Printing Guns

You may have heard that, somewhere in Texas, there is someone 3D printing guns. The actual news item is, of course, much less vague than I’m making out it is, but the point is that this is now a thing, and it’s being done in the name of liberty and freedom. I have a problem with those words, not because I dislike being free (duh), but because their meanings have become so conflated. I can’t see how we in Britain, where guns are much harder to get hold of, are any less ‘free’ than, say, people in the US where gun laws are more relaxed.

There’s a certain mindset, it seems, that sees regulation as an inherently bad thing. Well, regulations can be good, and certainly if all of them were taken away we’d be left with something that barely resembled modern society at all (although some might think that a good thing).

I’d like a world where it was harder for dangerous people to get hold of dangerous weapons that let them do dangerous things. I mean, guns have one purpose, they’re made to kill. There’s not much else you could want a gun for unless it’s to protect yourself from other people with guns, in which case the problem is still one of people having guns.

And printing them out doesn’t seem like the best way to aid that situation.

I admit that I could be wrong, if everyone gets printed guns and gun crime becomes a thing of the past, I will concede that I was wrong and guns are just the thing everyone should need.

Until then, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable about the whole idea.


It Takes More Than Glasses To Take You To Another Dimension

Really, how hard is it to try and see a film in two dimensions these days?

I don’t have a problem with 3D, in fact I quite like it for the two minutes were it actually feels like it’s making a difference in the cinema before it feels like just another movie you didn’t pay five pounds extra for. However, cinemas understand student budgets, that’s why they have student tickets (however overpriced they are as well), so they must understand the benefits of not turning every screen into some kind of cinematic beer google….s… on the wallet, and really, things aren’t that much better in 3D unless you’re trying to hunt something. Stereoscopic vision was not made for having enjoyable experiences, not that that’s any sort of excuse not to use 3D technology in movies, I just want to keep blathering on until there are more showings of movies I want to see in the two dimensions I don’t need funky funky glasses to observe.

You go to the cinema to see a movie, and I don’t see how you’re going to capture any less of the story line if there isn’t shit flying in your face all the time. In fact, I would go as far to say that you’re probably going to catch more of the story if there isn’t shit flying in your face, unless the film itself is called something like Faeces Flinger 3D or something equally absurd.

Good News/Bad News: The Glacial Resist Stance (Part 2)

Welcome back to last week’s good news/bad news where I haven’t quite finished with you yet.

I think you will notice, if you look at the language used by my four different sources for this glacial bulk-up story that the more reliable sources don’t try to ‘forget global warming’, and to be honest, the fact that the Daily Mail can say things like this and still have the huge following that it possesses really makes me wonder about the state of society today.

What did nature have to say?

– “some glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range are growing despite a warming global climate”
– “the glaciers are indeed becoming heftier, if only slightly

In fact the glaciers gained ice that would be the equivalent of 11cm of liquid water, and this is a good thing, this is good news. The fact that there are strongholds of ice in the world, however few, means that we may be a teensy, teensy bit less quickly screwed.

But when we have sources like the Daily Mail proclaiming that we should ‘forget global warming’ because of this? That will only inspire more apathy among its readers, inspiring less people to try and help the earth out while we still can, because you can guarantee when the time comes that it’s too late to save the earth, the Daily Mail will have a different headline to read. It’ll probably be something like ‘Science destroys planet’ where they take all blame from the media and blame scientists, muslims and immigrants for not saving the world fast enough and conveniently forget how often they discouraged trying to help the only planet we bloody have.

Have I mentioned I hate the Daily Mail?

Because I really hate the Daily Mail.

To lighten the mood however, I give you a video of homegrown labware being made in a 3D printer, custom labware for complex chemical reactions. I love this technology.