It’s been so long since we’ve done a TW3, we’re not sure we have the ordinal week right.
But we’re too lazy to check. How ’bout that?
We don’t guarantee that the links will be live when the post goes live, and until they are, you’ll have to scroll back to see the posts — the usual is four posts a day except Sunday, which we deviated from a hair this week.
We conduct these weekly post-mortems, time permitting, to keep track of our own performance on the blog, but we hope they’re useful to you. Especially, take a look at the list of articles — you may have missed something that interests you. All past TW3s can be found in the Administrivia category. Enjoy!
The Boring Statistics
With over 70% of the year behind us, we have posted about 950 posts, and we’ve been fairly consistent. This week was an average one, statistically speaking; article count was 27; last week’s was 22. Word count was an average-ish 19,000 words, up from 14,000. Seven posts were over 1,000 words, but none of them over 2,000. (Even 1,000 words is a lot to ask a reader on the web). The mean and median post sizes were 704 and 594, compared to last week’s 756 and 609. (In other words, the difference is nought by noise). The closer those two measures of central tendency are, the more consistent our post sizes are. There was only one sub-100-word post, but 12 total sub-500-word posts. (We’re trying to write more briefly). We exceeded our self-imposed minimum of 19 posts.
Our hit counter, the Rich Counter plugin, failed three weeks ago. Since then, the author has issued a new version (for the first time in years) but it still does not work, and he does not respond to email or web contact, so we’re reluctantly going to have to declare him dead. We’ll probably have to pick out a new, preferably still supported, plug-in.
So far this year we’ve had 928 blog posts, and over 5,600 comments. Comments were 161 for the week as of press time, a little lower than we’ve been running in recent weeks. Thanks for commenting!
Most Commented Post of the Week
Our most commented post was When Defense Cuts Go Too Far with 28; Kiddie Diddler Released on Technicality drew 21. Of course, a lot of you were still talking about last week’s Scruff Face post, mostly fervidly defending his 9/11 trutherism.
I’d like to thank our top referrers, again, but without stats we can’t do it. Sad puppy face.
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- We kick off happy on Simmering Sunday, wherein it was 30º warmer than the next Sunday would be. They don’t call it “Fall” for nothing around here. That’s what the mercury does.
- His name was Bubba, and he came with the wrong tool, his malign works to inflict on an M16A2 upper.
- Islamic Jihad Propaganda and other Pulitzer Bait has its place in today’s press. Or, the reporters seem to think it does.
- We find a book full of Gun Safety Lesson for Kids — from 1908.
- Pulling gun in road rage? It does happen. And if you’re not an ATF agent it’ll get you jammed up with John Law. If you’re an ATF agent, you are John Law, so you’re above the law.
- We start to troubleshoot a centenarian firearm, beginning in Adventures with Lange Pistole 08, Part 1.
- When Defense Cuts Go Too Far you wind up without a Navy. Right, England?
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have Ebola. Think they’ll use it?
- Most of the press has nodded off on this, but we’ve been watching Printed AR Lowers Continue to Evolve. Keep running those stories saying they blow up, lapdogs.
- The Exclusionary Rule in action: Kiddie Diddler to be Released on Technicality. As a matter of law it’s probably the right decision, but… damn.
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have knives.
- We compare Scruff Face and Moonbeam Brown in Poly-Ticks: Separated at Birth?
- If you love these old guns like we do you’ll spend plenty of time exploring the Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Luger LP08.com
- Which of course, we found while having Adventures with Lange Pistole 08, Part 2. Holy moley, we found a part that doesn’t fit like it used to. Is that our problem?
- In Canada, this is big news: One Franklin Expedition Ship Found.
- Want your kids to hate America? Michigan has a school for that. Not everybody is trying to raise patriots, evidently.
- PC Plod seizes “3D Printed Gun Parts” — that weren’t. We were so happy we found this, we didn’t check the date. (Oops). We believe the guy was ultimately released without charges.
- We Remember 9/11 and a lost teammate.
- Is there a machine gun in a river near you? Look what a metal detector finds!
- Ari Fleischer Remembers 9/11 (via twitter), an amazing insight to what it was like to be with the President that fateful day.
- Friday tour d’horizon time lets us get rid of a bunch of open tabs.
- We publish the first report we know of, of performance of a customer TrackingPoint rifle far away from company oversight or friendly media in Tracking Tease. BLUF: it performed to spec and thrilled a couple of Special Ops vets playing with it, not to mention a novice long-range shooter.
- Breaking: Pennsylvania State Police Attacked! Looks like someone set up to whack cops qua cops, and got clean away. And it looks like they grabbed one Usual Suspect, but he was not the doer.
- We noted an Amazon freebie in Today Only: Tales from the Teamhouse Volume III, Free Download. It’s over now, but was an unbeatable deal on an anthology of SF anecdotes.
- The Army leaked this to a lapdog publication on Friday night: Breaking: Rangerettes, two different kinds. We give it the non-lapdog skepticism it needs.
- And we haven’t had a movie review in a while, but this is a TV review so we we still haven’t: Saturday Matinee 2014 037: Lilyhammer (2012-14, TV)
- Which circles us back here: That was the week that was: 2014 Week 37.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!
Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:
The overdue and the underdelivered:
- X A major post on Gerald Bull’s awesome space-capable artillery that seems to have entrenched itself on the back burner. (We actually did work on this a little this past week).
- √ To post 3 x day x 6 days. Exceeded.
- One gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF/UW post per day x 6 days. Depending on how one classifies posts, we did this. We had some good industry posts and broke gun news (amd were the first SOF source to pick up the Rangerette news).
- √ To post a X WWWW, a √ TW3, and a √ Saturday Matinee, before COB Saturday. Everything but the Matinee.
- X One back Saturday Matinee. No, sorry ’bout that.
- Our never-finished series on the Greek Civil Wars.
This is pretty much going to be a standing set of promises until we have a reason to improve them.
For Next Week
Our goals are unchanged:
- to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way too long in the draft queue.
- to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
- one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
- a WWWW, on Wednesday.
- a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.
The draft queue is in the 260s… we’d beat it down to around 250 from its peak of 270-something, but there are always new half-written stories dropping in here. See you with a TW3 on Saturday, if all goes well!