Jim Werbaneth's Blog – August 2009 Archive (3)

Inglourious Basterds

I'll save everyone the problem of waiting for a plot spoiler, so here it is: The Japanese win at the end of the movie. And that ending is really really boring.



Seriously though, Inglourious Basterds is a film sure to appeal to many history buffs and wargamers. A tour de force from the inimitable Quentin Tarantino, the leading practitioner of… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 26, 2009 at 9:09pm — 17 Comments

TechnoEvil

FoxNews.com recently did a slide show of high-tech jobs that got my attention for several reasons. One is that the current state of the economy makes anything about jobs interesting. Also, we just had our run-ins with spammers. Another is that the subject concerns professions that can yield lots of money, but cost… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 17, 2009 at 10:29pm — 3 Comments

Mystery of HMAS Australia Solved

On November 19, 1941, off the Indian Ocean coast of Australia, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney approached what its captain, Joseph Burnett, thought was the merchantman Straat Malakka. He was wrong.



The ship turned out to be the German armed merchant cruiser Kormoran. When challenged, the Kormoran fired on the unsuspecting cruiser at close range, probably killing Captain Burnett and all the officers on the bridge with the first salvo. More shells… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on August 13, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

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