World War I

The Wheeled Body Shield

January 31, 2016 — 4


…a wheeled body shield that affords immunity from rifle bullets and shrapnel when advancing upon fortified positions.  The body of this is constructed of tempered-steel plates, the front so rounded and tempered that bullets strike the surface at an angle and glance off without doing harm…

From Popular Mechanics, November, 1915.


When you think of the bomb-cratered, mud-covered battlefields of World War I, it’s no surprise these never rolled farther than the drawing board.  Between artillery fire and terrain, even early tanks were of limited use.  These would have been caskets.

On second thought, maybe after some modifications they could have been enlisted in the fight against Ming?  The technology looks similar.



Psst! Off

March 7, 2015 — 2


You know what would come in handy next time, Google Chrome?  The ability to automatically clear out the history upon closing the browser, like every other major browser offers!

And really, shove the cutesy verbage up your cache.



The Shocking Truth Revealed!

January 29, 2015 — 3


Here’s the shocking truth.  The truth about the growing immorality in the United States!

I came across this radio ad for a story in the May, 1953, edition of Esquire magazine while putting together this week’s Case Closed episode.  Maybe the most salacious, certainly the most sensational (it tries really hard anyway), bit of marketing from the golden age I’ve heard yet!  It had to be shared.

Call Girls and Fall Guys ad:



Loose money is buying loose morals in a way that threatens your very way of life!

Were the 1950’s as prudish as we’ve been led to believe?  Sadly, I couldn’t find the article online.  But, 62 years later and I won’t argue about the immorality.  Imagine if the Esquire reader of 1953 happened upon the latest edition of the magazine.

Finally, because I came across it looking for a picture of the cover, is the May 1953, Esquire pin-up calendar.


Reel those tongues back in.


…and we’re back!

March 6, 2014 — 4

The best way to start blogging again is to just start blogging again.  With that in mind, here’s a little something I saw on Amazon yesterday I thought I might help out with.


…Fox was shocked to learn how much snow has already disappeared in the mountains.

Have no fear Mr. Fox, I believe you’ll find that snow in my front yard.  And not to start some debate about global warming, but this winter has been C-C-C-COLD!

And since we’re speaking of snow, it occurred to me sometime in hour two of shoveling last Sunday, that all of those annoying people who spend January and February walking around saying how much they love winter have been pretty quiet this year.

Maybe next winter will be a little more this…


…and less of this.



Scale Modeling

The Mk I Tank

September 28, 2013 — 4


It has been years since I’ve built any models, so long in fact I don’t remember the last, some sort of airplane for certain though, but as I was thinking about a new hobby to get into I remembered the enjoyment I used to get out of building models. Except for the painting. I was always in a bit of a hurry with the painting. A skill that benefits from patience for sure.

I’ve been reading a number of personal accounts from World War I soldiers, few of which have mentioned the tank to any great degree, but I thought that would be an interesting model to start with.


The Mk I Male Tank from Airfix is inexpensive ($5), but at 1:76 scale, it is rather small. I didn’t want to start out with anything too pricey, but I’d like to try a larger version in the future (or get smaller hands and better eyes!).

The assembly is pretty straightforward with this one – which is to say there isn’t very much of it – which is good for getting back into the hobby and brushing up on the skills. Speaking of brushing up, I think that’s where the real work is here. The camo paint job. I hope to investigate some weathering techniques with this as well.


So far I’ve found it all quite relaxing. But that may just be the fumes…