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December 31, 2009

Security theatre

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:25 am
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Doesn’t the TSA have better things to do right now?  Story here.

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December 29, 2009

Random notes from the holidays

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Northen Virginia ought to sue the Federal government for what the presence of DC and all the government workers has done to Northern Virginia.  The interstate system looks like someone threw a handfull of cooked spaghetti at a map of Northern Virginia and said, “We’ll put the interstates there!”

Compliments to the Country Inn and Suites in Beckley WV.   Good hotel. Decent price. Friendly staff.

The Shennandoah Valley is the prettiest place on earth.  I got to drive thru it at night in a fog so thick, pea soup would have been envious.

Thank God the we are starting to get more daylight hours in each day.

Despite illness, got to reread Terry Pratchett’s  book Making Money. He is one of the few authors whose books I’ll reread.  That book ought to be required reading for Ron Paul and all the gold bugs out there.

December 28, 2009

Some folks just don’t understand the Interwebs

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 4:27 pm
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And a car dealership in Florida is one of them.  The story is here.

Now the dealership will become acquainted with “the Streisand effect“.

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Family,Modeling — dknights @ 1:35 pm
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Well, time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Here are a few scenes from the latest Knights family Christmas.

The modeldaughter in her Christmas finest.

Modeldaughter

Modeldaughter

The modeldaughter and modelwife having some wintertime fun.  18″ of snow in Indian Head, MD.

Snow bunnies

Snow bunnies

This is the closest I got to modelbuilding.

Modeling in winter

Modeling in winter

The non-snow people are, modelsister-in-law, modelwife, and modeldaughter.

Below is the closest I came to modeling.  Does anyone make a kit of this.

Rescue boat

Rescue boat

December 23, 2009

Odds and ends

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 6:58 am
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Don’t worry, we are in the best of hands.  Read here.

Had Christmas this past weekend.  Modelwife got me an awesome gift.  Photos to follow.

I like Chuck Yeager, but I think he is on the wrong side of this decision.

Have caught a winter cold. Yuck!

December 22, 2009

Happy Festivus

Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 6:48 am
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Happy Festivus

Happy Festivus

As I did last year, I’ll wish everyone a Happy Fesitivus.

December 21, 2009

November wrap-up

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:44 am
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Sorry it took so long to get to this post, but I’ve actually had a lot of other stuff to post on.  The November numbers were up from the last two months, September and October.  There were of 598 visitors to the site.  This averaged out to 20 a day.  There doesn’t seem to be any pattern at all to the visits except that visits fall off on the weekends.  The magazine review psots seem to bring in the most viewers.  Again, I have no idea what all this means.  I am just going to keep plugging along.

December 20, 2009

Magazine review: Scale Aviation Modeller International Vol. 15 #10

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 6:12 am
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This issue dates back to September of 2009, which means I got it at the bookstore or hobby shop in October 2009.  As I have said many times before I review these when I get around to it and they are out of order.

Being the Spetember 2009 issue, it is the 60th anniversary of the beginning of WWII, so the issue features a lot of stuff on the Polish campaign.  The feature article is on the PZL-11 fighter, though the accompanying build is of the 48th scale kit of the aircraft.  For the 72nd modeler it has an article on a collection of aircraft in 72nd scale that have been used by the Polish air force.  It also contains a build of the 72nd scale Fine Molds Bf-109G that was captured and used by a Polish RAF squadron.  The issue also contains a report on the IPMS/USA Nationals that were held in August.  Pretty timely reporting!  I have noticed that SAMI is starting to have editing issues, with a number of errors creeping into copy and captions.  I hope this isn’t a trend.

December 19, 2009

Lawyers behaving badly

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:23 am
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A new low in attorney-client relations.  Read here.

December 18, 2009

Magazine review: RT Vol.31 #4 (Fall 2009)

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 6:35 am
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Yes, it is another RT review.  As I have said before I get these posts up as I get a chance.  See my review of the last issue of RT for my general praise for the magazine.

This issue has several nice bits for the 72nd scale modeler.  It has a build of one of my favorite aircraft, the Boeing 40B-4 using the wonderful CMR kit.  There is also the first part of a wonderful conversion of a Hasegawa 72nd TBM to one of the versions used by the RCN. 

In addition there are several other articles of interest to the modeler of all things Canadian.  RT continues to keep its Canadian focus.  Given its membership base, I continue to be amazed at the quality of this product.

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