Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh-Eating Attacks

CAUTION ZOMBIES AHEAD 450x337 Zombie Bullets In High Demand Following Flesh Eating Attacks

Don't sugarcoat it for me. What, exactly, is ahead of us? (img by Miserlou Behind The Aperture)

@CBS Detroit:

Worried about a zombie attack? Buy zombie bullets.

Talk about zombies and a possible zombie apocalypse has increased due to recent gory accounts of drug-induced, flesh-eating attacks in the news.

Stores across the U.S., including in Metro Detroit, are getting in on the undead action by selling Zombie Bullets, made by Hornady Manufacturing.

In promoting the product on their website, Hornady suggests, “Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets… MAKE DEAD PERMANENT!” (more…)

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LEGO Heavy Weapons!

You cannot possibly be too old to want to play with these LEGO.

From LEGO guns mastermind and 17 year-old YouTube sensation Jack Streat comes LEGO Heavy Weapons, a collection of complete building instructions for four truly impressive, 1:1-scale replicas of the world’s most iconic firearms.

LEGO Heavy Weapons will show you how to build brick-based models of:

  • A massive Desert Eagle handgun, with working blowback action
  • The compact but deadly AKS-74U assault rifle with folding stock
  • A bolt-action Lee Enfield sniper rifle (a.k.a. Jungle Carbine)
  • A pump action SPAS combat shotgun

Each set of instructions includes a complete parts listing, so you can find (or special order) any hard-to-find bricks. The book’s illustrated, step-by-step building instructions will be clear to anyone who’s ever played with LEGO bricks, and the biggest models will challenge and delight even the most serious builders.

You can pick up a copy of LEGO Heavy Weapons here ($15).

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Drunk with power

RENO unlimited mustang SF6T4812 Drunk with power

img by Gerhard Schmid of www.airvenutre.de

This report will not be your usual Reno air race report, instead it will concentrate on the unique go-fast features and state of the art engineering that makes Unlimited class air racing the world’s fastest motor sport.

Unlimited racers compete around an 8.2688 mile course marked off with pylons. The pylons are 55 gallon oil drums placed high up on a pole. Although no restrictions exist for the type of aircraft flown, the vast majority of racers are ex-World War II fighters. This is simply because these aircraft represented the fastest piston-driven aircraft ever manufactured. Of course, the top racers are highly modified–as we shall see.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you combine a bunch of horsepower-crazed loonies with a bottomless pit of cash? 500 miles per hour, 50 feet off the ground Unlimited Air Racing is what happens. This article goes into painstaking detail explaining just what is necessary to pump a Rolls Royce Merlin V-12 up from a paltry 1450 horsepower to a bowel loosening 3500.

To give that number some perspective, the Merlin 1650 displaces 1650 cubic inches, and in race configuration makes 3600 horsepower. The biggest of the big V8s the 1970s muslce cars were just north of 450 cubic inches and made somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 HP off the show room floor. Crazy, hide the women and children, numbers from those same engines would be in the neighborhood of 750 HP, give or take a hundred. In other words, not even in the same league.

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Dueling with wax bullets to die less

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Seven, eight, nine... (img by Retronaut)

Back before paintball and airsoft and Simunition, when people (men) still fought, or longed to fight duels to uphold their honor (have fun shooting friends) there was a small window during the American Edwardian era where it was possible to challenge someone to a bloodless duel.

These dueling .44 caliber pistols used wax bullets that were propelled by what appear to be .22 Short rimfire cartridges without projectiles or powder; just the primer. (.22 Short dates back to 1857; makes sense.)

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Big-bore balls of wax (img by Retronaut)

And in an era when standard safety gear was boiled leather helmets and dapper-looking scarves, these guys are armored to a fault; even the guns have shields to protect your hands from incoming wax. That’s gotta mean it hurt.

Check out the original glowing writup of these novel French pistols from the New York Times. (more…)

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Very high French balls

highline Very high French balls

"J'ai des couilles massif." (img by Faith Dickey)

Speaking of fun things you don’t have to kill yourself learning how to do:

‘Tis the season. Go find your local slackline group and try it at ground level. Then maybe make a pilgrimage to Verdon.

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Competition is hard. Try bluing your ocean instead.

ants 450x450 Competition is hard. Try bluing your ocean instead.

Macro ant photography is a beautiful blue ocean. (img by Andrey Pavlov)

Andrey Pavlov is a photographer. The only reason you’ve heard of him is because of his subject matter: incredibly well-staged macro photos of live ants doing cool shit. Who the hell does that? Just him, and that’s the point.

Lots of people, especially creative people in books, music, movies, and photography, are wondering about how they’ll compete in the swiftly democratizing world of content creation. The short answer is that you can’t compete. You have to change the game. The longer answer comes from Peter Thiel, who got outcompeted for a Supreme Court clerkship, so went off and founded PayPal.

One of [Thiel's] core points is that we tend to confuse capitalism with competition. We tend to think that whoever competes best comes out ahead. In the race to be more competitive, we sometimes confuse what is hard with what is valuable. The intensity of competition becomes a proxy for value.

In fact, Thiel argues, we often shouldn’t seek to be really good competitors. We should seek to be really good monopolists. Instead of being slightly better than everybody else in a crowded and established field, it’s often more valuable to create a new market and totally dominate it.

This isn’t a new idea. I’ve heard it most commonly called the Blue Ocean Strategy, and companies like Apple and Nintendo have used it to top their markets. Google+ is more “red ocean”, and that’s why people love to think it’s a dumb idea.

Competition isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But remember: competition shapes its participants far more than its participants shape it. The next time you find yourself figuring out how to work really hard to eke out a tiny advantage, remember to at least think about bluing your ocean before going all in.

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