Soviet postage stamps

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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The title is self explanatory. Here, and after the jump, is a small collection of Soviet postage stamps.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Friday, March 16, 2018

Get ready for a criminal weekend with the Lounge Kittens.

Riding on neglected rails

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Above is a video of a train crawling along a poorly maintained stretch of track. That got me wondering, especially with legislation about infrastructure repair on the horizon, what is the ownership of railroad tracks -- public or private?

It turns out railroad tracks are privately owned. I guess the whole issue of land grants to RR companies back in the 19th century should have been a clue to me about that fact. Regardless, the laws surrounding RR tracks must be complex. I suppose trains from other companies must have to lease time to travel on tracks, and who knows how RR right-of-ways impact local zoning, etc.

It seems like a railroad would be a utility, but I guess they are something different.

This section of neglected railroad track is owned by Pioneer RailCorp. They bought it from Maumee and Western Railroad and, from the comment accompanying the video, Pioneer had upgraded most of the rest of the track they had bought from Maumee and Western. This little section sure looks harrowing to run on.

The second attack on Pearl Harbor

Monday, March 12, 2018
Japanese H8K seaplane (click to enlarge)
Japanese war planners soon recognized that “crucial targets” such as the Pearl Harbor shipyards, maintenance shops and fuel-reserve facilities had been largely undamaged, according to an exhibit at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu. From those shipyards America mobilized an astoundingly speedy and effective effort to repair vessels damaged in the December attack.
The Japanese hoped to stymie that salvage work with Operation K, a bombing raid using the first two prototypes of the H8K amphibious plane.
While extremely successful, the first Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor had left several important targets -- fuel tanks, and dry docks -- undamaged. Three months after the first attack, they launched a second attack comprising of two long range H8K planes, each with four 550 lb bombs.

However, when they got over the target it was clouded in, and they dropped their bombs blindly. One hit a hillside and broke some windows, it is unknown where the other bombs fell.

I found this item via Bob's Blog which has a link to further information.

Beautiful Tango

Friday, March 09, 2018

Get ready for a footloose weekend with Hindi Zahra.

The Falkirk Wheel

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

In 2002 the Falkirk Wheel was opened in Scotland. It replaced a series of 11 locks that connected to canals that had a difference in height of 115ft. As you can see in the videos, it is a giant wheel that spins to cars which contain the boats to be moved between canals.

Above is a time lapse showing it in motion and immediately below in explanation as to how it works. The final video shows a ride from inside a boat using the wheel.

House Guests

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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I'm sill around, I have house guests so posting is light.

I used the picture above to illustrate my visitors. Well, except my visitor isn't Putin, and I don't much look like the much beloved President of Turkmanistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Come to think of it, I also don't have a giant statue in my house nor is their an audience watching our visit. Other than that is nearly a 100% accurate representation of my house guests.

Regardless, I'll be back on line  eventually.