Handyman Nailed with His Own Nail Gun

Mon Mar 8, 8:52 AM ET Add Oddly Enough – Reuters to My Yahoo!

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian handyman admitted he was stupid to shoot himself in the head with a nail gun in a misguided prank that left him with a nail lodged in his brain.

Brad Shorten, a father of three from Victoria state, was enjoying a few beers with friends after working on his house when they began joking about industrial accidents.

Shorten, 33, picked up a nail gun that he thought was empty, pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger.

He later said he had turned off the gun’s compressor and taken out its nail cartridge but did not realize there was still enough pressure in the gun to fire a nail.

“My mates and I were talking about construction site accidents and taking your eye out with a nail gun, and I foolishly put the gun to my head and pulled the trigger,” Shorten told the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper.

“I did a very stupid thing,” he said.

The bizarre mishap left him with a 1.25-inch nail counter-sunk through his skull just behind his temple.

Royal Melbourne Hospital neurosurgeons removed the nail in a delicate four-hour operation even though Shorten, who was expected to make a full recovery, had offered to take the nail out with a pair of pliers.

I wanted to have a link to the full story about this doofus, but I can’t seem to find it, so I just decided to post the whole thing… hope the Reuters people don’t catch me!


This is the most addictive site I’ve found in ages. I recently downloaded the latest Java Virtual Machine so that I could upgrade my FreeMind (http://freemind.sourceforge.net) software, and while I was on the java.com site, I tried out the links to various bits of Java software. The one that has blown me away is called “soda,” and I can’t stop visiting it. The core of it is a little screen where you can use little virtual “springs” and “muscles” to construct mechanisms. The soda creatures react to “gravity,” and the placement of the “muscles” to animate themselves. I’ve finally gotten one to walk, but some of the things in the SodaZoo are almost beyond belief. If you try it out, please let me know if you like it.

Visit SodaPlay…

Yahoo! News – Going Wild for the ‘Pig Brother’ Web Site

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German Web site dubbed “Pig Brother” has attracted more than a million visitors in under two weeks with its 24-hour live Webcam coverage of a family of wild boar, the site’s creators said Tuesday.

The site, launched in March by the German Hunting Protection League, offers day and night coverage of three males, three females and more than 50 offspring in an enclosure in their natural habitat of the Eifel mountains in western Germany. Read more…

Scotsman.com News – Lazy Guide to Net Culture: Dotcom Boom II

Stewart Kirkpatrick

skirkpatrick at scotsman dot com

By the time you read this I will be a very very rich man.

Don’t let envy lead you to begrudge me my good fortune. (Indeed, as a committed eco-socialist I will be donating a large part of my fortune to organic Cuban cigar manufacturers in return for a small tonnage of their stock).

(If you want to appear like you’re at the cutting edge of net culture but can’t be bothered to spend hours online, then never fear. Scotsman.com’s pathetic team of geeks, freaks and gimps will do the hard work for you. While you sip wine, read a book or engage in normal social interaction, they will burn out their retinas staring at badly designed web pages and dodge creeps in chatrooms to prepare for you: Scotsman.com’s lazy guide to net culture.) Read More…


wagon wheel at Stone Mountain in GA, taken by M.J. Lavin in spring, 2003

I used to think that I was pretty good at making pictures, but then I realized that I’m not. I stopped taking pictures, but now I understand that even if I’m not good at it, I can still enjoy it. So I’m going to start posting a few thumbnails here. When they are linked to full-size images, I’ll indicate that. This first one isn’t, by the by.

Feds Give Private Spaceship Go-Ahead to Expand Flight Testing

From Space.com

By Leonard David

Senior Space Writer

posted: 02:00 pm ET 07 April 2004

image used without permission, original is here (http://a52.g.akamaitech.net/f/52/827/1d/www.space.com/images/h_spo_hybrid_01.jpg)

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) has given license approval to Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, permitting the firm to expand flight testing of SpaceShipOne — a privately-financed rocket plane to carry passengers to suborbital altitude.

SpaceShipOne, built by Scaled Composites is being led by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, who heads the company. The rocket plane and its carrier mothership, the White Knight, were unveiled on April 18, 2003. Since that time, the craft has undergone extensive piloted glide tests and one powered flight. Read More…