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 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Star Wars -The Last Jedi

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:34 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 1224


I have been led to believe by my brother in law that the reason there are Porgs in the Star Wars universe is because the island they shot those scenes on is infested with puffins, and it was cheaper and easier to digitize Porgs over each puffin than to chase the little buggers away before each call ...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: The Force Awakens - Done Right

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:52 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 357


Am I correct in my belief that Ben Solo stole the Millenium Falcon?

Please, continue!

Belushi TD

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:39 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


In a 'worst case' situation where we need the guns at sea, it will cost less and be faster to razee a DDG-51, install one of the 16" guns as a centerline spinal mount with limited traverse, and use that. (Do I get a Bonus Word Score for properly using a 18th century term for a modern ship?) I ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:48 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


Doing it from the side means you have to remove and replace the armor. We can, I suppose, actually remove the existing armor and reinstall it, but I'm sure a great deal of it will get damage while we're doing that. As I understand it, we do not have the capability to produce armor of that thickness ...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Star Wars -The Last Jedi

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:43 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 1224


I believe that one can use tortured logic to explain away the star destroyers have dozens of guns thing.... The Rebel cruiser was supposed to be just on the edge of the range for the super-duper big fancy arcing in deep space guns of the batwing Snoke ship, which was far larger than the star destroy...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: New Member

 Post subject: Re: New Member
Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:36 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 558


Welcome aboard!

*slides single malt down the bar*

Have a Red Dawn story, you say? Interesting, interesting.

Glad to see a new member. We've not had enough of those of late.

Belushi TD

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:15 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


Rather than going in through the top, why not go in through the bottom? Take whatever drydock you plan on doing the conversion in, and dig a large hole in the bottom of it. Build your reactors on a new section of hull bottom and keel in the hole. Waterproof it after construction. Flood the dock, flo...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:24 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 448


I resolved this year to read all fifteen volumes of Samuel Eliot Morison's History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Starting with Volume I and ending with Volume XV. Finally starting with Volume I. I may just post kind of a "live blog" of my thoughts. Feel free to react/...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Star Wars -The Last Jedi

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:35 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 1224


FInally got around to seeing this yesterday with the family. Couple of things in response to others: Leia isn't supposed to be the Princess Leia of old. Her husband has just died (very recently, like a week or so, maybe more, maybe less, the time is a bit foggy, and even though they were est...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: SR-72

 Post subject: Re: SR-72
Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:33 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 576


Nah... Its the nosecone/crew escape capsule a la the F-111. If there's an in-flight emergency, the whole rear of the plane (engines, bomb bay, fuel tanks, etc.) is jettisoned, leaving the pilot/copilot to glide to (relative) safety. Since its possible that this might happen at 4,600 MPH, it has to b...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Argentinean submarine missing

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:41 pm 

Replies: 118
Views: 4909


Am I correct in understanding that there isn't a hull left anymore to find on side scan? Or would there be enough signature from the engines and such that they could ID the wreck?

Belushi TD

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: The End is Here!!

 Post subject: Re: The End is Here!!
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:08 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 309


I specifically did not define the direction the diameter should be measured. Polar diameter is something like 30 miles less than that at the equator. You can choose any variation and make the difference fit whatever number you come up with when you crunch the numbers with a 0.08 difference in ocean ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Now these PC Brain washed Academics are Screwing with math

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:48 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 282


I think the journals have gotten too specific.

"Journal of Urban Mathematics Education"

What?????


Belushi TD

 Forum: Bar   Topic: And you thought "gender science" couldn't get any worse

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:46 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 399


Does the vertical black and white stripes mean something in Europe or Sweden like it does in the US?

cause when I look at her, I ask "Where's her whistle?" because she looks like a referee.

Belushi TD

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: The End is Here!!

 Post subject: Re: The End is Here!!
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:43 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 309


Or perhaps the diameter of the earth has increased by some tiny fraction!

Belushi TD

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: Dark Earth Timeline

 Post subject: Re: Dark Earth Timeline
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:30 am 

Replies: 165
Views: 6449


Looking forward to it!

Belushi TD

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Attention on deck

 Post subject: Re: Attention on deck
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:27 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 468


WHOOO HOOO!!!!!

*slides Lagavulin 18 down the bar*

You might want to make sure your house has multiple bathrooms in the near future. Congrats!

Belushi TD

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: American Armored Cruisers in WWII: MISSOULA (CA-13)

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:44 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 233


I was not expecting many of the armored cruisers to have wildly successful or long careers in the Pacific. Given that IOTL everything but the kitchen sink (USS Wyoming) was thrown at the Japanese, with a lot of it getting sunk, I don't think many of the armored cruisers will last particularly long. ...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: Dark Earth Timeline

 Post subject: Re: Dark Earth Timeline
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:37 am 

Replies: 165
Views: 6449


Remember, I've never served in the military, so my understanding of strategy and tactics is "barely aware civilian". I would think the way to work it would be to convince the German population that Berlin should not be the capitol anymore, or, if that's too difficult, make it the capitol i...

 Forum: Other Wars And Operations Other Than War   Topic: Here in Aeizona

 Post subject: Re: Here in Aeizona
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:43 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 297


Or, you know, some 19 year old kid who ended up in demo in the Army though "COOL! LEFTOVERS!" when told to dispose of unused explosives and managed to get them off base. Then, he needed somewhere to hide them until he could think of a suitably amusing use for them, and either forgot about ...
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