I just want a keyring.


I need a new keyring.  I haven’t ever been able to find one that meets my needs.  Perhaps my expectations are too high.  Perhaps there is no such thing as the perfect keyring.  Perhaps I need to spend more money on one.  Why is it so difficult?  Does anyone else have a keyring problem?

I guess I should explain myself.

I have a lot of keys.  I like to keep them all in one place.  I want a keyring where I can break-off my car keys & my wife’s car keys quickly & easily.  I recently bought a keyring that has a bunch of little carabiner-looking S-clips on it.  Let me show you:

Ridiculous Key Ring

Ridiculous Key Ring

Besides the fact that I have entirely too many keys, this keyring set up is juts not working out.  I want something that makes the vehicle keys quickly & easily removable.  I don’t want them to fall off on their own.  Arrow A shows one of the broken little S-clips that snags my pocket constantly.  These have also broken themselves free inside my pocket… or on the way out of my pocket.  I’ve dropped my house key on more than one occasion with this setup.  Then again, arrow B points to a traditional keyring provided by the dealer…  which has also come loose in my pocket.  I spent about 20 minutes looking for my keyless entry remote the other day after it loosened itself & ended up on the floor of my truck.

Apparently, when you pull keys out of your pocket, they help turn any loosened items into projectiles.  It’s just a matter if time until this happens over a storm drain or sewer grate.

There is the old-fashioned normal keyring, but I always seem to be able to only find weak ones… or ones that make it nearly impossible to just give the guys at the oil change place your truck keys and not some crazy giant bundle of chaos that might scatter my keys all over the place.

I’ve also tried those quick-release keyrings, but they eventually fail too when the spring dies.  Then there’s the “lucky line” kind, but it would throw some being easily removable out the window.  I’m at a loss as to what exactly the next step should be.

Keyrings

Keyrings

What do you do?  Do you have keyring problems?  Am I alone on this key-dropping crap?  Your advice would be welcomed.

Solutions to several mazes!


Well, Eric Yano (of local weblog Valley of Steel) stepped up and has completed (or almost completed) 8 of my mazes.  He’s got a unique method of solving.  He fills in the dead ends, leaving the “good” path open.  Some of these don’t show a good path, so either I screwed up in drawing, or Eric got overzealous in filling-in.

Check out this awesome *.pdf with Eric’s notes and the url’s of the mazes attached:

The mazes he’s completed or attempted are as follows:

Maybe Eric will be the one to complete them all before anyone else?  Don’t forget some of the older ones…

They need some solution love too!  I’ve seen some of them being re-pinned on Pinterest.  I try to ask those people to also email their solutions to world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com, but I haven’t received any other attempts yet.

How would you like the solutions presented?  Is this link to a pdf good?  Is the individual blog post good?  Should I post a photo of the solution in the comments of each maze?  Should I just post a link o the solution to prevent “ruining” it for anyone else?  Is anyone reading these besides Eric?

Numbers Stations


Numbers Stations.  I want to say that I’ve heard of them before, but recently they’ve popped up in a Fringe episode and in Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader, and they’ve piqued my interest.  Ham Radio always seemed cool to me, and growing up in the 80’s there was a very USA vs. USSR cold war spy thing going on that feeds into my interest of these things.

The general consensus is that these number stations are broadcasting some type of code, most likely with a “one-time” pad which would make each code  impossible to crack unless you had the key.

What are they doing now though?  The cold war’s over, right?  What’s their use?  Spies are still out there & active, apparently.

The UJ article Numbers on the Radio is a really good read!  It lead me to search the internet and come across these recordings free for the downloading: http://www.archive.org/details/ird059

This kind of stuff fascinates me.  I’m definitely going to have to read more on the subject!