In Chattanooga

Miss D. and I arrived safely in Chattanooga on Thursday, only for me to discover that I’d left my CPAP machine at home!  Yours truly had to drive all the way back home, then back here, an additional 5 hours on the road.  I didn’t make Miss D. come with me, though – she enjoyed meeting old friends and having supper with them.  Since the mistake was my fault, that was only fair. Today began with a bang – lots of bangs.  The LibertyCon shoot took place at a range provided by a local nature reserve.  It was much more

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‘A Gentlemen’s Duel’, redux

Larry mentioned GIANT STEAM POWERED FIGHTING ROBOTS! in his latest blog post.  I couldn’t resist posting the link to ‘A Gentleman’s Duel‘ in his Comments, as one of the funniest short films on steam powered fighting robots I’ve ever seen.  I’ve put it up here before, but it’s so good I reckon it won’t hurt to do so again – so here it is.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode. Yes, it’s still as funny as ever . . . Peter

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When bloggers and writers meet

Miss D. and I have had a fun evening with Mike Z. Williamson and his daughter, who’re overnighting with us on their way down to LibertyCon in Chattanooga this weekend.  We’ll be attending too, so we all got a head start tonight on the blogger reunions that are going to occur from tomorrow onwards.  We all have stories to share from our varied and interesting pasts, causing much laughter and attempts to top each tale as it’s told.  Fun! Blogging will be light from tomorrow onward, as we travel down to Chattanooga and settle into the convention routine.  I’m looking

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What viper venom does to human blood

Reader Phssthpok left a comment on yesterday’s post about the German snake-charmer killed by a French Aspic viper.  He provided the link to this short video clip, showing what adder venom does to human blood.  I found it fascinating.  I can’t embed it here, thanks to YouTube’s age restrictions, so you’ll have to go to the link to watch it.  Recommended. Thanks, Phssthpok!  Very useful information.  (BTW, did anyone ever tell you your screen name might sound a bit like an angry viper hissing, then taking a bite?  Just listen:  Phssth . . . POK!) Peter

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Clearly, the snake wasn’t charmed

A German snake-charmer found out the hard way last week that at least one French snake found him . . . er . . . shall we say, less than charming? 53 year-old Dieter Zorn died from a heart attack on Tuesday evening, just minutes after being bitten by an Aspic viper, during his ‘Reptile Show’ in Faugères, southern France. He had been touring villages in the Hérault area of France, teaching the public to overcome their fear of snakes and other reptiles. Zorn was bitten several times by the viper, but was able to put the creature back into

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It seems the neighborhood’s going downhill

I ordered some business cards to take to Libertycon, which Miss D. and I will be attending this weekend.  To my intense displeasure (euphemism!), the package was shown by the courier service as having been delivered, but I hadn’t received it.  Inquiries proved fruitless.  This evening Miss D. and I went for a short walk, and found the package ripped open at the side of the road and my business cards thrown into the nearest storm-water drain.  Clearly, someone had hoped to find something valuable inside, and tossed the contents when they proved worthless to him. Miss D. was able

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More about Cambodian railways

Reader Capt. Craig commented on my earlier video clip of Cambodian home-grown railways, linking to this video, which he says is better than the one I put up.  I had to agree – so here it is.  The ‘home-grown’ action begins at about 1m. 48sec. I still wonder about the tigers in the Cambodian bush . . . they were there as recently as the Vietnam war era, and I doubt they’ve all moved elsewhere. I’d have thought that the sight of slowly moving edible targets aboard such an unprotected platform would attract their interest! Peter

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