Saturday, November 29, 2003

Norinco KL-3B .177 Caliber Air Rifles reviews: "My KL-3B is still shooting great without any tear-down to date. The chronies taken back in March of this year were:

High = 770.9 fps
Low = 731.3 fps
Avg = 751.5 fps "
Crosman Airgun Forum: "I got tired of my scope slopping from side to side. I took the mounts off and filed a groove with a triangular file where the wear line was on the top shoulder. Then I went to Sears and bought 2 6-32 button-head cap screws and a 6-32 tap. I redrilled and tapped the mounts, and now they're rock solid. Filing a groove enables the soft alumium to really bite the barrel, and the bigger screws can take more torque without stripping the heads. Cheap, easy, and all hand tools!"

Friday, November 28, 2003

Chinese airgun forum: "1377
4 pumps = 410 fps
6 = 485
8 = 525
10 = 560
12 = 582

HB 17
6 pumps = 400 fps
8 = 438
10 = 470

4 pumps = 578 fps
6 = 660
7 = 682
8 = 706

I didn't go beyond 8 pumps on the B5-10 due to 'neighborhood constraints' on a Sunday afternoon as it was getting late (and loud)."
HumbleBee Electric Radio Control Helicopter RTF (FREE SHIPPING!!): "Wireless - Free flying helicopter for only 49.95!

Our HumbleBee remote-controlled electric helicopter features an on-board computer chip that manages its flight characteristics."

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Mac1 Airgun Distributors: "The primary customer for this gun is the 12 ft. lb. UK consumer. It must get a gob of shots at that power level. We have taken the all corks pulled model and tamed it back to a reasonable performance level so it has lots of power but is not unnecessarily wasteful & loud. The best compromise for maximum useable power and shots. We can put a stack of washers in the hammer spring pre load area so the customer can play with different power levels and charging pressures at will. It is a cinch to take apart and try different setups. Easy to tune and simple to make barrels for. "

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

SNM-Discount Rifle Scopes,Binocular Deals,Cheap Night Vision: "The BSA Laser Sight is unbeatable for shooting from medium to close range. It mounts on most firearms and comes with a .22 air rifle base & a wvr-style mounting bases.The laser beam that is projected onto your target looks like a small red dot. The BSA Laser Sight has two switches, one on top of the body and the other is a momentary pressure sensitive switch and wire that mounts on the gun. It is also adjustable for windage and elevation. "
The Seattle Times: Recipe: Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing with Apples: "Recipe: Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing with Apples"

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Search for K&N Products 1988 VOLKSWAGEN Golf
DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT / ** (PG) : "What happens then? Is Joan fired? Is the house perhaps magically repaired? I would be happy to tell you, but I had better not give away the ending; there may be unfortunate readers who have not read The Cat in the Hat, or had it read to them, or even had it summarized for them by a trusted adviser."
Ear Plugs, ear phones and white noise machines for everyone, Earplugs for Musicians and Swimming!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

[Mailman-Developers] mailman on OS X 10.2: "I finally had time to install 2.1b3+ on OS X 10.2

Install was fairly straightforward.

Here is the script of what I had to do to install. It assumes a generic
10.2 system with a working sendmail.

My current is here:

I'm leaving the beast fairly generic until I figure out how 2.1 works
and what I want to tweak....

So far, looks pretty solid. Kewl."
[Mailman-Developers] mailman on OS X 10.2: "I finally had time to install 2.1b3+ on OS X 10.2

Install was fairly straightforward.

Here is the script of what I had to do to install. It assumes a generic
10.2 system with a working sendmail.

My current is here:

I'm leaving the beast fairly generic until I figure out how 2.1 works
and what I want to tweak....

So far, looks pretty solid. Kewl."

Friday, November 07, 2003

Film Threat - Reviews: "Indeed, The Phantom Menace seems like a triumph of character development in comparison to 'Revolutions.' And probably the saddest thing about these two 'Matrix' sequels is that there's far more imagination and personality afforded to the Warchowski's concepts in The Animatrix. Perhaps 'Revolutions' would have worked in anime, but not when you want flesh and blood from the people you've grown to care about. And the directors who handle humanity with the precision of a computer animator. "
42/0 : How to get a news feed into your WebCT course

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Las Vegas Mercury: Film: One for all: "She's not alone: In Wachowski World, characters may only be recognizable for so long before morphing into someone, or something, else (in Revolutions, Neo becomes two other entities--three if you count a flash of light). But for the Wachowskis--who have already said there won't be a Matrix 4--the problem lies less in deciding what to do with their Christ-like creation than in coaxing audiences back into theaters after the overstuffed, confusing and inhuman Reloaded. In the end, simplicity won out; and while Revolutions is nowhere near the standard of the magical first film, it supplies some of what Reloaded lacked (consistency, spectacle rooted in humanity) and avoids many of that film's miscalculations, particularly a mind-numbing busyness and emotional frigidity. "

Why is Reloaded taking such a beating? I had no problem with it, as long as I treated it as a really good rental and not a religion.
Google Search: matrix revolutions script: " KEANU REEVES
Why am I here?

Many years ago, shortly before the
success of Speed, you sold your soul
to the devil in exchange for a
promise of notoriety that your
piss-poor acting skills do not
deserve. This series is the
actualization of this promise."
Chicago Sun-Times - Entertainment: "That will not prevent fanboys from analyzing the philosophy of 'The Matrix Reloaded' in endless Web postings. Part of the fun is becoming an expert in the deep meaning of shallow pop mythology; there is something refreshingly ironic about becoming an authority on the transient extrusions of mass culture, and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) now joins Obi-Wan Kenobi as the Plato of our age"

Wednesday, November 05, 2003 Comments Thingee (710350): "Do people really think the Hilton girls are hot? They look like bronzed, leather versions of people."
Usability Assignment--someone using a product and describing their experience. Comments Thingee (709525): "I stick to my biased, arrogant opinion that people who 'don't get' the dialogue/story that concerns, the Oracle, The Architect, Smith, etc. (everything that doesn't involve getting kicked in the face) are just too slow to appreciate the concepts, and blame the film for revealing the limits of their imagination. I LOVE those 'boring' elements because I had to see the film 3 times to really dig what The Architect was going on about. It's just typical of Pop America that a creative work comes along, and rather than just short-stroking the nacho disposal units, um, viewers, it challenges them to think and chew at the same time, and gets called 'boring'. The backlash is as pathetic as it it predictable. That's why most stuff just SUCKS. Nobody wants to stretch their skull to accomodate something they aren't already totally familiar with. Music, film, TV,...I'd mention literature, but if half of you finish reading this post, you'll have read 300% as much as the average American sees in a month.
Maybe you guys should just go watch Fear Factor."
uni: the simple things that time reveals

Monday, November 03, 2003

This is Carleton - Researchers find cyber-slacking abounds
gladwell dot com--choking: "Stress wipes out short-term memory. People with lots of experience tend not to panic, because when the stress suppresses their short- term memory they still have some residue of experience to draw on. But what did a novice like Morphew have? I searched my mind for what I could do. And nothing came to mind."
gladwell dot com--choking: "There was a moment, in the third and deciding set of the 1993 Wimbledon final, when Jana Novotna seemed invincible. She was leading 4-1 and serving at 40-30, meaning that she was one point from winning the game, and just five points from the most coveted championship in tennis. She had just hit a backhand to her opponent, Steffi Graf, that skimmed the net and landed so abruptly on the far side of the court that Graf could only watch, in flat- footed frustration. The stands at Center Court were packed. The Duke and Duchess of Kent were in their customary place in the royal box. Novotna was in white, poised and confident, her blond hair held back with a headband--and then something happened. She served the ball straight into the net. "
THE HUMAN STAIN / ***1/2 (R): "The story involves two different kinds of passing: crossing the race line, and the class line. Which is more difficult? Consider that Coleman and Faunia must deal with each other despite their lack of common references, education, background, assumptions, manners of speech, tastes and instincts. To cross the race line involves deep psychological anguish, as you betray yourself and your past, but in the routine of daily existence it is perhaps easier than crossing the class line. You can talk and think just the way you do now. It was different 50 or 100 years ago, but today most of us find it more difficult to deal in depth with someone of another class than with someone of another race. (I am not forgetting that to cross from white to black would be much more difficult, because you'd take on the impact of racism.)"
Gizmodo : Pioneer's DVD recorders with TiVo: "we think Pioneer's new line of TiVo digital video recorders with built-in DVD recorders is finally out. They're not cheap, but both the DVR-810H (pictured at right) and the DVR-57H will let you do one thing that isn't possible with any other TiVo: save TV shows to a DVD-R for archiving or giving to a friend. The DVR-810H has an 80GB hard drive and can store up to 80 hours of programming, while the DVR-57H has a 120GB hard drive. "
Army Times - News - Special Reports: "Shortly before dawn on Aug. 28, an M1A1 Abrams tank on routine patrol in Baghdad “was hit by something” that crippled the 69-ton behemoth.
Army officials still are puzzling over what that “something” was.
According to an unclassified Army report, the mystery projectile punched through the vehicle’s skirt and drilled a pencil-sized hole through the hull. The hole was so small that “my little finger will not go into it,” the report’s author noted.
The “something” continued into the crew compartment, where it passed through the gunner’s seatback, grazed the kidney area of the gunner’s flak jacket and finally came to rest after boring a hole 1½ to 2 inches deep in the hull on the far side of the tank.
As it passed through the interior, it hit enough critical components to knock the tank out of action. That made the tank one of only two Abrams disabled by enemy fire during the Iraq war and one of only a handful of “mobility kills” since they first rumbled onto the scene 20 years ago. The other Abrams knocked out this year in Iraq was hit by an RPG-7, a rocket-propelled grenade.
Experts believe whatever it is that knocked out the tank in August was not an RPG-7 but most likely something new — and that worries tank drivers."
Steve Earle vs. Bill O'Reilly | Metafilter: "After September 11, [Artemis label boss] Danny Goldberg suggested I write a political record. I was happy that he said that, but thought, 'Nah, I’ll write more chick songs, because it prevents my audience from getting exponentially hairier and uglier as time goes on.'"
Guardian Unlimited | Online | At home with the Führer: "This took the whole story to a new level. IPC was no longer dealing with an irritating bloke with a blog, and it was no longer a simple matter of copyright. It was the subject of a full-on assault from the US Holocaust lobby. I was glad someone other than David Irving was now demanding it. After weeks of silence and guarded statements to journalists, IPC was prodded into action. I received an email from IPC, who forwarded me a statement it had sent to the Wyman Institute. It conceded that 'after extensive research ... there is no way of ascertaining where copyright ownership lies after 65 years. Therefore, it is not in our gift to either agree or withdraw use of these images and words.' "
The Onion | Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: 'Oh, Shit,' Says Humanity: "It is unknown what precipitated the dolphins' sudden development of opposable thumbs. Some dolphin behaviorists believe that the gentle marine mammal, pushed to the brink by humanity's reckless pollution and exploitation of the sea, tapped into some previously unmined mental powers to spontaneously generate a thumb-like appendage. However, given that 95 percent of the world's dolphin experts have committed suicide since learning of the development, the full story may never be known.

'You must believe, sleek ocean masters, that many of us homo sapiens weep with shame and disgust over the degradation to which our species has subjected our All-Mother, the Great World-Sea,' read the suicide note of Dr. Richard Morse, a Brisbane, Australia, delphinologist and regular contributor to Marine Mammal Science. 'If you are reading this, I estimate that it is the day we know as August 31, 2000. Please be decent and kind masters to our poor ape-race. Oh, God, I'm so sorry about the tracking collars.'"
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Saturday, November 01, 2003

Norinco KL-3B .177 Caliber Air Rifles reviews: "Another area of the KL-3B that, for the most part, gets ignored is its lack of a crown on the barrel. It comes with a 'pseudo' target crown but is merely a counterbore and does require some chamfering to improve accuracy. I used a small ball-bearing that I soldered to the head of a socket head cap screw, chucked that into a handdrill and used a fine grit grinding compound (400 grit Clover compound) to rework the muzzle end. You only need to 'break' the sharp edge by about .020' or so then do a bluing retouch on that polished surface.

Future questions/comments can be sent to me at:

--- bill "