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September 10, 2020

General Aviation

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:05 am
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Interesting. Either the pilot was really good to land unscathed and take off from an Interstate, or really dumb for running out of gas in the first place. You decide.

August 30, 2020

Enola Holmes

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:54 am
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I’ve previously written on the fact that I am a fan of the Sherlock Holmes character.  Netflix has a new movie based on a character set in the Sherlock Holmes universe, Enola Holmes.  While clearly not canon, it looks interesting. When the Jude Law-Robert Downey, Jr. movie trailer first appeared, I was a bit worried as it looked to be a buddy cop movie rather than something truer to the spirit of the canon.  I was pleasantly surprised in that case.  I hope I will be here as well.

August 22, 2020

Movie review:The Big Sleep (1946)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:01 am
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The film adaption of the Raymond Chandler detective novel starring Bogart and Bacall.  I happened to catch this on TCM late night’s “Noir Alley”.  This is probably my favorite feature on TCM and I love watching the old noir films.  This is one of the best.  Also, watching Bogart and Bacall act together makes you realize how crappy the actors and actresses of today’s Hollywood are.  With the possible exception of Tom Hanks or Denzel Washington, there isn’t an actor today that comes close to the talent Bogart had. His acting is so effortless.  He never seems to be acting.   This film, along with The Maltese Falcon is one of those films that I could watch again and again.  Five stars.  If you have never seen it, go watch it, right away.

August 7, 2020

Interesting move

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:30 am
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The USAF has contracted out its adversary training.  This is odd to me.  I am sure there is some cost savings to it, and it preserves airframe hours on your combat fleet.  However, I am just not sure it is a good idea.  Thoughts?

July 31, 2020

Sonny Bunch spits hot fire

Filed under: General,Politics — dknights @ 11:17 am
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Sonny Bunch @SonnyBunch is one of the best movie reviewers out there.  If you  don’t read his stuff, you should.  His review of Mr. Jones should be required reading.

July 23, 2020

Space Force

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:15 pm
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Looks like Space Force is going to get the USN rank system.  Good call.

July 21, 2020

How have I never heard of this?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:04 pm
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Story here.  I was completely unaware that this had ever occurred.  More here.

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. 😦

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