· Dec 29, 2012 at 10:20 am
What could be more fun for a little kid than getting to drift off to sleep in your own amazing spaceship? That’s the feeling five year old Finn must get each night, ever since his dad used some old discarded TV broadcast gear to create this fantastic spaceship bed.
The panel is a Grass Valley video switcher, which a friend of Finn’s dad had fished out of a dumpster behind a local TV station. It probably cost the TV station more than the price of a house when it was new, but today it’s apparently worth nothing. Don’t tell that to Jeremiah Gorman, who used the switcher to make the spaceship control panel.
I totally want this, just not as the master bed — I’d never get a wink of sleep.
· Oct 9, 2012 at 5:50 am
Ray Clift was born in August, 1912, in Bellingham, WA, and his working years were spent in photography, machine shop, mechanical engineering and drafting. Ray and I were married in 1973, so I was not an eye witness to his early endeavors. All I have are some photos, his notations, and memories of things he mentioned.
More steam powered goodness. And it’s not like I intentionally wake up at 5:27am and go looking for this stuff.
· Oct 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm
The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere.
With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the war, when seemingly minor moments of friction accumulated until the situation was ready to explode.
The ship in question is the HMAS Torrens, a 351-foot (107m) long River class destroyer escort weighing 2,700 tons. Commissioned for service by the Royal Australian Navy in 1971, the escort was used for a number of purposes, including bringing troops back to Australia from the Vietnam War. Then, on June 14, 1999, it performed one final duty: helping to test the combat system of Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb.
Last month, Small Wars Journal managing editor Robert Haddick asked whether new technology has rendered aircraft carriers obsolete. Well, not everyone thinks so, especially in science-fiction, where “flat tops” still rule in TV shows like Battlestar Galactica. So FP’s Michael Peck spoke with Chris Weuve, a naval analyst, former U.S. Naval War College research professor, and an ardent science-fiction fan about how naval warfare is portrayed in the literature and television of outer-space.