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Things four [Aug. 25th, 2008|03:43 pm]
ntchwai
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1) I've just figured out: Three-section staff and whip chain and other soft weapons are stacked at the high end of the Shaolin training regimens because self-injury of practitioners, especially during combat, is injurious not only to their bodily integrity, but their schools' reputations.  They keep these weapons because competent users do help said reputations.

2) Web-garnered knowledge has an annoying property.  On the one hand, I can learn enough to make predictions about how things work and feel all scientific when they are borne out.  On the other hand, often the only reason I find said properties discussed in accessible format-- instead of being tied up in wiltingly expensive journals or patents that spent most of their verbiage claiming absurdly general things-- is that I've discovered a message board where pseudonymous folks are discussing how best to make some nicknamed substance or other without alarming their neighbors or choking or exploding or such.  That, or it's on Wikipedia.  The line appears to be blurry sometimes.
*sigh* Someday, I _will_ assemble a strong ampoule or such which can be placed in hot or cold baths and allow the opalescence of a critical consolute transition to be observed within.  I bet it can be done without such glassworking, and I'm almost certain it can be coaxed out of ordinary isopropyl alcohol in brine, but the relevant pseudoternary phase charts are nowhere to be found!

3) I've finally found an explanation for a family of sundials that relies on pictures to explain the relevant geometry instead of trigonometric functions.  Great sanity check to see if you've misremembered, and more extensible too.  Within that family I've discovered the Foster-Lambert dial too, which offers many opportunities not normally afforded by sundials in its circular, evenly-marked shape.  Setting and adjustment.  Scope of starting materials.  Even... steampunk possibilities.

4) Faraday rotators.  There has to be a way to exploit them in nonimaging optics, and I mostly mean jewelry.
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[User Picture]From: smittythesmith
2008-09-30 02:31 am (UTC)

1. learn ju-jitsu 2. Meh 3. C-4!

1. I've noticed that martial art's noobs hurt themselves (and each other) allot. Even w/o weapons!

2. are you talking about those sites on making C-4? I've heard that's a good way to blow up.

3. no idea post pics pls.

4. I'd like to see your ideas on that. I'm imagining an adjustable "mood ring" that changes brightness and/or color by turning a little gear on the ring.
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From: ntchwai
2008-10-07 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re: 1. learn ju-jitsu 2. Meh 3. C-4!

As for 2, it was more various, but yes. Booms, dusts, hooch. Regardless of the ends, all good ways to blow up. Or asphyxiate oneself, or poison oneself through skin contact, or fatally irritate one's various membranes one way or the other.

As for 3, I'd have to learn how to post pictures. And I daresay for the pics you've asked for, I'd have to author them, and that would require a sturdier thing than my laptop, which overheats rather than slowing down when given cpu-intensive tasks like image editing beyond Paint. I should be able to explain in words too, but that takes a lot of thought.

And for 4, I prize illustrativeness. This throws in some design requirements somewhat ill-fitting with the other axes, aesthetics and feasibility. But I might be able to do the geared mood ring. Maybe use the principles of the Magic Mangle.
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[User Picture]From: smittythesmith
2008-10-07 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re: 1. learn ju-jitsu 2. Meh 3. C-4!

It's good to be in touch again haven't seen you in a while. How's the sitch with Dee and Robyn?
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