October 31, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:15 pm

Well, that’s an interesting culture clash: An article in an Israeli paper about Saudi issuing ‘how-to’ instructions for visiting the West.

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:01 pm

The Valour-IT auction is up. Some good stuff on there.

October 30, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:34 pm

Roggio’s a straight shooter, and enough CNAS folks are running DoD that I don’t think malicious compliance is the issue. So what’s the story behind this issue, I wonder?

October 29, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:30 pm

JDS Kurama collision pictures. That bow is seriously twisted up. Note where the impact location is on the merchant. Did Kurama turn left?

Filed under: — Chap @ 8:36 am

Okay, and what do I get to wear and stay in regulation, people? No offense to the dude in question or his faith–there’s a powerful military tradition with folks of that faith–but didn’t we settle this issue a while back? And if not, where are the limits today, and the limits tomorrow?

Filed under: — Chap @ 8:06 am

Lots of people discussing COP Keating in a mailing list I get. Here’s a timeline of the attack.

Filed under: — Chap @ 7:55 am

Good kingfisher photos (via Insta).

Filed under: — Chap @ 7:51 am

I’m too close to the information to tell, but is this a good explanation of why E=MC^2 is so interesting in terms of public energy generation? Sounds good to me. A lot of folks really don’t get the magnitudes of what they’re talking about when they talk power plants and energy sources.

October 28, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 10:50 am

There’s risk and there’s risk.

Filed under: — Chap @ 8:52 am

Huh. I never had those myself. Perhaps I should have.

Interesting and perhaps that says something about the stress of the job.

October 26, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 1:37 pm

October 22, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:22 am

Now this is an interesting find from a strategy-thinking friend of mine. The only thing I’d add is the long term effect of this kind of stress fatigue (ahem).

…compared Class A through D mishaps aboard 27 frigates from 1998 to 2005 with the ships’ crew sizes and found that as crews shrunk, the incidence of mishaps increased. Although the study did not name individual ships or list numbers of mishaps, its findings show that the rise and fall of crew sizes tracked with the fall and rise of incidents.

October 18, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:22 pm

I gotta admit, I’m having more fun using Twitter (and those get sent to Facebook) than I am on this site.

But this is pretty cool…

October 17, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 5:40 pm

The kid turned one when the guy was deployed.

October 15, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:00 am

A surprise pleasure: a blurb of mine has shown up on RS McCain’s sidebar. That’s a nice gesture–much like when Ace put me on his blogroll back when I was actually updating this site every once in a while!

October 10, 2009

Good Name

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:14 am

One of my personal heroes, Medgar Evers, is namesake for a new ship.

I’ve written about Evers before (example: here and here). Perhaps the release writer could have taken the time to learn that Evers was a Bronze Star-winning World War Two Army veteran of Normandy.

October 9, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 5:12 am

The Nobel Peace Prize has been announced.

October 8, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:30 pm

When R.S. McCain talks about gonzo journalism, he knows what he’s talking about. Luckily he focuses more on sober grenade throwing and bombast, rather than unhinged drug abuse. Here’s a very interesting letter he highlights, with a punchline.

I wonder if this is why he’s taking the financial risks he discusses–shades of Boyd’s ‘do something or be somebody’ dialectic…

October 7, 2009

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:32 pm

This contest? Genius. Good choice for winner, too.

Regis could not be reached for comment, as he was in combat in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan alongside three nearly unclothed young women. As usual.

October 6, 2009

Back On Deployment

Filed under: — Chap @ 4:23 pm

Multiple AMCROSSes, etc., etc. I don’t recommend Frankfurt terminal B for long layovers.

I did give a stranger my hundred year old copy of Butler’s Life of Gordon, though. She was a Euro cop going to Darfur to do work there. Figured she needed it more than I did. The UN dudes told me they’re still planning for 25,000 troops; I told them everybody wants someone else to bell the cat, and good luck.

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