"Do we want that 'click-click-click' sound when we open it?"
November 9, 2019 4:56 PM   Subscribe

 
No kitchen sink episode
But watery pipes was soothing.
posted by clavdivs at 5:11 PM on November 9, 2019 [1 favorite]


Giraffes hum!! Who knew?
That makes me happy.
posted by BlueHorse at 5:38 PM on November 9, 2019 [1 favorite]


For reasons unknown, my eighth grade science teacher had me read Vermeij's autobiography. I really have no idea why, but it clearly made enough of an impression on me that twenty years later, I read this post and thought "wait, is that the guy who wrote that book?"
posted by hoyland at 6:44 PM on November 9, 2019 [1 favorite]


blind... engineer... builds his own... vibrating gun sight

what

Accessibility is awesome, but I'm not sure I understand the logic behind tools to help blind people shoot guns. I don't even mean that in some smartass way about safety, as he is clearly doing that in a controlled environment on a gun range and no one is in danger.

It's just a level of gun culture I cannot even fathom to "practice" a skill that you cannot take into the outside world (game animals and human assailants seem exceptionally unlikely to wear tech to help you target them) and can't examine the results of your practice with.

Just a whole lot of trouble for the satisfaction of having your buddy say, "Yeah bro, you shot the shit out of that."

He must really fucking love guns.

I'd hang out with him in his rock polishing studio though.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:50 AM on November 10, 2019


what

Actually, shooting in the vision-impaired class has just been added as a Paralympic sport by the IPC.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:02 AM on November 10, 2019


I definitely want to live in a world where vision-impaired people can pursue any passion they want. I find the idea of clinging to the limited aspects of shooting available to them to be emblematic of a weird relationship with guns, but I do recognize they aren't hurting anybody and that it isn't about me anyway. So you know, good on them and all.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:30 AM on November 10, 2019 [1 favorite]


There are definitely better places to focus my contempt for gun culture than stumbling into ableism. Sorry for being a jerk.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:57 AM on November 10, 2019


I find the idea of clinging to the limited aspects of shooting available to them to be emblematic of a weird relationship with guns

It's an understandable reaction to the unhinged blood Saturnalia that is US gun culture. I'd included the mention of the gun sight up front because it was sort of headlined in the link itself anyway, and (as someone who's of the opinion that gun ownership should be restricted in a spectacularly draconian fashion) I thought "Meh, he's just plinking with a .22 at a range. Doesn't quite rise to the level of NRA debauchery."

That said, I really like Hoby Wedler's description of the Miele vacuum cleaner startup sound. We've got the same one, and I used it today thinking "Damn. He's right. It IS satisfying."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:49 PM on November 10, 2019


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