Tag Archives: what we’re reading

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)

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  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

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Mar. 11, 2020)

Parvusimperator is on vacation this week, both from our day job and from the Soapbox, so with the exception of one or two items from the end of last week, this one’s all me.

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague

Defense

Science and Technology

Grab Bag


  1. Well, it’s not the coronavirus. It feels like a cold, so it might be a coronavirus. 
  2. If I weren’t sick, I’d be coming up with an amusing Latin plural here. 

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Mar. 4, 2020)

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague

Defense

Science and Technology

American Sportsball

Grab Bag

  • Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested – Staunchly anti-mainland. I wouldn’t call it entirely unexpected, but I am a little surprised China’s moving right now. Maybe they want to combine the flak they’re taking for anti-democratic moves with the flak they’re taking for coronavirus response?

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Feb. 26, 2020)

It’s still the 26th.

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague

Defense

History

Science and Technology

Grab Bag


  1. Footnoted to avoid a mega-paragraph. They also mention the Zuma satellite, a ‘failed launch’ which may not have been a failure. We discussed it some little while back. I don’t think an amateur ground-to-orbit radar is quite plausible, but tracking black satellites would be a fun game if it were. 

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

Making up for a light week last week, a heavier one this time around.

Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague

Defense

History

Guns

Science and Technology

Sport

Grab Bag

Lighter Notes

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Feb. 12, 2020)

By order of the Central Commission for Calendrical Gynmastics, today is Wednesday for the next, oh, three to five minutes.

Wuhan Coronavirus

Defense

Science and Technology

  • Jailbreaking used Teslas – Tesla, in the same manner as noted corporate villain John Deere, believes that a durable good and the software that powers that durable good are sold separately. Buyers of used Teslas rightfully do not like this.

History

Guns

Lighter News

Wednesday What We’re Reading (Feb. 5, 2020)

One month into 2020 already. Goodness.

Upcoming features for February include a continuation of parvusimperator’s Cadillac Gage commentaries (probably), a holster review (my wife has been pushing me to carry more often), and, of course, the continued exploits of our fictional French Navy for Thursday wargaming.

Wuhan Coronavirus

Defense

Guns

Science and Technology

History

Grab Bag

  • What happened to the Iowa caucus results? – And how are they going to steal the primary from Bernie? (Not that I really care how one part of the left screws over another part of the left, as long as it suppresses left-leaning turnout.)

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

Workshop Projects of the Month

Wuhan Coronavirus

Defense

Guns/SHOT Show

Science and Technology

History

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