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#1 Plank

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 06:07

I am reading this:

 

http://simonsingh.ne...-book/the-book/

 

it has a little WW1 stuff in it.

 

History eh, the things you learn, and don't believe everything you read n the papers... wink.

 

It's not a bad book. a bit repetitive in places, revealing in others.

 

What I learned:

 

How an Enigma machine works. Never ever thought I would know but, now I do.

It's pretty clever. Encrypting the actual message key with the day key is a stroke of brilliance.

( Enigma machines can use the same day key for the header which contains the second random key and that message is encrypted with that second random key  so that

frequency analysis of the entire days messages will prove very very very hard to do. Each message for the day uses the "day key" and then a new random one. )  : )

 

as luck would have it a machine and that months keys fell into allied hands.... ( U110 ?? )

 

and one time pads. wow. clever.

 

Signals eh. running wires and messages. a job for the extra brave I suspect.

 

so there you go. My latest read.

 

S!

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#2 13aceofspades13

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 07:00

last i read was Manfred Von Richthofens auto biography a while back, inspired me to write my own little fictional novel, no one ever reads the rough draft, likely because none of my friends are into reading books. 


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#3 Plank

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:01

Ding! 

 

Rough draft please. We read. You have new friends now.

 

S! Plank.


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#4 unreasonable

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 08:04

"Against Empathy" by Paul Bloom.

 

Why "feeling your pain" is not a good guide for right action -  well written, clear and short. Plus I happen to agree with almost all of it.

 

Not often I can say all that about books about psychology or philosophy.


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#5 raaaaid

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 17:02

i dont read anymore but forums

 

i consider any kind of story telling a try at brainwashing by the author by the perverse method to appeal to emotion

 

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#6 US103_Hunter

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 17:40

Charles Biddle - Fighting Airmen: The Way of the Eagle. Great stuff about the USAS.
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#7 Dutch2

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 18:04

Hubert Lampo - de komst van Joachim Stiller

 

Novel by an long forgotten Belgian author, first published in 1960. 


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#8 remcov

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 19:34

Yuval Noah Harari - Homo Deus > Food for thought

And in parallel

Sylvain Neuvel - Sleeping Giants > SF to relax
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#9 Ghost_666

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 23:35

The last couple of days the manual on railroad crossing predictors :icon_e_deadman:  and the "Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette" :icon_e_biggrin:


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Circling, Circling, in the sun.  Desperately trying to use my gun.  Up and down and around about.  Left and right I through my Scout.  When I had that Hun, on the run.  My little Newport she spun.  Down and down, with speed I went.  Into the ground, without wings I was sent.  In the mess the empty chair is set.  My flying time is spent.

 


#10 J2_Adam

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:35

Just finished reading for the fourth time, Red Baron - Life and Death of an Ace by Peter Kilduff.
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#11 testid

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 06:35

continuing a slog thru GoT. Pondering Dune and Gravity's Rainbow rereads. Working through English translations of the Valerian et Laureline BD albums. Internet crackpottery about forged sculptures and altered calendric systems. Various Alan Moore things.


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#12 Zooropa_Fly

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 14:09

Just finished "Mr Tickle", starting "Little Miss Chatterbox" next week.

:)


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#13 =HillBilly=

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 15:15

Just finished "Mr Tickle", starting "Little Miss Chatterbox" next week.

:)

Are you sure you don't need a longer break after such a heavy read? :icon_lol:


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#14 Oorpii

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 16:24

https://www.theguard...di-morrow-crime


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#15 Der.Mo

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 22:35

The latest and, i think first ever, book on
Robert Ritter von Greim.
It turns out he is the best documentated german airman of WWI..amazing!
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#16 J2_Adam

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 02:54

The latest and, i think first ever, book on
Robert Ritter von Greim.
It turns out he is the best documentated german airman of WWI..amazing!


What's it called and who is the author?
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#17 Plank

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 07:24

and this just in:

 

Attached File  The church mouse by Graham Oakley.jpg   1.18MB   0 downloads

 

 

A classic read for the wee at heart. ( Like me.)

 

S! Plank.


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#18 Der.Mo

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 10:55

What's it called and who is the author?


Robert von Greim. Untertitel. Band I: Jagdflieger im Ersten Weltkrieg. Urheber. Braatz, Kurt (Autor). ISBN-13. 9783981832402. Verlag.
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#19 J2_Adam

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 23:46

It must be in German. Maybe Peter Killduf could translate it.
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#20 testid

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:34

GoT finished. Read all The Expanse books somewhere in there. Some miscellaneous history stuff. Currently restarted Dune, not sure how far up the franchise I'll go. Pondering some actual interwar pulp, specifically the G-8 WWI aviation weird war stuff.
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#21 Zooropa_Fly

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:45

Herodotus - Histories.


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#22 Plank

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 19:15

I have now a Kindle Ereader thingy.

 

am reading:

 

WE by Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

 

https://en.wikipedia...We_(novel)    

 

and:

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

https://en.wikipedia...cula          

 

both are quite good.

 

Ahem,

 

Maybe time for a walk around the AF with a brandy and a cigarette.

Or a spot of shooting. then breakfast.

( we have fresh eggs and jam this week.)

 

Salute!

 

Plank.


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#23 Zooropa_Fly

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:02

 

WE by Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin

 

 

I think this chap knew a thing or two..

 

;)


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#24 MakW

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 12:22

Reading to find a place to post a question;

 

(peek question:

can you stall a plane with an "out of the box" install and mouse control?

I can't and thus can't pass exercise 3 in training mission.

Now I must consider to install my first game, "Sopwith Camel".

to practise more?

 

(actually you need 1997 Sierra Red Baron 3-D, straighrforward 3D flying video porn!, check this:

I played that sime for 10 years and it missed internet play. Mostly because there was no Intenet ;)

)

 

I read about this game, it flies great! and I hope to shoot you down sometime;)

 

MakW


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#25 Zooropa_Fly

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 13:09

Why post this here MakW ?


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#26 Plank

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 17:50

wow talk about off topic. Hmmm.

 

But as it is your FIRST POST MakW, you are in good company as we friendly book reader types are quite forgiving. : )

 

Can we point you in the right direction?

 

Here?

 

https://riseofflight...al-discussions/

 

Help yourself to the crumpets, cigarettes and brandy.

 

Salute!

 

Plank.


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#27 MakW

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 22:00

Aloha!,

 

sorry for being off topic,

but  actually I was reading about flight simulator / gaming heritage;

I guess I liked posting the video's better than "I am reading about vintage video games".

 

And real reading: Maigret, with a murder ... In my native language with link to original:

http://www.trussel.c...ots/jauplot.htm

 

Thank you for having me in your company,

Crumpets, cigarettes and brandy? let's go!,

Friendlyness and reading books are virtues.

 

And I passed the difficult "stall mission" (lesson 3 in training), HAPPY!

Stalling is possible, but not easy for me ;)

Keep flying!,MakW


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#28 Plank

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 05:50

Reading this:

 

https://en.wikipedia...he_Rats_of_NIMH

 

 

 

Halfway through, so far it's brilliant.

 

Salute!

 

Plank.


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#29 1PL-Husar

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 12:34

Reading now
Winged Victory by V M Yeates
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#30 testid

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:52

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#31 testid

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:58

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 02:01

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#33 Plank

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 10:39

Wow, who is this G-8 chap? Do they have heat rays yet?

 

Just finished this:

 

https://en.wikipedia...Z_for_Zachariah

 

A really good novel. Gritty and well paced. Would read again.

 

DO NOT WATCH THE FILM.

 

Book is good.

Film is utter utter garbage.

( Yes I would nail the "script writer" to a piece of wood, then set the wood on fire, then toss the lot off a very high cliff into a very shallow pool of water full of very hungry piranhas. )

 

Am also considering a military action against "screen writers" and their friends and their friends friends.

 

"Z for Zechariah" is a classic American novel. It's up there with "Fail safe" and the "Manchurian candidate".

( I have only seen the films but the style of those... etc etc must read the books. I know. I know...)

 

I am extremely angry at the makers of the film. May they rot in hell.

 

 

Salute!

 

Plank. ( I will get over this in due course. Maybe. )


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#34 J2_Trupobaw

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 12:19

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Do you really believe you can offend other poster in your signature as long as you add two letters to his name? As deniability goes, that's not really plausible. SHOO yourself :( .


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#35 unreasonable

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 17:20

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the ...
Book by Walter Scheidel
 
Essentially, the only things that have ever led to a more equal societies are mass mobilization wars and monster epidemics.  Apart from that, inequality always rises.

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#36 testid

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 07:50

the book's implicit argument being, then, "we're due."


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#37 testid

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 07:54

RE G-8:

 

Just stumbled on the covers and thought, huh, I think I know some fans of lurid air war pix what might be amused. I do intend to read a couple of the yarns, hasn't happened yet. I encourage a g-8 google images search. your eyes will pop out and you'll feel the urge to spend a nickel to find out what the latest wrinkle in the airwar might be.


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#38 J2_Trupobaw

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:27

RE G-8:

 

 I encourage a g-8 google images search. your eyes will pop out and you'll feel the urge to spend a nickel to find out what the latest wrinkle in the airwar might be.

 

These covers give me urge to hunt down their author and make him watch Flyboys until his eyes pop out, instead  :angry:  .


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#39 testid

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 07:07

Both the illustrator and the author are surely long dead, so given the desiccated nature of old corpses you might be frustrated with regard to eye poppery. I suppose interwar circumstances being such as they were similarly lurid same-era pulp in Europe is most likely few and far between and possibly politically problematic.


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#40 J2_Trupobaw

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 07:31

You underestimate the power of the Flyboys  :icon_lol: .

 I suppose interwar circumstances being such as they were similarly lurid same-era pulp in Europe is most likely few and far between and possibly politically problematic.

I know, Biggles (*shudder*).


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