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 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Submarines: Sex, Drugs And SSBNs

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:39 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 1005


Ah, the joy of idiomatic translation. In German it is indeed "versteck-die-Wurst" (hide the wurst)... :lol:

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Submarines: Sex, Drugs And SSBNs

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:57 am 

Replies: 43
Views: 1005


On German subs, thanks to the somewhat cramped quarters, the guys and gals usually manage to keep their pants zipped until they reach a port and are accommodated in a hotel. On other grey-painted ships, it is absolutely possible to find nooks and crannies to explore each others' nooks and crannies. ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Weird Situation, maybe

 Post subject: Re: Weird Situation, maybe
Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:39 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 299


Don‘t snoop around on your own. Period. Too dangerous and not your job. You saw something extremely fishy which warrants a heads-up to the authorities (I really do not like that word). Involve them. If unsure, do it anonymously, via detailed letter. And in case you worry about it, no, you are not sn...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: I blame Dennis.

 Post subject: Re: I blame Dennis.
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:09 am 

Replies: 110
Views: 3795


In St Moritz, a Chinese businessman paid 9,999 Swiss Francs for a snifter of 1878 Macallan. The bottle had not been opened yet. I don't know whether to be shocked or envious. The bar in question, the Devil's Place Whisky Bar, purportedly has a collection of 2,500 bottles. Now that's a target for a ...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Thor: Ragnarok

 Post subject: Re: Thor: Ragnarok
Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:03 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 292


Saw this yesterday, rather good fun I thought. Although the trope of a new enemy being uber-powerful (so powerful as to reduce Mjölnir to fragments by touch) is tiring. It bores me to death. In film, in games and in movies. Especially if the enemy in question hasn't even been hinted at in earlier i...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: My Kath's died...

 Post subject: Re: My Kath's died...
Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:21 am 

Replies: 55
Views: 669


My heartfelt condolences.

:(

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Thor: Ragnarok

 Post subject: Re: Thor: Ragnarok
Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:34 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 292


So looking forward to this movie...

Although the trope of a new enemy being uber-powerful (so powerful as to reduce Mjölnir to fragments by touch) is tiring. It bores me to death. In film, in games and in movies. Especially if the enemy in question hasn't even been hinted at in earlier installments.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: the long good bye is over

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:49 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 619


My deepest condolences. I am entering an age where my parents crossing the rainbow bridge becomes increasingly likely, and it terrifies me.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: End of an era

 Post subject: Re: End of an era
Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:44 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 784


My deepest sympathies.

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Battle Royale (film)

 Post subject: Re: Battle Royale (film)
Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:07 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 308


Edge of Tomorrow is surprisingly good for a film with Thomas Krause. I hate his guts, but from time to time there's adecent one even he can't destroy.

He puts in a heavy dose of self-deprecation in the movie.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The War Illustrated

 Post subject: Re: The War Illustrated
Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:56 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 379


I think it was also assumed that a copy of that picture would end up in Berlin sooner or later so all the war losses to date and programs that had been cancelled or suspended were shown as finished. I noted by the way that several destroyers had been crossed out as well. Since about eighty percent ...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Looking for Sci Fi recommendations

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:51 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 281


I wrote it elsewhere, but The Last Angel by Proximal Flame over at spacebattles.com is just about the best and unusual science fiction I have ever laid my eyes on. The discussion between the chapters is very un-spacebattles-like and well worth a look.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Made my own Damascus Steel Knife

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:01 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 419


That‘s what I found out researching beforehand. The very special smelting of wootz steel gave it properties that are astounding. The stuff was full of carbon nanotubes and cementite wires that according to one theory made a blade forged from wootz steel self-sharpening. There are several blade maker...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Made my own Damascus Steel Knife

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:47 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 419


edgeplay_cgo wrote:
Very nice piece. Is that a full tang handle?


Yes, it is. Held in place by industrial glue and the three rivets.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Made my own Damascus Steel Knife

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:37 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 419


Yesterday and today, I - under adult supervision and with a bit of help with the more difficult aspects of knife-making - made my very own Damascus Steel knife. It cost me 250 Euros. A bargain, if you ask me. And it was fun! https://scontent.ftxl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22221996_10154970282932546_...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Waarthog Down

 Post subject: Re: Waarthog Down
Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:18 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 566


Good to hear you are ok. I lost 20 or so lbs in the hospital mostly water I am sure, but even that amount had a noticeable effect on my ability to move about. Very motivating. Low fat/calories food and drink, stay clear of sugar where it's obvious and exercise. Bicycle in my case. Not low-fat. Neve...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Red Sparrow (2018 movie)

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:39 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 302


La Rouge Beret wrote:
I actually saw a trailer for this the other day, given the reviews here, I'll have to check it out.


Read the book first.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: If a moose gets into your house...

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:14 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 593


So the moose was loose in the hoose? (Wrong country, but I don't care :D )

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Sad situation. . .prayers appreciated

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:17 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 875


I am not a praying man, but you and yours are in my thoughts. I wish I could offer more than just sympathy.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:12 am 

Replies: 585
Views: 15018


0300-0400 is the dark night of the soul. The human biorhythm is at its lowest ebb. The incidence of suicides spikes during this hour. And the militaries of the world have long since realized that attacking one's foes at this hour is most advantageous.
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