Archive for February, 2009


Posted in crossbow, DIY, projects with tags , , , on 28/02/2009 by sangomasmith

Okay, tweaks are done and the crossbow has been fired. So, on to the description:

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Posted in crossbow, DIY with tags , , , on 21/02/2009 by sangomasmith

I have finished and fired the big crossbow. This unfortunately revealed some flaws that needed fixing, so I’ll only be able to post the full run-down sometime in the week. I do have some preliminary thoughts, though:

  1. It makes whatever you stick in front of the string disappear. Fast. And then occasionally explode into a shower of splinters. So don’t be a moron and stand in front of it.
  2. Powering a crossbow using a car spring and a home-made winch is a great idea if you want to create something that terrifies you. Kids; if any of you want to try this at home then, for the love of all that is holy, please over-engineer everything. And by that I mean design it in such a fashion that you can beat it against a wall, jump on it and drop it from a building.

Have fun out there


Posted in crossbow, DIY with tags , , on 19/02/2009 by sangomasmith

The crossbow is coming along, and it is a thing of evil. It shall be terrifyingly over-engineered (I hope) and stupidly overpowered (I pray). Just the final assembly to do, so you will hear more on this subject soon.

When animals attack

Posted in animals, News-related with tags , , , , , on 19/02/2009 by sangomasmith

In what has to be one of the longest run ups to an ‘I told you so’ moment, a friend of an animal trainer was mauled by the trainer’s pet chimpanzee. Keeping a dangerous animal in your house, no matter how well trained, is stupid. Feeding it prescription medication as well (allegedly dissolved in Travis’ tea) is just stupid.

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Hello empty space…

Posted in DIY, projects with tags , , on 11/02/2009 by sangomasmith

Having apparently lost my one viewer, I think I shall merely press on regardless. Don’t be surprised if this space becomes a sort of mental attic, filled with half-formed burbles and ill-considered ideas. Don’t be surprised if you don’t notice any difference…

Anyway, I’m on another project kick. This time around I’m working on a siege crossbow, another attempt at a hot-air balloon and a two-valve pulsejet. If successful, the plans will be put up for all to see. If unsuccessful, then prepare to hear no more about them as I proceed to pretend that they never existed in the first place.