Psst! Off

March 7, 2015 — by Jim1


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 — by Jim3

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

esquire magazine cover may 1953

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 — by Jim4

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 — by Jim4


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…


General Who?

August 4, 2013 — by Jim4


While I enjoyed the last season of Doctor Who, I’m not sure I could explain what happened during its finale. I obviously did not give it the attention it required, so I’m left a bit confused as to how they managed to revive the late General George Custer to play the new Doctor.


Enough Rope

June 24, 2013 — by Jim3


This image is from the ‘popular now’ area of the homepage.  Isn’t it interesting that it is the parent keeping her child too close (perhaps) who causes the controversy, while another who runs the risk of leaving three children fatherless for the sake of a spectacle goes ignored?  You’d think the man would like his kids enough to use a safety line.