Quick road trip

Miss D. and I are heading out for a couple of days, doing a quick writing research trip while she has a couple of days off work.  Blogging will be light for three to four days.  I’ll try to put up something every day, as time allows. Please say a prayer for traveling mercies for us, if you’re so inclined:  and we’ll do the same for all of you traveling this Thanksgiving.  Stay safe out there! Peter

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Ship versus crane – ship wins

The Italian roll-on/roll-off ferry Excellent was docking in Barcelona, Spain yesterday after its regular trip from Genoa, Italy.  Things didn’t go as planned. The fire started by the falling crane, among a group of containers, grew worse, spreading a pall of smoke over the harbor.  It took a while to bring it under control. I imagine the officers of the Excellent have a little explaining to do, both to the harbor officials and to their employers . . . Peter

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A reader weighs in on the Tac Tool debate

Yesterday’s post about the Ka-Bar Tac Tool produced a number of comments and e-mails among those who know about and use such things.  One extended reply was submitted by reader Raven, who agreed to share it with all of us.  Given his background and experience, I found it interesting. My comments are not too well organized but do come from 50 years of manual labor- mechanical, logging, commercial fishing, woodworking etc. Modern life is packed with gadgets- any hobby or vocation is filled with trinkets to part people from their money- newest and best gimmick on the block syndrome- everyone looking

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The rain in Spain – submarine edition

I’m sure those who follow musicals remember this song from the 1964 movie “My Fair Lady“. I daresay the Spanish Navy and Navantia are wishing, round about now, that they too had “got it” years ago concerning their new S-80 class of submarines. The saga began in 2013, when it was discovered that while the new ships would submerge, coming up again was likely to be a little … er … problematic.  As you can imagine, this would have done little to enhance crew morale. A new, Spanish-designed submarine has a weighty problem: The vessel is more than 70 tons too heavy, and officials fear if it

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“A lot of frustrated people are talking really loud past each other”

The title of this post is a quote from an extended interview between Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame, and Ben Shapiro last weekend.  I’ll embed the full interview below, but here’s the exchange that included that comment. SHAPIRO:  As the country sort of polarizes between the folks who are in the entertainment sphere or the journalism sphere or the sort of “high IQ” is how they would term themselves sphere, and the people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country, that’s a voice that seems to have been lost a lot. Do you think

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Heh

I love this Dilbert cartoon – particularly because I can recall having similar conversations with my bosses in the past (without the snappy comeback, unfortunately). Click the image for a larger version at the comic’s Web page. Peter

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Heh

I love this Dilbert cartoon – particularly because I can recall having similar conversations with my bosses in the past (without the snappy comeback, unfortunately). Click the image for a larger version at the comic’s Web page. Peter

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