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July 11, 2020

Now that is funny

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:36 am
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Presented without comment.


July 9, 2020

A-29 down

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 3:32 pm
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An Afghan A-29 apparently went down in Afghanistan due to mechanical issues.  A US instructor pilot was on-bard, but ejected and was rescued.

Buried in the story is the nugget about US based training of Afghan pilots being wound down because the Afghan trainees go AWOL when they get into the US.  Why would we continue to bring members of certain foreign military forces into the US for training?

June 16, 2020

Requiescat in pace

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:59 am
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Story here. 😦

May 18, 2020

Silver lining

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:39 am
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If there is any silver lining to the Wuhan flu epidemic, it may be that it ends the open office plan.

May 16, 2020

The things you learn

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:19 am
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I had never heard this story.  Wild.  (h/t to Jim Bates who brought it to my attention.)

May 8, 2020

Where have all the cruise ships gone?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:13 am
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Story here.  Fascinating stuff. Personally, I am not sure the industry survives.

May 4, 2020

The Maltese Falcon

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:41 am

Watched it again.  I previously reviewed it here.  My opinion hasn’t changed. It is truly one of the greatest movies of all time.

April 23, 2020

Covid-19 (The Wu Flu)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:23 am
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An extraordinarily clear eyed assessment of our current situation.

April 15, 2020

Movie review: Soylent Green (1973)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:18 pm

Soylent Green is considered both a classic of science fiction and of movie-making generally. I saw the film originally when I was much younger, but it is interesting to revisit it now.  The film was made in 1973 and was set in NYC in 2022.  The plot of the movie is that the population of the world has exploded and that pollution has brought famine and a much warmer, inhospitable climate. (This last point is interesting in that at the time, global cooling and a new ice age were thought to be on the horizon, not global warming.)  When the film was made, the population of NYC was 7.1 million.  The film is set in 2022 when we are told the population of NYC is 40 million.   In actuality, in 2019, the population of NYC is only a little over 8.3 million.

In the movie NYC of 2022, most of the population lives in poverty, crowded and starving and only subsisting on nutritional  crackers (soylent) which come in varieties such as red, yellow and green, with green being the highest quality and most nutritious.  Charlton Heston’s character, Det. Thorn, is a police detective who lives with “his book” played by Edward G. Robinson in his final role. A “book” is basically a research assistance for the detective.  Thorn gets tasked with investigating the murder of a very wealthy member of the board of directors of the Soylent corporation.  While investigating, the audience gets to see the vast disparity that exists between the rich and everyone else in NYC in 2022.  The rich have access to real food, clean water and air conditioning.  They live in spacious apartments which come with their own live-in prostitutes (furniture)

While the movie was made over 45 years ago, I won’t spoil it for the reader, since the whole movie centers around the discovery Thorn makes as a result of his investigation.  It is a good movie and well worth watching, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how wrong our present thinking about what the future will be like is always so wrong. 4 out of 5 stars.

April 6, 2020

Wow, that is old

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:49 am
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A nearly 400 year old shark.  That is pretty amazing.

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