Smug Alert

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Spencer Ackerman posted a pretty smug blog entry on about how China refurbing the Varyag isn’t that big of deal. Some of the whoppers: “It’s more like the aircraft carrier equivalent of buying a used car.” “but it’s conspicuous that the first Chinese aircraft carrier can’t defend itself[lacking SSMs] from seaborne threats.” “There’s only […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships

Deathstars and Star Destroyers, Aircraft Carriers(and DDGs) and LCSs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

If you’re a milblog nerd, you probably saw the “article” on the poor state of the Deathstar program in the Star Wars trilogy by a LTC in the USAF last week. There were a few whoppers in the article, not the least the claim that the second Deathstar didn’t fire it’s primary weapon. It also […]

Categories: Oops, Plotholes, Science Fiction, Space


Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Anyone read the latest turd to float up from Wired’s “Danger Room” blog? In it Ackerman complains that the USN is turning their vessels(both comissioned and in service) into “floating Gitmos”. What a horrible turn of events! Except, hmm, that isn’t how it works. In both the instances mentioned the POIs in question were taken […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships

Blamin’ Barry

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

So, one of the podcasts I listen to while I hike is “Mid Rats”, which is surely the only maritime security podcast worthy of the description. Tomorrow they are having on two scallywags by the names of Mackenzie Eaglen and Bryan McGrath to talk about the a paper(here) they put up on The Heritage Foundations […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships, Strategy

Killer robots from the future

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:42 pm

As always, xkcd doesn’t fail to disappoint.

Categories: Aircraft, Oops, Plotholes

The winner by virture of drawing oxygen.

Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

In 1906 the sitting U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for successfully using the good offices of the President of the United States to mediate between Russia and Japan, bringing about the end to the Russo-Japanese War. The action gave both powers a chance to exit from a war that […]

Categories: Oops, Plotholes

Classic Games I (and Plotholes)

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 5:25 am

One of my favorite games of All Time™, “System Shock”; was released in 1994 by Origin, under the development of Looking Glass. Even fifteen years later (my god has it been that long?); the game is still eminently playable (within either DOSBOX; or with a hacked executable that fans of the game have put together); […]

Categories: Classic Gaming, Plotholes