Archive for August 2005

Doors

found us doors from the old Trekkers hotel. Rimu, bloody solid, $60 each. We now have the internal doors for our house to be, at an utter bargain.

And for those of you having a bad day, it could be worse:
AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES.

Fun party at ‘s housewarming. Met many interesting people. I’m sure there will be pics.

And now its time to sleep. Sadly, the boy racers are doing donuts in the car park of the Winter Showgrounds. If you’s want to hurry up with that trebuchet, I’m first in the queue to borrow it, okay?

Old smells

is making some stilts, just came back from the metalworkers with a bundle smelling of cutting oil and fresh aluminium. I haven’t smelt that in years, since I last had access to a decent workshop, and by decent I don’t mean ‘many power tools’, I mean huge machines for chomping through steel plate1 and computer-controlled mills for taking off that last ten microns of metal.

And now she’s in the shed having fun with spanners and hose clamps, I’m sitting here revising economics2. So:

a) What is the world coming too?
b) Can someone just slap me?


1 – the larger gullotine in Tsukuba had a six inch thick steel baseplate, and a drivetrain including parts from a battleship. Could cut 8 mm stainless without breaking into a sweat. The NZ army’s new LAVs have ~8 mm thick armour.
2 – well, really I’m doing it to save the world *and* make lots of money, thereby ensuring that I rapidly end up with my own workshop, with frightening large machinery bolted direct to bedrock

Postscript:
just came in and said “we really need to buy a lathe”. Damn, I love that woman.

Wakisutikyujitsu

Today we were learning the 33-step jo kata

(jo, for those who don’t do aikido, is a short staff, long enough to reach your armpit.)

It runs thus:
33 step jo kata

I should be revising

1. Go here.
2. Pass it on.
my answers

Utterly Hatstand – second in an occasional series

Every so often, I find myself thinking, “wow, humanity is nuts. Completely fruitloop.” The evidence:

A nuclear hand grenade:



Yup, that’s a baby nuke, equivalent to 250 tons of TNT, fired by a rocket of about 2 km range. Fairly suicidal to use. More pics.

Neutron bombs designed by man who hated his mother due, in part, to her harsh toilet training methods. He wanted to kill her using invisible rays from his eyes.
He also claims that they are “the most moral weapons ever invented”.

(His entire autobiography, entitled “Shame”)

And an example of how to be perfectly rational and totally insane:
Herman Kahn wrote “On Thermonuclear Warfare” and “Thinking the Unthinkable”

His entirely logical theories of how to use these hideous things produced an escalation ladder, with 44 steps including:
Ostensible crisis
Show of force
Barely nuclear war
Justifiable counterforce attack
Reciprocal reprisal
Augmented disarming attack
all the way up to:
Spasm or insensate war

There’s a few flaws in approach, but that’s been discussed before.

Aerials training this eve

Turns out I’m wrong, there is coaching this evening, but its a combined beginners/intermediate class, from 6.30.

Aerials training

Just a reminder, no coaching but lots people around who have at least half a clue. Thursday eve, Karori, 6.30 till our arms fall off.

Crack’n’Fail

This morning I broke my bike in an entirely new way. I’ve borken it many times before, so this is an achievement.

I broke the rear cogs, for the lowest two gears. I blame sprinting away from traffic lights.

To be specific, ultegra 9, 12-23, cracked the alloy sproket carrier

Climbing?

Done with skate hockey for the season, so I have a tuesday night free. So, climbing, who’s organising it, Fergs, but when and can I/we join yous?

I just got a text message

Which said:

“IL CME C U, GNA LEAVE 7 WIT A TRUSTD M8. IF U HEAR THE WORD HIT THAT BITCH AND HIT HARD. I WANT THIS TO B A EXMPLE. IL NEVA 4 GET IT AND U WIL B TKN CRE OF”

Should I write back saying:
1) wtf?
2) Which bitch?
3) FUK U IM GNA TK CRE OF U. U R GAY FOR UR M8
4) Hey, violence never solved anything, just chill and hug a tree, man…
5) Thanks for your message, I’m calling the police

What would you do?

Finally made it to an Odessa gig

And yes, Pender can rip holes in ladies’ stockings with just a shimmy of his hips.

An addendum to ‘s post:

Someone’s really missing the point here

Image not safe for those with fluids in their mouths….