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October 19, 2020

Toobin is a tool

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 10:37 pm
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You have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at this.  Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

Go Navy!

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:36 pm
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I spend time on here criticizing the USN for its poor procurement choices and other things.  However, there is no doubt they are a fine fighting force capable of doing amazing things.  Story here.

October 16, 2020

The 1942 raid on Oslo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:17 am
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Listeners to the podcast know that I am engaged in a group build of the Tamiya Mosquito.  Because I have a great interest in the invasion of Norway in 1940, and the subsequent occupation, I decided to build one of the aircraft that participated in the 1942 raid on the gestapo headquarters in Oslo.  These four aircraft were from 105 Squadron and were the first use of the new Mosquito that were acknowledged in the British press.

The raid was not exactly a success.  However it was the first of many of these precision strikes including the Arhaus raid and the Shellhaus raid.  In fact, the Oslo raid was repeated in late 1944.

I am a fan of Stan Stokes prints, and here is a print of the raid.

More on the raid here.

This is the building today.

More here.

Sampling an asteroid

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:30 am
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Next Tuesday, if all goes well, a NASA mission will sample an asteroid and then return the retrieved sample to earth. JAXA has done the same thing already and its probe is on its way back to earth with the sample.

The information that we gain will tell us many things, including whether or not such mining might be economically feasible. It should also help in determining the best way to deflect such a body should one be found to be on a collision course with earth. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would find this way cool)

October 15, 2020

Jetpack man at LAX, again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:54 am
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For the second time pilots landing at LAX have reported seeing someone flying in a jetpack near the airport. Story here.

October 14, 2020

Paper Tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:45 am
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I’ve said before that other than its ageing nuclear arsenal, Russia is a paper tiger, and while we should keep a wary eye out, it is not our major concern. Here is a story that provides an example of that fading power.

Good for them

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:36 am
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The US government is going to sell three new weapons systems to Taiwan. Good.  The US needs to be firm in its commitment to Taiwan, especially in light of China’s broken promises regarding Hong Kong.

October 13, 2020

Blue Origin

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:35 pm
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SpaceX gets all the attention, but Blue Origin is doing some interesting things.  Keep and eye on them.  It is good to see multiple companies doing this stuff. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

October 10, 2020

AScaleCanadianTV episode 19

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:14 pm
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The new episode is out.  It took Jim Bates to long to give us all an update, but it is here now.  Enjoy.

October 9, 2020

China is serious

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:01 pm
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China is serious about Taiwan.  Deadly serious.  You don ‘t go building a full size replica of another countries government buildings unless you have a real plan to invade.

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