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The laser is ... a borderline weapon.  You can't keep the beam on your hand (which you can more or less forever with the little red ones); it's painfully hot.  And you can see the beam in the dark for at least tens of meters.  Much more impressive a device than I am accustomed to having in hand.

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I had to research that a bit ... and I think it is a knock-off no-brand-name version.  The documentation that came with it is literally  an off-size 3-by-5 card, and there's a half dozen checkboxes indicating power levels (ranging from a low of 1000mW to a high of 50000mW) none of which are checked.  Included in the badly-translated 11 safety precaution [sic] is "4. Non-demolition." with no context.

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I got a $20 gift card to Gamestop from the kidlet. The wife got me a dropper seatpost for my mountain bike. Oh, and the mountain bike itself which I got back in August and have already put about 700 miles on.

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6 hours ago, Cancer said:

I had to research that a bit ... and I think it is a knock-off no-brand-name version.  The documentation that came with it is literally  an off-size 3-by-5 card, and there's a half dozen checkboxes indicating power levels (ranging from a low of 1000mW to a high of 50000mW) none of which are checked.  Included in the badly-translated 11 safety precaution [sic] is "4. Non-demolition." with no context.


I asked because Wicked Lasers have been illegal for a few years now. You’ll want to wear eye protection with any laser in the watt range of course—it only takes one reflective surface to disable your remaining eye. 

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14 hours ago, Old Man said:


I asked because Wicked Lasers have been illegal for a few years now. You’ll want to wear eye protection with any laser in the watt range of course—it only takes one reflective surface to disable your remaining eye. 

 

Yes ... this package seems to violate just about every rule in the list I found.  Though the rules are against shipping or selling it, not possession of one, AFAICT.  That will require deeper study.  

 

Guess I'll have to collect more ordnance before I go on my rampage.

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Sorry, Cygnia. 

 

It's not OM's fault that police are something on the order of eleven times more likely to shoot a young black man in "gang attire" than a similarly dressed white youth. 

 

Honestly, I think this is best adreesed by shooting anyone with their belts cinched around their knees or walking into a public place with a hood pulled over their faces, but that's probably not popular either.  Way, _way_ more fair and equal than law enforcement handles things now, but not at all popular.... 

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8 hours ago, IndianaJoe3 said:

I received an Instant Pot and John Plant's Primitive Technology. I'm ready for anything.

 

How is the book?  I'm a huge fan of the youtube channel.

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58 minutes ago, Old Man said:

 

How is the book?  I'm a huge fan of the youtube channel.

 

It's much the same. The book doesn't have anything that the Youtube channel doesn't. Of course, when civilization collapses, the book will be much more accessible.

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2 minutes ago, Cancer said:

Those really only work if you make it yourself.

 

This is WIZARD stuff, man, you're a scientist....

you only know about strange scribblings, unseen forces, the alignment of the stars and maybe a few ways to melt men's faces

 

.... damn it.

 

Nevermind :P

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