monday search term safari LXXXVIII.

what caliber is bigger 357mag. or 44mag.

Let’s see if we can puzzle that one out.  American caliber designations are in fractions of an inch, so a .357 is 357/1000 of an inch in diameter.  Which number is the higher fraction, 357/1000 or 44/100?

(Actually, the .44 Magnum is a case of marketing exaggeration.  While the .357 has a true bullet diameter of .357”, the mighty .44 has a bullet diameter of .429”.  The .38 Special is mislabeled as well—it shares the .357” bullet diameter of the .357 Magnum.)

do kittens kick

Kittens, like adult cats, occasionally employ the maneuver I call the Kitty Raptor, where they hold on to something with their front paws, bite it, and then kick at it with the back paws.  When a kitten does it to your hand, it’s kind of adorable.  When a fully grown adult cat does it, it’s not so adorable anymore, unless you find puncture wounds and bleeding gouges in your hand cute.

favourite eighties movies

All GenX kids have their favorite Eighties flick, and there’s a 75% chance it was directed by John Hughes.  My favorite Eighties flick is Better Off Dead, which was directed by Savage Steve Holland.  (You can tell a lot about a person by their choice of “best Eighties movie.”)

marko learns languages

What can I say…it’s a hobby of mine.  My native language is German, and I’m reasonably fluent in English.  I also speak some Dutch, and have a basic vocabulary of French and Italian—enough to order stuff, ask directions, and find my way to the potty.  I’d like to become proficient in more languages, and I’m currently waffling between learning Spanish, Japanese, or Farsi.

netbook for writing novel

Pick one with a decent keyboard.  The Asus Eee series is very common in the wild, but the keyboards on almost all the Eee models suck for long typing sessions…the keys are either way too small, arranged awkwardly (“bad Asus! No abbreviated right Shift key!”), or the keyboard is clattery and has too much flex in the middle.  For decent netbook keyboards, check out the Samsung NC-10 and NC-20, the Toshiba NB-205 and –305, and (surprisingly) the new Dell IM-1012.

kel-tec .32, hidden in a wallet holster

A pocket holster is the ideal way to carry the little KelTec and Ruger .32s and .380s.  It looks just like a wallet bulge in the back pocket, and it’s easy to access except when seated.  Wallet holsters that let you fire the gun while in the holster are a big no-no according to the BATFEIEIO,  but those aren’t readily available for the KelTec anyway.

homosexual moped riders

Thanks for providing the name of my next band, “Homosexual Moped Riders”.  We’ll do Queen covers, or Country & Western…or maybe both.

pny unmatched ram macbook

You can use mismatched pairs in a MacBook, but it’ll hobble performance a bit.  On Core 2 Duo systems, RAM likes to run in dual-channel mode, which requires two equally-sized RAM modules.  In addition, the MacBook has integrated GeForce 9400M graphics, which perform much better when the RAM runs in dual-channel mode.  My ION box has the same graphics chip, and I recently had to replace the dual-channel modules I was using, and use a single module instead.  Despite the fact that the amount of RAM remained the same, graphics performance in games has dropped noticeably.  In World of Warcraft, I get half the framerate I had before.

ruger lcp vs. "j-frame"

Understand that I’m a huge fan of the little J-frame, but after toting around an LCP for a few months, I think the little Ruger has it all over the J-frame as a deep-cover concealment and pocket pistol.  It’s much flatter, lighter, and offers two more rounds of comparable power level (unless you’re talking .357 Magnum snubbies, which kill on one end and maim on the other.) 

neil gaiman word processor

I don’t know what Neil Gaiman uses to type up his writings these days, but I know he writes his first drafts with a fountain pen.

ibm model m space saver

That’s the relatively uncommon Model M variant that’s missing the numeric keypad.  They still go for outright indecent prices on eBay—whenever one surfaces there, they routinely fetch $100 or more.

spike strips for deer

Do you have a problem with deer dashing through your residential area at speeds exceeding the posted limits?

s&w model 10 tyler t grip

Smith & Wesson K-frames (of which your Model 10 is the classic example) require the Tyler T-grip size #3.

katana fanboy

You know the kind.  That’s the youthful martial arts enthusiast who recently scored a stainless steel “katana” from the late-night sales special on the Knife Network, and who now scours the Internet for primers on “how to conceal a sword”.  This demographic is also prone to hopping on martial arts- or gun-related discussion venues, offering up opinions on why the sword is a better weapon than the gun, and sharing tall tales about his brother’s cousin’s friend, who has this katana made in Japan in 1200AD, with blade steel that’s been folded a hundred thousand times, and last week, he sparred against this dude armed with a claymore, and totally sliced that claymore in half on the first parry.

 

See what happens when you give me decent search terms to work with, Internets?  Not a single one this week about hobos and their library habits.  I’m proud of you—keep up the good work!

36 thoughts on “monday search term safari LXXXVIII.

  1. Mithras61 says:

    1000s of an inch, not 100s of an inch.

  2. Owen says:

    the .44 mag is .429″ for the same reason .38 special is .357 diameter. Back in the day, cartridges had heeled bullets, so the case and the bullet were the same diameter. At some point it was determined that the heel was detrimental, so they reduced the bullet and bore diameter, and left the cartridge case the same diameter. Of course, all of this happened decades before Harry Callahan was even born.

    If you were to measure an old .44 caliber case, like .44 S&W, you would find that the case diameter is indeed right around .44″ (about .438″)

    AFAIK, the only heeled bullet cartridges still in common use are the .22 rimfires (except .22 magnum).

  3. Rusty P. Bucket says:

    Hi all~ I don’t care wh at anyone says. Unless you’re a bubble gumming teenybopper that hasn’t gr wn up yet, mopeds are otherwise for queers.

    or at least that’s the way it used to be. Today quite a few of them ride harley-Davidsons and wear leather pants with the bums cut out of them ha ha!

    Maybe mopeds are for the girl queers? If you c an get past their revolting sex perversions those people are pur e comedy.

    • Tam says:

      …those people are pur e[sic] comedy.

      Thank you, Orlando, prince of irony.

      • Kristopher says:

        He spends a lot of time obsessing about homosexuality.

        Maybe he should just give in to his fascination?

        • Marko Kloos says:

          I had the same thought. He seems to do a lot of thinking about–and visualizing of–gay sex.

        • Rusty P. Bucket says:

          The ol’ ‘if ya don’t approve of faggitry it means you are one’ argument?

          Munchkin, you are smarter than that. Most of these others aren’t – but you are.

          By that line of reasoning I approve of democruds, free health c re and lycoming engines, ha ha!

          I suppose this is the result of indoctrinating youth with flawed political ideologies instead of teaching them t o think critically…

        • Tam says:

          Rusty,

          By that line of reasoning I approve of democruds [sic], free health c re [sic] and lycoming [sic] engines, ha ha!

          You don’t spend as much time giving loving, detailed descriptions of the voting habits of Democrats, so you’re probably in the clear there.

        • Tam says:

          (Rusty, you are one simple sonofabitch, aren’t you?

          I know I shouldn’t be doing this, because mocking you is about as sporting as hunting dairy cattle with a high-powered rifle and a scope, but it’s just irresistible…)

        • Kristopher says:

          From skippyslist.com:

          A female gamer interrupts a bunch of male teenagers in voice chat during an online shootemup game:

          “Y’all do know the difference between gay and faggot, right boys?” she asked, interrupting a spirited, and uncomfortably specific discussion about what horrors they would like to visit on my teams’ sphincters.
          “Gay is a man that likes to have sex with other men. A faggot is a little boy who uses gay sex to insult people because he’d secretly really like to try it.”

          The spastic kids started to sputter in rage when she continued.

          “And you boys sound like you’re about two wine-coolers away from really angry experimental butt-sex.”

  4. aczarnowski says:

    Better off Dead? Huh. Barely made it through that one myself. I’m in the Breakfast Club bucket.

  5. pdb says:

    homosexual moped riders

    Otherwise known as “Italy”.

  6. “The Asus Eee series is very common in the wild, but the keyboards on almost all the Eee models suck for long typing sessions”

    Try before you buy. I have an Asus 1005 and I like it. None of the smaller netbooks are any good though.

    • Phil says:

      I have a Asus Eee 900A, and I concur. On any netbook with a <10" screen, the keyboard is just too small for serious typing. They're quite portable and useful even so, but not for real typing work. Also considering they tend to have solid state drives of rather small size (mine came with a 4GB one, I upgraded to a 16GB), they're still limited in their OS capability (mine runs Eeeubuntu).

      Personally, I think the 10 inch models with a real 160GB HD and Win7 are all that and a bag of chips by comparison. If I used my Eee all that much, I'd probably swap it out in favor of a larger one.

  7. perlhaqr says:

    favourite eighties movies

    Real Genius, here. 🙂

  8. BryanP says:

    I admit, I’m not an extended-writing-session kind of guy, but after a couple of weeks on my Asus 1000HE’s little chiclet keyboard I found I could touch-type on it without too much trouble.

    And yeah, Better Off Dead is one of the best 80’s movies evah. French toast anyone?

  9. Perhaps you may want to consider Mandarin as an additional language.

  10. Eseell says:

    Best 80’s movie: Ghostbusters.

  11. bluntobject says:

    Die Hard: Not only the best ’80s movie, but also the best Christmas movie.

    (Also: I took three and a half years of Japanese about a decade ago, and retention is a problem. The grammar is mostly pleasantly regular, at least compared to French, but I could never remember more than a dozen kanji for better than half an hour.)

  12. Robert says:

    I’d like to become proficient in more languages, and I’m currently waffling between learning Spanish, Japanese, or Farsi.

    Spanish is the most useful atm, with Farsi coming in a close second if you plan on joining the .mil anytime soon. Japanese earns you more geek cred, though.

    …and sharing tall tales about his brother’s cousin’s friend, who has this katana made in Japan in 1200AD, with blade steel that’s been folded a hundred thousand times, and last week, he sparred against this dude armed with a claymore, and totally sliced that claymore in half on the first parry.

    That reminds me of this guy that runs the university’s anime club. He had a booth set up on club fair day and was wearing a kimono, looked like he’d get winded walking to the refrigerator and had a truly epic neck beard. He also had what appeared to be a not-quite low-end katana (meaning it’s low-grade stainless steel instead of aluminum and somewhat sturdier) on the booth table. Having nothing better to do I struck up a conversation with him about the sword.

    According to him, it was “made in japan” of “extremely good steel” and “cut through metal mail boxes like butter. ” I decided not to inquire why he decided to commit a felony with what he believed to be an extremely expensive sword – or why he’d risk damaging the edge in such a foolish fashion – as I was pretty sure his story was 100% pure bullshit.

  13. iinteger says:

    Could be worse, could be trying to conceal one of these things:

    Also, as with seemingly everything from the eighties, the Suzuki Katana has a small cult following.

    Favourite eighties movie has to be Aliens.

    • Tam says:

      Also, as with seemingly everything from the eighties, the Suzuki Katana has a small cult following.

      Boy, you’re right, and I just don’t get it. The early naked GSX Katanas look as dated as leg warmers. I wouldn’t mind a 1st Gen GSX-F 750 (’88-’97) if I could find one that hadn’t been flogged within an inch of its life; they’re comfortable sport-tourers with an aftermarket screen.

  14. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Better Off Dead is the only eighties flick in my DVD cabinet, unless you count Raising Arizona as an eighties flick. UHF might qualify (late entrant, same campy underdog story), but I must have lent it to someone.

  15. libertyman says:

    44/100s is perfectly fine, though a machinist would not use 100s. You would have to say 440/1000s to keep it consistent with the 357/1000 comparison. And yes to new languages, some of the CDs make it easy to listen and learn as you drive. I am well prepared to get a room in German, with a double bed and bath, but the conversation stops shortly after that. Oh, and “Waiter, another beer, please.” makes a useful phrase.

  16. anonymous says:

    If you want to communicate with the masses, certainly Spanish would be the practical choice…though covering the various dialects won’t be easy, as folks from Mexico, Cuba, various regions of C. and S. America, and people actually from, you know, Spain…can barely communicate with one another.

    But if you plan on understanding the diktat of the ruling class, you might want to go with (God help us all), Na’vi.

    AT

    • Tam says:

      But if you plan on understanding the diktat of the ruling class, you might want to go with (God help us all), Na’vi.

      That drew a hearty stereo LOL when read aloud at Roseholme Cottage.

      • anonymous says:

        And that in turn draws a big ol’ smiley face across my otherwise rather bitter visage. AT

  17. Cybrludite says:

    My favorite ’80s movie? Красный Pассвет

  18. j t bolt says:

    Silly! Of COURSE 357 is bigger than 44. 44 goes into 357 8.1136 times.

  19. Ian Argent says:

    Deer spike strips are probably similar in application to the “bird strips” you see around to deter winged rats from sittin’ and wherever their bird-brains tell them to. Not as much Sever Hoof Damage devices and Mild Hoof Annoyance devices; to prevent the shrubbery from being grazed; without the necessity of reloading, or of violating local noise ordinances.

  20. Casey says:

    Late to the game here(it’s turkey season), and not going to jump on the homophobe train, or the 80’s movies. My favorite is probably embarrassing, unless we start looking at genre specific favorites🙂

    Anyway, you mention wallet holsters, and ATF regulations about firing while still in the holster. A solution presents itself🙂 The Holdster. Here’s the website, http://artofthehide.com/ , it’s a lot smaller than it used to be. I got mine when I got my P3-AT, years and years ago, and still carry it regularly. The designer specifically went to the BATFE, and got their view on it before offering it for sale. It’s BATFE compliant, because the slide is fully exposed, yet still prints like a wallet in the back pocket.

    As I said, the web site has shrunk a bit since I purchased from it, but you might be able to talk to the guy, and get something that would fit an LCP. They weren’t around when this guy got into business, but he might look at modifying one to fit.

    Just a thought.

    Casey

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