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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

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