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May 20, 2009

was zum Teufel? (What the hell?)

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In a recent post I noted that I had gotten a good deal on a wire shelving unit at Target.  Well, I put it up in the mancave and moved all of my models of WWII German aircraft to it.  Here is a photo.

Model rack

Model rack

This led to a “what the hell” moment.  I am not particularly interested in WWII German subjects with some rare exception.  I have a fair number of German kit subjects that I have picked up along the way, and I’ll build something Luftwaffe from time to time, but in general, it isn’t a passion for me.  This leads to the question, “How the hell did this happen?’ (See photo below)

Too many 111s and 88s

Too many 111s and 88s

How did I end up with 4 Hasegawa He-111 and 4 Ju-88s, including 3 Ju-88G1 nightfighters?  I have no memory of having bought that many.  I didn’t know I had all of them until I was moving the german stuff onto the new rack.  I am not sure what this means, but I know it isn’t good!

May 19, 2009

LMAO

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This is just plain funny. I am all for energy conservation, but these self professed “Greens” are just over the top. If I were a taxpayer in this jurisdiction I’d be pretty darn mad at the waste.

May 17, 2009

Formula One

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I am a Formula One fan.  This article highlights the current problems Formula One is having.  I hope the can get them resolved.  I also hope that one of the regular cable channels picks up the Formula One races again like ESPN use to do.  I don’t want to pay extra to see the races.

May 16, 2009

Fonts

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I love fonts and typography.  I recently found a site with lots of really good fonts.  Go here.

May 15, 2009

Magazine review: Model Aircraft Monthly Vol.8 #1

In this post I reviewed a “new look” issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling (SAM).  While I generally like the new look, there were editing and layout problems that left me disappointed.  Jim Bates commented on the post and voiced his feelings on the subject.  We both agree that the new SAM isn’t the SAM of old, the SAM that was THE must read model magazine for aircraft modelers. 

This raises the question, what is the must read magazine for aircraft modelers?  I’d argue that it is Model Aircraft Monthly (MAM). MAM, which is published by the same folks who publish Scale Aircraft Modeller International (SAMI) is the in-depth model magazine currently out there.  It has the mix of reviews and builds along with historical articles that the old SAM use to have those many years ago.

In this issue, there are nice historical articles on Greek A-7s and the stillborn naval version of the Jaguar.  For the 72nd scale modeler there is a very in-depth build article on the Sunderland MkIII as well as an acompanying historical article.  Finally there is an article on the current Tornado F.3 squadrons in RAF service.  There is so much in each issue of MAM that it takes me days to get thru an issue, as opposed to an issue of FineScale, which I can get thru in one visit to the loo waiting for the bran muffin to kick in.

May 14, 2009

Movie review: The Break-Up (2006)

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Once again, thanks to the modelwife’s Netflix account, we have a movie to review.  The Break-Up is a 2006 movie starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston.  I’ll start with the good stuff first.  In one scene in the movie, you get to watch Jennifer Anniston from behind walking away from the camera naked.  A nice shot, even if the shot is intentionally a little out of focus.  This leads to the inevitable thought that Brad Pitt may just be the world’s biggest idiot.  Then again, maybe not.

But, back to the movie.  The movie is about the break up of a couple who have been living together and have bought a condo together.  What starts as a small fight mushrooms into a full blown break up.  Sadly, I didn’t really care.  Vince Vaughn’s character was not particularly likeable.  Ms. Anniston’s character was a little more sympathetic, but not a lot.  I knew that the movie wasn’t holding my attention when about 10 minutes in, I started noticing how nicely their condo was painted and decorated.  When you start noticing the set, this is not a good sign for the movie.

I won’t spoil it, but lets say that things never got much better and the ending was unsatisfying as well.  It wasn’t as bad as a having a cavity filled at the dentist, but it wasn’t something I’d sit thru again.

May 13, 2009

Classic Kits

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Border scofflaw and alledged Ohio attorney Jim Bates helps administer a very neat blog, the Classic British Kits blog.  This is a neat little blog with builds and box art from the classic British Frog and Matchbox and Airfix kits that got so many of us started in modeling.  It is a neat stroll down memory lane with some nice builds of kits.  They will be doing a SIG table at the IPMS Nats in Phoenix in 2010.  I hope to have a kit done by then to add to their collection.

May 12, 2009

Beam me up, Scotty.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:24 am
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I was reading Mark Steyn’s obit of the late James Doohan of Star Trek fame, when I came across this in the piece,

“Conceived in Ireland and born in Vancouver, Doohan spent his childhood in Sarnia, Ontario, where his father was a dentist and veterinarian, and an abusive drunk. After high school, Jimmy enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery and on D-Day scrambled ashore Juno Beach. He took eight bullets that day – four in the leg, three in the hand which cost him his finger, and one in the chest where it was stopped by a silver cigarette case – after which he spent the rest of the war with the Royal Canadian Air Force. As a result of D-Day, they had to get a body double in for finger close-ups in Star Trek, but then again it was a Scots officer who first gave him prolonged exposure to the accent that would make his fortune.”

I had not realized that Doohan was Canadian or a wounded D-Day vet.  I knew Scotty was a tough old bird.  I just didn’t realize how tough.

May 11, 2009

Weekend update

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 2:49 pm
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With a nod to Dennis Miller and the old Saturday Night Live.  Of course, this weekend was Mother’s Day.  It was also the modelwife and my 11th wedding anniversary.  To celebrate, we dropped the modelchild off at her great aunt and great uncle’s and went shopping for bikes.  After looking at several places, we finally ended up at Target.  I like Target.  I think they are the best combination of quality and price.  A little better quality merchandise than Walmart, but still good prices.  I have generally avoided shopping at Target ever since they banned the Salvation Army bellringers from their stores a few years ago.  However, looking at their site, they got burned by the backlash from that decision and have donated significant amounts of money to the Salvation army since then. 

In any event,  we found the bikes we liked at Target and got them.  This is the bike I got.  It is categorized as a hybrid on their site, but when you see it in person, it is clearly a road bike.  With two bikes and some unrealted goodies, we had quite a bill at Target.  On checkout, I went to pay with a Visa, and Target offered me a 10% discount to apply for a Target card and pay using it.  The application process took all of 30 seconds and saved me over $50.  This was a deal in my book.

Sunday was spent in church and riding the new bikes up to the park near our house.  The modelchild road all the way up and back on her bike, which surprised me.  I didn’t think she had that kind of stamina for bike riding.  We may get a lot of use out of the bikes this summer after all.

I also spent some time yesterday in the little garden in the back yard.  Here is a photo of it from a couple of weeks ago.

My garden

My garden

I cut the phone line to the house while digging the garden. (Oops).  AT & T was out there in an hour and a half to fix the problem.  Actually the service guy said it wasn’t my fault since the line should have been buried 18 inches underground but it was less than six inches deep under my garden.  That made me feel marginally less stupid.

Also yesterday, even though it was mother’s day, I got to spend about 30 minutes in one of my favorite places. Here:

Hammock

Hammock

Yesterday was the first day we hadn’t had any rain in almost two weeks.  I took advantage of the fact by spending 30 minutes using the hammock to relax.  All in all, it was a great weekend.  I even got some more shelving at Target to go in the man cave!

May 9, 2009

Save Chuck!

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Network television is awful.  Truly awful.  There are maybe three network shows that I make a point of watching each

Nerd Herd

Nerd Herd

week.  Now, one of those shows is in danger of being cancelled.  Chuck, on NBC has not been renewed for the fall schedule.  At this point it has not been cancelled, rather it is in limbo.

Please pop over here and tell NBC to renew Chuck.

Thanks.

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