This is an interesting thread and astoundingly abstract. Obviously, I have a lot to learn about material science.
But, in the course of posting, people have brought in lots of other issues -- including some absolutely prize assumptions
(Including this one:
Tyndmyr wrote:I admit, the image of crooks trying to learn materials science and 3d modeling skills does amuse me.
which seems to just ooze classist generalizations. Let me assure you that what is a major determination of whether or not someone becomes a 'crook' is a desire to show off being smarter than everyone else, pulling something over on all the 'stupid people', or a complete lack of impulse control. None of these things precludes knowing about materials science.)
and what seems like a lot of resentment disguised as suspicion; so, since offering my own experience has lead to some odd posts, let me assure you that, sam_i_am, Tyndmyr, and Heisenberg, no, I am not a "street brawler", but, I am a woman.
Tyndmyr wrote:Possibly. That interpretation still seems unlikely, though. I mean, I've lived in rough parts of town, and they were not populated by street fighting people using wild assortments of weaponry. Sure, fights happened. They still weren't that common, and most everyone just avoided such things. The middle-class woman who has to routinely fight does not seem to be terribly common. So, yeah, I'm still a bit skeptical. And even if it is true, I'm having trouble seeing how it relates to the general concepts being discussed.
And once I was a girl. And women get to be targets of men. And it is not impossible for a woman to end up having to be in a fight. I never was the kind of person to take the advice of those stupid Police Department Advisories that said that I'll get hurt worse if I fight back. I fought back. It relates to the general concepts being discussed in that it relates to the specific concept of self-defense. Ormurinn used the example of "women and the physically disabled". All I did was post that, in my experience, a gun wasn't the thing that saved me and that if I did carry one, it wouldn't be as useful in the situations that most women are more likely to find themselves in. Nice try, Tyndmyr, but saying my post or sub topic wasn't relevant at that point in the thread isn't true. And, I'm middle class now
I could give you a whole Women's Studies Analysis of my motivation for putting myself out in the world to do what I was good at and just dealt with the consequences; but, I haven't the time. I am taking the time, though, (no, don't thank me...really!) to reply to a couple of things:
Belial got it right, you had reading comprehension problems:
Tyndmyr wrote:I admit to also being skeptical that a mechanical pencil would hold up to a bike chain.
They were probably due to a blood pressure surge. Nope. The mechanical pencil stuck through the t-shirt into the soft skin of the underarm of a guy who had just tried to pin me to a wall. He screamed and backed off long enough for me to get away.
Which brings me to Heisenberg:
Heisenberg wrote:... she would throw her gun out the window and draw her trusty mechanical pencil.
No, I'm saying that for self-defense, defending can be done with a whole lot of things. I am saying that the first rule of defense is to use your brain. It might result in you saying something clever that distracts or difuses the situation. It might be using whatever is to hand in a way that can hurt. I was and still am in disagreement about guns being framed as the be-all-and-end-all of self-defense.
sam_i_am wrote:It's mostly that I disagree with her basic premise that physical size(height) is not an advantage.
I didn't say that. I said in viewtopic.php?p=3155399#p3155399
I actually have a better time of it with a taller attacker. I can get in close
. Generally, physical size is useful. But, if you have a big difference, well, a suicidally brave small person -- EG: threatened female who has just flipped that switch -- can really make small an advantage.
This is a perfect example of the brain working on self-defense:
nitePhyyre wrote:Personally, I like to abuse the fact that I am left handed in a fight. EVERYONE always starts a fight by taking a huge swing with their right hand. Always the same right-hook haymaker. It leaves people completely, utterly, 100% open for a quick left jab. Break their nose/knock out some teeth on the first punch, then as they collapse, push them down, drop a knee onto their backs and give hard kidney shots.
True. Unless they've been a boxer. But, oddly enough, boxers like to stay out of fights. They save it for when they're getting paid.
And, ameretrifle, nice response.
Now, on another topic floating around, I wonder about the safety of widely distributed reservoirs of powdered aluminum. Whenever I change a toner cartridge, there's something that gets out. Would a cartridge of the building supply leak at all? In the presence of heat? Aluminum? I don't think I'd want that in my house. I hear Ensign Bickford uses that a lot.
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