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padraig (u.s.)
14-03-2013, 06:37 PM
so this kind of blew my mind. I knew dudes w/o access to fancy tech been jury-rigging crazy homemade weapons since day (literally since the dawn of time I mean) and you've been to see YT videos of people firing homemade rockets for years now but some this shit is still, just like, next and next level

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/02/diy-weapons-of-the-syrian-rebels/100461/

catapults and trebuchets (the latter apparently built using plans from how-to videos posted by American trebuchet hobbyists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7mB5iftarQ) on YT)

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s18_RTR396FL.jpg
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s09_RTR3CW9K.jpg

using a smartphone to aim homemade rockets

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s30_RTR3DXKX.jpg

there's also diy machine shops for mortars (which reminded me of reading about Bougainville in the early 90s, where dudes had lathes in the jungle running on coconut oil. there's actually a fascinating documentary about it called the Coconut Revolution. it's up on YT, here's the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPF3cnIdy5s) and homemade armored cars that put anything from Mad Max to shame, but here's where it really gets into crazy

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s20_58020753.jpg

a console system somehow rigged to control an actual, real-life machine gun. i.e. a simulation of war becoming real again you imagine is the kind of thing would make baudrillard's head explode if he were alive to see it

padraig (u.s.)
14-03-2013, 06:42 PM
also, just tbc obviously Syria's a mess, a lot of people are suffering, I don't want to lessen the context. just, like I said it kind of blew my mind a little

droid
15-03-2013, 01:04 PM
Wow.

Slightly off topic, but this is amazing as well:

http://blog.storyful.com/2013/03/13/the-changing-nature-of-conflict-and-technology/#.UUMa2OuUV9m

Leo
15-03-2013, 01:17 PM
those photos are insane, pure "road warrior". i like the one with the guy lighting a cigarette in the artillery factory.

sufi
24-03-2013, 02:02 PM
Wow.

Slightly off topic, but this is amazing as well:

http://blog.storyful.com/2013/03/13/the-changing-nature-of-conflict-and-technology/#.UUMa2OuUV9m

following on from this and the first post, here's homemade weapons monitoring (not monitoring of homemade weapons, but amateur monitoring of clandestine inflows of weapons to the conflict from some bloke's living room thru online videos!) http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk
impressive

droid
24-03-2013, 09:54 PM
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s20_58020753.jpg

a console system somehow rigged to control an actual, real-life machine gun. i.e. a simulation of war becoming real again you imagine is the kind of thing would make baudrillard's head explode if he were alive to see it

Take this a step further. Connect it to an online xbox 360 and charge gamers to control the guns. Boom! Instant revenue stream and thousands of volunteers.

droid
24-03-2013, 09:55 PM
following on from this and the first post, here's homemade weapons monitoring (not monitoring of homemade weapons, but amateur monitoring of clandestine inflows of weapons to the conflict from some bloke's living room thru online videos!) http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk
impressive

Crowd sourced military intelligence.

Sectionfive
01-04-2013, 07:20 PM
reminds me of


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ZRwDft6eI

wtf is this thing

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s_s17_60201750.jpg

HMGovt
03-04-2013, 04:35 AM
http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/syria022013/s_s17_60201750.jpg

It's a multiple rocket launcher, probably salvaged from a downed Soviet-era helicopter or MIG

Something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-5_rocket