Nerdlife 11: Fine Call It A Comeback

Yes I’m doing these things again. Sanity is overrated anyway.

Okay let’s start with the obvious news. The first issue of Alt*Hero has been released on Amazon Kindle and physical dead tree copies are promised for two weeks from now. Distribution will be through Ingram and any store with an Ingram account should be able to order it.

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Calarts ruins everything.

 

I still think the real fun starts when Chuck Dixon’s Avalon hits the stands (which is a good reason for your local comic store to set up an Ingram account) as that series is going to have stronger normie appeal than the AltHero series itself but the important thing is that the readers are happy and the SJWs are continuing to REEEEE and call everyone Nazis.

I’ll try to get Issue #1 read by this weekend.

 

Toy gun commercials for the 50’s and 60’s. [6 Mins]

A fun vision of a lost era. Those tommy guns looked awesome. Of course this was an age there would have been a lot of WWII veterans around to teach the boys about the real deal.

You WILL get the Johnny Eagle theme song stuck in your head. (A small price to pay.)

 

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And all of a sudden I want some nachos.

 

SF author Michael Z. Willamson gives a long detailed loving rant against the argument that mere rifles are of no use against a tyrannical government.

http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/index.php?itemid=450

 

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Hell yes!

 

A decent read about mining and gathering natural resources form space.

http://www.explainingthefuture.com/resources_from_space.html

 

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Classroom Physics Experiments [3:30 mins]

The sand patterns are neat but stick around for the artificial ice trick at the end.

 

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Quick article on playing centaurs and Minotaur in DnD (5th edition?)

http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/05/14/dungeons-and-dragons-unearthed-arcana-centaur-minotaur/

and yes I can already hear the OSR guys laughing.

 

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This is why it’s important to learn click discipline.

 

Metal Cover of The Muppet Show Theme [3:12]

Nothing to say here as you’ve probably already clicked on the video.

 

 

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We’ve all been there. Be careful which mushrooms you eat on a camping trip, kids.

 

A Technical Analysis of the Gunstar from The Last Starfighter [5 mins]

A great fan piece breaking down what we know about this space fighter.

Also the 1984 movie is well worth hunting down if you haven’t seen it,

 

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Jeffro breaks down just what the Cultural Marxists have done to modern SFF

https://jeffro.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/why-contemporary-science-fiction-and-fantasy-is-godawful/

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Benjamin Cheah ponders the meaning of heroism and goes over some of the more flawed concepts.

http://www.pulprev.com/2018/04/what-makes-hero.html

The section on flawed heroes is definitely worth highlighting. While a protagonist without vices or weaknesses can often be boring in the end we value heroes for their virtues and heroism.

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The Start of H.P.’s series on Tolkien.

https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/tolkien-101/

 

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A Sober and Sane Explanation of this whole Calarts Thing.

https://cirsova.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/the-calarts-thing/

 

—Wolfman Out—

Wolfperson Media reserves the right to ‘awoo’ at any time.

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Nerdlife 11: Fine Call It A Comeback

Halfassed Thoughts

Just a quick thought. As far as I can tell the primary advantage of a half-track over a fully tracked vehicle is that no special training is required to drive one and that troops already familiar with civilian trucks can adapt to the new vehicles very quickly.

These are still a compromise design more difficult to maintain than a wheeled vehicle while only gaining part of the benefits of having tracks. Still if you need say an APC specifically for reserve or militia forces a halftrack design might still be a viable choice. Conscript armies might also benefit.

1943 video on Halftrack tank Destroyers [8:30 mins]

Infogalactic article on the M3 Halftrack.

 https://infogalactic.com/info/M3_Half-track

Video on German Halftracks [17 mins]

Halfassed Thoughts

More Random Gun and Tank Videos

Might as well enjoy these before YouTube gets around to banning them.

An overview of a Canadian made APC. Sure it’s just a converted tank but for 1944 this was top notch. [7 mins]

 

10 gauge shotguns! Perfect for the zombie watermelon apocalypse. [8 mins]

 

This looks like something a Larry Correia character might keep under their pillow. [10mins]

 

Did the Pope actually ban crossbows? [7 mins]

 

More Random Gun and Tank Videos

1960’s US Army Artillery

This one’s for the grognards. Definitely a big fan of these historical archive channels, even if they are not always copyright friendly.

 

1965 US Army training film that covers the cannons and artillery of the time, [38 mins]

Note that this is right before the Vietnam War truly kicks off. The cannon part was interesting enough but the second half of film which covers rocket artillery and guided missiles of that era is where this video shines. ‘Tactical nukes’ were taken very seriously during this part of the Cold War.

 

1960’s US Army Artillery

Technological Progress Means Gun Control is a Social Construct

Just a few stray thoughts on the subject…

We’re only a generation (two at most) of 3d printers and computer assisted machine tools away from the reality of mass produced ‘ghost’ submachine guns* for the common man.

Hell a very skilled gunsmith could probably raise the black flag and set up a batch production run now.

Needless to say this is going to have certain effects. While submachine guns are militarily obsolete they would no doubt work quite nicely as home defence weapons and give the citizenry an ability to actively resist a police or military crackdown.

and again every neighborhood is going to potentially have this ability. If the local authorities are unable or unwilling to defend the populace they are going to be able to very quickly arm themselves with at least ‘gangster weapons.’

That’s stage one (probably around 2030-2040)

Stage two is when technology progresses to the point where decentralised production of ammunition becomes practical. That’s when shit hits all the remaining fans at once.

 

*submachine guns being the cheapest and easiest modern gun-type to manufacture as anyone familiar with the history of the Sten gun of M3 grease gun will tell you. Again this a first step and one that we are very close to.

Technological Progress Means Gun Control is a Social Construct

An Exceptional WWII History Channel

Yes I watch a lot of Youtube (when I should be doing other things) and I’d just like to highlight an channel that may be of interest to grognards and Hearts of Iron players. Much better than anything on the History Channel.

 

Why Germany lost WWII The importance of Oil [46 mins]

 

An overview of the Soviet purges and putting them in context [41 mins]

An Exceptional WWII History Channel

Men and Machines: How To Start An 1927 Aircraft Engine in the Canadian Arctic.

Time for a quick break from politics, tinfoil and “actors of crisis.”

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The following is from an account of a 1927 RCAF arctic exploration mission.

“Pilots and crews soon perfected a procedure for starting the Fokkers in the severe Arctic weather. After each flight the engines were completely drained of oil, which was then stored in a warm place until needed again. To start up, the groundcrew towed the machine to its take-off position, faced it into the wind. and covered the engine with a fitted asbestos cover. They then directed the heat from tow or three blow torches through a length of stove pipe into the air space around the engine. After 30-45 minutes heating, during which the mechanic regularly turned over the propeller, the torches were removed and engine oil, having been heated on a stove, was poured into the lines. Finally, and very quickly  before the engine cooled the engine was started. The system worked well, even when aircraft were forced down away from base.”

 

The type of aircraft in question:

https://infogalactic.com/info/Fokker_Universal

Wikipedia version for those of you having trouble with Infogalactic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Universal

Men and Machines: How To Start An 1927 Aircraft Engine in the Canadian Arctic.