A blast from the past – a low-tech cluster bomb

My current novel concerns a war between two minor, insignificant planets in an era of interstellar travel.  Because both are minor polities, they don’t have access to and/or can’t afford all the most hi-tech weaponry deployed by major powers;  so many elements of their armed forces, tactics and strategy are more reminiscent of earlier eras.  It’s a lot of fun trying to blend the two scenarios into a seamless whole.  I hope you’ll like it when it’s finished. As part of the process, I describe in great detail a final, climactic engagement between the two sides, including the use of

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Opening a beer bottle – let me count the ways . . .

Following my earlier video on the subject, an anonymous reader commented that this video followed the theme.  I had to agree – and laugh!  It’s a compilation of all sorts of weird and wacky methods to open a beer bottle.  I don’t recommend any of them, don’t try this at home, I’m not responsible if you do, and all that sort of thing, OK? Peter

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Last day for the Altered Perceptions fundraiser

Friend and fellow blogger and novelist Larry Correia has joined with several other authors to organize a fundraiser for Rob Wells, who’s facing crippling medical bills.  They’ve all contributed material to bring out a book that will be given to donors. Tomorrow, May 24th, is the last day of the fundraiser.  Miss D. and I have already contributed, as have a large number of people.  At the time of writing no less than $95,892 has been raised – more than 87% of the target of $110,000.  I’d be very grateful if you, dear readers, would read about Rob’s situation and

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Interesting ammunition

I’m sure many readers who are into the shooting sports and/or defensive firearm use have heard of Hornady’s relatively new Critical Duty round using the company’s FlexLock bullet.  (Click the image below for a larger view.) It’s marketed as being ‘For Law Enforcement Only’, but it’s freely available to non-LE shooters as well, in both standard and overpressure (+P) loads. (Hornady’s Critical Defense range of ammunition is loaded to lower pressures using the FTX bullet, but I don’t see much point in using it when the more potent law enforcement version is so freely available – why settle for lower

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Star Wars – with subtitles

A friend sent me the link to this absolutely hilarious collection of subtitles for the film ‘Star Wars Episode III:  Revenge of the Sith‘.  They were produced for the Chinese-language DVD (possibly a pirated version), but the person who translated the Chinese words into English had a rather unique perspective on the latter language (to put it mildly!).  Here are a few examples in the form of screenshots. There are many more at the link.  Some of them made me laugh out loud. Peter

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A new personal best

Today I produced over 8,000 words for my latest book – about two thousand more than my previous personal daily ‘best’.  It’s flowing really well (70,000 words so far), and I’m very pleased with progress.  (Of course, whether it’s good enough to be pleased about is a judgment that will be rendered by my readers!)  At this rate I’ll be finished the book by the end of May.  Editing has already commenced. I’ve had half a dozen alpha and beta readers looking at it, identifying areas needing improvement and helping me to get a better overall view of it.  As

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“A terrorist storm is heading for the West”

That’s the alarming headline in the Telegraph, which reports: At the Daily Beast, Eli Lake is reporting that more than 100 Americans are fighting in Syria. This US assessment chimes with the belief of EU intelligence services that hundreds of Europeans are also in Syria. Indeed, “terrorist-tourism” is an increasingly acute concern of British Intelligence. The growing fear? That these “tourists” will soon return home with the means and intention to conduct atrocities. . . . Imagine, for example, that a group of British or French citizens attacked an American target. The fallout would almost certainly involve aggressive unilateral US

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