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June 27, 2014

Amy Adams

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:30 pm
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I’ve liked Amy Adams ever since Enchanted and the latest Muppet Movie.  Now I like her even more.  A classy lady.

Possibly the dumbest editorial ever written

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 1:16 pm
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Presented without comment because words fail me.

June 24, 2014

A return to the old ways

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:38 pm
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This story and this one will bring back memories for those of us old enough to remember the cold war.  Things seem to be goning back to those days.

June 22, 2014

Magazine Review: RT Vol. 36 #1 (Spring 2014)

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 11:04 pm
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As you know by now, RT (Random Thoughts) is the magazine of IPMS/Canada.  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, this is without a doubt the best modeling magazine out there, either profit or non-profit.  It reminds me of the early FineScale modeler magazines.  Fellow modeler Jim Bates put it best when he said that the magazine has found the right balance of words and pictures.  It is the only magazine that I read all the articles, regardless of the subject being covered.
 

All the IPMS branches are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.  Our friends in the great white north are going all out.  This issue is jam packed with great articles, particularly for the 72nd scale modeler.  There is a very nice build of a 72nd scale medieval lifeboat and a build of a 72nd scale F-86H target tug in a bright read and silver scheme.
 

There are very good historical articles on the Beaufighter and RCAF Ventura.  In other scales there is a 35th scale Firefly tank and 48th scale CT-155 Hawk.
 

I know this sounds like a broken record, but if you aren’t a member of IPMS/Canada.  They’ve just gone thru a price increase due to a postage increase in Canada.  It now costs a person in the US $45 per year.  However, I still consider that a bargain.  I hope you’ll consider joining up.

June 20, 2014

Line of the day

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:55 pm
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Best line I read today, “OMG WHY ARE WE MILITARIZING THE LETTUCE INSPECTORS?”

Full story here.

June 19, 2014

IPMS/USA Nationals

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 9:45 pm
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I’ll be attending the IPMS/USA Nationals in Hampton VA this year.  It will be the 20th National I have attended.  The previous ones were:

1985 Indianapolis, IN IPMS Roscoe Turner

1988 Dayton, OH Dayton Area Plastic Modelers

1991 St. Louis, MO IPMS Gateway

1993 Atlanta, GA IPMS Atlanta

1995 Albuquerque, NM IPMS Albuquerque

1996 Virginia Beach, VA IPMS Tidewater

2000 Dallas, TX IPMS North Central Texas

2001 Chicago, IL IPMS Lakes Region/ IPMS Will Cook

2002 Virginia Beach, VA IPMS Tidewater

2003 Oklahoma, City, OK IPMS Metro

2004 Phoenix, AZ IPMS Craig Hewitt

2005 Atlanta, GA IPMS Northmen

2006 Kansas City, MO IPMS Great Plains/IPMS Wast Central Missouri

2007 Anahiem, CA IPMS Orange County

2008 Virginia Beach, VA IPMS Tidewater

2009 Columbus, OH IPMS Eddie Rickenbacker

2010 Phoenix, AZ IPMS Craig Hewitt

2011 Omaha, NE IPMS Ft. Crook/IPMS Lincoln

2012 Lake Buena Vista, FL IPMS Pelikan

Hooray for capitalism

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:42 pm
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Story here.  The efforts of this genius and this worldwide company will be doing more for the world’s poor, than all the NGOs and UN agencies combined.

June 18, 2014

Outrageous

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:01 pm

The Court of Last Resort

Story here.  Short version, police using a technology to track cell phones in law enforcement matters.  Doing so without a warrant and POSSIBLY lying to the courts about it.  ACLU files suit to obtain information on the use of the technology to see if a possible constitutional violation is occurring.  Court orders turnover of information and to prevent the turnover, the US Marshal’s service to seize the records and move them into federal custody.  Simply unbelievable.

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June 16, 2014

Space progress

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:48 pm
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There is progress, but it is slow.

June 15, 2014

Pearl Harbor from the Japanese point of view

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:20 pm
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Story here.

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