That was the Week that Was: 2013 Week 09

That was the week that was TW3For the third week running, the Saturday Matinee isn’t even posted yet — although its listing on this page tells you what it will be. (it’s posted now, and linked here). At least we did get this one up on time, and we’re rather pleased with our week as a whole.

As often happens, this may initially be posted without the links to the stories being live, but if that happens, they’ll be retrofitted as soon as possible. (They’re all live now).

The Boring Statistics

This week’s output was the year’s record for word count, driven by long posts. There was a middling number of posts, 23, slightly up from last week’s 22. We pretty much stick to three posts a day if we can. We continue to get many comments, edging out last week’s count of 41 with 43 this week, by press time for this post. Best of all, the comments are high quality, and we learn a great deal from all y’all.  Our word count was over 16,000 (which is like getting a third more WeaponsMan than last week). The average post was about 700 words, up from about 540 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 three weeks overdue)
  • 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.

Eh. Not so good. Despite that, we did get you some good stuff, didn’t we? Enjoy and see you next week.