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Slingshot vs. Spotted Lanternfly
Aug 24th, 2020 at 12:44pm
 
I don't know how it happened, and I don't know if I'll ever manage it again, but this was a moment too epic to not document.

A while back, on a whim, I made myself a basic tree fork slingshot (see photo.) I played around with it a bit, but besides knocking some trees between using my regular sling on practice trips, I hadn't done too much with it. But today, on yet another whim, I decided to pit my slingshot against that fell invader, the tree-destroying Spotted Lanternfly. So, I walked out my front door, and after a minute of searching, I saw one, perched in perfect obliviousness on my fence. So I pulled out my slingshot, and POW! I hit it, and it went flying behind some shrubs! (I tracked it down and destroyed it more thoroughly, to make sure it wasn't just injured - They're pretty hardy bugs.) I tried again and again to hit another, but I couldn't manage it. I figure my success was a fluke, but I'm still ecstatic that my slingshot got to see some action. Grin

I'll probably get more chances to try again as autumn approaches. To borrow a phrase from Thorin Oakenshield, May it soon cleave goblins... Er, Spotted Lanternflies once again!
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Reply #1 - Aug 25th, 2020 at 3:10am
 
It's all about the mindgames with aiming. You probably were seriously expecting to hit it the first time but as soon as you knew it was possible your mind consciously tried to aim instead of aiming instinctively. I've made similar difficult shots and it's always when I fully expect to miss and so don't put any thought into it.
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Reply #2 - Aug 25th, 2020 at 5:03pm
 
That's very possible - I managed to hit one or two more in the span of around 30 tries, and another today, but not as solidly as that first one. I wonder if it'd be possible to  teach someone to consistently aim without thinking, to maximize that mysterious "feeling..." Or maybe just thinking about not thinking about aiming is the same problem, I dunno! Ha ha.
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“For as this ought, or ought not, expresses some new relation or affirmation, 'tis necessary that it should be observed and explained; and... a reason should be given, for what seems altogether inconceivable, how this new relation can be a deduction from others, which are entirely different from it. ..[V]ice and virtue is not founded merely on the relations of objects, nor is perceived by reason.”
 
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Reply #3 - Aug 25th, 2020 at 7:26pm
 
Just in case you haven't seen it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0
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Reply #4 - Aug 25th, 2020 at 9:16pm
 
IronGoober wrote on Aug 25th, 2020 at 7:26pm:
Just in case you haven't seen it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ieWrWLjii0


Whaaaaaaaaaaat? Man, that just goes to show ya, there's always someone better lol. That's just incredible.

I guess that tells me whether my idea about aiming without thinking was possible.
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Reply #6 - Aug 26th, 2020 at 12:03pm
 
That's crazy. I wish I had a slingshot and that kind of skill when I was a kid, when carpenter bees would come out and eat our front porch every summer. Shocked
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“For as this ought, or ought not, expresses some new relation or affirmation, 'tis necessary that it should be observed and explained; and... a reason should be given, for what seems altogether inconceivable, how this new relation can be a deduction from others, which are entirely different from it. ..[V]ice and virtue is not founded merely on the relations of objects, nor is perceived by reason.”
 
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Reply #8 - Aug 29th, 2020 at 1:50pm
 
   Your story doesn't surprise me, CT.  The slingshot is a very accurate weapon.  If I had to choose between a slingshot or sling as a survival tool the slingshot wins.  I'd rather eat small critters than miss big ones.
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Reply #9 - Aug 30th, 2020 at 1:15pm
 
That's what I'm finding out very quickly! I wish I could hit things with the sling just as easily sometimes! Roll Eyes I wouldn't eat a spotted lanternfly if my life depended on it, though, ha ha.
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“For as this ought, or ought not, expresses some new relation or affirmation, 'tis necessary that it should be observed and explained; and... a reason should be given, for what seems altogether inconceivable, how this new relation can be a deduction from others, which are entirely different from it. ..[V]ice and virtue is not founded merely on the relations of objects, nor is perceived by reason.”
 
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Reply #10 - Aug 30th, 2020 at 1:36pm
 
Captain_Twine wrote on Aug 30th, 2020 at 1:15pm:
That's what I'm finding out very quickly! I wish I could hit things with the sling just as easily sometimes! Roll Eyes I wouldn't eat a spotted lanternfly if my life depended on it, though, ha ha.


   They don't look appetizing at all and usually bugs that are colored so brightly are poisonous.  Spotted Lanternflies are very far down on my list of emergency foods.
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