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Buckaroo Banzai weird?

It’s cited as one of 366 Weird Movies. “Would a watermelon in the midst of a chase sequence not be, in its own organic way, emblematic of our entire misunderstood enterprise? At once totally logical and perfectly irrational?”–W.D. Richter, explaining why there is a watermelon inside the Banzai Institute … Any movie that successfully incorporates […]

Sea legs: nineteenth century seamanship

Two books on the web to get you up to speed. “Text-Book of Seamanship, 1891, is an updated age of sail textbook at the beginning of the true transition of warships from sail to steam power.” It is provided by the Historic Naval Ships Association. The other is provided by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. […]

80 years on: the neutron

It was only 80 years ago – one human lifetime – that Sir James Chadwick discovered the neutron. PhysOrg has the story. “In 1932, Chadwick’s work led him to the discovery of a previously unknown particle in the atomic nucleus that was crucial to the fission of uranium 235. It became known as the neutron […]

With Lee in Virginia

I thought it might be history but it turns out that it was a Romance Adventure. With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War is the fictional story of a member of the Virginia gentry in the calvary of the Confederate Virginia Army during the civil war. The author is a prolific […]