MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Month: February 2011

Old NFO: Why are we so stupid?

Nailed it. Got a Saiga, an AR, a Mauser 1914, an XD .45, a 10/22 and a blackpowder Renegade and more to come (a 1911 among ’em, I’d imagine). I enjoy them all…and I hope you enjoy all of yours. Go RTWT

Nobody Asked Me…: Why are we so stupid???

Damn – the .Gov stuffs its nose somewhere it doesn’t belong again…

Here we go again…

According to a USA Today article, tablesaw safety in the United States is getting another look from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and saw manufacturers may get a call to testify as to why the problem has not been addressed sufficiently.

The CPSC says there are about 10 finger amputations a day, and that is in home shops alone. That’s too many, says CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The safety of table saws needs to be improved,” she says, “All options are on the table for CPSC at this time.” – RTWT@Fine Woodworking

So Stephen Gass wants the Feds to decree that all saw manufacturers must use his patented technology – remind you of any other recent purchase mandates? YHGBSM. While I think the flesh sensing technology is amazing – I’m blown away by both his and the Federal Government’s hubris.

We already have federally mandated riving knives and blade guards – effective and relatively inexpensive safety measures. When used properly, they just work – and make tablesaws much safer.

Riving knife and Shark Guard

Here’s a video of a safe cut being made – guard and riving knife in place, blade raised just enough to make the cut, and using a push block. (Courtesy of Lee Styron’s LeeWay Workshop)

I woodwork…a lot. I use a riving knife, a blade guard and push blocks or push sticks for any cuts where my hands are in close proximity to the shiny-sharp-whirly-thing. I think about the cut, what my follow-through will be as I push past the blade and how I will return to a neutral position to turn the saw off (or for the next cut). Then the whole process starts anew.

Where am I going with this? Tablesaw ownership is a lot like gun ownership – common sense is the most important accessory you can have. According to the USA Today article (no link to data in the article), the CPSC claims there are an average of 10 finger amputations daily. Anyone care to wager how many of those amputations are due to improper tool use or missing or disabled safety equipment? My bet would be on all of them being rooted in negligence or improper usage.

How about we mandate common sense? Nah, I didn’t think so…then we’d hafta shut Washington, DC down.

*Just found out there is another player in the flesh sensing hazard avoidance end of things…interesting design…and a little competition never hurts

Coyotes don’t respect invisible fences

VI takes an excerpt from Brigid’s post and makes an excellent point. The comparison of coyotes to human predators is perfect…go RTWT – actually read both of ’em!

Violent Indifference: Invisible safety

*I also fixed an oversight on my part and added VI to my blogroll.

Yep – time to go vote again…

Please go vote on Linoge’s poll…

Federal/American Eagle .45acp ammunition recall (Public Service Announcement)

Federal/American Eagle .45acp ammunition recall (Public Service Announcement)

Immediate Action Required
Certain lots of recently manufactured 45 Auto ammunition may contain an incorrect propellant charge. Use of product from these lots may result in firearm damage and possible serious injury.

38X628 through 38X765
38T401 through 38T414

If you have in your possession any 45 Auto with the following brand names and part numbers, check to see if your ammunition package contains the above lots: American Eagle® (AE45A, AE45N1, or AE45A250), Champion™ (WM5233), GoldMedal® (GM45B), Hi-Shok® (45C, 45D) and Federal® Personal Defense® (C45C, C45D). Example below:
If you possess ammunition from any of these lots, or have questions concerning this warning, please contact us at 1-800-831-0850 or 1-800-322-2342 and ask for Product Service. Federal will provide replacement product and will cover the cost of returning the affected product. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Carteach0: Federal/American Eagle .45acp ammunition recall (Public Service Announcement)

h/t to Carteach0

CNC Egg Decorating – Awesome

Right up there in the header section I mention my interest in CNC routing (among other things). Due to working away from home I find myself with not near enough time for woodworking and luthierie. The concept of letting a machine do the time-consuming “rough work” leaving me to do the fit and finish has long intrigued me. I still haven’t built one, but I’m much further along in my design phase. More on that later.

That said, the concept of a machine that can do things I can only dream of having the dexterity and patience to do by hand is awesome. That it can be done with a $195 kit and a handful of open source software, is amazing!

The Original Egg-Bot – Home

My inner geek is grinning like a little kid…

Edited to add: I finally got one! My Squidoo article on the Egg-Bot – Introduction to Robotics – the Egg-Bot

Photos: Windell H. Oskay, CC-BY-2.0

What do *I* say?

I say go read this now. Contemplate it for a while. Read it again – it’s that good.
The Newbius Papers: What do you say?

Open your eyes and look for the truth. For objective truth is, and no amount of dissembling will make it less so. The Truth shall set you free.”  – Newbius


Tomorrow is Groundhog Day…

Given the winter we have had – and are still having:

Perhaps he shouldn’t even see the light of day – much less his shadow – I’m just sayin’…

Carol Rogers Thornton – 1945-2011

We lost a dear friend and shepherd Thursday, January 27th, 2011. 

Carol was our pastor at Mineral United Methodist Church for eleven years. Beyond being a wonderful leader for our church, on a personal level she was our family’s rock during times of joy, sadness, pain and trial.
(Know what I mean, brother o’ mine?).

She will be missed.

“Carol Martha Rogers Thornton

Early on the morning of January 27th, Carol began the final part of her journey home, fully expecting the one more surprise her Lord promised her long ago. Carol had a very difficult year with many hospitalizations and much suffering. She made the decision to come home, and with the help of her family, church, friends, and Hospice sought God’s complete healing. Shortly after making this decision, Carol told her husband, Jim, that she had fought the good fight and was now ready to meet her Lord, Jesus Christ. She died two days later.
Carol was born on November 23, 1945 in England at the rural Whitheather Lodge at the foot of Woolly Hill. She was a “war baby” born to her father, Arthur, a U.S. soldier, and her mom, Ruby King, a British citizen, and member of the British army. Carol came to the U.S. on Easter Sunday in 1946, a U.S. citizen. She is survived by her mother, Ruby A. Rogers; her husband, the Rev. James W. Thornton, Sr.; their children, James, Jr. (Jay) and Julie Hull, five grandchildren: Sarah, Delaney, Rachel, Macauley, and Zachary; a sister, Susan Gauthier, an aunt and uncle, several nieces, nephews, and cousins both in the U.S. and in England.
Carol grew up in Richmond, VA, graduated from John Marshall H.S., and attended college in Richmond. She worked as a secretary, an administrative assistant, and a medical assistant. After completing the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary, Carol became a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. She served churches on the Eastern Shore, Albemarle Co., and retired from the Mineral – Mt. Pleasant Charge after an 11 year appointment. She was an effective minister as a lay person in her church, a pastor’s spouse and a clergy person.
Carol’s entire adult life was devoted to helping others, and both preaching and living the message of God’s love found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s son. She will be missed by all who knew her. Carol would want you to believe Isaiah 43: 1-5 in the Old Testament.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to any of the following: Mineral UMC, Mt. Pleasant UMC, both in Louisa County, or Ivy Creek UMC in Charlottesville.”

Carol, we weren’t quite done with you yet…
If you don’t mind, give Dad one of your famous “Carol hugs” for me…Rest in Peace.

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