Monday, September 29

 
Slashdot: Search writer's block

 
Overcoming Writers Block: "3. Polishing it off
My thesis advisor gave me this advice: 'The sword is mightier than the pen.' Meaning, it's easier to cut stuff out at the end than try and find quality filler.
So I always write more than I think is necessary - and out of all of the extra roughness, a few gems usually appear. "

 
Overcoming Writers Block: "Write something every single day - I have taken a few writing classes, and one common denominator (and perhaps the only meaningful information from any of them) was so simple as to defy imagination. Simply write something every single day.
I write one article, completely polished and ready for publication, every single day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Sometimes I write two or three articles in a day.
It really doesn't matter what I write, although I usually write about the internet or computers. But occasionally I write other things, including pages for my autobiography or even a love letter to the wife.
Put aside time to write - I have set aside 'writing time', two hours every single night, in which I isolate myself in my office at home and write my heart out. My wife respects my introversion during this time as it allows me to do one of the things that I love the most: communicate ideas in written form.
Fill in any missing blanks - If I find that I am having trouble explaining something in writing or the words just don't flow, I look around and see if there is something about it that I do not fully understand. That often works.
Ignore the idiots of the world - There sure seem to be a lot of jerks sometimes. However, I don't need to allow some babbling idiots ruin my writing. Just because someone does not like something does not mean anything except they didn't like it...
I do not ask for criticism - I never ask anyone to criticize my works, ever. I do not ask for site reviews of my websites, I don't submit my works for review. Why not? I am not interested in other people's silly opinions about my works. I know I am a good writer, a excellent webmaster and a great manager. I don't need anyone to tell me how good I am, and I certainly don't need anyone to point out my faults.
Changi"

 
Hypnosis for Writers: "Conceiving of the Block as an object or symbol of some kind, and then destroying it while the writer is relaxed in hypnosis, is yet another way to overcome Writer's Block.
Generate Ideas
The well-worn advice to 'sleep on it', when you are confronted with a tough problem, really means 'prime your subconscious.' And so it is with hypnosis. Instead of drifting off to sleep, you drift into hypnosis. You could have asked your subconscious for ideas, or just let yourself flow with whatever it pops into your conscious mind."

 
[Biathlon] re: hitting low when shooting off hand: "[Biathlon] re: hitting low when shooting off hand "

 
From now on, clever little links are going to the "linkages" blog thing. And I am just going to write in this space.

On the way home from work my transmission kept slipping into neutral. Fortunately I had just payed $270 to have this problem fixed. And it's not just the money that hurts, it's being without a car for days as their original estimate extends into days and the cost creeps up and I get the sneaking suspicion that I am paying these guys to learn how to fix my car. Instead of the Pell Grant, it's the Crane grant.

 
The Onion | Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead In Library Dumpster: "Because of the long-standing mutual enmity between Meany and Brown, Meany was named among the suspects in The Case Of Encyclopedia Brown's Mangled Corpse. Meany denied the allegations.



'It's true that Detective Brown and I didn't see eye to eye, but I would never do something so downright dirty rotten as murder him,' Meany said. 'Besides, it's a matter of public record that, at the time the crime was committed, I was at the North Pole watching the penguins.'



While no solid leads have surfaced, Kimball-Brown said she has a hunch that Brown knew his killer.



'The bitter irony is that Brown would have easily cracked a case like this one,' Kimball-Brown said. 'I just can't help but wonder: WHAT DID ENCYCLOPEDIA KNOW THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED HIM SOLVE HIS OWN MURDER?'"

 
CNN.com - Poll: Davis in peril, Schwarzenegger shows strength - Sep. 29, 2003: "LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --Voters in the California recall election might be poised to kick Gov. Gray Davis out and vote Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Sunday.
When asked how they would vote on recalling Davis, 63 percent of probable voters surveyed said they would vote yes, compared with 35 percent who said they would vote no."

Essentially, Ah-nuld is a pro wrestler. Where does this deep longing for pro wrestlers as politicians come from? It frightens me, but it also shows on some level a canny acknowledgement that politics is entirely spectacle.

 
USATODAY.com - The lighter side of Jack Black: "White had to slightly alter his tale to accommodate specific teen musicians plucked from a nationwide pool of thousands, but Black's character underwent no significant alterations.
'Mike wrote it in my voice,' Black says. 'The script was a Ferrari that pulled into my driveway. I sat in it and said, 'I can't believe I'm going to drive this.' The seats were leather, but I was hoping for crushed velvet, and Mike changed it just for me. Tiny, minuscule tinkering. Then I took it on the road and noticed there was a turbo button that released the nitro. OK, I've taken this metaphor too far.'"

Sunday, September 28

 
rabbit blog: "I want a peddle that changes the channels on my TV. Maybe one that's connected to my TiVo, so I can fast forward through the dull parts and still type like the wind. I want a robot who'll answer my phone, and also call publicists and make nicey nice with them, and become their friends and take them out to drinks and learn all of the complicated relationships between them, and then exploit those relationships to get advance tapes and interviews with key figures from the entertainment universe. I'm not malevolent enough to do this dirty work; I prefer to spend my time here, in my lair, barely moving at all.

I have a stupid office chair, but the point is, I don't want to have to sit upright at a desk. Sitting upright at a desk makes me feel like I'm working or something. I prefer for my posture to give the illusion of slacking around the house without a care in the world. Otherwise I feel like I'm working, like I have a job or something. I must trick myself, I must never, ever catch wind of the fact that I have a job with responsibilities and obligations. Otherwise, the brain muscle feels weak and won't wrinkle upon demand. If the brain muscle thinks its being forced to exert itself for pay, it sighs deeply and says, 'I can't think of anything. I'm tired. I need chocolate to think.' "

 
GIRLS ARE PRETTY: "9. I was in love once. And the feelings I held for my lover, if I were to imagine those feelings of love taking the form of a little tiny couple in love themselves, that love-couple would look like those two. Except with different shoes. And, oh wait, is that dude wearing an earring? Oh wait, sorry, never mind.

Happy If You're Both Attractive, Stay Together For The Sake Of The Rest Of Us Day!"

 
Meteorites, Meteorites and Impacts: "Here is what President of the United States Bill Clinton had to say about the discovery of evidence for life in a meteorite from Mars:

'It is well worth contemplating how we reached this moment of discovery. More than 4 billion years ago this piece of rock was formed as a part of the original crust of Mars. After billions of years it broke from the surface and began a 16 million year journey through space that would end here on Earth. It arrived in a meteor shower 13,000 years ago. And in 1984 an American scientist on an annual U.S. government mission to search for meteors on Antarctica picked it up and took it to be studied. Appropriately, it was the first rock to be picked up that year -- rock number 84001.

Today, rock 84001 speaks to us across all those billions of years and millions of miles. It speaks of the possibility of life. If this discovery is confirmed, it will surely be one of the most stunning insights into our universe that science has ever uncovered. Its implications are as far-reaching and awe-inspiring as can be imagined. Even as it promises answers to some of our oldest questions, it poses still others even more fundamental.

We will continue to listen closely to what it has to say as we continue the search for answers and for knowledge that is as old as humanity itself but essential to our people's future.'"

I can't even imagine Bush reading that paragraph. With help.

 
stevenberlinjohnson.com: Remembering Edward Said: "Like many people, I'm sure, I was deeply influenced by Said's work -- Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism, of course, but also some of the earlier less political works, like Beginnings. He was largely responsible -- some might say to blame -- for importing French cultural theory into the American intellectual scene, particularly Foucault, who obviously had a huge influence on Orientalism. But he always resisted the inane wordplay and self-absorption that characterized so much of American theory in the eighties and early nineties. He absolutely despised 'radical theorists' like Judith Butler, for instance. I remember him bristling anytime someone used the word 'discourse' in one of our seminars -- and I remember thinking at the time that I had first starting using the word myself after reading Orientalism during my freshman year.
I'm sure there will be a flood of eulogies with more insightful surveys of his work (and no doubt some critics, given his political stances.) But I think it's worth saying something here that I've said about Said for more than ten years now: on his best days, he was the most charismatic man I've ever met in my life -- handsome, stylish, impossibly articulate, and surprisingly willing to take a joke at his own expense. (I used to tease him about his being indirectly responsible for unleashing Butler on the world.) I remember vividly one early spring afternoon, sitting through a seminar he was teaching on public intellectuals, in a room overlooking the Columbia campus and the sun setting over Riverside Park, and thinking to myself: there's literally nowhere else I'd rather be right now. I'm sure there are thousands of his students out there sifting through similar memories today. "

If I ever felt that way about graduate school the memory has long since fled.

 
Idle Words: "The Cincinnati Airport is full of small adventures. I just saw a very bored flight attendant saunter by holding a cardboard box with a large orange sticker on it reading 'Human Eyes'. Note to Delta Connection passengers: skip in-flight snack.
Also, there are Russians here! More specifically, there is Natalya from Nizhny Novgorod, who mans a forlorn muffin-and-coffee cart near the blaring CNN sector. Nothing whisks away airport anomie like having a short conversation in a foreign language with someone who shares your fondness for potatoes. "

 
The Observer | UK News | Suncream is 'no protection against cancer': "Sunbathers who smother their bodies in lotions to block out harmful rays are not being protected against skin cancer and premature ageing, a new study has found.

Research published tomorrow will show that sunscreens, even when they are high factor and applied in the proper amounts, do not prevent dangerous changes in the skin's make-up which can promote the growth of cancer.

Although the lotions prevent burning they are less effective at blocking out UVA rays, which are believed to cause melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer. Scientists are expected to warn this week that people must not be led by a false sense of security into staying longer in the sun because they are covered with high-factor lotions.

Cases of melanoma are now rising faster than any other cancer in Britain, and deaths from the disease are also on the increase. In the UK, 1,600 a year die from melanoma, more than the 1,000 annual deaths in Australia, where people have learnt to cover up in the sun."

 
The Miami Herald | 09/21/2003 | Roughing it easier with eyes closed: "After our briefing, Ron and I got into our kayaks and pushed out into the river to practice our paddling skills. In a few minutes we found that by stroking our paddles on the left or right side, forward or backward, we were able to have absolutely no effect on what our kayaks were doing. Our kayaks were taking direction only from the Salmon River, which was telling them: Go Downstream Now! So we did. In a few minutes we hit our first rapids, which were officially classified as a Class 3 rapids (``Not Always Fatal'')."

Saturday, September 27

 
CNN.com - Poll reveals most hated sports include dogfighting, golf - Sep. 27, 2003: "Ten years ago, only 12.5 percent of white Americans had strong feelings against the NBA. In the poll this year, that soared to 21.1 percent of whites who hated or disliked the NBA. The number of black respondents who felt that way stayed virtually unchanged at under 3 percent. "

 
CNN.com - Poll reveals most hated sports include dogfighting, golf - Sep. 27, 2003: "'In the NBA, there are underlying racial issues and resentment about how the players act, how many get arrested and how much they're paid,' said Sports Marketing Group managing director Nye Lavalle. 'In baseball, the labor disputes, the huge salaries, the perception of players on steroids and their perceived arrogance are factors.' "

 
Any day now there's going to be a class action lawsuit by all the brunettes who didn't get hired at Checker auto. Unless they bleach them out after hiring.

 
Today I found:

1. electric screwdriver power supply
2. missing wirecutters
3. bootleg microphone, also missing

also modified the trigger pull on my air pistol and it worked!

 
Google Search:: "Or you can just take a cardboard box, fill it with old computer magazines, with the spines of the magazines against what will be the far wall of the box, crumple up some old newspapers and stick them in the open space at the front of the box. Tape a target on the front and you are ready to go."

 
'60s 'Boys' went through hoops not to grow up: "When Larry Brown talks about the clarity he found dropping acid for the first time, the understanding of his connection to the earth, the words may be those of an aging hippie who now builds environment-friendly homes outside of Woodstock, N.Y., but the underlying sentiment is really about the common experience of lost youth. To a man (and one woman), the subjects of 'The Boys of 2nd Street Park' look back at their time shooting hoops in Brighton Beach and find themselves 40 years later asking, 'What happened?' "

 
Clean-up! Sculpture in aisle nine! | Metafilter: "I recall a legendary guerilla art installation put up in the middle of the night in (I believe) Northampton, Mass: a television playing a video loop of something disturbing to the public decorum ( like a talking head proclaiming the advent of Orwell's 1984, or some such )was bolted 8 or 10 feet up on the side of a building on Main Street. A metal cage over the TV prevented easy removal, especially because the contraption was rigged to throw off showers of sparks if disturbed. It sucked power off a line coming directly from a pole. The fire and police depts. eventually gave up and called the electric company to cut the line. It was quite a public spectacle.

That's good art too."

Friday, September 26

 
Continuation of The Matrix Reloaded (kottke.org): "Sajjman says:
Has it been mentioned that the principle of 'The Matrix' is almost identical to Sokrates and Platons 'The Cave' theory ? That if u're used to one reality you're bound to that one until someone releases you and you see the other reality ? It must have been mentioned , and if not i'll try to explain more in detail.
» by Sajjman on September 18, 2003 at 03:50:19 ET
Ken Wais says:
Sajjman, this 'cave' sounds interesting, do expand. Sounds like a version of relativism. "

Wednesday, September 24

 
HarkTheHerald.com: "In fairness to the incompetence at the Provo School District, the issue of paying for personal risk management and health maintenance odds should not be part of business or services. It is counterproductive, outdated tradition. Business and services should concentrate on business and services undistracted by the costs and logistics of workers' personal risk management."

 
Democratic Underground Forums - Clark in NY last night. My report.: "OK, now the juicy stuff. There was at least one diplomat at my party. Charlie Rangel was at a couple of the parties. I heard that Ben Stiller, Bianca Jagger and a couple other notable people were at the other parties. The high dollar event was 'intense' according to people that volunteered. A famous musician that is supporting one of the candidates from the northeast was at one of the parties. I don't know what that's about, but it was supposedly a big deal. I leave it for you to figure out.

And one last thing; I got to shake his hand (again). I said to him: 'You said in Knoxville that we wouldn't be afraid of guys like Limbaugh. They are coming after you.' He said: 'Limbaugh's full of shit.' I have to agree. He said that he is not going to sink to their level. He said that he needs us to call the radio stations and do what needs to be done.

So that was my experience. Hot, sweaty, powerful, and somewhat intense. I will repeat this one more time. Clark is OK. He has said that he is running for us. General Clark would be a President that we could all be proud of.
"

 
Lost items that are driving me insane:
1. power screwdriver adapter
2. many rechargeable batteries
3. old laptop case and books
4. motivation

 
Kelley's new series worth looking at -- unlike its stars: "To Kelley's credit, he has all but scrapped the pilot and reshaped the series. But there are now broader hints of Kelley's fascination with serendipity and whimsy -- Hank and Dottie getting therapy from an internist instead of a shrink, Garrett's daughter painting 'Spongebob Squarepants' on his bald head, Waylon asking his wife to duct tape his butt cheeks together because it will increase his confidence as he searches for a job. "

Tuesday, September 23

 
Lighting and Crime: Summary: "Improving street lighting, when it reduces crime, tends to reduce daylight crime as well as crime during darkness. This certainly means that a simple view of lighting as having its effects through increasing surveillance is not tenable. It probably means that lighting improvements which are accompanied by other measures to consult and inform residents, and otherwise enhance social cohesion, will stimulate the mixture of ‘active ingredients’ underlying lighting effects. Such considerations should be incorporated in local crime reduction strategies under the 1998 Act.

· Crime and disorder is distributed very unequally. For example in 1991, some 60% of assaultive crime occurred in the 10% most crime prone areas. This means that crime prevention measures across wide areas with varying crime problems will generally not be regarded as the most cost-effective use of resources. In the CCTV challenge process, local bids had to justify locations for camera installation. In the Government’s current Crime Reduction Programme, the Local Initiatives element will unquestionably be subject to a similar process of assessment for funding. The criteria of such assessment will include originality and focussed effort. For this reason, schemes which involve lighting small areas or the innovative use of lighting will have an advantage over those which involve lighting of large areas and those in which the mechanism of operation is explored. It is acknowledged that street lighting has economies of scale, and that its installation is only incidentally crime preventive. Thus there will be a tension between the extent and nature of lighting desirable for other purposes and that for crime reduction. "

 
United Press International: Analysis: 'West Wing's' fresh start

 
Justin's Links: The Quickening

 
UNDERWORLD / ** (R): "But 'Underworld' is all surfaces, all costumes and sets and special effects, and so you might as well look at the doors as anything else. This is a movie so paltry in its characters and shallow in its story that the war seems to exist primarily to provide graphic visuals. Two of those visuals are Kate Beckinsale, who plays Selene, a vampire with (apparently) an unlimited line of credit at North Beach Leather, and Scott Speedman as Michael, a young intern who is human, at least until he is bitten by a werewolf -- and maybe even after, since although you become a vampire after one bites you, I am uncertain about the rules regarding werewolves,"

 
Screenwriting: Script Review: Tarantino's KILL BILL: "Kill Bill is about 'The Bride' (Uma Thurman) who seeks revenge on Bill after he slaughters everyone at her wedding and leaves her for dead. Her apparent dying words to him are that she is pregnant, and it’s his baby. She of course doesn’t die, but lies in a coma for 5 years. Bill is an expert swordsman and deadly assassin, as is The Bride. Why he wants her dead isn’t known at this point. There are other characters as well. The Bride seeks her revenge on all of them. The story is also a little more (and I mean just a little) complicate than that, but I’ll leave you with your imagination. "

 
Guardian Unlimited | Online | Second sight: "Or, at least, they hope to. Bloggers always hope to rush into the arms of Mammon, despite all the signs that Mammon is not interested in even a small cuddle. Bloggers are convinced that at any moment, the rest of the world - besides the 2% of web users that analysts Jupiter say now look at weblogs - will eagerly pay for the stuff they write. "

 
Food For Everyone Foundation - FAQ -The Zoo-Doo Man: "However, the most important thing I learned in that two-year experiment was not how to make and sell Zoo-Doo. I learned for myself that I could grow better vegetables more consistently, and with a lot less time, cost, and hassle, with a few pounds of inexpensive natural mineral nutrients than I could with truckloads of 'the world's best compost.'
I therefore continue to use good, clean organic materials when they are available, but I know that highly productive vegetable gardens are not dependent on improving the soil with organic material."

 
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Arctic ice shelf splits: "The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf is located on the north coast of Ellesmere Island in Canada's Nunavut territory.
The huge mass of floating ice, which has been in place for at least 3,000 years, is now in two major pieces. "

Monday, September 22

 
Yahoo! News - How a regular guy gets homeless: "At one state park on the ocean north of Santa Barbara, a mountain lion walked through my campsite at dusk while I was tending a campfire. I slept in my truck that night instead of my tent.
Falling through the cracks
At first I wasn't eligible for food stamps because I had more than $2,000 (the maximum allowed to qualify) to my name and because I thought my truck was worth too much. But eventually, the money ran out and I found out that my truck, with more than 170,000 miles on it now, was worth less than the $4,650 the food stamp program allows. I got anywhere from nothing to $139 a month in food stamps depending on my freelance income for the month. I had several glitches on food stamp amounts due to errors by bureaucrats, but I appealed and won."

 
Total Population Control: "GWEN works in conjunction with HAARP and the Russian Woodpecker transmitter, which is similar to HAARP. The Russians openly market a small version of their weather-engineering system called Elate, which can fine-tune weather patterns over a 200 mile area and have the same range as the GWEN unit. An Elate system operates at Moscow airport. The GWEN towers shoot enormous bursts of energy into the atmosphere in conjuction with HAARP. The website www.cuttingedge.org wrote an expose of how the major floods of the Mid-West USA occurred in 1993."

 
these days [dive into mark]: "and we got the pooh bedding, classic pooh of course because we’re That Sort Of Snob, or at least i am, because i actually grew up with the original pooh stories by a.a. milne, long before the whole pooh estate got bought out by disney and turned into a franchise and some mindless executive drone came along and said 'you know what we really need here? clothes. it’s just completely unbelieveable that all these make-believe animals are frolicking around in a forest with no visible means of economic support, talking and carrying on and writing bad poetry and generally displaying signs of higher-order intelligence, but none of them are wearing any clothes.' and then a bunch of people like me complained, although not me personally, and then disney did a new-coke-classic-coke thing and came out with classic pooh, although these days most of the classic pooh you see in stores isn’t really classic pooh, it’s just in the style of classic pooh, since there really weren’t that many illustrations that e.h. shepherd did in the original pooh, and disney needs more designs than that."

 
Philip Greenspun's Weblog:: "Java is the SUV of programming tools
Our students this semester in 6.171, Software Engineering for Internet Applications have divided themselves into roughly three groups. One third has chosen to use Microsoft .NET, building pages in C#/ASP.NET connecting to SQL Server. One third has chosen to use scripting languages such as PHP connecting to PostgreSQL and sometimes Oracle. The final third, which seems to be struggling the most, is using Java Server Pages (JSP) with Oracle on Linux. JSP is fantastically simpler than 'J2EE', which is the recommended-by-Sun way of building applications, but still it seems to be too complex for seniors and graduate students in the MIT computer science program, despite the fact that they all had at least one semester of Java experience in 6.170.
After researching how to do bind variables in Java (see the very end of http://philip.greenspun.com/internet-application-workbook/software-structure), which turns out to be much harder and more error-prone than in 20-year-old C interfaces to relational databases, I had an epiphany: Java is the SUV of programming tools.
A project done in Java will cost 5 times as much, take twice as long, and be harder to maintain than a project done in a scripting language such as PHP or Perl. People who are serious about getting the job done on time and under budget will use tools such as Visual Basic (controlled all the machines that decoded the human genome). But the programmers and managers using Java will feel good about themselves because they are using a tool that, in theory, has a lot of power for handling problems of tremendous complexity. Just like the suburbanite who drives his SUV to the 7-11 on a paved road but feels good because in theory he could climb a 45-degree dirt slope. If a programmer is attacking a truly difficul"

Sunday, September 21

 
Air Gun Tips from around the Globe: "To rectify transfer port problems I prefer to use a small ballend steel burr in a Dremel tool at very low speed. The smallest rechargeable Dremel on the market is an indispensable tool when working on guns for me. If I can access the transfer port with the ballend burr I use it to'break' the edge of the transfer port by grinding the sharp edge to a less aggressive profile that won't catch the pellet, but allow it to slide past without damage. It isn't possible to get a ballend burr into the port area on many guns so your only recourse in that case is to create a slotted rod or dowel that you can wrap with fine emory cloth or sandpaper. This should also be a follow-up step to the port clean-up with the Dremel. The bolt will have to be removed to use this method, but it's not too difficult with most guns. "

 
Air Gun Tips from around the Globe: "Cheap Effective Cleaning

A cheap and effective pull-through for cleaning airguns can be made from a length of .080 weed wacker cord. The plastic cord will not harm the rifling or crown like a cleaning rod will. To make the pull-through you first cut your length and make sure to cut an angle on one end. This angle(point) is used to puncture a patch when cleaning."

 
Crosman Airgun Forum: "If your 1377 doesn't shoot accurately, its not because the barrel is 'dirty'. Earlier posts discussed lapping, bore paste, etc, all things that should not be done to the very fine rifling in a 1377. If anything, the muzzle end of the barrel needs to be recrowned, and the breech end checked for burrs. This is very common in the Crosman guns, and almost all need at least some barrel work to be really accurate.
As for when you should clean your airgun, well, maybe never. I have guns found in original condition that are going on 70 years old, they've never been cleaned and shoot better than any new gun. I have new guns that have thousands of pellets through them, never been cleaned, and accuracy is better than when new. The only reason to clean an airgun bore is if its a springer thats been dieseling heavily. That causes a carbon and oil sludge buildup in the barrel that needs to be removed. "

 
Google Search: breech "weed eater": "I use an Otis for larger than .22 and love it. For .177s and .22s I went a little better by heating the weed eater line first and squishing it in a vice. When I had tried just pounding it it had fractures in it. The thickness of the jaws was just about right (around an inch). Following a suggestion I read on an airgun forum I squeezed it again around 1/2' from the first squeeze and at a right angle to it. I also embellished it by poking a hot ice pick through the slits at each end. This relieves any stresses that might fracture and makes holes so you get a wider slit in my later operation. . Then I smoothed and further widened the slits with an emery board. This makes inserting the patches much easier. The double patches make things go twice as fast. Cleaner on the lead patch and a dry one following. As many times as needed, then two dry ones, then an oily lead with a dry following. I agree with the breech to muzzle only."

 
Google Search: breech "weed eater": "# Hoppy wrote: # Or get a piece of the largest Weed Eater string about six feet # long. Hammer the center flat for about an inch then make a slit with an Exacto # knife and thread a patch through it. Feed the line into either end of the # barrel and pull back and forth."

 
Crown paintball barrels: "How to crown a paintball gun barrel without a lathe
I crowned the Taso SS Pro barrel on my Tippmann .68 Carbine and got rid of the flyers that the gun was throwing 20% of the time. The barrel had minor visible imperfections on the crown. I have access to a lathe that I have used to crown Firearm barrels, but it is a lot of trouble. I thought I would try something that anyone can do.
This method won't work if you cut off a barrel with a hacksaw. You would have to use a lathe on that. But I think it will suffice on most barrels.
I bought a 1' diameter SS ball Bearing from Small Parts, Inc. and some 120 Grit valve Grinding Compound from a local Auto Parts store. (Small parts has the compound too, if you want to get everything from the same place). I applied liberal amounts of the compound to the bearing, and holding the barrel in a vertical position, rotated the ball on the crown of the barrel. Don't keep the ball in the same position, but roll the ball as you grind. You should use the entire surface of the ball during the grinding session. Since you are doing all of this by hand, rotate the barrel at intervals also. This will minimize uneven wear from the handheld process. After about 5 minutes of sporadic grinding (it makes your hand hurt), I had a nice even gray grind pattern just under 1\16' wide. "

 
Google Search: lapping group:alt.sport.air-guns group:alt.sport.air-guns: "Mitch wrote
>How bad is the crown now? Do you need to cut the barrel back a bit, or can
>you just lap
>the existing crown?
>You may be able to recrown without pulling the sight, get some fine lapping
>compound such
>as JB Bore Paste, and a brass round-head screw with a head a
>bit bigger than the bore. Chuck the screw in a hand held drill, goop it up
>with Bore Paste, and rock the drill back and forth as it turns, frequently
>stopping to turn the barrel a bit. When you've polished an even margin all
>around, clean the barrel and test-fire. Most of the plastic sights are
>pressed
>on, you can usually heat them and tap them off. The trick with cutting back
>the barrel is
>to get the face square to the bore, not an easy task with hand tools.
>A good machinist can probably file it square after cutting, but I can't."

 
Crosman Airgun Forum: "Locate one end of the spring a remove one half of a turn from it. This will shorten the spring about 1/32-1/16' of an inch.

DON'T cut the spring in half."

 
Crosman Airgun Forum: "It's your gun and wallet but a decked out CR1377 will cost you several hundred dollars by the time your finished and thats money you could have used to buy a better gun in the first place. As you correctly noted the 1377 is a pretty nice gun for the money just the way you got it."

 
Crosman Airgun Forum: "Lapping
September 21 2003 at 5:48 AM Anonymous (Login geron)
from IP address 66.190.164.218


Response to Ok, understand lapping a little. I think.

Use as last resort but before recrowning. Lap from the breech end. Amount of paste -- enough to do the job. Hard to say. I first use JB on a patch with a crown saver from MAC1 pulled breech to muzzle. Then JB on a pellet if necessry. Finally, recrown the thing if nothing else works.

One thing I forgot. Should be No. 1 -- replace the trigger spring. Use a No. 4 or No 6 (almost too light - reinforce with drinking straw or some other type guide) from Ace Hdwe. Or cut one wind off the factory spring -- careful and measure, you can cut too much off. "

 
: "==============================
BARREL CLEANING
==============================
JB paste is popular among competitive centerfire shooters. The abrasive compound is designed
to be harder than copper but softer than steel. It has NEVER been known to harm barrels.
Copper fouling kills target barrels over time and is difficult to clean out without abrasives.
Abrasives such as Clover brand or lapping compounds are meant to polish (wear) steel. JB
will not do this to your barrel. Never compare JB to lapping compound. Unless you are shooting
copper clad pellets, you don't need it. If you notice any lead buildup that a nylon bore brush
will not remove easily, don't go out and buy a bronze brush. These can wear on your
rifling over time. Here's the ticket, theres a penetrating oil on the market called
Kroil. Its like wd-40 but much better. It 'creeps' under lead and copper and floats it out
of your rifling. It's nonabrasive and has a signature smell like wd-40 does, only different.
It comes in an orange can, either a spray can or in larger bulk cans. Needless to say, NEVER
clean from the muzzle end without a bore guide. Either use a pull through string type jag or
rod and clean from the breech end, always in the direction of the pellet. This will keep your
muzzle crown from wearing and opening up your groups. You can call Midway Supply and order some
if you can't find it locally. Their number is (800)243-3220 or www.midwayusa.com"

Saturday, September 20

 
78792 - Works: Exporting Works Database Files to Microsoft Excel: "SUMMARY
To export a Microsoft Works for Windows database into Microsoft Excel, do the following:


Open the database file in Works for Windows.
From the View menu, choose List.
From the File menu, choose Save As, enter a new filename, choose Text and Tabs, dBASE III, or dBASE IV as the format, and choose OK.
From the File menu, choose Exit Works.
Start Excel. From the File menu, choose Open.
Enter the full path for the file.
The file will open directly into Excel, and the information will be arranged in columns similar to the List view in Works for Windows."

 
BLOGGER - Knowledge Base: "There are a number of reasons for including multiple blogs on a single page. Perhaps you'd like to have two or three users posting at once, but don't want the posts combined in a single blog column. Or maybe you'd like to post notes and comments in your sidebar that don't fit in with the rest of the content of your blog. It's even possible (depending on your server's capabilities) to grab blog content from another server and paste it seamlessly into your existing code. The possibilities are endless, really.

Including multiple blogs on a single page can be achieved through the use of includes. Includes are a feature on many different servers and platforms, including Server Side Includes, PHP, ASP, and Cold Fusion. The type of include method you need will depend on what kind of platform your server is running and whether or not your server has the functionality set up to do so. If you're not sure which of the following techniques are right for you, please ask your system administrator.

Say you want to post a list of books you're currently reading in the sidebar of your main blog page. First you'll need to create a new blog. Log into Blogger and click 'Create a new blog' link in the right column. Specify the information requested and then click on Settings to enter additional information needed there. We'll use 'books.html' as the file name for this new blog.

After you've completed your settings, open the template for this new blog by clicking on Template . Remove the , and tags, leaving only the Blogger code. It should look something like this:


<$BlogDateHeaderDate$>


<$BlogItemBody$>
<$BlogItemDateTime$>

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
BLOGGER - Knowledge Base: "There are a number of reasons for including multiple blogs on a single page. Perhaps you'd like to have two or three users posting at once, but don't want the posts combined in a single blog column. Or maybe you'd like to post notes and comments in your sidebar that don't fit in with the rest of the content of your blog. It's even possible (depending on your server's capabilities) to grab blog content from another server and paste it seamlessly into your existing code. The possibilities are endless, really.

Including multiple blogs on a single page can be achieved through the use of includes. Includes are a feature on many different servers and platforms, including Server Side Includes, PHP, ASP, and Cold Fusion. The type of include method you need will depend on what kind of platform your server is running and whether or not your server has the functionality set up to do so. If you're not sure which of the following techniques are right for you, please ask your system administrator.

Say you want to post a list of books you're currently reading in the sidebar of your main blog page. First you'll need to create a new blog. Log into Blogger and click 'Create a new blog' link in the right column. Specify the information requested and then click on Settings to enter additional information needed there. We'll use 'books.html' as the file name for this new blog.

After you've completed your settings, open the template for this new blog by clicking on Template . Remove the , and tags, leaving only the Blogger code. It should look something like this:


<$BlogDateHeaderDate$>


<$BlogItemBody$>
<$BlogItemDateTime$>

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
78792 - Works: Exporting Works Database Files to Microsoft Excel: "SUMMARY
To export a Microsoft Works for Windows database into Microsoft Excel, do the following:


Open the database file in Works for Windows.
From the View menu, choose List.
From the File menu, choose Save As, enter a new filename, choose Text and Tabs, dBASE III, or dBASE IV as the format, and choose OK.
From the File menu, choose Exit Works.
Start Excel. From the File menu, choose Open.
Enter the full path for the file.
The file will open directly into Excel, and the information will be arranged in columns similar to the List view in Works for Windows."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
78792 - Works: Exporting Works Database Files to Microsoft Excel: "SUMMARY
To export a Microsoft Works for Windows database into Microsoft Excel, do the following:


Open the database file in Works for Windows.
From the View menu, choose List.
From the File menu, choose Save As, enter a new filename, choose Text and Tabs, dBASE III, or dBASE IV as the format, and choose OK.
From the File menu, choose Exit Works.
Start Excel. From the File menu, choose Open.
Enter the full path for the file.
The file will open directly into Excel, and the information will be arranged in columns similar to the List view in Works for Windows."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
Police: Baseball fan shot after game: "Mark Antenorcruz, 25, of Covina, was shot once in the upper body Friday night as he headed for his car. The shooting at Dodger Stadium followed an argument over the teams, though it was unclear who the victim and the suspects were rooting for, police said. "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
Crosman Postal Match: "This class is intended to simulate an ISSF 10 metre match, for those of us with a competition bent!
Any .177 or .22 air or CO2 pistol is allowed, including match pistols. Open sights only in this one!
Course of fire is 60 rounds, at 5 rounds per target, on 12 targets. Distance is 10 metres, and this match is shot ONE handed, unsupported. Match to be completed in 1hr45min.
Perfect score is 600 (Current top shots are shooting 580's!)
Target is standard ISSF 10mtr Air Pistol"

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |
 
Crosman Postal Match: "Pistol - Novice Challenge
Budget air pistol: any pistol not exceeding $130US or $200Can. This class is shot standing unsupported, two handed from 6m (20ft).
Match air pistol: includes SSP and recoilless weapons. This class is shot standing unsupported, one handed from 6m.
Either open sights or optics allowed - please state which sights you used when you submit your score.
Target is 20 bullseyes, 1inch across. A centre is 5, middle ring is 3, outer ring is 1. Perfect score is 100. "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 20, 2003 |

Friday, September 19

 
The Village Voice: Film: A Vampires-and-Werewolves Dud by Alex Pappademas: "The production design is over the top and around the corner, the neo-Wachowskian gunfights are trailer-riffic, and if the knotty plot doesn't set a nation of Ain't It Cool-ers a-bloggin', the sight of Kate Beckinsale in a form-fitting vinyl catsuit undoubtedly will. But the Montague/Capulet sparks that are supposed to fly between Beckinsale's vampire assassin and a would-be werewolf (erstwhile Felicity hunk Scott Speedman, telegraphing Keanu Reevesian bewilderment) never do."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 19, 2003 |
 
ONLamp.com: PHP 4.3 and Mac OS X [Jan. 16, 2003]

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 19, 2003 |

Wednesday, September 17

 
Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Tale of woe for Denmark's Little Mermaid: "'The Little Mermaid is more a symbol for tourists, but not for Denmark,' Svensen said. 'She's not that beautiful. She's not that big. She is not art. She is a bit disappointing actually.'

'The story of her destruction had some meaning the first time. But ever since then it is a copy cat story, and that is not that interesting. When they find out who did it, we will cover that.'"

# posted by Mark Crane @ Wednesday, September 17, 2003 |
 
NEWS.com.au | Honda pulls controversial advert (September 17, 2003): "HONDA Australia has withdrawn a television commercial amid criticism it was grossly insensitive and traded on the image of suicide.

The ad, for the new Honda Accord, shows the owner of an old model admiring a new version.

In response the old model locks the doors, revs the engine and speeds off the end of a cliff.

The national depression initiative, beyondblue said the company had demonstrated gross insensitivity to the key Australian health issue of suicide.

'One in five people experience depression in their life and depression is a major risk factor for suicide,' Professor Ian Hickie, beyondblue clinical adviser, said."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Wednesday, September 17, 2003 |

Monday, September 15

 
FARK.com: Comments Thingee (651149): "True Story:
I had a math professor fly to Vegas on a Saturday morning because the house he was building needed hardwood floors. In 6 hours he had won $60,000 counting cards. He took an overnight flight home and bought his flooring materials on Sunday morning. It took him longer to fly to and from Vegas from NC than it did to win the $60k..."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Monday, September 15, 2003 |

Sunday, September 14

 
Wired News: Through the Solar Looking Glass: "Ultimately, Dyson is confident her team's solar cells can reach nearly 100 percent efficiency -- compared with typical solar panels' conversion rate of less than 20 percent. To compare solar energy alternatives accurately, however, it's necessary to calculate the cost per watt or a similar ratio, and Dyson said it is too early to make that projection. "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Sunday, September 14, 2003 |
 
The Salt Lake Tribune -- Mayor Keeps Job at Eagle Mountain: " But Bailey -- whose term expires in January 2006 -- says he is going to lighten his load. Instead of logging those '160-hour' work months he says forced him to neglect his private job as a contractor and spurred him to take off for California, Bailey says he will delegate more tasks to staff and City Council members.
That's news to Councilman Brigham Morgan, who says he has had no communication with Bailey for two weeks and is one of several council members who are not eager to welcome back the town's prodigal mayor.
'I'm a little disappointed and I'm concerned about the credibility of the council, the mayor and the decisions we make,' said Morgan, adding that many residents have lobbied him for the council to take a 'no confidence' vote in the mayor.
Councilman Greg Kehl, who has been filling in for Bailey, says stress has not been an issue for him during his brief stint as Eagle Mountain's chief executive.
'Things have run as smooth as glass,' he said. 'We've dealt with every issue that has come up. The staff has done a fantastic job. We haven't missed a beat.' "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Sunday, September 14, 2003 |

Saturday, September 13

 
The North Carolina Experiment - Beth Cherry: "Chicago. Good Flick. What? Was Richard Gere in that movie? Where? There were men in that movie? Really? I didn't notice. I was too busy staring at Renee Zellweger's mouth which could have had it's own billing. "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Saturday, September 13, 2003 |

Friday, September 12

 
The PHP Resource Index: Documentation: Examples and Tutorials: Database Manipulation

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 12, 2003 |
 
Use PHP to make spreadsheet without MySQL?: "I'm running a fledgling site for a group of people who play a certain online roleplaying game. Among other things, there's a list of members, and each member has a series of 'points' in the game. The points are calculated into a formula that gives each member a 'ratio.' The Excel spreadsheet I made up to calculate the ratio for each member looks like this:
"

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 12, 2003 |
 
WorldNetDaily: Dennis Miller jabs Democrat all-stars: "And you know something, if Robert Byrd were your grandfather and he came to Thanksgiving dinner and went off one of these demented screeds, everybody would sit there smiling at him, and as soon as he left the room, somebody'd say, 'Hey, what the hell are we gonna do about grandpa?''"

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 12, 2003 |
 
SEUL/edu Homepage

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 12, 2003 |

Thursday, September 11

 
Science Toys

# posted by Mark Crane @ Thursday, September 11, 2003 |

Wednesday, September 10

 
Crosman Airgun Forum

# posted by Mark Crane @ Wednesday, September 10, 2003 |
 
The Daily News Online

# posted by Mark Crane @ Wednesday, September 10, 2003 |

Tuesday, September 9

 
SourceForge.net: Project Filelist

# posted by Mark Crane @ Tuesday, September 09, 2003 |
 
FARK.com: Comments Thingee (644146): "I predict the lasers will make David Blaine scream 'Noooooooooo!' in a deep, distorted howl as his face warps into demonic contortions, followed by his body rapidly decomposing into a skeleton, ending with an explosion of powdery ancient corpse material."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Tuesday, September 09, 2003 |

Monday, September 8

 
CNN.com - Slip 'N Slide makers sue 'Dickie Roberts' - Sep. 8, 2003:

"Monday's lawsuit mentions one legal action brought by a Wisconsin adult who became paralyzed after diving onto the slide while intoxicated. The plaintiff in that case was awarded $12.3 million in damages, according to Monday's lawsuit. "

# posted by Mark Crane @ Monday, September 08, 2003 |

Sunday, September 7

 
(Don't) Steal This Album! It's now cheaper. | Metafilter: "In another medium, Baen books (www.baen.com) has put out a free library of books (http://www.baen.com/library/) and are selling some of their old collection and many of their new books as ebooks (http://www.webscription.net).

They've found that the books they've offered for free have actually increased in sales.

I've got a much bigger book habit than a music habit, and I've been happily paying Webscriptions for new books as they comes out or old books I'd like to carry around on my PDA.

The music industry could do worse than look at Baen's experiment."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Sunday, September 07, 2003 |

Friday, September 5

 
New Scientist: "The first practical test of Fast TCP took place in November at a supercomputing conference. Researchers from Caltech, Stanford and CERN near Geneva in Switzerland, sent data 10,000 kilometres from Sunnyvale, California, to CERN at an average rate of 925 megabits per second. Ordinary TCP managed just 266 megabits per second on the same routes.
By ganging 10 Fast TCP systems together, the researchers have achieved transmission speeds of over 8.6 gigabits per second, which is more than 6000 times the capacity of ordinary broadband links."

# posted by Mark Crane @ Friday, September 05, 2003 |

Thursday, September 4

 
I'm the number one search hit on Google for "Mark Crane." So if you know me from somewhere in my past, there's no excuse for not getting in touch. Unless you owe me money or broke my heart.

# posted by Mark Crane @ Thursday, September 04, 2003 |

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