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Bob O`Bob

Bob O`Bob 

"Outside the box" is the new box

Occupation: ☑ I work in designs, algorithms, and sometimes code too. Frequently, I think up stuff that other people build successful businesses upon. Sadly (for me) they usually do so independently, because it& (Other Peoples' Code)

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2015-07-30 16:40:21 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Way too much propellant, and should have used wadding.

I disagree with "should" and think this is exactly the sort of thing that can be experimented with but NEVER published for the ten year olds. Putting this idea at all onto a channel that is frequented by pre-teens is irresponsible.

Most reshares: 3

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2015-07-17 15:03:22 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yeah -- It's a lot like that.

Most plusones: 10

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2015-07-24 08:33:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I say call them Dolts.  Dart-bolts.  Also in my experience they are pretty accurate as long as the shaft is perfectly straight. Which it stops being the instant it hits anything.

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2015-08-04 09:37:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Apollo, I am your father" - Zeus


You keep saying big brother, which then sounds weirdly kinky

"Apollo, I am your father" - Zeus


You keep saying big brother, which then sounds weirdly kinky___

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2015-08-04 07:35:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Buzz Bee Air Warriors Airmax Baron chamber indicator mod

Buzz Bee should have done this with a sticker.  The hole is sort-of already right there, too.

Very simple, really.  Just open a hole in the shell anywhere the plunger tube is visible, then apply markings to the tube using paint, or anything.  I used my Brother P-Touch label maker.  The one you see whole is a sample that I printed to get the spacing right (it needed more).  There need to be a total of ten marks, alternating.

Attention Buzz Bee Toys: if your lawyers can't accept freely given ideas, I most certainly would feel adequately compensated if I could join the other bloggers and reviewers who receive pre-release samples.  You know from email correspondence that I've liked your stuff for years!

This is just a "proof of concept" version, and I didn't get the labelprope... more »

Buzz Bee Air Warriors Airmax Baron chamber indicator mod

Buzz Bee should have done this with a sticker.  The hole is sort-of already right there, too.

Very simple, really.  Just open a hole in the shell anywhere the plunger tube is visible, then apply markings to the tube using paint, or anything.  I used my Brother P-Touch label maker.  The one you see whole is a sample that I printed to get the spacing right (it needed more).  There need to be a total of ten marks, alternating.

Attention Buzz Bee Toys: if your lawyers can't accept freely given ideas, I most certainly would feel adequately compensated if I could join the other bloggers and reviewers who receive pre-release samples.  You know from email correspondence that I've liked your stuff for years!

This is just a "proof of concept" version, and I didn't get the label properly aligned on this first try.  Also I didn't grind quite enough off inside the spot where the other yellow piece mounts and it jammed on this label after 20 to 25 more shots.  But it certainly would work.

Although ... for just five dollars, this blaster is already made of WIN.___

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2015-08-04 06:00:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Rarely seen so much "eh" in one package

Rarely seen so much "eh" in one package___

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2015-08-04 05:28:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Apollo, I am your father"  - Zeus

"Apollo, I am your father"  - Zeus___

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2015-08-04 05:21:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Dauntless shoots nicely, too.  So far it seems to be a worthy Messenger successor.
https://plus.google.com/+BobOBob/posts/GfisAWRgyda

Dauntless shoots nicely, too.  So far it seems to be a worthy Messenger successor.
https://plus.google.com/+BobOBob/posts/GfisAWRgyda___

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2015-08-04 01:19:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Today I decided to "do what it takes" to get my hands on the Rebelle Charmed Dauntless.  All Target stores in my area had been showing it as in stock for a week or more, with either no location at all for the associates to look for it, or a dummy location shown in the computer pointing to a place that just didn't exist.  Given pretty good evidence that the intended "Street Date" was August First like the Rival series of new releases, I had been calling and asking, and also visiting the closest store, every day for a little while.  Today, though, after visiting the two closest stores and getting no results, I looked up the store closest to another errand I needed to run, and the computers showed them having 8 on hand instead of the 4 (or fewer) at each other store, so I set my sights on getting one there.  An associate in the electronics area was helpful and informative, but whenhe ... more »

Today I decided to "do what it takes" to get my hands on the Rebelle Charmed Dauntless.  All Target stores in my area had been showing it as in stock for a week or more, with either no location at all for the associates to look for it, or a dummy location shown in the computer pointing to a place that just didn't exist.  Given pretty good evidence that the intended "Street Date" was August First like the Rival series of new releases, I had been calling and asking, and also visiting the closest store, every day for a little while.  Today, though, after visiting the two closest stores and getting no results, I looked up the store closest to another errand I needed to run, and the computers showed them having 8 on hand instead of the 4 (or fewer) at each other store, so I set my sights on getting one there.  An associate in the electronics area was helpful and informative, but when he attempted to reach the manager, was told she was in a meeting.  So I quit monopolizing his time and went up to the customer service department.  There, the associates were in almost the same spot, except one of them appeared to be the assistant manager in charge at the moment.  But she had somewhere else to go.  Eventually, the associate still at the counter informed me that they'd been located and would be brought to me.  So I paid for one.  And pretty soon that assistant manager personally brought out a box of four, opened it, and I pulled one out from the middle.

I am pleased with it, and my examination of it as an engineer leads me to believe the Messenger's design has been improved upon, and not just repackaged.  It's bigger, with much different ergonomics (worse in one way; better in more than one), and I think there's room for more spring length.  Only testing will tell if there's room for more spring strength.

I ran some chrono numbers using green zombiestrike elites, because they have been giving the fewest errors on my chrono.
24 shots, in barrel order (shooter's R, Bottom, shooter's L)
R - 52    B - 57    L - 57
R - 61    B - 58    L - 59
R - 63    B - 55    L - 60
R - 64    B - 60    L - 56
R - 63    B - 59    L - 59
R - 65    B - 64    L - 60
R - 67    B - 60    L - 62
R - 63    B - 62    L - 63
AV - 60
SD - 3
By comparison, my "War Messenger" which has almost the most powerful spring I would consider safe, short of reinforcing the Messenger shell:
R - 96    B - 86    L - 79
R - 96    B - 81    L - 83
AV - 86
SD - 7
I don't have numbers for a stock messenger, but I should be able to run those soon with the same darts.  My expectation would be just about the same velocities as the stock Dauntless.  And I expect the Dauntless to have at least the same potential for improvement, and maybe more.

With the Messenger, I had to accommodate the one piece hand grip, which is both weak (wobbly) and uncomfortable.  I addressed that with a full wrap in paracord.  The Dauntless grip is a good size and actually comfortable.  Its sticking point is going to be the priming rod.  I might just go ahead and try to add a "beavertail" between the teal and gray portions of the shell.

More, in the individual captions...___

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2015-08-02 16:55:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Please do not put RUMORS into annotations in your videos. If you don't KNOW it, don't spread it.

Please do not put RUMORS into annotations in your videos. If you don't KNOW it, don't spread it.___

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2015-08-01 22:21:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

No Gear Up for Rival?

Nerf Rival 50-Round Refill Pack

Currently on "back order" or "pre-order" at everywhere that doesn't price-gouge even more than TЯU.

Is anyone having flashbacks to the debut of Vortex ammo?  Yeah, I didn't think so.  Vortex ammo did not go through any hard-to-get period as far as I know.  In fact there was a lot of it distributed even before the blasters.  The entire "Gear Up" line was all about getting sample discs into the hands of dart blaster users.  It was not just about the cool orange and black paint schemes.  It was about building excitement, and familiarity, while maybe the blasters were still not-quite ready for production.

I'm speculating today that Nerf has experienced production problems with the Rival ammo, with possibly the same concerns a lot of establishednerfer... more »

No Gear Up for Rival?

Nerf Rival 50-Round Refill Pack

Currently on "back order" or "pre-order" at everywhere that doesn't price-gouge even more than TЯU.

Is anyone having flashbacks to the debut of Vortex ammo?  Yeah, I didn't think so.  Vortex ammo did not go through any hard-to-get period as far as I know.  In fact there was a lot of it distributed even before the blasters.  The entire "Gear Up" line was all about getting sample discs into the hands of dart blaster users.  It was not just about the cool orange and black paint schemes.  It was about building excitement, and familiarity, while maybe the blasters were still not-quite ready for production.

I'm speculating today that Nerf has experienced production problems with the Rival ammo, with possibly the same concerns a lot of established nerfers have published already about inconsistencies in weight, and flight problems that might be due to too much flash remaining at the mold seam line.  Also those same Nerf early adopters have already been adding comments about how easy these balls are to lose.

I'm now making myself a promise that the first time I buy any Nerf Rival product at retail, there's got to be at least this much ammo included.  I had already planned to purchase a pack, to begin experiments with homemade blasters, as soon as I can get one at a non-gouge price.  Today I have decided I will not spend my money on a blaster until the ammo is ready.

In my speculation, it also occurs to me as yet another indication that Nerf may consider Vortex to be a failure in the market.  Translating, in my opinion totally incorrectly, said failure into thinking that Gear Up failed too.  I do believe Gear Up was a substantial net positive for Vortex.  And I believe that not getting Rival ammo out early or even on time, is going to prove a substantial net negative.  Rival may already be "dead" to the bean counters.

I predict, if the ammo packs aren't readily available within about a week, the Rival blasters nationwide will start getting donated, then appearing in thrift stores by mid-September, from where they will sell mostly to people who don't know they can't get enough "rounds," or to people (like me) who would convert them to other ammo.

The Blasters are clearly shipping in numbers. Maybe the ammo packs were all "pre-ordered" by people thinking ahead to losses, but from where I sit, it looks more likely they still haven't shipped.  This would be very, very bad for the new line going forward, and a crisis that Nerf would desperately need to clear up fast.

On a completely different hand, if the reason for this apparent delay is that Rival rounds ammo are just about to ship in [surprise!!] multiple colors, then that could be really cool. Red, blue, yellow, and green would be awesome and permit some potentially very interesting new game types.___

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2015-07-31 23:52:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I spent a pretty good penny on Buzz Bee Toys products today. The first batch was a bit over $75. Then at my next stop, a further $25 buying two Air Max Bosses. Cool stuff! The clip from the Tyrant can hold 13 XL darts, if loaded very carefully, and seems to work fine in the Boss.

I spent a pretty good penny on Buzz Bee Toys products today. The first batch was a bit over $75. Then at my next stop, a further $25 buying two Air Max Bosses. Cool stuff! The clip from the Tyrant can hold 13 XL darts, if loaded very carefully, and seems to work fine in the Boss.___

2015-07-31 18:42:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What have you changed now, +Google Photos?  Since Google Plus came along, all my Android devices with cameras had been automatically uploading.  But that stopped some time between Tuesday afternoon and now.

What have you changed now, +Google Photos?  Since Google Plus came along, all my Android devices with cameras had been automatically uploading.  But that stopped some time between Tuesday afternoon and now.___

2015-07-31 16:13:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Bob's capsule review

Doominator

I yawned.

Next!

Bob's capsule review

Doominator

I yawned.

Next!___

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2015-07-30 17:03:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Cool!

But check your camera's menus for an anti-shake or image stabilization feature. Might be there.

Cool!

But check your camera's menus for an anti-shake or image stabilization feature. Might be there.___

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2015-07-30 16:40:21 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Way too much propellant, and should have used wadding.

I disagree with "should" and think this is exactly the sort of thing that can be experimented with but NEVER published for the ten year olds. Putting this idea at all onto a channel that is frequented by pre-teens is irresponsible.

Way too much propellant, and should have used wadding.

I disagree with "should" and think this is exactly the sort of thing that can be experimented with but NEVER published for the ten year olds. Putting this idea at all onto a channel that is frequented by pre-teens is irresponsible.___

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2015-07-29 03:55:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Actually those holes in the Rotofury plunger tube speed it up. The plunger, that is.  Whether they speed up or slow down the dart is not yet known and needs testing.

Actually those holes in the Rotofury plunger tube speed it up. The plunger, that is.  Whether they speed up or slow down the dart is not yet known and needs testing.___

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2015-07-29 01:17:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Hey +Google Photos 
I call this a DIAFalog, because that's what it needs to do.

Change the appearance and the hovertext of the underlying button when this condition is true.  Or have separate buttons.  DO NOT make me click even ONE extra time, because this is going to happen over and over and over to EVERY image I let your site manage.  You did this time and time again to Picasaweb, with the garbage getting deeper and deeper and the extra work harder and hader.  Then you killed features entirely and those are still linked into the half-assed tools that are the Google Plus photos travesty.  And then you abandoned Picasaweb to be undead in its crippled state.

The closest thing to "something nice" that I was ever able to say about Google's _mis_handling of the Picasa acquisition was "Yahoo did worse to Flickr." Don't be that process overagain... more »

Hey +Google Photos 
I call this a DIAFalog, because that's what it needs to do.

Change the appearance and the hovertext of the underlying button when this condition is true.  Or have separate buttons.  DO NOT make me click even ONE extra time, because this is going to happen over and over and over to EVERY image I let your site manage.  You did this time and time again to Picasaweb, with the garbage getting deeper and deeper and the extra work harder and hader.  Then you killed features entirely and those are still linked into the half-assed tools that are the Google Plus photos travesty.  And then you abandoned Picasaweb to be undead in its crippled state.

The closest thing to "something nice" that I was ever able to say about Google's _mis_handling of the Picasa acquisition was "Yahoo did worse to Flickr." Don't be that process over again.___

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2015-07-29 00:14:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

blooper alert! 12:33
I mean we all know the prop has to exist, but do keep it out of the shot, 'k?

blooper alert! 12:33
I mean we all know the prop has to exist, but do keep it out of the shot, 'k?___

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2015-07-28 18:28:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

http://www.amazon.com/Zibra-Open--ZPCOPEN-GZ-Package-Opener/dp/B004UIHITY    recommended.  I have a much older orange colored model, the new ones are probably a little better.

http://www.amazon.com/Zibra-Open--ZPCOPEN-GZ-Package-Opener/dp/B004UIHITY    recommended.  I have a much older orange colored model, the new ones are probably a little better.___

2015-07-28 17:17:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"I'm just messin' with ya!"
It's the penultimate hook.

Some things which may look like "wisdom" are really just experience.  Today I'm going to help you get a tiny bit wiser.  Unless you already know this, and then I'm going to spoil it.

When you tell your friends that you were "just messing" around with them, they will almost always observe candor in the statement, take a look at themselves, laugh, and then assume you have stopped messing.  That's right - they are now more ripe for it than before.  It's even more sneaky, but not always unethical, to use the past tense "I was just messing with you" because the past tense does not really negate future action.  We just make that assumption fairly often.  However, I recommend carefully avoiding the past tense if your target may not be a nativespeak... more »

"I'm just messin' with ya!"
It's the penultimate hook.

Some things which may look like "wisdom" are really just experience.  Today I'm going to help you get a tiny bit wiser.  Unless you already know this, and then I'm going to spoil it.

When you tell your friends that you were "just messing" around with them, they will almost always observe candor in the statement, take a look at themselves, laugh, and then assume you have stopped messing.  That's right - they are now more ripe for it than before.  It's even more sneaky, but not always unethical, to use the past tense "I was just messing with you" because the past tense does not really negate future action.  We just make that assumption fairly often.  However, I recommend carefully avoiding the past tense if your target may not be a native speaker of English.  The past tense may translate into something which actually does negate the future, and that would be unethical.  In my estimation.


(and yes, I actually do know the word up there means not quite ultimate.  I may even be exaggerating at that. Gotta hold something back for later!)___

2015-07-28 16:15:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It appears that "officially" August 3 is National Grab Some Nuts Day

I can't decide whether the ubiquitous nonspecific "they" are encouraging shoplifting, or sexual assault.

It appears that "officially" August 3 is National Grab Some Nuts Day

I can't decide whether the ubiquitous nonspecific "they" are encouraging shoplifting, or sexual assault.___

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2015-07-27 18:25:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What was initially hanging you up is the slam-fire catch at the top.  Your operating rod may not have been all the way forward like it needed to be.  There's a complicated linkage deep in the right-side shell half, and it could even be that opening the shell keeps it from working properly.

What was initially hanging you up is the slam-fire catch at the top.  Your operating rod may not have been all the way forward like it needed to be.  There's a complicated linkage deep in the right-side shell half, and it could even be that opening the shell keeps it from working properly.___

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2015-07-27 16:16:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Repeat after me, please:RIVAL,RIVAL,RIVAL,RIVAL. Thanks.

A lot of people are doing the same thing, there must be some psychological impulse to make it sound plural.

Repeat after me, please:RIVAL,RIVAL,RIVAL,RIVAL. Thanks.

A lot of people are doing the same thing, there must be some psychological impulse to make it sound plural.___

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2015-07-27 16:08:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For that annoying question of whether the yellow device which holds darts should be called "clip" or "magazine" or even "Fred" I say let's examine the manufacturer's documentation, i.e., what's it say on THE BOX?

I hope that we can adjust the clip catch inside the blaster, rather than the clips.

The handgrip we can wrap; it's good to know it's not too short.

Six US dollars??? If they can make any profit at that level, WAY cool. That would probably also put it into a lot more stores. But I expect more like twelve.

For that annoying question of whether the yellow device which holds darts should be called "clip" or "magazine" or even "Fred" I say let's examine the manufacturer's documentation, i.e., what's it say on THE BOX?

I hope that we can adjust the clip catch inside the blaster, rather than the clips.

The handgrip we can wrap; it's good to know it's not too short.

Six US dollars??? If they can make any profit at that level, WAY cool. That would probably also put it into a lot more stores. But I expect more like twelve.___

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2015-07-26 20:30:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Tiny can be worked with.  Extended.
The inaccuracy of horizontally arrayed flywheels - not so much.


Unless we afterburner it.

Tiny can be worked with.  Extended.
The inaccuracy of horizontally arrayed flywheels - not so much.


Unless we afterburner it.___

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2015-07-26 02:57:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I sure wish I could have exhibited a tiny fraction of this much apparent mastery of hand-waving when I had important presentations to make as a software developer.

I've been trying to get the attention of the manufacturer of this speed-measuring device to notice that there's clearly a problem.  The person in tech support agreed with me, but I sent the first unit back to Amazon. This is the replacement, and it exhibits all the exact same inaccuracies.  I've run a bunch of testing in many varied lighting conditions and they eventually led me to the conclusion that if two "pulses" of shadow were seen by the front aperture, sometimes the device would call it a measurement.  Which is seriously unacceptable for a "precision" device of this nature.  My first tests of the replacement were nearly conclusive, but initially the problems were presenting to mebec... more »

I sure wish I could have exhibited a tiny fraction of this much apparent mastery of hand-waving when I had important presentations to make as a software developer.

I've been trying to get the attention of the manufacturer of this speed-measuring device to notice that there's clearly a problem.  The person in tech support agreed with me, but I sent the first unit back to Amazon. This is the replacement, and it exhibits all the exact same inaccuracies.  I've run a bunch of testing in many varied lighting conditions and they eventually led me to the conclusion that if two "pulses" of shadow were seen by the front aperture, sometimes the device would call it a measurement.  Which is seriously unacceptable for a "precision" device of this nature.  My first tests of the replacement were nearly conclusive, but initially the problems were presenting to me because I was shooting Nerf darts through a Nerf blaster, and those darts had printing on them.  The tech support person (apparently manager) told me he wasn't interested to spend <$20 at Target to duplicate my testing.  I told him I'd take it to social media.  It took me a while to think up a way that didn't take a Nerf blaster, but I am pleased at the simplicity of what I (eventually!) found.  Even if the device almost always works as intended, just the fact that it is capable of giving readings with the second aperture completely blocked (shown in other videos on my channel) is not reasonable for a precision electronics measuring device; not even at their $100 price point.  They assured me they haven't had similar past reports, and I have learned of several other Nerf hobbyists with the same model chrono, so it could be a recent software change.  I have reached out to those others to ask for comparison tests. #ProChrono  ___

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2015-07-26 02:42:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I sure wish I could have exhibited half as much mastery at "handwaving" when I had important presentations to make as a software developer.

I sure wish I could have exhibited half as much mastery at "handwaving" when I had important presentations to make as a software developer.___

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2015-07-26 02:38:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For anyone who may want to see the entire data set of that string of shots, er ... waves, here it is:

2 - 1: 31
2 - 2: 31
2 - 3: 31
2 - 4: 28
2 - 5: 31
2 - 6: 104
2 - 7: 366
2 - 8: 368
2 - 9: 370
2 - 10: 378
2 - 11: 64
2 - HI: 378
2 - LO: 28
2 - AV: 163
2 - ES: 350
2 - Sd: 165

For anyone who may want to see the entire data set of that string of shots, er ... waves, here it is:

2 - 1: 31
2 - 2: 31
2 - 3: 31
2 - 4: 28
2 - 5: 31
2 - 6: 104
2 - 7: 366
2 - 8: 368
2 - 9: 370
2 - 10: 378
2 - 11: 64
2 - HI: 378
2 - LO: 28
2 - AV: 163
2 - ES: 350
2 - Sd: 165___

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2015-07-25 16:34:43 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Shenanigans" indeed.  Now you're on the hook to explain not calling a hold.

"Shenanigans" indeed.  Now you're on the hook to explain not calling a hold.___

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2015-07-24 08:33:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I say call them Dolts.  Dart-bolts.  Also in my experience they are pretty accurate as long as the shaft is perfectly straight. Which it stops being the instant it hits anything.

I say call them Dolts.  Dart-bolts.  Also in my experience they are pretty accurate as long as the shaft is perfectly straight. Which it stops being the instant it hits anything.___

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2015-07-24 08:13:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The back end looks like it should unfold into a stock.

The back end looks like it should unfold into a stock.___

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2015-07-24 05:44:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I hope you saw my caution against taking the drum apart.  Part of the reason this blaster is so light is the drum is pretty much hollow, with only the clutch and as little internal structure as possible.

Keep on playing with it. You know what they say about laughter as medicine.

I hope you saw my caution against taking the drum apart.  Part of the reason this blaster is so light is the drum is pretty much hollow, with only the clutch and as little internal structure as possible.

Keep on playing with it. You know what they say about laughter as medicine.___

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2015-07-23 17:09:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yeah, if there was anything worth seeing please give us some time cues.  Until then I'm throwing it into the background like a plain audio podcast.

Yeah, if there was anything worth seeing please give us some time cues.  Until then I'm throwing it into the background like a plain audio podcast.___

2015-07-22 16:44:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Another hack story in the news, what a surprise.

Are Programmers Professionals?

You wouldn't expect a burger joint to just tell their usual complement of hourly employees to "work harder" on a holiday where double or triple the usual amount of business was anticipated.  Yet, if you were the customer, who would you initially blame for the slow service?

The difference with programmers is that when a "deadline" or "budget crunch" comes along, if you push programmers really hard, they can seem to get a lot more done.  If your only test was that the web site has to work tomorrow morning, maybe that would be okay.  But then a few days, weeks, or months later, a serious bug is found, or ... you get hacked.

What do you do when you get hacked?  What does everyone do when they get hacked?  What does everyone dowhen... more »

Another hack story in the news, what a surprise.

Are Programmers Professionals?

You wouldn't expect a burger joint to just tell their usual complement of hourly employees to "work harder" on a holiday where double or triple the usual amount of business was anticipated.  Yet, if you were the customer, who would you initially blame for the slow service?

The difference with programmers is that when a "deadline" or "budget crunch" comes along, if you push programmers really hard, they can seem to get a lot more done.  If your only test was that the web site has to work tomorrow morning, maybe that would be okay.  But then a few days, weeks, or months later, a serious bug is found, or ... you get hacked.

What do you do when you get hacked?  What does everyone do when they get hacked?  What does everyone do when they read about a hack?  You/they/everyone blames the programmers.

Sure, there's blame to go around, but nobody seems to blame the managers, the executives, or the CFO even half as much as they blame the programmers.  At least not from my viewpoint.  "Those cowboy programmers thought they could get away with..."  But it was always about cost cutting.  It was always about doing "more" with less.  It was always about running the business with insufficient programming staff to fill the actual needs, because "everyone else" gets by that way too.  Because you can squeeze programmers, and more code comes out.  

Execs tell me such cost cutting is "just the way business is done," but I am here to tell them: so is getting hacked. When was that deadline or budget crunch ever actually the responsibility of those programmers who helped you just barely squeak through it?  When did a management team ever recognize the heroic but dangerous choices that had to be made to achieve their short-term goals?  The programmers usually could have made a "to do" list for later fixes, but they know management wouldn't care, and might actually reprimand them for compiling it.  When did a management team ever thank their dev team for meeting a crunch, and then give them sufficient resources to patch up the resulting weaknesses before those  got exposed?

Are Programmers Professionals?  (are Executives?)

We would like to be.  I can tell every manager and every executive that the vast majority of us would like to be.  I can't tell managers or executives about ANY time ("crunch" or otherwise) when you gave us sufficient resources to be.  Programmers don't cause your crunch times.  Executives do.  Programmers get you through them but that just makes you expect even more, for even less.  They did it once, right?  They saved your bacon.  But then you actually respect them less for it, and feel justified to demand even more next time.  And then later, when the corners, corners that had to be cut, come back to bite, do execs ever re-analyze those past decisions?  Do execs ever blame the right people?  Surely some do, but as a programmer I've not seen it.___

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2015-07-22 05:24:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are you sure that isn't one that Lord Draconical bought ... from ME?

Would be hilarious if it came back.

OBTW, nice SuperMaxx 350. I'll bet half the readership couldn't pick it out from behind you with a map of the wall. And nine tenths had no clue I was being sarcastic until right here.

Are you sure that isn't one that Lord Draconical bought ... from ME?

Would be hilarious if it came back.

OBTW, nice SuperMaxx 350. I'll bet half the readership couldn't pick it out from behind you with a map of the wall. And nine tenths had no clue I was being sarcastic until right here.___

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2015-07-22 01:02:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

second!  (maybe)

My experience with those arrows is that they fly great.  Until the first time they actually hit something.  Then the shafts bend and accuracy sucks forever.

Also you said notch several times. If these were real arrows the word would be nock. Since they're toys, I'm not sure, but it's probably the same.

second!  (maybe)

My experience with those arrows is that they fly great.  Until the first time they actually hit something.  Then the shafts bend and accuracy sucks forever.

Also you said notch several times. If these were real arrows the word would be nock. Since they're toys, I'm not sure, but it's probably the same.___

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2015-07-20 17:40:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I have a Chrono from the same company (ProChrono Digital), and I am still having lighting issues.  If you found any good resources for learning what factors cause the bad readings and how to fix them, I would really appreciate links or comments. 
What I get is some readings that are ridiculously high: 75, 78, 71, 2419, 74, 481, 73 ... that sort of thing.  I can delete them because they are obvious, but I'd rather eliminate them.

And keep pushing the envelope!

I have a Chrono from the same company (ProChrono Digital), and I am still having lighting issues.  If you found any good resources for learning what factors cause the bad readings and how to fix them, I would really appreciate links or comments. 
What I get is some readings that are ridiculously high: 75, 78, 71, 2419, 74, 481, 73 ... that sort of thing.  I can delete them because they are obvious, but I'd rather eliminate them.

And keep pushing the envelope!___

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2015-07-20 15:53:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"I'm not the oldest player on the field for sure, but I do feel like I communicate a little bit better" 

I agree with you on both points. Including the interpretation where the one who is needs to improve their (my) team communication.

More videos; more bad and good examples to learn from. Thanks!

"I'm not the oldest player on the field for sure, but I do feel like I communicate a little bit better" 

I agree with you on both points. Including the interpretation where the one who is needs to improve their (my) team communication.

More videos; more bad and good examples to learn from. Thanks!___

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2015-07-18 19:51:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'd recommend putting the date right in the title.  Too much trouble to look up what "S4R4" means -- in this case June 20th.

I'd recommend putting the date right in the title.  Too much trouble to look up what "S4R4" means -- in this case June 20th.___

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2015-07-17 15:03:22 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yeah -- It's a lot like that.

Yeah -- It's a lot like that.___

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2015-07-17 03:14:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I received my chrono yesterday, and today I ran three thrift store Hammershots through their paces, putting 20 random lightly used elite & rebelle darts through each one.  There were a few errors, but not one single shot registered below 53fps. All three stock blasters were occasionally getting into 70s, and all three averages were 64+. I then tried some FVJs independently, thinking the heavier darts might slow down, and the averages were lower, but the low was still 54.

I believe your initial take on the Lawbringer -- that it shoots weaker than a Hammershot, (stock v. stock) -- is supported by evidence.

I received my chrono yesterday, and today I ran three thrift store Hammershots through their paces, putting 20 random lightly used elite & rebelle darts through each one.  There were a few errors, but not one single shot registered below 53fps. All three stock blasters were occasionally getting into 70s, and all three averages were 64+. I then tried some FVJs independently, thinking the heavier darts might slow down, and the averages were lower, but the low was still 54.

I believe your initial take on the Lawbringer -- that it shoots weaker than a Hammershot, (stock v. stock) -- is supported by evidence.___

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2015-07-14 18:58:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I need to make time to watch more of your stuff to give better advice.

But I'd suggest picking more than one direction.  Have fairly regular short talkie episodes like this one because you can get a lot said and they are (relatively) easy to produce. Maybe every few weeks. Then spend more time on videos with more "meat" to them. Mostly what I personally want to see is what's inside blasters, and especially what mods people have chosen to apply. Un-boxings and reviews are high stress because being first matters too much. Do those only if you're sure you have the jump on nearly everyone. Being "first" with internals and upgrades that will probably become typical for a new blaster, that could be worth pursuing. Today for example the Rotofury and Lawbringer are "ripe" for actual mods.  The mods that come out over the next week or so will get extrav... more »

I need to make time to watch more of your stuff to give better advice.

But I'd suggest picking more than one direction.  Have fairly regular short talkie episodes like this one because you can get a lot said and they are (relatively) easy to produce. Maybe every few weeks. Then spend more time on videos with more "meat" to them. Mostly what I personally want to see is what's inside blasters, and especially what mods people have chosen to apply. Un-boxings and reviews are high stress because being first matters too much. Do those only if you're sure you have the jump on nearly everyone. Being "first" with internals and upgrades that will probably become typical for a new blaster, that could be worth pursuing. Today for example the Rotofury and Lawbringer are "ripe" for actual mods.  The mods that come out over the next week or so will get extra views because of the new factor.___

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2015-07-14 18:52:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I guess I got lucky, because the stock barrels on mine have proven to be very accurate.  I put in a killer spring from Amazon, though.  Unfortunately I don't have records of exactly which spring it was -- I shared full details on that to the Facebook nerf modders group ... but since then Facebook has hidden my profile, even from me.

I guess I got lucky, because the stock barrels on mine have proven to be very accurate.  I put in a killer spring from Amazon, though.  Unfortunately I don't have records of exactly which spring it was -- I shared full details on that to the Facebook nerf modders group ... but since then Facebook has hidden my profile, even from me.___

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2015-07-14 18:22:16 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You could still find an XXL/Banzai Bazooka, an Ultimator, or a Maximizer.  They're powerful, cool, and rare, though much less practical.  I have yet to find even one Ultimator or Maximizer.

Ertl ... is a family name, not an acronym. There are shell markings, you should be able to feel -- right under that sticker. "Ertl made in China" And how TF is seventy bucks "not that expensive" anyway? Plunger rod breaks exactly like yours are not even unusual. If you examine the parts right at the break, it's very likely you will be able to spot where there was an air bubble. A significant fraction of rods were defective.

You could still find an XXL/Banzai Bazooka, an Ultimator, or a Maximizer.  They're powerful, cool, and rare, though much less practical.  I have yet to find even one Ultimator or Maximizer.

Ertl ... is a family name, not an acronym. There are shell markings, you should be able to feel -- right under that sticker. "Ertl made in China" And how TF is seventy bucks "not that expensive" anyway? Plunger rod breaks exactly like yours are not even unusual. If you examine the parts right at the break, it's very likely you will be able to spot where there was an air bubble. A significant fraction of rods were defective.___

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2015-07-13 19:57:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Don't try this at home -- or anywhere.
I opened up the drum, and it was a mistake.

The drum can be disassembled by bending the five tabs and detaching the glue joints around every barrel. The rotation slip-clutch is inside.  But I don't think there's really any good reason to open this up, and now I have to completely rebuild it because it's just not going to snap back together.

It's a really cool blaster in stock form.  It could probably handle a more powerful spring, though there are gears in the priming mechanism, so not a whole lot more powerful.

It's very powerful even with MEGA darts, so if you feel like converting it with micro barrels ... you still should not need to take the drum apart.

The mod to be worried about is if someone wants to open up the shell for rear-loading the chambers.  If you do that, you might alsowa... more »

Don't try this at home -- or anywhere.
I opened up the drum, and it was a mistake.

The drum can be disassembled by bending the five tabs and detaching the glue joints around every barrel. The rotation slip-clutch is inside.  But I don't think there's really any good reason to open this up, and now I have to completely rebuild it because it's just not going to snap back together.

It's a really cool blaster in stock form.  It could probably handle a more powerful spring, though there are gears in the priming mechanism, so not a whole lot more powerful.

It's very powerful even with MEGA darts, so if you feel like converting it with micro barrels ... you still should not need to take the drum apart.

The mod to be worried about is if someone wants to open up the shell for rear-loading the chambers.  If you do that, you might also want to bore out the backs of the barrels a little for easier loading, but first check out these pictures - a thin circle of glue on each barrel is all that's really holding this assembly together, so you can't safely widen the backs very much at all. 

I'm not sure yet exactly what I'm going to do with this. I may try to get the operating rod apart at the joint between the orange and white parts.  But that also might be a failure. Everyone is invited to learn from my mistake!

#Rotofury___

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2015-07-11 18:02:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hey, cool!  I'm in your video, taking my hit.

Hey, cool!  I'm in your video, taking my hit.___

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2015-07-10 00:57:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wacky lighting issues

Wacky lighting issues___

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2015-07-08 17:12:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

via @GeekyHostess(on Twitter)

StemBox: Subscription Science Kits for Girls
STEMbox is a subscription box that makes real science accessible to young girls and empowers them as young scientists.
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2015-07-07 02:05:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It seems like it was just earlier today (because it was) that I laughed AT coop's video for assuring everyone (based on zero info) that the orange trigger stock blasters would perform better than the gray trigger he reviewed.

It seems like it was just earlier today (because it was) that I laughed AT coop's video for assuring everyone (based on zero info) that the orange trigger stock blasters would perform better than the gray trigger he reviewed.___

2015-07-04 18:19:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

On the 4th of July, 1852, Frederick Douglas was asked to give a speech about American Independence.

Sadly too many of his words still ring painfully true today.


What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy... more »

On the 4th of July, 1852, Frederick Douglas was asked to give a speech about American Independence.

Sadly too many of his words still ring painfully true today.


What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions! Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold, that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the “lame man leap as an hart.”

But, such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.--The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, lowering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrecoverable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people!

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yea! we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.”

Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then fellow-citizens, is AMERICAN SLAVERY. I shall see, this day, and its popular characteristics, from the slave’s point of view. Standing, there, identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine, I do not hesitate to declare, with all my soul, that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this 4th of July! Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery--the great sin and shame of America! “I will not equivocate; I will not excuse;” I will use the severest language I can command; and yet not one word shall escape me that any man, whose judgment is not blinded by prejudice, or who is not at heart a slaveholder, shall not confess to be right and just.

Thanks to my wonderful wife for the original link.___

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2015-07-04 16:43:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Some good team communication seen there.  Could be better, but it always could.

I like the idea that there could be cameras all around.  The honor system is good, but the probability of being spotted is better.  Hopefully everyone will view footage of themselves with a critical eye, and no one will have to "call" anyone on their errors.  Frankly, I can hardly wait to see the portions I'm in, to see if I made mistakes I can learn from.

Some good team communication seen there.  Could be better, but it always could.

I like the idea that there could be cameras all around.  The honor system is good, but the probability of being spotted is better.  Hopefully everyone will view footage of themselves with a critical eye, and no one will have to "call" anyone on their errors.  Frankly, I can hardly wait to see the portions I'm in, to see if I made mistakes I can learn from.___

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2015-07-02 01:18:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Terrorists can’t defeat us.  But they can goad us into defeating ourselves.  And right now, I am worried about whether or not we are losing by beating ourselves.  Because that’s how the terrorists win.  And that is unacceptable."

via +Thaddeus Howze tweet

"Terrorists can’t defeat us.  But they can goad us into defeating ourselves.  And right now, I am worried about whether or not we are losing by beating ourselves.  Because that’s how the terrorists win.  And that is unacceptable."

via +Thaddeus Howze tweet___

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