Whew! Back from FPR…

Much to post about, but most of it will have to wait. In the interim, however, I will tease you with this picture of the trebuchet I designed for the communication and conflict management workshop:

There is also a movie of the trebuchet firing here (3.5 MB direct download).

Whee!

32 thoughts on “Whew! Back from FPR…

  1. Hey, there! Totally unrelated: in my interview with This American Life, they played a clip from PW in which I was quoting one of your articles; I think it was the refrigerator one on jealousy. Don’t know if it’ll make the final cut, but if so, it’ll be attributed to “tacit.”

  2. Hey, there! Totally unrelated: in my interview with This American Life, they played a clip from PW in which I was quoting one of your articles; I think it was the refrigerator one on jealousy. Don’t know if it’ll make the final cut, but if so, it’ll be attributed to “tacit.”

    • When these pics were taken, we were firing baseballs. Later, at night, we increased the mass of the counterweight to give it more power, and fired clusters of glow sticks…which were incredibly beautiful. (We nerely got arrested buying a big pile of glowsticks, but that’s a whole ‘nother story…)

      • Yes, and you had quite an audience inside the building watching the glowsticks launch too! Although many of us chose the dance over freezing our asses off outside, we crowded around the glass doors to watch little bobbing lights bounce around and fly through the air like aliens from the safety and warmth of the building. It was way cool!

        ~S

        • Fritz made the comment that the evening trebuchet launches were the connection point between the two main social venues – the dance and the campfire. While we at the dance were crowded around the glass door watching the firings, the campfire people were watching the launches while being fired upon πŸ™‚

  3. I woke up at 2 a.m. Saturday morning thinking, “I need to ask J. [my husband] what the difference between a trebuchet and catapult is.”

    And when he woke up about 9:30 a.m., that was the first thing I asked him. I knew he’d know because he’s a former D&D nerd.

    I know it got buried in my skull because of your previous post mentioning that you were going to make one, so this was ALL YOUR FAULT!

  4. I woke up at 2 a.m. Saturday morning thinking, “I need to ask J. [my husband] what the difference between a trebuchet and catapult is.”

    And when he woke up about 9:30 a.m., that was the first thing I asked him. I knew he’d know because he’s a former D&D nerd.

    I know it got buried in my skull because of your previous post mentioning that you were going to make one, so this was ALL YOUR FAULT!

  5. *rubs hands in glee* And for those moments, I had control of your mind! MWAH ha ha! Now to move on to Phase 2, and take control of your mind to a greater extent!

  6. When these pics were taken, we were firing baseballs. Later, at night, we increased the mass of the counterweight to give it more power, and fired clusters of glow sticks…which were incredibly beautiful. (We nerely got arrested buying a big pile of glowsticks, but that’s a whole ‘nother story…)

  7. Somewhat less unrelated- were you by any chance aware of the Florida Poly Retreat before just now? If so, is anyone planning on doing a summary of it for PW? (Apologies if it’s already been done. I’m a week or two behind on my podcasts)

  8. No, as much as I would have LOVED to have been in Florida recently, I wasn’t! But if someone would care to write in or send in a review as an audio comment, I’d be happy to play it!

  9. Yes, and you had quite an audience inside the building watching the glowsticks launch too! Although many of us chose the dance over freezing our asses off outside, we crowded around the glass doors to watch little bobbing lights bounce around and fly through the air like aliens from the safety and warmth of the building. It was way cool!

    ~S

  10. Fritz made the comment that the evening trebuchet launches were the connection point between the two main social venues – the dance and the campfire. While we at the dance were crowded around the glass door watching the firings, the campfire people were watching the launches while being fired upon πŸ™‚

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