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I’m slipping…

Oh, hell — did I really let not one, but TWO of you pick a death row inmate in the Dead Pool? What’s more, EZnSF helpfully picked “That guy on death row in Texas” and then Warplanner made four picks, no doubt all of them under sentence of death, but at least he gave their goddamn names.

If they really do off the guy tonight, I can’t see any way around it — steel cage match. Oooohhh…there’s so going to be a new Rule Zero next time.

Y’all are lucky I put my zither banjo back together tonight after weeks of gluing things and polishing bits. The head finally dried this afternoon, ready for stringing.

Turns out, gut strings aren’t tied off for you and you have to learn to tie knots.

Yeah. Kinda busy.

Update: ruling — nah. Dead Pool is still on. Allen reminds me I smacked him upside the head for trying to pick a death row inmate once before.
REPEAT: DEAD POOL STILL ON.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from MIke C.
Time: July 7, 2011, 10:42 pm

What, you got some sort of quaint American attitude about ex post facto rulings or sumptin? Just toss stuff out, and imperiously demand they pick again. Besides, you already stated you had the right to chuck out anybody you’d never heard of. Are you a weasel or a mouse?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 7, 2011, 10:46 pm

Well, I cast doubts on grasshopper’s pick last time, and then I felt kind of crap about it.

I’m really a “no conflict” sort of a weasel.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 7, 2011, 11:16 pm

You wouldn’t believe that if you’d heard her play the banjo.

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:01 am

They got him:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TEXAS_EXECUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-07-07-19-36-52

Have to admit I was surprised there was no rescue raid by the FBI. I expect, though, that they will attempt to arrest Governor Perry in the near future for this.

 


Comment from grasshopper
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:02 am

..and THAT’s why I didn’t pick this time. 😀

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:09 am

Awwww…grasshopper…multiple wins positively encouraged. We have three double dick winners.

 


Comment from Allen
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:22 am

Hey, I tried the old Death Row trick from Texas about a year ago. The official Weasel ruling was, “Allen, you sneaky bastard, no Texas death house dudes.”

 


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:51 am

Soooo, will there be a new pool tomorrow?To dick or not to dick, that is the question….

 


Comment from Deborah
Time: July 8, 2011, 2:04 am

Turns out, gut strings aren’t tied off for you and you have to learn to tie knots.

Hmm. What kind of knot Stoaty? The men in my family excel at two particular skills: they can sharpen a knife blade into infinity, and they know the right knot for any occasion. It was worth the eight years of Boy Scouting just for my son’s knot-tying ability, but he may not know the right knots for tying off a banjo string (and he would want to know).

 


Comment from mongo
Time: July 8, 2011, 2:09 am

Well this sucks. Of course I will totally be out of the loop tomorrow (back surgery) and will COMPLETELY miss all the good picks for the new pool. NUTS!!

 


Comment from EZnSF
Time: July 8, 2011, 2:15 am

LOL!!

In all honesty, I didn’t even know they were preparing to execute anybody soon.

My pick was a take on Ron White’s “Texas has the death penalty and we use it! That’s right. … Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty. My state’s putting in an express lane….”

Little did I know how right he is.
Anyway. I did it as a joke, and if nominated, I will not accept.

Luv you Weezy!

 


Comment from EZnSF
Time: July 8, 2011, 2:17 am

Besides, the dead guy wasn’t famous. Probably not even infamous.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 8, 2011, 2:50 am

He’s dead but he’s not a celebrity.

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 8, 2011, 3:17 am

Damn, Stoatie! DOUBLE-DICK WINNERS? Sounds like Dark Brothers Porn to me……

LOL…..

 


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 8, 2011, 7:26 am

Not famous. Just another random disgusting murderer.

If it was Mumia al-Jamal, maybe.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 8, 2011, 9:50 am

Good luck, mongo!

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 8, 2011, 11:54 am

Splashed over every Media outlet, at least in the US, and he’s not at least infamous? Sheesh! What a crowd!

Although if there was indeed a previous ruling against using death-row inmates, that may be sufficient. Even though most death-row inmates do outlive their non-incarcerated counterparts…

 


Comment from steve
Time: July 8, 2011, 11:59 am

“…and you have to learn to tie knots.”

This may be somewhat of an impossibility for a weasel…..as the entire knot tying effort seems to involve rabbits, holes and the rounding of trees…..

Isn’t there someone else you can contact for help with this?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:02 pm

Yes, that’s right…I remember smacking Allen across the muzzle with a rolled up newspaper for trying to pick a death row inmate. I think that means there’s settled case law to back it up.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:32 pm

This is the knot I used. Mine didn’t come out looking anything like this, but the banjo’s stayed strung.

I may go back to steel anyway. I kind of like the sound of the gut string, but not the feel.

 


Comment from steve
Time: July 8, 2011, 12:48 pm

Frame 2: The rabbit comes up out of the hole….
Frame 3: ….goes around the tree…..
Frame 4: ….and back down through the hole….

It is fairly simple (unless you are a weasel, or something)…

But, then, I’ve never tried to tie it using dental floss….

 


Comment from Deborah
Time: July 8, 2011, 1:42 pm

Ah. A bowline—a rescue knot. A Boy Sprout favorite. What you’d use if Uncle Badger fell over a cliff and needed saving. Or for restringing a banjo. Cool 🙂

 


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 8, 2011, 1:52 pm

Bowline’s a very useful knot, (relatively) easily adjustable as to the loop size, but strongly resists slipping in usage. One of the commonest found around boats and sailors…also (as we see) very often used for things like making a small non-slipping loop in a string end to secure to a post, peg or hook.

Just in case it was missed by someone who might be amused (it was buried a bit,in an earlier comment thread), I’ll make further reference to an amusing rear-window sticker I sighted about a week ago:

“Paddle Faster –
I Hear Banjo Music”

Best of luck on the surgery, mongo –

 


Comment from The War Planner
Time: July 8, 2011, 4:10 pm

Comment from EZnSF wrote: Besides, the dead guy wasn’t famous. Probably not even infamous.

..yeah, he *was* famous. (He’s lawn fertilizer now.) I mean, the a**hole was more of a celebrity than some of the jerkwads that show up on The View. (That skinny black guy who appeared there recently comes to mind.)

The choice was made fair and square, so don’t make me get in on an airplane and come over there!

I want my spotted dick and I want it NOW!

..wait a minute..

 


Comment from The War Planner
Time: July 8, 2011, 4:12 pm

Frame 2: The rabbit comes up out of the hole….
Frame 3: ….goes around the tree…..
Frame 4: ….and back down through the hole….

It is fairly simple (unless you are a weasel, or something)…

“..fare well and adieu you fine Spanish ladies, fare well and adieu you ladies of Spain..”

 


Comment from steve
Time: July 8, 2011, 5:25 pm

Ahh….Mr. War Planner….but the reference you cite (ever so obliquely) was not to the tying of a bowline….

Queeg challenged him to tie a sheepshank. Now the sheepshank is a quaint old knot, that I learned to tie when I was a youngster. Other than the showing off for a character like Queeg, the knot serves no known purpose.

 


Comment from JeffS
Time: July 8, 2011, 5:36 pm

Other than the showing off for a character like Queeg, the knot [the sheepshank] serves no known purpose.

I must beg to differ, sir!

The sheepshank is used to shorten a rope or take up slack. Granted, it’s not a stable knot, difficult to tie, and thus must be used carefully. But it does serve a known purpose.

Just not much of one.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 8, 2011, 6:02 pm

I don’t know anything about banjos or how they’re strung, or about gut strings….

But for classical guitar, with nylon strings, I like to use these bridge bone beads. No more knot tying and quite easy to use.

Nothing magic about this particular dealer; just what happened to turn up when I searched for a picture.

http://www.classical-guitars-plus.co.uk/productfamily.php/family__2583__Rosette+Bridge+Bone+Beads

 


Comment from steve
Time: July 8, 2011, 7:31 pm

The sheepshank is used to shorten a rope or take up slack.

Yeah….I have often heard that….like when they taught me the stupid thing and I kept asking what it was used for….

And still, to this day, I wonder why anyone would build all that slack into the middle of the load bearing portion of any line. Somehow I have always found it more convenient to have a couple of feet of extra line on the end of a line….just on the other side of the knot that is actually holding all the load…

 


Comment from Lord Flash Heart
Time: July 8, 2011, 7:37 pm

The very first sweasel.com’s Dead Celebrity Pool occurred on July 20, 2009. Nigh on 114 years ago in mustelid years.

I’d play but I do not believe in trophies anymore. It is a precarious delicate moment, like trying to bury a pine marten turd in a middle of frozen pond. Best to keep witnesses out of that business.

 


Comment from JeffS
Time: July 8, 2011, 7:57 pm

Somehow I have always found it more convenient to have a couple of feet of extra line on the end of a line…just on the other side of the knot that is actually holding all the load…

Me too, Steve, and I used to teach pioneering in Scouts, and once surprised a bunch of combat engineers using that experience.

No doubt there are conditions where a sheepshank might be of use, given that it is a long standing knot. But I really can’t think of one. Maybe an experienced sailor (as in WIND sailor) might know. I just know that I learned it just to learn it, having heard of it so often in movies. At that, I had to look it up in a Scout handbook published 25 years before I was born. The manuals current at the time didn’t have it.

Never have used the stupid thing in real life, myself.

 


Comment from steve
Time: July 8, 2011, 8:08 pm

I have sailed several thousands of offshore miles and have never, ever used one…

I can safely say that I have tied a monkey’s fist more often, in my life, than I have ever tied a sheepshank.

 


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 8, 2011, 10:11 pm

Some days it just seems very… strange… in here.

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 8, 2011, 10:15 pm

Now steve, let’s leave Barack Obama out of this…

 


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: July 8, 2011, 10:46 pm

Monkeys tie knots? with sheep? Have I missed something?

 


Comment from JeffS
Time: July 8, 2011, 10:47 pm

Some days it just seems very… strange… in here.

What’s so strange about pedantic discussions concerning useless knots, UB?

🙂

 


Comment from PatAZ
Time: July 9, 2011, 12:57 am

Betty Ford is gone. I suppose someone had her. She certainly lived a long life, 93 years old.

 


Comment from Frit
Time: July 9, 2011, 1:07 am

I’ll give you strange, Uncle Badger. I know how to tie a proper “Turks Head” knot and a proper hang-mans noose knot. Go figure. And yes, I’ve used both, for various purposes.

 


Comment from EZnSF
Time: July 9, 2011, 1:37 am

Speaking of knots. Did you know you’re tying your shows wrong. It’s true. I am no longer a double knot shoe wearer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA

 


Comment from JeffS
Time: July 9, 2011, 3:03 am

I used to tie the hangman’s knot on the cords of venetian blinds at school, Fritz. This bothered people for some odd reason.

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: July 9, 2011, 4:19 am

I can see where this fiscussion is going ..

… the ancient British art of hanging … :p

 


Comment from JC
Time: July 9, 2011, 6:05 am

Sheepshank? Use it all the time.
Keeps the lines on my miniblinds all neat.
Also as a quick-release on parcels and ssuch.

 


Comment from MIke C.
Time: July 9, 2011, 9:27 am

If you sail, a few basic knots are an absolute requirement.

 


Comment from jam2
Time: July 9, 2011, 10:50 am

did someone pick betty ford…?
;
;
;
and btw… hopefully satan is ass hammering that POS that Texas whacked…. Yea Texas!

 


Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 10, 2011, 10:08 pm

So my pick’s still in the running, excellent!

C’mon Soros, croak like Michigan J. Frog when someone was lookin’ at him!

 

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