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August 26, 2019

Russian nuclear accident

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:29 pm
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The folks over at The Drive are staying on the story of the recent radiological accident associated with a possible failed missile test.  As I’ve said previously, we may never know what really happened but I am glad to see at least some news sites continuing to follow the story.

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Maybe all is not lost

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:19 pm
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This is a good sign.  Maybe the current generation isn’t as hopeless as we think.

Movie review: The Dawn Patrol (1938)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 9:37 am
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Starring Basil Rathbone, Errol Flynn and David Niven.  How can this not be good?  I hadn’t realized when watching this film that it was a remake and that the first version was in 1930.  The story covers an RAF squadron on the western front in 1916 and the horrendous losses the RAF was suffering at the time.  The theme of the strain on command of having to send men into combat knowing they are unprepared and will likely not survive even one mission and the resentment of those doing the flying and knowing what will happen to the green replacements plays out as the main tension of the film.  Frankly, it reminded me in some ways of 12 o’clock High, the WWII-set B-17 drama. (The movie, not the TV show)

Of interest to modelers, the film used actual Neiuport 28s, as well as some 1920s and 30s aircraft done up as WWI aircraft.  The distant view aerial combat sequences come from the earlier 1930 film and you can see the difference in the film quality even though there was only an 8 year time difference.

Four of Five stars.  Well worth watching.

August 24, 2019

More Russian vaporware

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:53 am
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Story here.  As usual, I don’t believe we will ever see this, thought I do ultimately think this is the wave of the future.  I also think robotic vehicles, UAVs and soldiers will make war more likely, not less likely.

August 23, 2019

Eventually, there will be a kit of everything

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:30 pm
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Proof of the statement. QED.

August 22, 2019

Robots in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 pm
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Is it the next step in Skynet?  I doubt it.  However, I have no doubts that robots like this will be vital in space travel, especially on trips to Mars and to more distant objects.

Bad British Tanks

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:28 pm
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I quite enjoyed this.

More on that Russian nuclear accident

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:38 am
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More of the story here.  I suspect that we may not know the full story of what happened here for 20 or 30 years, if ever.  However, I think this is a much more important story than we’ve been led to believe and I hope reporters keep digging.

August 21, 2019

A funny story

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:01 pm
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I had never heard of this one.  ESPN does some incredibly good reporting sometimes.

Earth’s inner core

Filed under: Modeling,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:26 am
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Interesting article on study of the Earth’s core using data generated from old Soviet nuke tests.  What they don’t tell you in the article is one of the nuke tests was the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful man-made explosion ever.  There is a kit of the Tsar Bomba and I want it.

BTW, this is what the effects of the Tsar Bomba would look like if an air burst detonation occurred over Louisville, KY

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