As the end of the year approaches, and the end of the week scrolls by, we’re rather satisfied with ourselves.
It’s been a good week and a good year, and this is the last week that will end in calendar 2015. (Week 52 ends Saturday 2 January).
Today was spent wrangling leaves again, which should have been done months ago, or hired out to one of those outfits that do that for a living. But two and a half hours of raking is excellent PT. (Well, that’s what the pain says).
We’re one inch closer to getting back into the cockpit, as we think we’ve cleared up a miscommunication between cardiologist and flight surgeon. Kids, one of the irritating things about aging is you have more doctors poking and prodding you and telling you about your bad habits (if we missed nagging, we could have just gotten married again).
The office is almost tidied up, and next week we get some cool ‘chinery running.
The Boring Statistics
This week’s statistics are slightly reduced by the holiday. 25 posts (about 3-4 less than usual) and about 18,000 words (down from last weeks kind of average ~23,500). Our average post was 736 words long, and the median was 587, nothing really out of the ordinary. Post length ranged from 45 to 2294 words.
People are definitely reading the longer posts. We haven’t looked at individual post readership statistics, but our 1882-word post on M203 development drew 20 comments, none of which said, “Shorter, please!”
We knew that readership would be down this week, based on the fact that we posted only one (off-topic) post on the holiday, and the holiday itself: didn’t people have something better to do on Christmas Day? On a usual day we get over 6,000 unique visitors, so we were expecting maybe 1,000 on Hogmanay. Sure enough, readership was down — to 5,000 unique visitors (5,010, to be exact).
Comments This Week
Comments were lower than average at 276 by close of business Saturday. The previous week there were 329 comments at press time, and 60 more since then; but that wasn’t a holiday week, was it? Most commented post was Monday’s When Self-Defense is Outlawed, to Run Away is Your Only Defense with 47 at press time. Runner-up was Colt to Emerge from Bankruptcy with 30, posted on Tuesday (in the comments to that article, Shawn from Loose Rounds, whose well wired-in there, hints at good things to come from the prancing horse brand in 2016). As we’ve noted, Monday and Tuesday points are most likely to have the most comments by Saturday.
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week: (live links to be added later).
- Sunday Sunshine is our usual Sunday nothingburger.
- We look at s gun for sale: A Spencer That’s Not Just a Spencer, and Connects to Two Famous Men.
- This video could make any free man cringe. And they should be ashamed to call themselves police. When Self-Defense is Outlawed, to Run Away is Your Only Defense.
- As far as I can tell, we write and read about criminals because they’re so GD entertaining. On the page, anyway. When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have The Whole Pharmacy.
- Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy dep’t: Anti-Gun Publicist Closes to Fight Sexual Assault Rap.
- Colt to Emerge from Bankruptcy. We take a look at the documents that describe how.
- An SF medic went From 18D to MD in One Easy Helicopter Crash.
- You can get killed with anything. When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Trains.
- Survival tip: Don’t Bring a Brick to a Gunfight. Life is harder when you’re stupid, and death stands closer to you, also.
- We love this thing: Walther Olympia Pentathlon Pistol.
- Name a Navy that’s less than 1/3 of its 1990 Size. It will probably take you two guesses.
- When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Oldsmobiles. And if you’re not a Senator, criminal misuse of one gets you arrested.
- China Deploying Blinding Lasers? They’ve actually been working with “dazzlers” for decades.
- Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Civil War Arsenal is a good set of photos of mostly Rebel guns, including some really obscure firearms.
- We looked into How the M203 Got its Sights. They were lifted, in part, from an ill-fated competitor.
- The Marine Corps University presents an explanation of how ISIL Has Changed the Human Terrain.
- When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Shopping Carts. But it’s NYFC, so nothing serious will happen to them — unlike their victims.
- After the Onion rejected this animal-rights plea as too unbelievable, someone with lower standards picked it up. Oh, the Humanity! …Uh, wait… Animanity?
- We jump the gun by a day with our Thursday Tour d’Horizon, 2015 Week 51.
- Merry Christmas! Self-explanatory. One hopes.
- Mass Armory Theft Investigation Continues, with a third arrest.
- In theaters never: Canadian Sniper (too bad).
- No, attaching a “marital aid” to a Sawzall is not an invention that will be featured on Kickstarter: When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Sex Toys.
- Blogbro gives us a tip: Saturday Matinee: Ancient Black Ops (UK, TV, 2014).
- That Was the Week that Was: 2015 Week 51 brings us full circle, kind of like Wahoo’s famous torpedo.
We still have OTR posts coming on Castillo de San Marcos (yes, we haven’t completely explored it yet), on another installation in the same area, and on Fort Pulaski, that still shows the scars of Civil War bombardment. We have posts of our own on WWI tank warfare and maybe some SF holiday memories.
Next week, Monday or Tuesday we’ll show you what’s got to be a near record price for a scrap rifle sold as a parts kit.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Happy New Year.