Archive for March, 2009

The VF: Not your average assholes

Posted in News-related, politics, rant with tags , , , on 17/03/2009 by sangomasmith

Here in South Africa, we’re currently in the grip of the election season. Which means election fever, or at least as close a simulcrum as is possible given the 24/7 soap opera that is politics of late. Hence, the time for bloggy political point-scoring is nigh. Unfortunately, before I can get down to this vital task, some explanations are in order for the non-South African readers out there…

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And another

Posted in rant with tags , , on 15/03/2009 by sangomasmith

Dear lord, I may have to stop watching now, I think that thunderfOOt is reading my thoughts

Quick link

Posted in rant with tags , , on 15/03/2009 by sangomasmith

Just thought I’d quickly highlight a thunderfOOt video. It pretty much sums up my feelings about the antiscience movemements out there (alt-med, creationism, enviro-woo, PETA etc.).

Luddites and laws

Posted in DIY, News-related, politics, rant with tags , , , , , , , , on 14/03/2009 by sangomasmith

The New Scientist recently broke the news that a bit of a furor has erupted over the instant approval of a non-GMO crop with exactly the same genes as a GM crop that’s been in testing for years. Strangely, the fuss is not over whether GMOs are dangerous or not.

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A final note…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 14/03/2009 by sangomasmith

Regarding the two recent projects (the recurve and crossbow), a few final points need to be added. Thereafter, the projects are considered officially closed and I will bore noone else about them.
The recurve: The front (nylon layer) turns out to be a bad idea, at least in its current configuration. The easiest course of action, I feel, is simply to use woven glass on both sides of the bow. Also, it seems that a solid handle, suitably attached to the bow, does wonders in terms of power and hand-friendlyness.
The crossbow: The bolt design has been sorted. I recommend a heavy bolt about 50cm long with three big fins firmly attached to the end. A 1cm round-steel bolt with thick plastic flights is what I’ve settled on.

And that’s that.

A quick game…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 14/03/2009 by sangomasmith

Let’s do the Xkcd thing for a moment: What specialised bit of knowledge am I refering to?
A and D mark the spot
B jumps ahead while II and F get on top
E and H join the fun,
and put phosphor to II to start the run.
II and F stay in a bind
while A and D elect to stay behind.

Got it?