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September 21, 2019

There is so much going on here.

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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I could stare to this photo for hours.

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September 19, 2019

Hotspot

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 am
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As you know the South China Sea is a hotspot I watch closely.  However adjacent to it, in the  Sea of Japan (North China Sea) a little tussle is developing between North Korea and Russia.  These two nuclear armed, third-rate powers are apparently scrapping over fishing in each other’s waters.  Both countries are economically desperate and North Korea simply has to have as much protein as they can find so I could easily see this one flaring up.  Stay tuned.

September 18, 2019

Naming Navy ships

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 pm
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The Navy has made a report to Congress on plans for naming upcoming ships.  You can read it here. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate the developing trend of politicians naming everything after themselves and their buddies.  The absolute pinnacle of this abomination is the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia who basically named everything in the state after himself.

I firmly believe that no ships should EVER be named after a living person.  With certain rare exceptions I don’t think that ships should ever be named after politicians ( I make rare exception for long dead persons of historical significance such as Lincoln and Washington)  Carriers should be named after battles, or historic previous ship names. Boomers should be named after States, Attack subs should be named after  major cities. APDs and the like should be named for smaller US cities and counties.  CGNs, DDs and FFGs should be named after naval heroes.  None of them ever should be named for living people, especially living or recently deceased politicians. <end rant>

 

September 16, 2019

Amazing photo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Photo here.  Photo of the USS Savannah in the immediate aftermath of getting hit by a German Fritz X bomb.  An amazingly-well timed photo.

August 14, 2019

Carrier news

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South Korea getting into the game.

 

Meanwhile, China and the US having trouble with their latest.

July 30, 2019

Movie review: Master and Commander (2003)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:53 am
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While I had seen bits and pieces of this film from time to time, a recent modeling session and the purchase of the DVD finally led me to see the whole film.  It was worth it.  I am a fan of Crowe and I have heard a lot of good things about the books in the series that this movie was based on.  The movie was excellent.  It was well paced and really gave a feel for life in the age of sail.  The action scenes are compelling, well-paced and well shot.  The films was a small success at the box office when released, but not enough of one that the hoped-for sequels were made.  This is a shame.  It seems that all we get out of Hollywood is superhero movies these days, when movies like this would be much more compelling IMHO.  The movie did win two minor Oscars.  Four and a Half out of Five stars.  See it.

 

July 18, 2019

Heating up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:26 pm
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Iran looks like it is pushing to pick a fight. Note at the end of the story the bit about the drone.

USS Marblehead

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:30 am
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An amazing WWII story.

July 11, 2019

Movie review: The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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Do Not Watch This Movie.  It is an hour and a half of your life that you will never get back.  The acting is uniformly bad.  The script is bad. (The dialog makes George Lucas look like Shakespeare.)  The movie, of course, centers around the rumors/conspiracy theory of the WWII experiment on the USS Eldridge.  A degaussing experiment on the ship goes wrong, rendering the ship invisible and also transporting it thru space and time.  In this version, in the current day, a lab conducting similar experiments based off the original ones open a portal which brings the original ship back from when it disappeared in 1943.  The details of the rest of the plot don’t matter, because, have I mentioned, this movie is BAD.  Don’t watch it.  Go model.  (One interesting piece of trivia.  There have been two movie adaptions of the Philadelphia Experiment, his one and one from 1984.  One actor, Michael Pere is on both movies.)

Hot Spot

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:52 pm
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The Persian Gulf may be moving up the list of world hot spots.  It may even now be above the South China Sea in the likelihood of shooting breaking out.

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