Tuesday, August 14, 2018

That last video

Those giant pods on the side of the H-37 Mojave helicopter?  Those were ENGINES.

Radial gasoline engines.  Intriguing, but vulnerable, and bulky compared to the coming turbojets.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I love fountain pens. And LAMY pens are an excellent inexpensive offering. The only disadvantages of fountain pens is the ink leaking onto you fingers, running out fast, and not being good with carbon paper when buying a gun and you have to press hart to get through to the 5th copy.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Spirit in the Sky

This song always makes me think of supersonic airline travel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

There's a job for me

Lots of fresh air.  Exercise.  Phone's not ringing.  Where that match book with the phone number to the place that trains you for this job?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dayton Ohio

From 105 years ago, give or take a few months.

That's here, so blocks from the river.

That building is still there. 

Even have the same style street lights.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


Pipes are a relatively simple thing to make.  Drill two holes and turn the outside on a lathe.

Except for that whole 90 degree turn. 

I'd seen diagrams in books about how they do that.  But seeing it in action was what finally got the process down in my head. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Teen Spirit


My ratings of Old Timey authors I've been digging on over the years.  By quality of writing and my enjoyment of same.  Better on top, worst below.

Talbot Mundy (Jim Grim books.  Remarkably well written for a pulpy storyline.  And the dude knew the Near East)
Robert E Howard (Conan.  Purple, but good)
Harcourt Pennyworth Lovecraft (Cthulhu ftagn!  Plodding, but good)
Louis L'Amour (good cowboy action)
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter.  First to start busting out of the old skool)

E. W. Hornung (Wrote Raffles the Cracksman... all these lower on the list high back the 19th Century more than those higher on the list, with a more staid and older story formula, usually clunky romantic bits to appeal to lady-readers of the day, too.  Where they don't do this, I like them better.)
Zane Gray (less good cowboy stuff.  TOO old timey in the style.  More poorly written romantic sub plots you see from the era.  Have you even TALKED to a lady in your life, man?)
Sax Rohmer (Fu Manchu.  Too derivative and old timey.  Dumb Sherlock with a Watson that thinks with his little brain versus Chinaman Moriarty.)
Lester Dent (Doc Savage.  Very 20th Century, but reads like Japanese anime storylines from the 60s.  [Marine Boy!  Speed Racer!]  If I have to trudge through another scent with Monk and Ham bickering...)

Bonus ratings, Hard Boiled

Dashiel Hammett (the king)

Raymond Chandler (slightly better writer than above, but I like Dash's style)
Mickey Spillane (somebody should cosh that guy behind the ear, see how HE likes it)

Old timers I still need to check out.

E. E. Doc Smith
Lord Dunsany
Clark Ashton Smith

Friday, August 3, 2018

Old Industrials

I love these old industrial films, as if anyone that is paying attention has not noticed.  Look at the film  and light quality of this 50s era color?  16mm, ya think?  I can picture this in a classroom on movie day.

National Cash Register company of Dayton Ohio.

Mass produced precision analog computing!

Like the fire control computer for gun laying at sea.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Legit gunsmith

I must remember to get me one of these.

Watch Factory

One of my jobs in an alternate reality is working at a place like this.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Look at this

That is Pierre August Renoir.  The man himself.  He is 78 and near death.  Crippled with arthritis, his assistants have to stick the brushes in his curled, nigh useless, hands  Still, he paints.

Claude Monet, a contemporary Impression was depressed and nearly blind, and loathed his own work, thinking it useless.  He, too, continues to paint.

Then there is this deaf guy:

Where do such men of arts come from?