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January 14, 2020

Odd space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:35 am
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Story here.  There is something deeply weird in Japanese culture right now.  It is as if the men have forgotten or lost interest in pursuing a spouse in any normal fashion. A 44 year old billionaire ought to not have much trouble finding female companionship. Jeff Bezos didn’t have any problem and he was married at the time. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 13, 2020

WTF?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:43 pm
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OK, this is crazy.  We need to cut this crap out.  Training service members from Canada or the UK is fine.  We ought not be training any soldiers from any Middle Eastern country other than Israel.  Same goes for most of the rest of the world.

Now all we have to do….

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:41 pm
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is figure out a way to get there.   A nice first step might be having people on the moon and Mars!  Actually, since the planet appears to be tidally locked, it might not be there best candidate, but we ought to have a look at some point. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

PZL.37B

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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IBG has release another boxing of this kit and this is one I am interested in since it will help complete the Romanian collection.

January 12, 2020

F-117

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:48 am
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Even though they are officially retired, apparently several F-117s are still flying , being used as aggressor aircraft out at Nellis.  Story here.

January 11, 2020

Movie review: 1917 (2019)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:22 pm
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Short version: Go see it.  Right away.

OK, longer version.  This is an amazing piece of film-making. The story is straightforward.  Two British soldiers in WWI are tasked with crossing ground recently occupied by the withdrawing German army to reach a unit that is about to attack into a trap.  They carry orders cancelling the attack.  To add to the drama, one of the two soldiers has a brother in the unit they are trying to reach in time to cancel the attack.

Through some digital trickery the film is shot as a single continuous tracking shot.  This has the effect of making the viewer feel as if they are on the journey with these two soldiers.  The tension builds throughout the film, with several twists which add to the story.  The uniforms, equipment and sets are amazing.  I can’t praise this film highly enough.  Nothing I can tell you will do it justice.  I will say that I think it is one of the best portrayals of a soldier’s experience that I have ever seen in a movie.  The film is greatly aided by several well known actors in small supporting roles.

5 stars.  Go see this film.

Well, this is interesting

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:03 am
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Story here.  If this laser works as advertised, it could really change things in a number of arenas, such as air and missile defense, anti-anti-tank defense etc.  Of course, we need to wait and see.

January 10, 2020

Paper tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:37 pm
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As I’ve said, generally Russia is a paper tiger.  However, that doesn’t mean they still can’t do something stupid and get a bunch a people killed. That will happen if they keep this up.

Beer review: Gumballhead by 3 Floyds brewing

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:27 am
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Mike Baskette, my co-host on the Plastic Model Mojo podcast recommended this Indiana based brewery’s beer on our last episode. (episode 3).  As I am a fan of wheat beers, and I’d never heard of this one before, I had to give it a try.  Gumballhead is a bit different from most wheat beers. Most wheat beers have little or no hoppy taste.  I generally don’t like the bitterness of hops which is why I prefer wheat beers. Gumballhead has a significant hoppiness. The first sip shocked me.  However, the hop flavor fades in subsequent sips and half way thru my 12 oz, I found myself enjoying the beer.  It is a 5.6% ABV, so not weak but not overpowering.  Thanks to mike for the recommendation.

Interesting space travel technology

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:49 am
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Story here.  In the words of the great Instapundit, faster please. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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