Monthly Archives: August 2013

Shattered Sword, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read

My review of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, the best battle narrative I’ve ever read.

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Ever wonder what environmental calamity looks like from space?

Ever wonder what environmental calamity looks like from space? This article gives the answer, it’s both beautiful and terrifying, and it concerns every one of us on this planet, the only one we have. Continue reading

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Interesting Linkage

Links to stories I’ve enjoyed: science, Iran, and human interest Continue reading

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My review of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard

“Sir, I just can’t get over all these God-damned stars”; My review of Paul Bogard’s paean to darkness, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: Moon Chin’s wife cheats death

Moon Chin’s wife cheats death escaping Shanghai clinging to the outside of a train in August, 1937… Just as she fell, an anonymous arm grabbed her arm and hauled her through the nearest window to safety. Continue reading

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Best Ocean Beach surfing video ever?

Powerlines Productions video of the best swell I have ever personally witnessed in 33 years of surfing. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: one DC-2 gets wrecked & Moon Chin saves another

The China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) fleeing the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai in August, 1937. This episode details the wreck of one of CNAC’s DC-2s–and how Moon Chin saved another. Continue reading

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Only in America: In which I get taught a lesson in humility by Mrs. Melissa Twiner, the woman in Wednesday’s “Get a gun and the dog!” post

In which I receive a lesson in humility from Mrs. Melissa Twiner. Continue reading

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Fleeing Shanghai, August 1937: Tensions in the partnership threaten to tear the airline apart

Fleeing the Battle of Shanghai, August 1937: the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) was in bad shape–tensions in the Sino-American partnership threaten to tear the company apart. Continue reading

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Only in America: “Get a gun and the dog!” Road rage in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee

Only in America. You can’t make this stuff up. Road rage strikes Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Continue reading

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