It’s 15 of 14, and we missed 14 of 14 but hope to fill it back in. We also want to be younger, slimmer, and able to run again, but we might actually succeed in posting last week’s TW3 this time. But we wouldn’t hold our breath if we were you. On the other hand, we did post on time this week. There is that.
This week has a 1-day blog micro-hiatus on Wednesday, and a 1-day real hiatus as we spent a day in a 3D Printing seminar Friday. It was worthwhile and we learned a new technique which we hadn’t known was possible, printing dies for hydroforming (we’re presuming sheet aluminum, but we’re not sure). We got some hands on with a close cousin of the 3D Systems printer one might use for printing wax-casting patterns, which might have some real-world applications to bringing some obsolete parts back to life around here. We already knew you could do lost-PLA casting with printed parts, and make molds for short-run injection molding. Still, the parts that were manufacturable by some of the best-developed technologies like SLS (selective laser sintering) and SLA (stereolithography) really impressed us.
We think there’s nothing less than a new age of customization coming. After centuries of mass production going back
We have two AK builds and more AR builds than we can count on the shelves and workbench, and then we need the workbenches clear for airplane parts.
The links to this week’s will all be live when the post goes live. Enjoy!
The Boring Statistics
Our article count was a very low 22, the lowest to date this year. Word count was also a low-ish 16,000 or so (with over 4,500 of them going up on the last day of the week, Saturday). We had only five posts that broke the long-post threshold of 1,000 words, but none of them were over 2,000. (indeed, except for this recap which barely does, none of them hit 1,500).
The mean and median post sizes were 709 and 694 respectively, suggesting that there were most posts were closer to average than usual. There was one sub-100-word post, which is usual; and seven total sub-500-word posts. We did exceed our minimum desired post count of 19. So far this year we’ve almost 400 blog posts (392, to quibble), and this week we went over over 2000 comments for the year.
Comments are low at 101, as of press time, much lower than last week’s 121; this is perhaps accounted for by the fewer posts this week. The barrage of Facebook-launched spam seems to have followed Facebook stock this week, and tailed off.
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Most Commented Post of the Week
Our most commented post was the story on the last five major shootings at military bases, and the military’s counterproductive approach to these events: Five Years (+), Five Shootings, Five Findings (which we just noticed doesn’t really have five findings), with 20 comments and runner-up was A Lieutenant’s Advice, a young academy grad’s heartfelt heads-up to his following cohorts, with 13. These two posts represent about a third of the week’s comments, and another 11% or so went to Saburo Sakai’s Wounds, and Lew Jones, a post inspired by comments last week; conversely, some posts had no comments at all. (We’ve stopped reading too much into that, and actively resist posting things for their comment-bait value. Usually).
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- We pre-posted a note that we were doing a Sixteen Hundred Mile Sunday. Obviously, we arrived intact.
- Saburo Sakai’s Wounds, and Lew Jones: a story of heroism on both sides in the deceptively beautiful skies over Tulagi in 1942.
- A Lieutenant’s Advice to the future lieutenants who will follow him into troop units. “What’s a lieutenant’s advice worth?” sounds like the cue-up for a hoary old service joke, but in this case, the young man’s advice is worth quite a bit, and deserves a careful reading by other ranks as well. That he felt he had to transmit some parts of his knowledge, and no one bothered to tell him at Hudson High, is a thought upon which we would rather not dwell.
- We’re not golfers, so can anyone tell us how a “golf” pencil differs from its pedestrian counterpart? Both are equally good when your pencil-pushing purpose is mayhem, right? Like this guy: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have golf pencils.
- We had to share 10 Things about Murderers we Learned from “The First 48.” Basically, all the stuff you learn about murderers from scripted TV shows is all wrong.
- At least from the warrant paperwork, this guy seems to have bought himself a stretch in the pen with 3 Sawn-off shotguns + 1 Rifle = 117 firearms seized.
- The Justice, it Burns! Especially if you’re a Nork. They don’t seem to have a highly developed retirement program for senior officials.
- The Great Black & White Hype, also useful if one owns a pet bird or has a puppy to train.
- In an aside in a crime lab, we learn that NH Criminals use a higher class of gun than their MA cousins. And that the MA crime lab guys are afraid of guns.
- Bullets with dimples? They’re not just for attraction any more… they can destabilize and dump a round to reduce the range fan required on short ranges (to 200m).
- We apply the ave atque vale formula, sort of, to a game try at making a TV show, and note that the bile of one of academia’s most notorious Jew-haters also gets directed at the military, in The End of Enlisted, and some Harvard Whinging.
- A bunch of local cops got the usual stiffing from the ATF when they requested records they needed to pursue a tort case against a criminal’s mother, so They Sued the ATF — and Won. Well, they didn’t win exactly, but the ATF folded, which has the same effect, minus the court precedent (something ATF’s lawyers fear).
- A short history of recent military on-base shootings in Five Years (+), Five Shootings, Five Findings.
- ATF Says Nyet to SIG MP-X-Carbine, SIG Sees ‘Em in Court. ATF may have a more solid basis for this decision than they had on Innovator Industries’ muzzle brake, but if so, they haven’t revealed it yet.
- There have always been those who safeguard the public. Most of us never got a chance to be painted by Rembrandt, though.
- What do we burn besides
witches on-the-outs Nork nabobs? Entire buildings and the firemen that try to extinguish them, in When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have welding torches.
- We regret to report that Savage Bucks Industry Trend — with Big Layoffs. We really expected comments on this, but didn’t get them.
- An overdue technical/historical piece. Adolf Hitler meets Volkssturm Carbines, part 2 of 2.
- One measure of ability to learn without having brutal operant conditioning applied. What are we measuring if they don’t learn even after the application of mass violence? When you see that DOD Took Wrong Lessons from Navy Yard, you start to get the idea that whatever certain Beltway power trippers, uniformed and suited alike, bring to the scene, “intelligence” it ain’t.
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have taxicabs. But we can’t figure out whether the complainant or the accused is the outlaw, though, which is probably a sign that the dispute is too small and stupid for court.
- Francis Ford Coppola’s movie version of Nicholas Proffitt’s novel left us bemused in Saturday Matinee 2014 15: Gardens of Stone (1987). Great performances, though, especially by James Caan and D.B. Sweeney.
- And we’re back around to That was the week that was: 2014 Week 15.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!
Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:
We had the same promises as usual, the same ones we make for next week.
- We did get the Volkssturm Carbine follow-up posted, but we still owe the Bull and Greek posts.
- We did make our minimum posting rules.
- We could have had more tech posts.
- We did drop the ball on a WWWW. We actually started two, and neither was really good enough, so we didn’t finish ‘em.
- And we did get the Matinee and the TW3 up on time.
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 to0 long in the draft queue, which is up to 247 posts at this writing (some of which ought to just be deleted). We’re really serious about the two posts that finish the Greek series, but they’ve been harder than we expected.
- 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. The other post and any extras are “free fire.”
- a WWWW, on Wednesday.
- a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.
The draft queue is approaching 250, so it’s time to dynamite some of that stuff out and entertain you guys.
See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)