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Flying Tigers 1973
Idea for a 1/48 scale model diorama: an alternate timeline where instead of the Vietnam war, the US supported Taiwan in a border skirmish with China by sending a second generation of Flying Tigers.

Mostly an excuse to paint some favorite jet fighters from the 60s in Flying Tiger colors.

I'm thinking of a tarmac divided into three revements, maybe using the 1.5" concrete panels from Hirst Arts Molds for the tarmac. In the center revement, an F-5A being loaded up with bombs for a ground strike. In the left, an F-5B already outfitted as a Wild Weasel with crew aboard (as they'd be leaving ahead of the strike). In the third, an F-4E in the "Chico the Gunfighter" configuration.

Your Signal is Buster
I got off work to the news that my Birds of Prey order has shipped. Yay Noble Knight! It's expected to arrive tomorrow--at my friend Liv's, since I don't have a mailing address. Getting it from her to me might take a few more days.

Meanwhile, I've discovered that in the years since I left my PC behind, DCS has added F-14s, F/A-18s, and carrier ops to its flight sim engine. I so need to get an apartment again. Need a new joystick and throttle, too, I had to ebay the old one to raise money. =(

The Need for Speed
Having been on an obsessive Birds of Prey kick for over two weeks, I finally broke down and ordered a copy. It's stupidly impractical to buy a tabletop game when I'm homeless and live in a tent, but I just can't wait any longer. Gotta have it.

I don't have any miniatures, but the game is playable out of the box using cardboard box counters. Not that I don't intend to add miniatures eventually. Still working out basing options. Sadly Ninja Magic seems to be completely out of production, but Corsec Engineering is still in business.

From the Sea to Your Face
Ocean conservation is a big deal to me. Goes hand in hand (fin in fin?) with being a mermaid. And a big part of the plastic clogging up the oceans and killing fish is discarded fishing nets.

I work at REI, and the other day I was trained for a department that has, among other things, sunglasses. And it turns out one of the brands we sell, Costa, makes sunglass frames out of plastic made from discarded fishing net literally dragged out of the ocean.

A partner company called Bureo is what actually gathers the nets, and recycles them into plastic pellets. Costa then takes the pellets and makes sunglass frames out of them.

Not all of Costa's sunglasses have these frames, just the four models of what they call their "Untangled Collection". But even the others use sustaibly sourced bioplastic, or metal. Costa's focus is on eyewear for fishing, boating, and other water activities, so another thing they have is a lens polarization that is especially good and filtering out the spectra of light that gets reflected off water.

It Comes in Blue!
Being homeless led to my interest in backpacking, which in turn has been like a "gateway drug" for other outdoor activities. I've been attending introductory classes at my local REI for rock climbing, mountain biking, and (as of last night) kayaking. I'm Boat People, dammit, I should have a boat. :p

There is one kayak on display in the store that I liked most, in terms of features and performance, except I didn't like the color. I said to myself, "I wish it came in blue." Then this morning I looked at the REI website, and it turns out it does come in blue!

It's wide, so it's not the fastest kayak in the world, but the short length makes it more maneuverable and tighter on a turn, which I've decided is more important. The broad beam also gives it a higher weight capacity. At $750, it's not inconceivably beyond my possible budget.

Maybe This Will Succeed Where 'Spy' Failed Me
I just found out about this movie, which is coming out in two days.

No idea whether this will be good, but I liked Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending and Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters. And more importantly, for me Melissa McCarthy's Spy was a huge letdown. This looks to be a movie along similar lines, but without (at least in the trailer) the cringe comedy that dominated that film.

We're Not Heroes, We're from Finchley

Queen Susan the Gentle, ladies and gentlemen.

I Hear It's Going Around

At least this one I was expecting sooner or later.

Looks like they're just pretty much copying the Abrams version of Pike. I miss the professorial dude from the old Pocket Books novels. Belay that, I just realized I was confusing Pike with Robert April.

Hated the horror-movie opening, but I liked some of the comedy beats. "What a relief! I thought  we were all gonna die."

Clone Wars Revived--wait, what?
Was this a suprise, or did everybody but me know about this?

Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?
The Portland OR office of the US National Weather Service posted this on their facebook page. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, like I have been these past couple years, it's a useful reference.