That was the Week that Was: 2013 Week 08

That was the week that was TW3We’re running just a wee bit late this week, so this post is posted late and backdated, and the Saturday Matinee isn’t even posted yet — although its listing on this page tells you what it will be. Sorry ’bout that.

As often happens, this may initially be posted without the links to the stories being live, and they’ll be retrofitted.

The Boring Statistics

This week’s output was close to the median. There was a fairly normal number of posts, 22, slightly down from last week’s 24. A bright spot is the comments, with 41 comments, nearly doubling last week’s count, by press time for this post. Our word count was a near-median 12,000 (approximately). The average post was about 540 words, up from about 460 last week.

Comment of the Week


The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

How we did on last week’s promises (hint: not good)

We promised (and we’ll line out the promises kept)

  • a revisit to printable hardware. (this one’s now two week’s overdue)
  • a really old book on explosives and incendiaries to turn you on to. (ditto)
  • We also have a pile of guns to clean and are trying to figure out how to make that into a blog post. (We didn’t do it, and now there are even more dingy guns! Oh noes!)
  • A good Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week

Going Forward

  • We’re really going to clean up the backlog of promises from last week. (50/50)
  • We’ll check up on some stories from last year we haven’t followed up in ’13 yet.
  • We’ve got a story on the last battle of King Richard III (we’ve been trying to pin down the U of Leicester experts on his fatal wounds).
  • We’ve got a follow-up on the earliest standard-issue American military rifle scopes. You may remember we had  story on the Small Arms Firing Manual’s single paragraph about telescopic sight, and the Warner & Swasey “Telescopic Musket Sight M1913” for the 1903 Springfield. Turns out, a book crossed our transom that deals with this scope and its forebears and successors in some depth.

Yikes. With that dismal performance, we’re not even going to make a prediction for next week.