Here’s the latest in our occasional (supposed to be regular) weekly wrap-ups, named for the successful British TV show and its non-as-successful American knock-off of the early ’60s, That Was the Week that Was, or TW3 to save time. We really, seriously, are going to get an updated logo for this feature one of these days, when all the other stuff on the to-do list is done.
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The Boring Statistics
We obsess about these because, we’re not sure, it’s probably the MBA thing and some unrequited need to monitor everything leading us to focus blindly on those numbers that are easily gotten. This week was a better than average week, we think. We posted 26 posts with some 323 comments by press time for this post (which was actually posted some 12 hours late and backdated), and a total of about 21,000 words.
Since the inception of the blog, we have posted nearly 4,000 posts (that milestone will pass next week) and you have left nearly 22,000 comments (ditto). Doing a back of the envelope calculation based on average post size, we’ve posted about 600,000 words this year, and about 3.2 million since Day 1 on 1 Jan 2012. (We could pull the actual numbers, but we’d probably see a squirrel! before we got them all lassoed).
(Fun fact: when we first templated this section of the post, a typical week might have 22 posts, less than one comment per post average, and about 15,000 words. A typical genre novel runs from 90-150k words, they tell us, so we should be writing those and getting paid instead, eh).
Any way you look at the numbers, that’s a lot of content and discussion, mostly about weapons, warfare, and the various forms of urban mayhem we write about.
Comment of the Week
There are some excellent comments by Tom Kratman and Kirk in .
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Sunday Shambles was our Sunday ramble.
- Do We Need A Bigger Bullet? Jim Schatz says yes, with some puzzling claims about small arms overmatch. Now, we think it would be nice to have overmatch, but we think (1) it’s more than just effective range, (2) if it was we might have it already (we definitely outrange enemy rifles on the ground, as a practical matter, although MGs are a problem), and (3) if one nation makes a breakthrough in small arms technology, the others copy it — witness Picatinny rails showing up on Russian rifles.
- What passes for brilliance inside the Beltway: Hey, Let’s Release a Traitor!
- The USA seemed capable of great things once upon a time, in fact, 46 Years Ago Today
- Self-Defense: Where’s This Guy’s Error? This is a question meant to get you questioning. He got away with it, but it was a risky thing.
- One Downside of a Much Younger, Latina Wife is… you have a much younger, Latina wife, who just might get bored with you — and have you whacked.
- When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Firewood. Although it may not be the wood that’s the problem, but the evil that dwelleth therein.
- We recount A Sad Gunsmith Story — And How to Avoid One
- What’s the historical, archealogical truth about The Battle of Jericho? Stand by for a shocker: scientists argue about this, and don’t necessarily agree.
- Here’s a mass murder by a career criminal that you might not have heard about: When guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Excavators.
- Did she really make One Bad Choice? More like “one bad choice after another.” Fortunately her victim survived. Her friends suffered more. With incompetent people, it’s just better to be their enemy.
- Ever curious about pinfire and other early-early-early cartridge guns? Check out Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: FreeMyCollection.com
- Brrrrrt! Legal Full-Auto-Like Firepower. Maybe there’s something to that slide-fire thing after all.
- Here’s a Lost PLA Based 10/22 – From Data to Print to Cast Aluminum. Note, authorities: we can make stuff, and you can’t stop us.
- This is really just a tragic accident. When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Bungees
- We admit, we’re partial to the small ones, so Isn’t She a Beauty? What? No, we mean .25s. Pervert!
- If you are interested in self-defense, you need to consider The Alternative to “Judged” or “Carried.”
- Fun fact: when we titled this post Is this a “Red Not” Sight? we actually made a typo for “Dot.” But since it was not a Red Dot sight, we let “Red Not” stand. Ah, sweet Serendip.
- Guess Who Turned Up in a Pot Raid? Don’t let this shake your faith in deserters and the peacenik parents that raised ’em, m’kay?
- Philosophical question: if someone kills himself, whether deliberately or whilst participating in extreme sports, is it his business or also society’s? When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Wingsuits
- Friday <i>Tour d’Horizon</i> Week 30 collects a lot of stories we wanted rid of… but not badly enough to get off our duff and write them.
- Video and images of Testing Polymer Receivers to Destruction: Factory and Printed
- New Oath of Allegiance: Bearing Arms Opt-Out. Because it’s not fair to Hyphen-Americans to ask them to be, you know, Americans.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will be Accessories to Schmurda. Don’t let this shake your faith in the rap community.
- We find a time capsule within a time capsule and call it Saturday Matinee 2015 30: Aces High (1976).
- That Was the Week that Was: 2015 Week 30 — that’s this post, so a link.
We’re not sure what we’ve got for this week yet, but we bet it’s going to be good.