Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, January 21, 2005

As I do every so often on slow news days...

it's once again time for Ask That Guy a Question!

First person to submit a question in the comments below will receive a genuine answer*!



DESPITE the fact that both stupid, STUPID HaloScan and stupid, STUPID Blogger are acting up, we DO have a winner. Frequent commentor Tom Jackson (possibly relative of Stonewall?) asks below: "Who was the better inventor: John Moses Browning or Hiram Percy Maxim?"

I suppose it comes down to a definition of "better"--Maxim's experimental capriciousness led him not only to invent the modern machine gun, but also a host of other stuff like a steam-powered airplane and pre-Edison electrical lighting systems. Browning was more focused on firearms development, his most enduring and beloved being the Colt M-1911, still turned out today by several companies in more or less the original form and function. I'm not sure I'd be willing to say one man is better than another, only that I'm glad they're both Americans.

*Disclaimer: Management makes no claims of veracity of answer provided. Void where prohibited.

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