Historic Shuri Castle Burns in Okinawa

Cause unknown, one of Japan’s iconic sites is a smoldering heap.  The fire gutted wooden structures, which were reconstructions, but magnificent reconstructions just the same, built in the appropriate manner, and filled with relics which cannot be replaced.

If you’ve played the game Call of Duty: World at War, this was where you had to bang mortar shells on stoneworks and heave them over the fences.  My family visited Okinawa several years ago, and we were fortunate to tour the place.  I remembered fighting my way through the compound in a video game as we walked through it with cameras.  Which also brought memories of my first visit to Okinawa, as a midshipman making my way through a copy of E. B. Sledge’s memoir of fighting on Peleliu and Okinawa, when I looked at the countryside around me and was simply staggered at the idea of fighting on this terrain.... [Read More]


College Football – Week 10

It’s Week 10 for College Football Folks!  You will all be pleased to hear that this is probably my last week writing this post – everyone, particularly 10 Cents, is anxiously awaiting the return of Mike LaRoche.  That would also mean a return of copious numbers of cheerleader pics.

That thing that was going on in baseball seemed to end last night.  I think Alex Ovechkin won the Stanley cup again or something.  In the NFL the San Francisco 49ers are still undefeated.  Latest sign of the apocalypse.... [Read More]


I Liked This.

Good Morning, Everyone.   Having a tedious house chore to attend to this morning, I decided I would need to find something to keep me on task and help keep me from getting sidetracked.   (The risk of being sidetracked, in my semi-retirement is very high, especially when there are tedious chores to do.)

I decided music was just the right tool I needed.  So of course, I turned to the Internet to find some ‘focus music’, but thought perhaps I should check-up on the latest news first.... [Read More]


Make Your Own Fake News

Computer-generated articles aren’t new but now there’s a tool named Grover that you can use to make your own. Grover can also identify machine-generated articles. I love that their sample is a fake Paul Krugman article. Then again, I’m not so sure there are any real Krugman articles. It’s not entirely clear that Krugman could pass the Turing test.

I used Grover to generate a Krugman column for next October. It’s not too hard to detect that this column is fake but it would be a good starting point that could be touched up a human. I chose the headline, the author, the publication, and the date. Grover did the rest. Have fun.... [Read More]


Whatever Prints your Boat

On September 19–22, 2019, in a period of 72 hours, the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center produced a complete, seaworthy boat in a single pass with the world’s largest 3D printer (additive manufacturing machine), developed by Ingersoll Machine Tools.  Here is a time lapse video of the entire construction process.

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Book Review: The Tower of the Bear

“The Tower of the Bear” by Fenton WoodThis is the third short novel/novella (145 pages) in the author’s Yankee Republic series. I described the first, Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves, as “utterly charming”, and the second, Five Million Watts, “enchanting”. In this volume, the protagonist, Philo Hergenschmidt, embarks upon a hero’s journey to locate a treasure dating from the origin of the Earth which may be the salvation of radio station 2XG and the key to accomplishing the unrealised dream of the wizard who built it, Zaros the Electromage.

Philo’s adventures take him into the frozen Arctic where he meets another Old One, to the depths of the Arctic Ocean in the fabulous submarine of the eccentric Captain Kolodziej, into the lair of a Really Old One where he almost seizes the prize he seeks, and then on an epic road trip. After the Partition of North America, the West, beyond the Mississippi, was ceded by the Republic to the various aboriginal tribes who lived there, and no Yankee dare enter this forbidden territory except to cross it on the Tyrant’s Road, which remained Yankee territory with travellers given free passage by the tribes—in theory. In fact, no white man was known to have ventured West on the Road in a century.... [Read More]


No More a-Rove’ing

The speech Trump gave yesterday was the speech we so wanted, so deserved,  to hear in 2001!  At last!
And as I write , Karl Rove is on Fox,  to remind us of the “religion of peace”, “hijacking of a great religion”  pap  we  heard back then.   Bush’n’Blair came  out and slapped a Kick Me sign on America’s back while pretending to wrap us in a commiserating hug.
We didn’t hear any of that religion-of-peace crapola from our Don! ( Gee, maybe he has actually read the Koran!).
We didn’t hear any conciliatory bovine dung about how we sorrowfully had to kill Al Big Daddy in order to rescue Islam from its evil djinni!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU, President Trump.  We have been waiting so long!


Mourning the Death of an Austere Religious Scholar

The Imperial Post published an obituary entitled “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.” The Daily Caller saved a screen cap before the Post’s editors revised the title: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48, but not before folks had a chance to comment. Here’s a selection:

Adolf Hitler, WW I veteran and amateur painter, died today.  There were allegations Mr. Hitler disagreed with the Jewish religion….... [Read More]