atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4583: The more that I think about it....

You know, that truck should work even if it has been on a shelf for years and years. There should not be any issue with the electronics, considering that it was stored well out of direct sunlight in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.

The fact that it does not is, of course, mere bloody-mindedness. I haven't tested it yet today, with fully-charged batteries, but based on past experience the fact that the batteries are full of electrons is not going to make a lick of difference.

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"Most inhumane capital punishment ever"? Ever?

Did the writer of this nonsense--about the possibility of Utah reinstating the use of the firing squad for executions--not see the stories about ISIS setting fire to a Jordanian pilot, burning him alive?

"Most inhumane capital punishment ever?" Being shot by a firing squad is worse than being drawn and quartered? It's worse than being burned at the stake? It's worse than being gassed in Auschwitz or worked to death in a gulag or being starved to death by a government pogrom? It's worse than being boiled in oil? It's worse than--as JayG points out--crucifixion? It's worse than being flensed or flayed alive?

This idiot should read Name of the Rose, damn it. Umberto Eco describes some horriffic executions in there, things like tearing people apart with red-hot tongs.

If someone was going to execute me and I were given a choice--and "allow a gradual decline into senility" were not on the menu--I'd pick being shot by firing squad over ninety percent of the methods of execution employed by humans since the dawn of time.

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225-year-old flintlock still counts as a "handgun". Because of course that's the kind of weapon the 2nd Amendment refers to, right?

Here's the problem: let's say that you wish to commit mayhem with a muzzle-loading firearm like a flintlock pistol. You're all set to go with it, got it loaded and primed and ready, and you go to your target and open fire. Bang, you've shot someone.

...and now, you must reload, which--if you have practiced and practiced and practiced the operation--cannot take you less than about twenty seconds, during which you do not have a hand free to do anything else.

There is a reason that pirates who carried pistols also carried a sword: when they were fighting, they would shoot twice, drop the pistols, and then go on fighting with the sword. It takes an eternity to reload a muzzleloader in combat.

So while you're reloading your pistol, the rest of your erstwhile victims can kick the shit out of you. Total casualties: one person, which assumes that you managed to hit a target in the first place, something that I would not be prepared to bet on considering all the variables at play here.

Can you kill someone with a flintlock? Absolutely. Can you kill more than one person with a flintlock in a given location at a certain time? Not really.

The gun laws in New Jersey are stupid for a variety of reasons, but the idea that someone should be put in jail for five years because he owns an antique pistol that no one in his right mind would try firing is especially stupid. Because of course criminal gangs are doing drive-bys with muzzleloaders, right? And of course a flintlock is the weapon of choice when you're going to stick up a gas station!


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I've hardly touched WoW for the past several days. I've had too many other things going on. On Friday I was on long enough for my toons with garrisons to assign followers to missions, but otherwise I think I did one dungeon on one toon and a few quests--since Thursday.

Well, now I have some time off, and it looks like the RC truck ain't happening. I suppose I could fix it, if I had an oscilloscope (in order to see what's going on signal-wise) but I don't, so in all probability it's finished.

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Yesterday I had a gander at ebay, search term "go kart", and discovered that centrifugal clutches cost about as much as they have since 1983: $20. How is that for deflation?

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As fatalistic as I was, I tried the truck just now, and it works, and THANK GOD. Now I can have some fun!

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