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June 30, 2015

Crawford Reed (1827-1905)

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One of my great-grandfathers.

He served in the 53rd Indiana Inf. Reg. which fought in most of the major western campaigns. 

June 29, 2015


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:39 pm
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At a time like this, all you can do is laugh.

June 18, 2015

Battle of Britain book review

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:20 am
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Jim Bates has his blog going again.  Here is a nice book review and as a bonus it is a subtle dig at me to let me know he is way ahead of me in the number of books read this year.

June 17, 2015

A neat photo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:15 pm
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Many times photos will inspire me to say to myself, “I’d like to build that”.

Courtesy of famed Canadian, Ohio,  Washington lawyer Jim Bates we have this.

Cool Turbo Otter

Cool Turbo Otter













Here is a news story about the aircraft.

And, if you are inspired to build a model in 72nd scale (GOTS), then here is a conversion kit.

Neat idea

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:04 am
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Driving will be way different over the next 20 years.  This is a neat idea, but it may just be a stop-gap until all cars are driver-less and are all aware of where each other are. (At which point Skynet becomes self-aware.)

June 10, 2015

A smart analysis

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:26 am
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A smart analysis of why Scandinavian countries can have a prosperous economy and a large cradle to grave welfare state. (Spoiler alert: Its because other, bigger countries don’t)

June 8, 2015

Time for the US to get back in the manned space business

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:13 pm
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Here is a great article on some of the reasons why. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 5, 2015

Follow up T-50 news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:56 pm
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I previously noted that the Russians had announced they were only going to build 12 T-50s, down from a planned 52.

Here are a couple of more reports hinting at the issues that the T-50 is having.

June 4, 2015

The South China Sea just got more fun

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:36 pm
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Vietnam clearly doesn’t plan on coming to the party empty-handed.

The FBI Air Force

Filed under: Legal,Technology — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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Turns out the FBI has its own air force.  Police have used helicopters and planes to track suspects for years.  Nothing new in that.  However, if they are routinely circling over cities and using sensors to sweep up cell phone data and track large numbers of citizens, then this is a worrying development.

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