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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.

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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.

July 3, 2019

Iranian oil

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:28 am
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An interesting article in the New York Times regarding the tankers evading the Iran sanctions and how its done.

June 25, 2019

The bear rattles its saber

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:18 pm
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Putin is at it again.  In reality, Russia has little power to do anything but complain and make empty gestures as the US and its NATO allies deploy more equipment into Poland and the Baltics.

US Navy railgun?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:53 pm
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Looks like this might happen after all.  Previous rumors that the USN was moving away from this technology may have either been wrong or deliberate misinformation.

June 13, 2019

Flashpoint

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:11 am
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While I’ve mainly been focused on the South China Sea as a potential flashpoint, it appears things are heating up in the gulf of Oman.  First, several Saudi tankers were sabotaged.  Then some Iranian boats caught fire. Now two tankers have been attacked.  This could get real hot, real fast.

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