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October 30, 2013


Filed under: Family,General — dknights @ 11:25 pm
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This is so delusional, I don’t know where to begin.  I lost IQ points just reading it and I don’t have that many to spare.

October 27, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union #14

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:38 pm
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This week’s Sprue Cutters topic is easy:– What do you think is the worst part of the hobby? –

That is simple to answer: Canopies

More of my models end up stopped at the canopy stage than any other.  It is one reason that when I am having trouble finishing anything I pick a model for a quick build and the one thing I look for is something without a canopy.  This is the one area where I need to improve.  Any suggestions are welcomed.

Other Union members have responded:

Jim hates decaling

Frank’s models need constant repair

Jeroen has a problem I can relate to.

Sven disklikes seams

Jay has a long list

Matt isn’t a people person

Just ignore Jim

October 25, 2013

The Free Press

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:48 pm
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Democracy requires a free press, and visa versa.   Thus, I don’t know why the press seems so tolerant of the current administration doing stuff like this.

October 22, 2013

More Canadian craziness

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:12 pm
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Story here. (H/T Jim Bates)

October 21, 2013


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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Pollution continues to be a problem.

October 17, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union #13

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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I missed last week.  My bad, but work has gone crazy.

This weeks topic is: – How do you prepare for your next build? –

This one is difficult for me.  I used to research obsessively before a build.  It contributed to a bad case of AMS and a two year period where I never finished a kit.

To break this pattern I started building with no research and pretty much out of the box.  This got me building again and enjoying modeling, but I’ve had an instance or two where I’ve finished a model and then found a flaw or detail that I should have added but didn’t.  That made me feel a bit bad.

Right now I am working on a happy medium.  I do some research and preparation, but not the obsessive amount I use to.  Its working for me to some extent.

Here are some other union posts on the subject.

Kermit’s Bench
Martin’s Bench Corner
Fill ‘n Sand
Sven Harjacek Scale Models – New to the Union!
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Motorsport Modeller
Miniature and Model Painting

October 15, 2013


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:11 am
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I’ve never liked the idea of state-sponsored media.  I’ve always thought that many NPR broadcasts were very subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) propaganda.  However, I have to aplaud them for having an ombudsman with the freedom to publish this.

October 14, 2013

The current state of the Royal Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:41 pm
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Nelson must be weeping.

Is digital publishing a good thing?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:19 am
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A currently successful author doesn’t think so.

October 13, 2013

Sad News

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 7:15 pm
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Story here.  We just saw Panama in August.

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