Once again we’re late on this. But hey, the Saturday Matinee was up on time. Well, not exactly, but it was up on Saturday. That has to be worth something. As usual, we’ll back date this so it drops into place, archivally speaking.
The links are all live.
The Boring Statistics
This week was a verbose one, with about 19,000 words, more than 50% more than last week (12,000). We put up 20 posts, down from 21; the mean post was nearly 1,000 words, but that mean was driven high by several posts that were nearly 2,000 and one that busted 3,000. We continued to exceejust barely beat our target of 19 posts (3x day x6 days +1 on Sunday). . Comments were 70 or so, average these days.
Most Commented Post of the Week
Questions of guns and money drove Friday’s Is a CAR-15 Worth $45k? to 13 posts. The next most popular post was Wednesday’s The Psychology of Gun Advertising. It’s never the post you expect; we thought there’d be a lot of comment appreciation for our Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week, Herra Kuulapaa’s fascinating high-speed photography.
Guess you guys are just too high-speed, low-drag for that.
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Our Sunday post was called Sunday Catch-up because it was posted late. Ow. Not an auspicious start to the week… it augurs we may auger (in) if we don’t get the finger out.
- We described how some gun failures in a far away country had a consumer impact worldwide in Caracal Recall – the Pakistani Nexus.
- It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, but we had a more than worthy candidate in Assclown of the Ides: this is why they call it ‘dope’. The sad fact is there is one of these (hell’s bells, dozens of these) every month but we don’t often flag one or we’d fall into the trap of busting phonies all the time, which is boring. (No new claims, just new phonies with the same phony crap). This particular shitstain has been riding a phony “Vietnam PTSD” claim all his life when he was never closer than ICBM range to VIetnam.
- You can kill yourself, or someone else, with damn near anything. When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have cocaine.
- We regret to report Two bad police shootings this weekend. Latest is that the cop in Charlotte put 10 rounds into the unarmed guy he shot. That might have something to do with why his own department speedily charged him with manslaughter. You don’t want your marksmanship to take you to a place your judgment hasn’t already been.
- We suggest this graphic splash for a rather ordinary carry gun is Possibly the ultimate gun trade ad.
- We thought our post on a Japanese night attack on Iwo Jima was really good: it described how the Japanese were Beaten, but unbeaten, with, as they saw it, no options but the manner of their inevitable death. The post didn’t draw a lot of comment, to our disappointment. We only know if you like stuff when you say so.
- A fellow blogger explores The psychology of gun advertising.
- What we were saying about misconduct, risk and firearms a minute ago? When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have dogs.
- Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Herra Kuulapaa and his high-speed photography, freezing bullets in flight and just generally looking beautiful.
- When you go fishing, You never know what you’re gonna catch. Maybe an old musket?
- We link to a tendentious but interesting Online Book on US COIN 1940-90
- A tale of two scumbags, a rifle that never was, and the limits of the Backgroundius Checkamungo incantation may be the longest title we’ve ever given a post. But as long as it is, it fits.
- Let’s play weapons ID (updated with answer over the jump) gave a grainy video screencap of a rare PTRS-41, and followed up with a link to a great photo-essay on this rare SKS forebear.
- We go inside the skull of a J-prof to learn Why journalists hate you (long). It took us a dozen showers to feel clean after that.
- In KU to homicidal prof: go sit in the corner we learned that even university administrations have their limits. Personally we disagree with canning the guy — let him speak. I’d rather have him get his bile out there that fester it inside like the nut case in the Navy Yard did.
- Is a CAR-15 worth $45k? A straightforward question that only an auction can answer. This one will probably have to be an auction-house auction, though: no bids on GB.
- We see musicians complaining about The Vietnam War versus Rock n roll. Man, imagine how Vietnamese rockers felt about that. We’d ask ’em but we think they’re dead or otherwise downtrodden by the victorious communists.
- We post a movie review of another below-the-radar military actioner starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher: Saturday Matinee 2013 38: The Guardian (2006).
- And here we are (admittedly belatedly) at That was the week that was: 2013 Week 38.
How we did on
last week’s two weeks’ ago’s promises
Not really an auspicious start, when we didn’t even get the TW3 up last week, and were late on the Sunday post, too. We also have wrap-around promises that were already overdue then.
- X A horror story from NJ promised originally now some three weeks ago.
- X A major post on Gerald Bull’s awesome space-capable artillery that never got off the back burner this week.
- √ To post 3 x day x 6 days.
- X To post a √ WWWW, a X TW3, and a √ Saturday Matinee, before COB Saturday. Well, two out of three ain’t the standard.
- X One back Saturday Matinee. We did work on one, though.
We like that set of promises and are keeping the same ones!
This week we had a major break, something we have only had a few times before, and spiked it on request on national security / criminal investigation grounds.
For Next Week
Our goal remains:
- to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
- one gun-tech 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.
- one back Matinee — at least.
See you with a TW3 on Saturday!