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June 14, 2019

Area 51

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:55 pm
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An interesting story, with video of Area 51.  While interesting, I want to know what is going on at Area 52.

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June 9, 2019

Stratolaunch

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:32 am
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Did Stratolaunch die with Paul Allen?  It will be sad if it did, though I have always had my doubts about its viability.

June 8, 2019

This is not right

Filed under: Family,General,Legal — dknights @ 6:56 am
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Story here.  As the father of two adopted daughters, I can’t tell you how wrong this is.  Please tweet this story to your elected representatives and the President and ask them to get this changed.

June 6, 2019

Another D-Day account

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Read the whole thing.  Great Churchill story at the beginning, but the meat of the story is the interview after.  Read it and be in awe.

June 6th, 1944

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:12 am
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As we remember the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this column makes a very good point that, in addition to a lot of combat bravery, there was an incredible logistical challenge that had to be overcome.  Everyone alive today owes these folks a debt of gratitude.

 

June 5, 2019

Heartbreaking story

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Story here.  IMHO the Feres doctrine has been applied to broadly and this would be a great case for the Supreme Court to limit it.

June 2, 2019

The American revolution in Kentucky

Filed under: Kentucky — dknights @ 12:09 am
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A nice article on battles of the American revolution fought in Kentucky.

June 1, 2019

Tank upgrade

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:19 am
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Looks like the US Army is getting its tanks upgraded a bit quicker.  I, for one, am happy to see that the U.S. armed forces are not ignoring conventional war-fighting.  Given our experiences with non-traditional combat (terrorism and insurgency) it would be easy to lose focus on conventional warfare.  I am glad we are not.

May 23, 2019

CSS Stonewall

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have an interest in ships of the civil war.  The Stonewall was one of the more interesting looking in my opinion.  Some of the details on the interesting story of the ship are here.

Movie review: Harper (1966)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:13 am
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This is why I don’t get more modeling done.  Last night, exhausted after work, kids care, etc. I should have modeled.  Instead I turned on the TV and on TCM found Cool Hand Luke running.  It was a third of the way in, but it is a compelling film and I sat and watched it, though I had seen it many times before.  After it ended, it turns out that it is Paul Newman month on TCM.

The next film they were showing was this one, Harper.  It was shot in 1966, but was based on a late 1940s noir novel called The Moving Target.  It is a typical PI story, with a down and out PI getting hired for a case with a bunch of twists and turns.  I won’t spoil the plot, because it is worth watching.  It isn’t the best film ever, or the best Newman film, but it is good.  There are a number of good performances, starting with Newman.  Also, since it is set in LA/Southern California in the mid-60s, you get some great shots that make you realize how wonderful California was in the 60s, before the sprawl, the crime, the corruption, etc.  If you had to pick a time and place in the past to live, a top contender would be LA from 1940 to 1965.

Like many films in the 60s, this one has an ambiguous ending.  I suspect you could get 5 people to watch it, and no two would agree on what the ending meant.  It is a good film, well worth watching.  A solid 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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