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.”


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:

Wikipedia version for those of you having trouble with Infogalactic

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

Allsorted Youtube Selections

Life is sort of kicking my ass right now but I really do hate to leave the blog empty so here’s a number of youtube videos that caught my fancy recently.

Arch Warhammer presents A Truly Orky Story [23 mins]

Yes happy endings are possible even in the grimdark of WH40K.



Get in the trukk boyz!!!


How not to invade a planet[5 mins]

Still an awesome movie just as long as you keep it completely separate from the novel.


Mildly annoying historian Lindybeige goes over the entire Bayeux Tapestry from beginning to end. [22 mins]

A very interesting artform if nothing else.


Mim Headroom reviews the Sharknado of comics [16 mins]

If you wanted an example of just how ridiculous SJW Marvel can be; this is it… and yes the guy in the wheelchair is named Wheels. There is however an excellent Hawkeye leadership moment around the twelve minute mark. Mim gives these two issues in question a 5/10 because they somehow manage to be fun.

I actually think the terrible artwork helped this series in being more fun than it actually is.”


So yeah Occupy Avengers might be worth digging out of your local comic store’s trash bin. Such as the world we live in.

Allsorted Youtube Selections

Nerdlife Nine: Alt-Culture Begins With You.

Well it’s been another month or so, which makes it time for another episode of your favourite Bargain Basement Sensor Sweep. Hey it’s easy content and people seem to like these.


Let’s open as usual with a song. As some of you aren’t getting enough metal in your diet.

Defenders of Valhalla by Brothers of Metal.

I’m normally not a fan of female vocals in metal but I really do have to give these guys a pass. Very catchy and excellent drinking music.


John C. Wright opens up on ComicsGate. The Modern Grand Master of the English Language unleashes ALL the dogs here. Highly readable and highly quotable.

The fact of the matter is that SJWs cannot tell stories. We saw this same thing in the science fiction field among the Hugo nominees: the more SJW was in a story, the less drama. The reasons for this are complicated, but the basic problem is that SJWs have a worldview that is false to facts about nearly every aspect of human nature and human morality, and instead have a fake, flat, one-dimensional view which contains neither heroism nor personal responsibility.

You cannot have drama in a situation where no one is responsible for his own actions, and no one can change any outcomes.

If society or skin color is to blame for everything, and explains everything, individual action, that thing which makes drama dramatic, means nothing.

A victim who can never win, and merely whining, is not drama. An oppressor with no redeeming characteristics, who can never repent, likewise has no drama. And yet the SJW worldview allows for no other type of people: everyone is either an utterly helpless victim or an utterly irredeemable oppressor.”



Back when men were men and beers ads sold beer.


Fishy business or business of fishy?

Any advance in aquaculture technology has to be a good thing for all of humanity. Taurine? I just hope that they aren’t feeding the fish Red Bull or anything,


Swineapple: Because some people take BBQ way too far.


Thinking through the possibilities and proving that art can inspire.


Tommy guns [11 Mins]

A US army training film on the mechanics of the Thompson submachine gun.


I thought so but I had to check.


Indie Author and Pulp Speedster Jon Mollison discusses the rootless nature of modern fiction.

He quotes and links this excellent article. Well worth reading in its own right.


Bradford C. Walker discusses one of the major differences between Old School RPGs and Modern Tabletop and how the two completely different approaches result in completely different games for two separate audiences. This leads to an insight that seems almost painfully obvious in hindsight but I’ve never seen anyone put into words.

In short Old School Tabletop are Strategic Games set at the platoon or company level where much of the actual work is done by NPC followers or hirelings.

While Modern Tabletop games are Tactical Games set at the squad or fireteam level where the heroes are directly involved in a much narrower focus campaign, using step by step tactics.

While in theory a very skilled Game Master could switch back and forth as circumstances dictate in reality you are going to have to pick one approach or the other for your gaming group.


The Alt-Right DM tells a terrifying tale of cringe and despair.

I’ve never wanted to kill a character so bad in my life.”



Y’all know how much of David Weber fan I am so…


A quick War Is Boring article on Political Officers in the Soviet Navy.


A sixteen minute comic nerd rant that needs more love. A month old but holds up pretty well.

The real anger begins around the ten minute mark.


Niche Gamer on a very interesting easter egg.


Damn right in the feelz


Until next time.

—Wolfman Out—



Nerdlife Nine: Alt-Culture Begins With You.

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

Well my social media holiday turned out to be a complete disaster but it’s nothing any of you would care about so let’s just get straight down to business.


Brian Niemeier discusses the difference between the Superversive and the Pulp Revolution literary movements.


I do think it is important to remember that these two movements overlap and are not in direct conflict; even if certain people do seem to get strangely butthurt about it.

I initially supported the Superversive SF movement and I stand by the goal of countering the nihilism and hopelessness that is all pervasive in modern literature and “entertainment.” As for the Pulprev? I have the much better reason that all my cool friends are doing it and putting entertainment back into things that are supposed to be entertaining just seems like a good idea.


Huge folding knife; which turns out to be a surprisingly good weapon.



Jon Del Arroz on writing character. Lot of good tips here.

The final thing I’ll note is the protagonist especially needs something for someone to root for.”

Remember if the audience begins to cheer for the bad guys, you either haven’t fleshed out your heroes properly or you may be writing some kind of horrible message fic.


An in-depth article about viking shields; from both a historical and a gamer (GURPS) point of view.

Interesting thing about this – a properly made shield, when struck at with a sharp sword, will catch and trap the blade of that sword. Nearly every time. The thinner, the easier this happens, but even with the thicker wood with no rawhide edging, a good shield bind was obtained.”


Sabaton and Girls und Panzer

Sabaton makes everything better.


Injustice Gamer brings up a niche product that might just fill your gaming needs.

Mice and Mystics is the most family friendly entry here. You’re playing as the king’s heroes after they’ve been turned into mice by an evil wizard. Try to avoid the cats and bats, get the cheese, and save the king.”


Your kids will live on Mars. Mixed feeling about this piece. On one hand it’s important to be optimistic on the other hand the name Elon Musk triggered a red flag. Still worth a quick read.



The only map that matters.


Fully Explaining Lunar Calendars. [10min]

Here’s a video for the truly obsessive fantasy writer.



Why Female Action Heroes suck.

Steven Crowder makes the case that female action heroes aren’t really that believable and do so in a fairly hilarious manner.

NerdLife Seven: Get To The Wookie

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation

NerdLife Four: Relax and Enjoy the Madness

I need a break from politics and I guess this will count. This was supposed to be my one day to relax this week and I spent most of it on social media yelling about throwing reporters out of helicopters. Therapeutic perhaps but hardly productive.

I try to cover a good spread of topics in these… things so that there is something for everybody. Still end of the day it’s whatever shiny internet thing catches my eye, and I’m not exactly the most organized individual.

Writing out the two Breyland Notes pieces seemed to have helped but yeah… the flesh is willing but the mind is sperging.

So here we go.

Black Marketing: This a ten minute long 1944 US propaganda film that is oddly well acted and compelling. I’m a big fan of these archive channels.

Very well done little film breaks down that how a typical black market scheme is run. Might be of interest to both history buffs and the Pulp Revolution crowd. A lot of fun if you like old style gangster movies.


Indie author and cosmic madman Jon Mollison breaks down the possibilities of donut shaped planets.

I’ve gone ahead and subbed to the Youtube channel in question and it looks like there’ll be plenty of materiel for future posts.


Yes once Captain America was an American.


Injustice Gamer discusses the nature of complexity in boardgames. Not much I can add but his next article is going to be about Kickstarter and how it’s effected the market. That should be a fun read. Might as well start hyping now.


Volcano of Doom (Music)

With a title like that I had to click on it.

Hmm… geothermal powered underground lair… alien jungle planet… brave adventurers on a desperate mission…



And where the hell is this videogame?


Awesome Viking discovery. Once again we see the ageless theme of a man and his dog.


The Bechtloff Presents: The Legend of Indiana Mario. A fascinating tale of a videogame urban legend. Also shitting on MovieBob is never offtopic.

Those happy meal toys rocked!



People tend to forget that Burt Reynolds was a legit action star at one point.


Gitabushi on the hard/soft science fiction debate. About a month old but I didn’t see it at the time.

and another great thought provoking article about the different views on peasants.

NerdLife: Rest and Retardation

With A Rebel Yell



A while back I stumbled across this clip from the 1930’s and it looked like something certain folks might enjoy.

This is completely different than anything those of us north of the Biscuits and Gravy Line would have imagined. I really wasn’t expecting the Rebel Yell to be so high pitched.


Here’s a cleaned up composite version made from multiple recordings.

Might make a good ringtone.


A group of reenactors doing their best.


Anyway I thought that was worth sharing; particularly in the wake of SJWs attempting to completely wipe out all traces of Southern heritage. I just had to stop by and give them all a fuck you dance out of sheer principle.

I’ll leave you with this; a song that never gets old.

With A Rebel Yell