When I served in the military we didn’t have fancy battery-operated gizmos attached to our weapons or equipment. Those were simpler days. Current soldiers (you should pardon the expression) have electronic weapon sights; electronic night vision systems on their helmets; data links to their team or patrol leader, and from him to higher command echelons;… Continue reading Electronics And The Grunt
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Of dominoes, falling objects and such
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated by the incredibly complex structures people build up out of dominoes – only to destroy them within seconds (or minutes, for the really big ones) just for the fun of seeing them fall. Even more fascinating is the extension of this idea to all sorts… Continue reading Of dominoes, falling objects and such
Military signals have their purposeful side, but also their humor. We’re indebted to Captain Jack Broome of the Royal Navy for his 1955 book “Make A Signal!”, which not only chronicled historical naval battles in terms of the signals exchanged, but included a ‘scrap log’ of the more humorous variety. It was republished under the… Continue reading Not-So-Serious Signals
Have you ever seen a wolf fishing?
How cool is this??? These photographs were said to be taken “at Brooks Falls just upsteam from where the Brooks River flows into the Naknek Lake in the Katmai National Park“. I received them from a friend via e-mail, but I don’t know who owns the copyright. Since they’re circulating via e-mail I’m going to… Continue reading Have you ever seen a wolf fishing?
Have they thought this one through?
I saw a headline yesterday that made me pause: “Monkeys To Get ‘Insane’ Laser Treatment“. It made me wonder, so I read further. It seems that “unemployed youths will be paid to sterilize wild monkeys in India with lasers after a series of attacks on humans”. The youths will be “provided training in capturing and… Continue reading Have they thought this one through?
The worst job in the world?
OK. I thought I’d heard of all the bad jobs in the world, but this one just blows my tiny mind. How would you like to be a sewage diver? No, let me rephrase that. A SEWAGE DIVER???!!!?!?!? I had no idea. A few quotes from the linked article, plus my responses: “I’ve done about… Continue reading The worst job in the world?
Snowmobiles as combat vehicles in WW2
One never ceases to learn new things about the last World War. I never knew that on the Eastern Front both the Soviets and Germans used armed snowmobiles as fighting vehicles. You’ll find many photographs and diagrams over at Dark Roasted Blend if you’re interested. BTW, Dark Roasted Blend regularly comes up with truly amazing… Continue reading Snowmobiles as combat vehicles in WW2