David Knights' Weblog

November 25, 2016

Chinese currency woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:48 pm
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Story here.  The Chinese will lose more and more control over their currency the deeper they move into the international market.

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April 22, 2016

I approve

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:50 pm
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Good choice.

May 20, 2014

More Canadian craziness

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:24 pm
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I can’t figure out if this is real or parody.

May 28, 2013

Maple money

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:03 pm
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Those wacky Canadians.  What more do I need to say.

November 14, 2012

Greece is well and truly broke

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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as if anyone didn’t know.  Stare into our future and tremble.

September 7, 2012

Tar and feathers

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:38 am
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Tar and feathers.  Nothing else will teach them.

May 4, 2012

Rant on….

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:29 pm
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From time to time on modeling forums like Hyperscale, you’ll have someone occasionally post a complaint about model kit prices.  I hate those.  My attitude is generally, if you don’t like the price, don’t buy the kit.

Therefore, I feel a little funny about writing this post.  However, some recent kit releases have gotten me thinking.  In 72nd scale the Sword J2M3 has  come out at $31.  The Sword Ki-44 at $29.  The Cyberhobby D3A1 at $32 and the Cyberhobby SB2C at a whopping $39,  At the same time, in the last year, Airfix has released two great Spitfire kits at $7, a very nice P-40, also at $7 and the Swordfish for $15.

Why are we getting these recent releases of 72nd scale, single engine WWII aircraft at these expensive prices?  I understand the dollar is weaker.  I understand that oil is more expensive.  However, these recent kit releases come with an eye-popping price.

Back in 1970, you could buy a nice (for the time) Airfix kit for $2.00.  I used an inflation calculator I found on the net to determine what the current value of the $2 in 1970 would be today.

The price of something costing $2 in 1970 into today’s dollars.

As you can see, the current crop of Airfix kits are a bargain even today.  Meanwhile I am at a loss to explain the current price of the recent Cyberhobby and Sword kits.

December 10, 2010

Is this what they mean by irony?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:28 am
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The full story is here.  We can’t even print money correctly?  This just makes the federal government look more incompetent, as if that was possible.

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