you could start to see parts of the previous tickets underneath.

Over time I did well, I was able to get a noticeable thickness going, but nothing close to an inch, or even half an inch.  Then I outgrew my jacket, and got new stuff, and warmer stuff, and better stuff.  So I lost all that hard work, but it’s ok, I was young and had years, years of skiing left to do.

Then, in 2008 I first came in contact with this new lift ticket.  Gone was the sticker, and in its place was a thick index card sized piece of paper that you attached with a modified zip tie.  I was confused.  I thought maybe it was a fluke of the mountain, but then I went to a few other places, and lo and behold, they all had the same new fangled lift ticket system.  I was upset.  How was it possible to show my ski enthusiasm?

At first I just kept clipping the zip ties on next to each other, but the zipper hole was small, and I had to start cutting ones off.  Then I started to just chain them together so I could keep them for the time being while I thought of something to do.  My friend told me to just chain them till they got past my waist.  I thought that was an interesting idea, and kept it for alittle while.

Then another friend said I should ask for scissors when I got my next one and cut the old zip tie, and put the old ticket onto the new zip tie with the new ticket.  I liked that idea, but I didn’t want to rely on having to ask for a scissor.  So I brainstormed something else to use instead of a zip tie.  And I came up with these:

Stainless steel wire keyrings.  I’m not 100% sure what their official name is, as I had a hard time finding them in a regular internet store.  eBay however was a better place with many different sellers.  You have to be careful though, because some of them are short, anything under 6 inches is probably too small.  Luckily, there are some 15cm ones that are the perfect size, which are the ones I got.

These let you attach and lift tickets as you get them to your jacket, and you can keep attaching them, and so keep your show of ski enthusiasm alive:

I have a nice hand of lift tickets, you can’t tell, but I have 3 of a kind.

Here’s one more picture of the lift tickets on my jacket.