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…is just one of almost a thousand beautiful moments captured as high-speed photographs in Flickr user Alan Sailer’s photostream. I recommend starting with his My Favorites set. [via Dude Craft]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1588053380 Hendry Betts III

    that’s a 22cal pellet — it doesn’t _really_ matter, but I thought you might want to know.

    • http://www.facebook.com/milsyobtaf Dustin Younse

      although to be a pedantry completist, it’s entirely possible that it’s actually a .177 pellet. without a scale reference in the photo, etc etc.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBIQQREBJJYBLGRCBLFIS3UPTQ JamesW

        Well, in the interest of total completeness, it could be a .20 caliber, too…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7C636H3KTUSZRTIF6E3G2SCFQ John

          or .177 caliber.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sblaszak Shawn Blaszak

            Well, in the interest of TOTAL completeness, the fact that we have no frame of reference means that he could have hand crafted the gun, bullet, and ornament. This means that it could, very well, be a 10.00 caliber round and a really, really, big ornament.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6H27GAF7PXG4DJSF6MEMVB2OVA JamesB

        “pedantry completist” sounds so good, I had to go look it up. Nice words. And I thought the slug looked a little small to be a 22 cal to.

        But besides that, the photo is really good. I made a photocell flash trigger for the Arduino, and played with an audio trigger as well, and it is tough to get good lighting, timing, and composition like this.

      • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

        Thanks, Dustin, and to everyone else who pointed out the error.  Quite belatedly, it is now fixed!  Cheers- SMR

      • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

        Thanks, Dustin, and to everyone else who pointed out the error.  Quite belatedly, it is now fixed!  Cheers- SMR

      • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

        Thanks, Dustin, and to everyone else who pointed out the error.  Quite belatedly, it is now fixed!  Cheers- SMR

  • http://profiles.google.com/chschs ch s

    That’s a pellet, not a BB. Pellets are made from lead and designed to be fired from a rifled barrel. BB’s are steel and generally fired through a smoothbore. BB’s look exactly like ball bearings. Pellets look like… That.

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