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January 19, 2019

Aircraft mounted laser weapons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:12 am
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Interesting thoughts on the coming use of aircraft mounted laser weapons.


2020 Supra

Filed under: Family,Technology — dknights @ 6:49 am
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Be still my beating heart.

January 18, 2019

Yellow vests

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:38 pm
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An interesting take on the Yellow Vest movement in France and its causes.

More on French speed cameras here.


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:22 pm
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There may now be an answer to why the H.L. Hunley sank.  Going to see this is on my bucket list.

Russia loses two Su-34s

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Looks like Russians lost two Su-34s off the Asian coast of Russia.  Note: that at the time I linked to the story, the photo with the story was an Su-27UB, not an Su-34.  We’ll see if they correct that.

January 17, 2019

Movie review: The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:47 pm
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This is the fifth of the sixth Thin Man movies and the first that doesn’t take place mainly in NYC or San Francisco.  The fourth film was filmed in 1941, before America’s entry into WWII.  This film was originally slated to begin production in 1942, but Myrna Loy declined the job and instead she moved to NYC to marry the heir to the Hertz car rental fortune and to work in the Red Cross in New York.  Like many celebrities of the time, she threw herself into war related activities and did not return to film until shooting this film in mid and late 1944.  The film premiered in early 1945.

Though Nick and Nora have a child, he does not appear in this film.  It is explained in dialogue that Nicky is in kindergarten and they didn’t want to take him out of school.  If my guess about Nicky’s age in the fourth film is correct, that would mean that though 3-4 years have passed between production of the last film and this one, in the film world’s time, this film follows closely on the heels of the last one.

Though this movie was made while the US was deeply involved in WWII, there is no direct reference to the war in the film, though there are many oblique references to it.  The opening scene where Nick and Nora are traveling on a train to go to Nick’s old home town show plenty of men in uniform and the train traveling conditions are extremely crowded as was the case in the wartime USA.  In addition, a character is referred to as having returned from “the South Seas” and is waiting for his discharge from the Army.  The victim is shot with a Japanese Nambu light machine gun, though it is called a sniper rifle in the movie.  Finally, it turns out the reason for the murder is a plot to steal propeller plans for “a foreign power”.

While several years in real time have passed, neither Powell or Loy have lost any of their spark.  Their interplay is as good as in any of the films, and the writing really sparkles.  In fact, this may be the funniest film since the first one, with Loy stealing several scenes, including the climactic reveal of the killer, where she lampshades the entire process in a running commentary to Nick’s father.

I really enjoyed this one.  5 stars.



Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:58 pm
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Just heart-wrenching.  How many times does man need to learn the lesson of socialism’s failures?

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.


Weird interstellar object

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:08 am
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Story here.  I wish it were aliens, or maybe I don’t. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


January 16, 2019

Give that man a medal

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 4:27 pm
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Your feel good story of the day.

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