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Wednesday What We’re Reading (May 29, 2020)

Apologies for the delay on this week’s what we’re reading, and on the Rule the Waves Let’s Play. I had a death in the family recently, and although it wasn’t a very surprising one, it’s nevertheless occupied a lot of my time.

I should be back to regularly-scheduled posting going forward.

Coronavirus

Defense

Science and Technology

Guns

Race and Culture

Grab Bag

Wednesday What We’re Reading (May 20, 2020)

The ‘Rona

Defense

Science and Technology

History

Guns

Grab Bag

Wednesday What We’re Reading (May 13, 2020)

Coronavirus

Venezuelan Coup Attempt

Defense

Guns

  • USPSA matches look like they’ll be starting back up in June, so you can expect some content relating to practical shooting as we get deeper into summer.
  • Ahmaud Arbery: good shoot or bad shoot? – I think the opinion among your correspondents is ‘bad shoot’, at least with the information we have at hand. The way I see it: leaving aside all the surrounding circumstances, I don’t think a three-on-one fistfight the easy way rises to the standard required for lethal force.
  • The 3D printed armaments crowd answers the ‘BuT tAnKs’ people… – … with initial work on a 3D-printed disposable anti-tank launcher. I love this country.
  • Innovative Arms has a waiting list for Welrod pistol clones – Instead of the quick-wearing rubber baffles from the original, it has a more modern, long-lasting setup in the innards. Innovative Arms estimates a price in the $1200-$1400 range. A bit much for something as simple as the Welrod, but then, pretty cheap for a custom-CNC low-volume replica of an oldtimey curiosity.

Science and Technology

Grab Bag

  • USS Nevada found – By ‘Florida-based archaeology firm SEARCH Inc.’, among others, which sounds like it could be the subject of a series of modern archaeological adventure novels. Someone needs to take up the Clive Cussler mantle, and I’m fresh out of time, so consider this idea a freebie.

Wednesday What We’re Reading (May 6, 2020)

I feel like we’re not closing in on WWRW #100 nearly as quickly as we used to be. Maybe it’s quarantine time dilation.

Coronavirus

Reader Projects

Defense

Games

  • This year’s Flare Path community Combat Mission game is a hoot – Try this (fictional movie synopsis) on for size, if I don’t turn it into a Nathaniel Cannon story over at Many Words Main first: “This year’s challenge conscripts Combat Mission: Fortress Italy and is inspired by the final fifteen minutes of classic Seventies war movie Colonel Croesus (aka The Montaretto Millionaires aka The Tiger Under the Mountain). We join the story on the night following the double-cross. The ragtag band of Allied treasure hunters, deserters, and lotus eaters led by Colonel ‘Croesus’ Cresswell (Robert Duvall) is poised for action outside the ‘abandoned’ Italian sub pen where Hauptmann Otto Steiner’s (Wolf Kahler) equally disreputable Kampfgruppe of chancers is busy loading the stolen bullion onto a waiting U-boat. Unless Croesus acts quickly, the Germans will escape with the loot!”

Science and Technology

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Apr. …29, 2020)

I’m working on a tightly-estimated customer project at work these days, so I haven’t been doing as much reading during the day, nor as much blog-post-assembling. Sorry for the wait!

Coronavirus

Defense

Science and Technology

History

  • A series of videos on the Bronze Age Collapse – And perhaps a warning to hyper-interconnected modern societies? I saw a guy on Twitter ask whether Singapore or North Korea has greater food security. Granted, I agree with him that the answer is Singapore in almost every case, but there are moderately-plausible scenarios where the answer flips. If the merchant republics of Italy and their dealings with the Ottoman Empire are any indication, tiny rich city-states have some serious downsides in times of strife.

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Apr. 22, 2020)

The weeks seem to get longer and longer every day.

Books

  • Parvusimperator finished the French Rifle Book from Headstamp Publishing, and speaks very highly of its content and production values. He’s now reading First In, Last Out, a history of South African artillery in the latter days of the Cold War.

Time-Sensitive

La Corona

Defense

Guns

Sport

Grab Bag

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Apr. 15, 2020)

Reverse Tax Day edition! (Your correspondents got their economic stimulus payouts today. If you’re due one and don’t need it, consider sending it, or some of it, to a local food bank.)

Books and Other Media

  • I read Under the Eagle, which I found at a library sale a while ago. It’s the first in a long line of historical military fiction set in Imperial Rome. I’m likely to try to find some others.
  • I will be reading the next two Jim Butcher books, which are due out this year. Finally.
  • I’m presently reading the My Hero Academia manga, because I enjoy the show and have a lot of time on my hands.
  • Parvusimperator is reading entries in the Australian Army Journal.

The Game’s Afoot: Tactical Decision Game #1

Wuhan Coronavirus

Defense

History

Science and Technology

  • SEO ruined the internet
  • Google ruined the internet – By, the argument goes, emphasizing popularity over accuracy. I think this is true, but the causality is reversed. People used to care more about being right or linking to correct things on the Internet. We here actually feel the recency bias pretty keenly. Many of our (by which I mean parvusimperator’s) most popular articles were written a few years ago, which is eternities in Internet time.

Guns

Grab Bag

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Apr. 1, 2020)

Full isolation continues. Food and ammunition stocks holding out well.

No April Fool’s jokes here. We’re all business.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Maps and Data

Wuhan Coronavirus: Other

Defense

History

The Final Frontier (it’s Space)

Grab Bag

  • The crude oil market is broken – Worldwide oil demand is down by 25%. Wyoming Asphalt Sour, was bid at -$0.19—they’ll pay you to take it. Also, apparently, there are only about 700 oil refineries worldwide1.

  1. Unrelated, but I found out this last week that there are 700,000 active ham radio licenses in the US. I would have never guessed that community is some 20 times larger than the USPSA community. 

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Mar. 25, 2020)

Up to full isolation here at the world headquarters.

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague

Defense

Self-Defense (also Guns)

Grab Bag


  1. Chloroquine is often delivered in tablet form as chloroquine phosphate (which is also sold as a fish tank algaecide). Hydroxychloroquine has fewer side effects and is less toxic, so it can be given in larger doses. 

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Mar. 19, 2020)

We’re going into Day 4 of partial isolation here at Soapbox World HQ, and the news is all coronavirus-related.

Late-breaking: parvusimperator, back from vacation, has provided a few non-coronavirus links.

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague: Scare Pieces

WBSDP: Maps and Data

WBSDP: Other Useful Information

Books We’re Reading

  • Me: Masterpieces of Mystery – The Golden Age – Part II, selected by Ellery Queen.
  • John: Churchill, by Andrew Roberts, and then Chassepot to Famas by Gun Jesus, in the lovely preorder blue (bleu?).

Defense

Guns

Space

Lighter Notes