my brain just threw up a little…

April 12, 2018

ponder this

Filed under: Did You Know,gadgets,heinous geekery,screen-shots — Sol @ 1:07 pm

https://xkcd.com/radiation/

December 22, 2017

Trolling in 1898.

This old cobbler died and when his friends and family were at a wake his apprentice came by and quietly sat at his casket. He pulled this odd little tool out of his pocket and laid it in the crook of the dead man’s folded arm. Tool looked like a well worn screwdriver with some kind of bracket and a hook on the shaft. Relatives present asked what this was about, and the aprentice told them that this is some tool this man was using for work, hence all the wear and tear on the handle.
A few minutes later dead man’s wife returned from her conversation with some other relative and saw the little gadget. She smiled at the aprentice and hugged him. And told him that it is a fantastic gesture, but she would really want this odd little gadget to be in a museum since there are so very few of those gadgets left in the world, now that there are machines for making shoes. And so it was agreed, and she took the gadget to a local museum, where a wisened old historian thanked her and made it a point to invite her to the museum when the odd little gadget was placed on the wall in a heavy red-wood case with a plaque explaining what this is and with the picture of the now dead cobbler.
In 1989 I was friends with a young historian who was working at that museum. She brought me over to show me the silly gadget and to show me the procedure for cleaning it.
The amount of attention she was giving this trinket was almost awe-inspiring.
I watched her treat this 100yr old tool like soldiers handle their weapons, or how a master craftsman would treat a piece of equipment their lives depended on.
In my head something about this gadget did not quite match up, something was a miss.
So I described this funny little gadget to this old relative of mine. Chap was in his 90s. So he noded, put the scetch down, and said that he knows the gadget.
I was at once relieved, and thought myself a fool for having the doubts. Who am I to doubt wisened old historians?
So the old fellow said that he too has one of those very similar looking gadgets. I was elated at prospect of seeing one of those misterious gadgets.
I asked the man how he got it.
Instead of answering he flipped it over and at once I saw a stamp in German. I immediately assumed that it was German. He said that the trinket was Austrian.
And then he told me that I was wrong to think that this was a cobbler tool
I think I gave him a funny stare because he was starting to smile.
And so he told me that that Apprentice must’ve had a great sense of humor
… because the gadget was a can-opener.

Moral of this story is: know your shit, or you will be polishing a dead man’s tool for a hundred years.

November 13, 2017

Tis the deer season

You can hunt deer with a hammer.
First you build a trebuchet. Sight it on a bait pile. Load trebuchet with a shipping crate loaded with ball-peen hammers. Wait for deer.

Not 100% sure if DNR has any rules prohibiting that.

 

February 27, 2016

hard

Filed under: gadgets,heinous geekery — Sol @ 4:18 pm

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/02/400mph-or-bust-meet-the-vbb-3-the-worlds-fastest-electric-car/

February 22, 2016

the awesome

Filed under: dreams,gadgets,random crazies,screen-shots — Sol @ 2:44 pm

glassvialcoi

February 21, 2016

Jason, this is for you.

http://imgur.com/r/funny/2OVVwNW

gun control? anyone?

February 19, 2016

Your internet is nice…

FOR ME TO POOP ON!

Laughing - Grinning Dog

February 18, 2016

The Lie

January 25, 2016

Neat space NASA stuff

Filed under: Did You Know,gadgets — Sol @ 1:25 pm

http://mars.nasa.gov/files/mep/MMRTG_Jan2008.pdf

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