Interesting history

I’m in the midst of reading *Coral and Brass* by General Holland “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, his account of his many years of helping to shape the modern Marine Corps. Last night I was reading how the Marines, as WWII broke out, had wanted an amphibious tank, and that their wishes were fulfilled with the development […]

Sorry, activist executives – you’re wrong about the Paris Climate Agreement

I started out several times to write a caustic post addressed to America’s business elite about their histrionic reactions over the past two weeks to President Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. But what’s the point? It’s not like they’re going to listen to little ol’ me. Perhaps for other folks who’ve been cheering […]

Real science and real scientists

This is a very interesting article, about the recent evolution vs. creation debate between Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Ken Ham, who built the Creation Museum just down the road from me. On the one hand, it gave me a fresh dollop of respect for Nye, who has struck me as completely batty with […]

The amazing John Moses Browning

As WeaponsMan says in this blog post, John Moses Browning was the greatest weapons designer ever.  But he doesn’t go far enough.  Because many of Browning’s designs are still not only in modern service, but still being built by the thousands with only superficial changes over 100 years after they debuted, he is also one […]

Aluminum Overcast — God bless the boys who flew in these things

The lads and I had the amazing opportunity today to tour the IEAA’s air-worthy B-17, Aluminum Overcast.  I’ve been a fan of this particular bird since I was around the age of my older son, yet this is the first time I’ve gotten to go inside one. I don’t know how those guys did what […]

Robots and useful work

This is an interesting article about a new breakthrough in easy-to-use industrial robots. The author correctly calls out the possible threat to workers doing the jobs today this robot might do in the future.  But he and his commenters miss much and get much wrong. They brush on, but largely miss, that we’ve priced our […]

Climate change nitwittery, part 2

I was watching a show about Yosemite on NatGeo tonight.  I wasn’t disappointed with the images of that most beautiful place on earth. I was eventually driven to turn it off early, however, by the incessant invoking of the “climate change” and “global warming” twin bogeymen. In the most ridiculous part, a segment was devoted […]

Climate change nitwittery, part 1

I was watching a show about the fall of the Egypt of the Pharoahs last weekend, and it turns out that it was because of climate change.  Specifically, a 100 year drought saw the Nile stop flowing towards its delta on the Mediterranean, and that did in the once-powerful empire.  More details about the discovery […]

The autonomous warbird

Here’s a heckuva story about the next innovation in unmanned military flight — the self-guided warbird, the X-47B.  Slick — and capable of takeoff from and landing on an aircraft carrier.  And, of course, deadly.

The Voyagers — kind of like the Energizer bunny

I for one admit I had no idea the Voyager spacecraft were still transmitting, much less still out there learning stuff for us.  Now they’re headed for interstellar space, the first craft of mankind to do so. Yet another h/t to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.