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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)

Location: San Jose, CA

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2015-08-16 21:48:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

But they are "special snowflake" clips, rather than making a device that can hold any of my 12s together.
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I would much rather have a side-by-side clip anyway. My blasters prefer FVJs - to answer your question about dart pricing.
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I find that a lot of clips jam when they are completely empty, and my not-quite scientific anecdotal experience is that it's not a bad thing at all. It seems as though the ones which jam when inserting the first round are less likely to jam when emptying. Again, not scientific, but if the only time it jams is when you are inserting darts, especially if it's only the first one, then that's not much of a problem.

Most plusones: 8

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2015-08-20 20:41:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Correction: Northeast *AND* Southern California nerfer.

And they don't all need names.

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2015-09-01 17:17:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So, I wake up this morning, and ...

Well, you see, last night my roommate and I went to Costco, and we bought sandwiches there for dinner too. That led to forgetting there was more stuff in her car which should have been brought into the house.  She leaves on her commute before I even wake up, and so had to just put everything where she could, as fast as she could.

Which means I'm going to spend the rest of may day (maybe longer) thinking about my favorite movie (ever!) and laughing.

So, I wake up this morning, and ...

Well, you see, last night my roommate and I went to Costco, and we bought sandwiches there for dinner too. That led to forgetting there was more stuff in her car which should have been brought into the house.  She leaves on her commute before I even wake up, and so had to just put everything where she could, as fast as she could.

Which means I'm going to spend the rest of may day (maybe longer) thinking about my favorite movie (ever!) and laughing.___

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2015-09-01 06:06:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Snapfire 8

Fun blaster. Probably discontinued. But also it's an implosion looking for an excuse. The pile of metal and a few plastic bits is all that I'm keeping. I used to have two, then I found a third at a thrift store, but when I got it home it was torn up inside. Tonight one of my first two did the exact same thing. Before I do anything else with the remaining one, I'll open it up to see if these areas of the inside shell can be reinforced. There's no point once it's shattered into tiny bits.

Snapfire 8

Fun blaster. Probably discontinued. But also it's an implosion looking for an excuse. The pile of metal and a few plastic bits is all that I'm keeping. I used to have two, then I found a third at a thrift store, but when I got it home it was torn up inside. Tonight one of my first two did the exact same thing. Before I do anything else with the remaining one, I'll open it up to see if these areas of the inside shell can be reinforced. There's no point once it's shattered into tiny bits.___

2015-08-29 06:45:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Google simply cannot be trusted with photos that you might ever actually want to delete.

Google simply cannot be trusted with photos that you might ever actually want to delete.___

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2015-08-26 17:07:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Some kind of weird audio compression effect.  Almost painful to my ears.

Some kind of weird audio compression effect.  Almost painful to my ears.___

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2015-08-26 07:21:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I know you as a nerfer, but don't have a clue what you do for a living.  I'm curious, and probably never would have asked without this open invitation.

I know you as a nerfer, but don't have a clue what you do for a living.  I'm curious, and probably never would have asked without this open invitation.___

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2015-08-26 07:02:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

(In my opinion) blood spatter should always be applied with grips carefully masked ... in the shape of hands holding them.  Otherwise you're forensically excluding your blaster from having done the deed.

(In my opinion) blood spatter should always be applied with grips carefully masked ... in the shape of hands holding them.  Otherwise you're forensically excluding your blaster from having done the deed.___

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2015-08-23 08:28:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Looks like the pistol has a typical pullback loop, which is shrouded by the upper part of the blaster.  So you'd have to prime it with a finger through the loop, instead of any of the other options open pullback pistols have.  I know with my War Messenger the spring is just too much for a fingertip, and I typically grab the whole thing in my fist.  So the shrouded pullback may look nice, but it seems a little limiting.

Looks like the pistol has a typical pullback loop, which is shrouded by the upper part of the blaster.  So you'd have to prime it with a finger through the loop, instead of any of the other options open pullback pistols have.  I know with my War Messenger the spring is just too much for a fingertip, and I typically grab the whole thing in my fist.  So the shrouded pullback may look nice, but it seems a little limiting.___

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2015-08-22 23:11:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Buzz Bee Air Warriors Ultra-Tek Snipe

Cool new clip-fed, spring-powered, bolt-action blaster, with features reminiscent of quite a few past Buzz Bee blasters, and in particular of the Air Warriors Extreme Range Master.

The Range Master's air pump power could probably be retro-fitted into this shell, but whether that would improve performance enough to justify the effort is a question which bears testing.  So I'll be keeping this one spring powered at least for now.

Places to watch for solvent cement while opening the shell: 
1. the orange muzzle ring is the most obvious and the most troublesome.  I recommend going directly to sawing, do not pass prying do not collect two hundred little dings, dents, and strain marks from hammering.
2. the orange cap on the back of the "receiver" is also obvious, and mine was liberally cemented, but gaveway... more »

Buzz Bee Air Warriors Ultra-Tek Snipe

Cool new clip-fed, spring-powered, bolt-action blaster, with features reminiscent of quite a few past Buzz Bee blasters, and in particular of the Air Warriors Extreme Range Master.

The Range Master's air pump power could probably be retro-fitted into this shell, but whether that would improve performance enough to justify the effort is a question which bears testing.  So I'll be keeping this one spring powered at least for now.

Places to watch for solvent cement while opening the shell: 
1. the orange muzzle ring is the most obvious and the most troublesome.  I recommend going directly to sawing, do not pass prying do not collect two hundred little dings, dents, and strain marks from hammering.
2. the orange cap on the back of the "receiver" is also obvious, and mine was liberally cemented, but gave way reasonably easily to prying after I smacked it around a little using a wooden block* and a light hammer.
3. the blue inset panel on the shell side with the screws.  It conceals two screws, and was held on in mine with not just the four snap-tabs but also a dab of cement along the upper forward edge.

Once I paid those areas appropriate attention, opening the shell was pretty easy, like any jack-in-the-box.  Once I gathered back the fly-out parts and examined the mechanisms, I formed a theory, tested, and concluded it was right: this blaster gives slightly less fly-out trouble if you prime it before you "butterfly" the shell halves.  That's quite unusual, but as you'll see in the pictures, the plunger rod guide, catch, and trigger, are all well mounted to the (left) side.  Yes, left - after removing the screws from that left side, you want to turn this blaster over before opening the shell.  Again, to reduce the number of fly-out parts.  One of those which flew out on me is a device which appears to help make the barrel aim more consistent, and it has two projections on it which might belong up or down.  I don't know which way they were from the factory, but it looks to me like it may not matter.

The clip release should be easily modified to a lever design (probably including some shell modification), and the black box where most of the "safety" features are collected could probably be disabled.  The bolt handle already could be fixed into a sliding, but non-rotating position, without affecting blaster function, though it might be harder to store the blaster with that sticking out all the time.

Before even opening it up, I had already cut away a few portions of unnecessary shell around the clip well, so that all three sizes of Nerf-brand drum clips will fit my blaster. For a nicer finish, one might as well cut both sides, all the way up to the internal rib, then the cuts can be sanded smooth.  The "dart tooth" design for ensuring that darts get pushed into the barrel far enough to activate the restrictor ... well it's not hurting anything, in my opinion.


(*) oh, the thrift store Jenga sets I sacrifice for nerf! ... actually, if you want beautifully finished blocks of hardwood, all very precisely the same size, you can't go wrong buying up older Jenga sets.  Just make sure they're really the wooden ones.___

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2015-08-22 17:35:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The propellant in your "plastic safe" lubricant is NOT plastic safe.  All sprays are bad.  But you can use the contents just fine by spraying into something like an emptied model paint jar and waiting a few minutes for the dissolved propellant to disperse.

This mod is almost exactly like the captive barrels a few of us did to make the old Buzz Bee Double Shot shell-less. I should see if I can dig mine out for photos.

The propellant in your "plastic safe" lubricant is NOT plastic safe.  All sprays are bad.  But you can use the contents just fine by spraying into something like an emptied model paint jar and waiting a few minutes for the dissolved propellant to disperse.

This mod is almost exactly like the captive barrels a few of us did to make the old Buzz Bee Double Shot shell-less. I should see if I can dig mine out for photos.___

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2015-08-22 17:11:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I put a picture comment on your YT "home" comment stream.  I know you might not get notifications of that.  One of the Rebelle charms resembles your logo.

I put a picture comment on your YT "home" comment stream.  I know you might not get notifications of that.  One of the Rebelle charms resembles your logo.___

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2015-08-22 16:08:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I like having shell screws in place.  I'd rather drill a hole in the slide.  But in actual play, I simply don't use Retaliators. Ever.

I like having shell screws in place.  I'd rather drill a hole in the slide.  But in actual play, I simply don't use Retaliators. Ever.___

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2015-08-21 18:10:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We don't know that it's a Rampage re-shell.  Hasbro has certainly raised such hopes many times and yet dashed them to the ground when reality reaches store shelves.

But yeah, I'd be all over that if it was even 90% as good of a shooter.  It really does look like the stock has a compatible attachment point.  And the faux barrel looks shorter.

Plus, if I can get one early enough, I might be able to get half my money back selling another dumb "sight" on eBay.

We don't know that it's a Rampage re-shell.  Hasbro has certainly raised such hopes many times and yet dashed them to the ground when reality reaches store shelves.

But yeah, I'd be all over that if it was even 90% as good of a shooter.  It really does look like the stock has a compatible attachment point.  And the faux barrel looks shorter.

Plus, if I can get one early enough, I might be able to get half my money back selling another dumb "sight" on eBay.___

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2015-08-20 20:41:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Correction: Northeast *AND* Southern California nerfer.

And they don't all need names.

Correction: Northeast *AND* Southern California nerfer.

And they don't all need names.___

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2015-08-20 20:38:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Wash those really really well.  Then do it again.

In two weeks they're still going to smell awful.

Wash those really really well.  Then do it again.

In two weeks they're still going to smell awful.___

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2015-08-19 20:28:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Air Zoomer Hex-Raptor

=== first posting, Sunday ===
I chose not to buy this yesterday because I'm overloaded with junky blasters, but I find it quite interesting. I think there's a real trigger catch inside, but not a trigger outside. The forward handle is fixed to the body (wobbly, but it doesn't go anywhere) and the back handle pulls out to prime. Once it's primed the handle moves freely, until you get it all the way forward. At that point there's a little resistance, and when you push past the resistance, the blaster fires. It seems to be just a little bit more powerful than a Tek-6. An easy comparison because I had the one BuzzBee dart at the store to test with.

If it's still there Tuesday (when I get a discount) I'll probably buy it, but this is the sort of toy that probably didn't even last all the way through Saturday evening on their... more »

Air Zoomer Hex-Raptor

=== first posting, Sunday ===
I chose not to buy this yesterday because I'm overloaded with junky blasters, but I find it quite interesting. I think there's a real trigger catch inside, but not a trigger outside. The forward handle is fixed to the body (wobbly, but it doesn't go anywhere) and the back handle pulls out to prime. Once it's primed the handle moves freely, until you get it all the way forward. At that point there's a little resistance, and when you push past the resistance, the blaster fires. It seems to be just a little bit more powerful than a Tek-6. An easy comparison because I had the one BuzzBee dart at the store to test with.

If it's still there Tuesday (when I get a discount) I'll probably buy it, but this is the sort of toy that probably didn't even last all the way through Saturday evening on their shelf.

=== Tuesday update ===
30% off, and it was still there!  I hope to make time for disassembly and further analysis (with photos added to the album) by some time this weekend.

It definitely does not hit very hard for its size.  I would compare it in size to the 10-shot Dart Tag revolver, but it's not quite that powerful.  My test firing in the store Saturday was too optimistic.

=== latest update, Wednesday ===
I was unable to update the album of the previous share, so I've made a new one. The internals are very straight-forward, and the weakness is probably mostly because the plunger is tiny. Which is difficult to change because of the rotation mech right next to it. Probably would have to go with an off-center replacement. I'm sure it could be done, but I doubt that I'd ever make the time to try.___

2015-08-19 19:26:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Charmed Dauntless accessories:  https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VS7qcMlWSZK0j3mo96Vo16XGx7I6cb4RfQhol_v56K17=w962-h714-no   
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Charmed Dauntless accessories:  https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/VS7qcMlWSZK0j3mo96Vo16XGx7I6cb4RfQhol_v56K17=w962-h714-no   
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2015-08-19 19:14:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Agree on all points.  Let's hope the Messenger continues to be produced.

Agree on all points.  Let's hope the Messenger continues to be produced.___

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2015-08-19 16:40:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm likely to just call it "planks"
Just so you know.
If it catches on, then it does.

I'm not sure whether you mentioned the instant re-spawn (just touch the point marker & go)

Once we get tech for it, it could have tilt sensors, audible countdown for the last few seconds, and also more than one score time-hack. For example score at 2:00, 3:30, and double score at 5:00


 Fluxx (double-x) is a card game. Where everything changes constantly, including the rules.

I'm likely to just call it "planks"
Just so you know.
If it catches on, then it does.

I'm not sure whether you mentioned the instant re-spawn (just touch the point marker & go)

Once we get tech for it, it could have tilt sensors, audible countdown for the last few seconds, and also more than one score time-hack. For example score at 2:00, 3:30, and double score at 5:00


 Fluxx (double-x) is a card game. Where everything changes constantly, including the rules.___

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2015-08-19 16:34:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

FUN > win

FUN > win___

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2015-08-19 08:15:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"Here were tens of millions of people expecting the highest level of privacy that the commercial web could offer"

In my opinion, that's exactly what they got.  Web security is and has always been a joke; practically an oxymoron.  If we're fortunate, this will be seen as a wake-up call.  But frankly I don't even expect change.  CEOs and CFOs would have to explain spending actual money.

"Here were tens of millions of people expecting the highest level of privacy that the commercial web could offer"

In my opinion, that's exactly what they got.  Web security is and has always been a joke; practically an oxymoron.  If we're fortunate, this will be seen as a wake-up call.  But frankly I don't even expect change.  CEOs and CFOs would have to explain spending actual money.___

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2015-08-16 22:53:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For that other door, you clearly* need to convince TЯU to produce a "Sonic Fire" Stryfe for you to work with.


(*)yes, I know, you saw what I did there.

For that other door, you clearly* need to convince TЯU to produce a "Sonic Fire" Stryfe for you to work with.


(*)yes, I know, you saw what I did there.___

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2015-08-16 22:36:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

You're too nice.

Really.
I could do a video of the same topic, but it would just be 3 minutes of me laughing out loud, and then a note explaining that my lead time usually runs some number of months, and my prices are high because I simply don't sell my work to penny-pinchers. Then another minute of laughing about how funny the word "free" actually sounds.

You're too nice.

Really.
I could do a video of the same topic, but it would just be 3 minutes of me laughing out loud, and then a note explaining that my lead time usually runs some number of months, and my prices are high because I simply don't sell my work to penny-pinchers. Then another minute of laughing about how funny the word "free" actually sounds.___

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2015-08-16 21:48:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

But they are "special snowflake" clips, rather than making a device that can hold any of my 12s together.
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I would much rather have a side-by-side clip anyway. My blasters prefer FVJs - to answer your question about dart pricing.
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I find that a lot of clips jam when they are completely empty, and my not-quite scientific anecdotal experience is that it's not a bad thing at all. It seems as though the ones which jam when inserting the first round are less likely to jam when emptying. Again, not scientific, but if the only time it jams is when you are inserting darts, especially if it's only the first one, then that's not much of a problem.

But they are "special snowflake" clips, rather than making a device that can hold any of my 12s together.
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I would much rather have a side-by-side clip anyway. My blasters prefer FVJs - to answer your question about dart pricing.
 .
I find that a lot of clips jam when they are completely empty, and my not-quite scientific anecdotal experience is that it's not a bad thing at all. It seems as though the ones which jam when inserting the first round are less likely to jam when emptying. Again, not scientific, but if the only time it jams is when you are inserting darts, especially if it's only the first one, then that's not much of a problem.___

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2015-08-15 17:31:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Headshot at 4:42!
Memorable.
By another player, but recorded well enough here;
my glasses handled it perfectly.

ALWAYS wear your eye-pro, kids!

Headshot at 4:42!
Memorable.
By another player, but recorded well enough here;
my glasses handled it perfectly.

ALWAYS wear your eye-pro, kids!___

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2015-08-14 01:40:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Not just adorable, but also functional and practical.

Not just adorable, but also functional and practical.___

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2015-08-13 08:28:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/sBfWJrpjK1tyL3MdHzMwPwdS34tlK2jpM8dYzgSYJSB1=w536-h714-no

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/sBfWJrpjK1tyL3MdHzMwPwdS34tlK2jpM8dYzgSYJSB1=w536-h714-no___

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2015-08-11 03:05:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I did not realize the sound of my RR was that distinctive.  Thanks!

I did not realize the sound of my RR was that distinctive.  Thanks!___

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2015-08-10 20:24:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Pretty sure I told you about this last time.  It's someone's family name, not an acronym.
In stock form, there is an extension spring at the front of the pump handle to pull it forward.
You can see the spring here between the priming bar and the ball launcher https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZTPYfThR9UT9jNu6vj5JuElPGmfsgUs_nFzMzL30CUaS=w952-h714-no

Pretty sure I told you about this last time.  It's someone's family name, not an acronym.
In stock form, there is an extension spring at the front of the pump handle to pull it forward.
You can see the spring here between the priming bar and the ball launcher https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ZTPYfThR9UT9jNu6vj5JuElPGmfsgUs_nFzMzL30CUaS=w952-h714-no___

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2015-08-10 19:12:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Proof of concept only. Successful one! The hole exposes one of the trapezoidal projections from the plunger tube which the rotation mechanism pushes on. There are twelve; three in each color. The cycle goes red, green, black, white, and repeats. If the spring is already primed, then it's easier to operate the slide again to choose a barrel. This would be important if you are running out of darts.

The system Nerf uses (may be patented) chooses a barrel by detecting the presence of darts, so it is "automatic" but it has the drawback of firing more weakly as the first-in-line barrels empty. The Buzz Bee system is theoretically able to make every shot at the same power level.

Proof of concept only. Successful one! The hole exposes one of the trapezoidal projections from the plunger tube which the rotation mechanism pushes on. There are twelve; three in each color. The cycle goes red, green, black, white, and repeats. If the spring is already primed, then it's easier to operate the slide again to choose a barrel. This would be important if you are running out of darts.

The system Nerf uses (may be patented) chooses a barrel by detecting the presence of darts, so it is "automatic" but it has the drawback of firing more weakly as the first-in-line barrels empty. The Buzz Bee system is theoretically able to make every shot at the same power level.___

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2015-08-10 03:38:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The only thing I can think of that's probably even worse, yet still available new, is the Zombie Strike Ricochet.

The only thing I can think of that's probably even worse, yet still available new, is the Zombie Strike Ricochet.___

2015-08-10 02:27:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Google Photos  question:  I have duplicated photos, and I want to know what collection(s) each copy is in.  


Technically, they really are old photos in Picasa folders, but you seem to have mapped that onto collections.  I want to know how the duplication happened, and to learn that, I need to know the folder names.

+Google Photos  question:  I have duplicated photos, and I want to know what collection(s) each copy is in.  


Technically, they really are old photos in Picasa folders, but you seem to have mapped that onto collections.  I want to know how the duplication happened, and to learn that, I need to know the folder names.___

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2015-08-09 16:29:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Excellent choice.  I could not even count how many times the "office" timer got flipped.

Excellent choice.  I could not even count how many times the "office" timer got flipped.___

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2015-08-08 04:29:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Nothing weird at all

Nothing weird at all___

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2015-08-07 05:33:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I took apart my Rotofury on the day I got it.  But a little too far.  I still have not got the drum back together, and it has had to move aside for other projects.

I took apart my Rotofury on the day I got it.  But a little too far.  I still have not got the drum back together, and it has had to move aside for other projects.___

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2015-08-06 01:13:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I joined Universal Yums a while back, in fact, I think it was Bobololo's suggestion!  They ship items all originating from one country at a time, and include a card describing each one in English.  It's been pretty cool, though perhaps with a little bit less folding of space going on in the box.

I joined Universal Yums a while back, in fact, I think it was Bobololo's suggestion!  They ship items all originating from one country at a time, and include a card describing each one in English.  It's been pretty cool, though perhaps with a little bit less folding of space going on in the box.___

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2015-08-06 01:09:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If you look back at your Target map, starting from your weak Palo Alto location, from there look Southeast (past Cupertino) to the next big red X ... yeah, that's my neighborhood.

As far as cameras per capita ... it really should be expected of us, given that we live and play in heart of technological innovation.

NoBACon last Sunday was a BLAST and you were missed.  The August 30th next date was set then, but of course you are right that we should wait for confirmation in the form of the event being published.

Planning the next BURN date might be a good use for your "down time"

If you look back at your Target map, starting from your weak Palo Alto location, from there look Southeast (past Cupertino) to the next big red X ... yeah, that's my neighborhood.

As far as cameras per capita ... it really should be expected of us, given that we live and play in heart of technological innovation.

NoBACon last Sunday was a BLAST and you were missed.  The August 30th next date was set then, but of course you are right that we should wait for confirmation in the form of the event being published.

Planning the next BURN date might be a good use for your "down time"___

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2015-08-04 09:37:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +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, 3 +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 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +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, 7 +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 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +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, 2 +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 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +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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