January 2012

An Open Letter To Apple.

by Daniel Russ on January 31, 2012

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First of all I am writing this on a MacBook Pro. The first computer I ever bought was an Apple. It was the colorful and cool iMac that looked like a cross between a Volkswagen Super Beetle and the Japanese monster Gamera. I loved it. The first computer I ever used was a Macintosh II, […]

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1956 Was The Type of Year That Scared Everyone.

by Daniel Russ on January 29, 2012

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1956 was the sort of year that scares people to their core. Not just evangelicals or conspiracy theorists, or preachers or scientists. 1956 is the kind of year that scares everyone. The seeds of the world today were planted in 1956 in ways we have rarely paid attention to.     Morocco Pulled away from […]

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The Bonney Gull.

January 28, 2012

  Leonard Warden Bonney was a stubborn man. I guess it could be said that few things worth note have ever been created that were not otherwisee attached to a fairly healthy ego. Desite the scientific evidence to the contrary, Bonney was certain that actual flight would be best accomplished reprising what we see in […]

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The De Bruyere C1.

January 27, 2012

  In many ways the invention of its designer, Marcel de Bruyere, the De Bruyere C1 is a preview things to come in the future of air combat. I think about the A-10: engines in the back, radical design, unimpeded cradle for a gun in the front. Heavy gun made for anti armor role. In […]

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When Julius Caesar Moved Troops Into A Nearby Encampment, The Treveri Gauls Promptly Evacuated.

January 26, 2012

    Hunnerings                 Recently near Hermeskeil, a town 24 miles away from Trier, archeologists uncovered enough evidence to support the notion that the ruins they found are indeed the oldest known Roman marching camp in Germany to day. It is a massive affair at around 50 acres […]

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Haunted Hastings Castle.

January 26, 2012

    October 14th, 1066 AD. 700 Norman ships appear in the choppy waters of the English Channel, make their way onto the beaches and an army disembarks. Some 4500 infantry and 1700 archers form lines. William the Conqueror would earn his moniker here as he faced roughly 8,000 soldiers under King Harold Godwinson that […]

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The Goodyear Inflatable Plane.

January 25, 2012

  New thinking was welcome in the military aviation business, especially after World War II and into the Cold War. Goodyear had spent plenty of time making blimps and transports for the US Army. Now that those technologies were on the wane, and they wanted to build a rubber airplane, and in 1956, flew a […]

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Christmas Gun Ads.

January 24, 2012

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The Douglas XB-42 Mix Master.

January 23, 2012

    In 1944, a single Douglas XB-42 Mix Master flew. With dual pusher propellers, the experimental plane  handled fairly well. It  had all the speed of a Mosquito Fighter Bomber but more armament and greater payload.  Not too much later one set a speed record by flaying from Long Beach California to Washington in […]

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Do Countries Even Matter?

January 22, 2012

  Are Countries Passé?   In 1945 at the end of WWII, there were approximately 71 sovereign nations. Today there are 205 nations.   Recently Scottish news agencies announced a movement afoot that would bring independence to Scotland from its august ties to the United Kingdom’s monarchy. Robert the Bruce and his ancestors might call […]

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Strange Massive Chinese Graphics In The Gobi Desert.

January 21, 2012

  A few years ago, cartographers and readers of Gizmodo searching through Google Earth began noticing large grids of zig sagging lines appear in the Gobi desert. In Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, and north of the Shule River, you can see what look like artwork, or QR codes. The lines are 65 to 90 feet wide, […]

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Movie Review: The Battle Of Algiers

January 20, 2012

  I watched the movie The Battle of Algiers, a 1966 film about the 8 year insurgency by the citizens of Algeria against the French occupational force. It was directed by Gillo Pontecorvino. It is a powerful, moving movie, about two hours and twenty minutes long. The acting is superb. The casting is superb, and […]

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The Adze.

January 19, 2012

    The adze was a weapon developed from a similar looking tool used in battle in the New Kingdom 1550 to 1070 BC. Egyptians made the adze with stone striking blades, flint blades and later with bone, and finally bronze. It was used for digging, and knapping flint, and barrel stave shaping.     […]

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FP-45 Liberator. We Made 1,000,000 Of These And Then Scrapped Them.

January 18, 2012

  Inland Guide Lamp Manufacturing Division of General Motors hired 300 people and in 6 months manufacturer 1,000,000 of these stamped metal single shot .45 cal handguns. Primitive and close range, the FP-45 Liberator were an attempt to create a gun that could be dropped en masse behind enemy lines and give resistance groups a […]

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Boy Has Complete Memories Of Previous Life As A Marine Pilot In The Pacific Theatre, Remembers Being Shot Down By Japanese. Must. See.

January 17, 2012

  This is an amazing story. If you ever get the chance, look through a book called Twenty Cases Highly Suggestive Of Reincarnation by Dr. Ian Stevenson out of the University of Virginia, 1970. In it, Stevenson culls together children all over India who also remember previous lives and puts them together with the families […]

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Martin Luther King’s Speech Opposing The Vietnam War.

January 16, 2012

  Source: YouTube Related Posts:The Shame.Kill Anything That Moves.Politics Of The Vietnam War.Sometimes An Artist Joins The Army. Neil Leinwohl.I Uncovered This Strange Story From Vietnam By Robert L. Pollock.

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Political Posters On FaceBook Are The New Bumper Stickers.

January 15, 2012

  Once flat print art was the best way to create a succinct and pithy political point. In advertising in the 1980s and 1990s, one could create a poster, print it out and put it on a tree and then enter it into an award show. Then comes digital media and the world sees the […]

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The Emu War.

January 14, 2012

    There is little about war to laugh about. That said, there  is so much war in world history, it’s hard to imagine that there would not be wars so ludicrous, so asinine that we would not find anything to laugh about.   In 1932, Western Australia experienced a horrific drought that sent animals […]

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The Umbrella Plane Never Flew.

January 13, 2012

  Chance Vought was born in 1890 in Long Island and grew up to become an aerospace. He only lived to be 40, yet he made it into the Aviation Hall of Fame. It was mostly wood and fabric joined together with rivets and glue. The company he left behind famously developed some of the […]

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K-141.

January 12, 2012

  The nuclear powered submarine was the promise of the Cold War: a machine that is powered by a virtually inexhaustible source of power, is almost impossible to detect, yet packs a punch big enough to destroy the top 20 cities of any country. Of course the big players in this arena were the United […]

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