Modeling the Old…

There are times I wonder why I didn’t go the mechanical engineering route.  It is so much fun.

Cylinder Render Front

I spent today modeling the cylinder of a cap and ball revolver loaned to me by a friend.  For the most part I’m happy with the results.  The only thing I’m not really happy with is the cylinder incrementing on the recoil pad.

Cylinder Render Back

Getting the precise dimensions for the correct location and depth was quite difficult.  The measurements are quite close, but not 100% there.  It will take some more tweaking.

I also need to pull one of the nipples and take the measurements to make sure I have the interior threading specified correctly. I think I might actually model the threads at some point too, just for grins.

If anyone wants to try and guess the type of revolver based off the cylinder feel free.  No prizes, just ultimate bragging rights.

Some Times Life Hits You Without Warning

So two of my friends lost their father early this week.  I’ve been there, I know what that’s like, and it’s never easy.  For them though it was with very little warning and quite rapid.


I met Jack Zimmer the first time at Corina and Dan’s wedding.  Awesome guy, no matter when I saw him he had a huge grin on his face.  Not only did he have a grin though, he loved working, even more than that fixing.  After the wedding he helped Corina and Dan remodel the restaurant, he would fix Dan’s truck.  That was who he was.


His response after I say put your best side forward… Dan and I thought it was funny.

Come to think of it, I think the last time I saw him I ran into him at CD’s and he was climbing back under Dan’s truck to fix something.

He came up to visit family last week and spent his time fixing things for his children and playing with his granddaughter.  For that I am thankful.  I just wish that the story kept going to a happy ending.  Alas it does not.  I won’t go into details of what happened, but we’ll just say Ambulance Driver was pissed about Law Dog’s incident for a reason.  Not the same condition, but stupid behavior on the part of some doctors strongly contributed to aggravated the issue, and yes there are some angry medics.DSC_0013_tonemapped

Good bye Jack, I’m sorry I’m not able to sit down and have another beer with you.  You will be missed.  Thank you to you and your wife for raising two such wonderful girls my wife and I are glad to be able to call our friends.

SSCC #341–Fort Worth

Remember when I said something about when a cop shows up a puppy has to die… I wasn’t kidding.

Twenty-four hours after a Fort Worth police officer fatally shot Lily, a 5-year-old border collie-English setter mix, its owners still don’t understand why the police officer was on their property and why he used lethal force.

So the officer walks on to the property, after the owner tells him stay where he was.  The owner didn’t call the officer.  The officer as usual gave the same statement we hear so often:

Police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado said in a statement Monday that the officer waited by the driveway when two barking dogs charged him aggressively while he repeatedly asked a man at the house to call the animals back. Then the officer jumped onto the porch pillar.

So the officer trespassed, then shot the owners dog all over “copper theft” with no reasonable suspicion of involvement.  Then to top it all off:

But the officer still had the gun raised and pointed toward her husband and surviving dog, she said.

So the officer also committed assault with a deadly weapon.  Unsurprisingly, nothing has happened to the officer.

State Sponsored Criminal #341: Officer John Doe

Because an officer can go where ever he wants, shoot any animal he wants, and point a gun at anyone he wants.  He’s god, didn’t you get the memo?

For the Sake of the FBI, Stop Innovating!

So I came across a nice article today.  The FBI was pissing and moaning about how the switch over to IPV6 is a problem for them to be able to do their job.  For example:

Any computer with IPv6 has built-in encryption called IPsec (which can also be available with IPv4). The New York Times reported in 2010 that the FBI was lobbying for a law requring telecommunications companies offering encryption to build in backdoors for law enforcement, a requirement that would likely cover IPsec, but the bureau distanced itself from that idea a few months later.

“The frequency of use should increase with IPv6,” predicts a network engineer at, an Internet provider in Santa Rosa, Calif. “None of this is good news for law enforcement organizations.”

But some of the technical details are challenging, and IPsec is still not widely used. Neither are HTTPS encrypted connections; Arbor Networks estimates that only 2 percent of native IPv6 traffic is HTTPS, not counting file sharing traffic.

The quick and dirty is that IPV6 has native support for IPsec, Tunneling, and a couple other things.  While bitching about IPv6, the also bitch about running out of IPv4 addresses and how that is causing problems using an IP as the identifier for the owner of traffic.

So let me get this straight, they bitch about network address translation, the end result of running out of IPv4 addresses.  IPv6 is made to help alleviate that problem gives them heartburn because it can make their job more difficult.

Well tough, you’re job isn’t supposed to be easy.  Though it’s not as if the boys in blue, especially at the federal level, really think the law applies to them anyway.

I for one welcome the transition to IPv6 and if they dislike it so much, I figure it is nothing but good for the continuing health of the internet.  The internet which gives everyone who wants one their own pulpit to speak their mind.