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Hmm... three pieces I've written recently could stand a bit of updating/elaborating, but none of those updates really deserve a full posting. So I'm just going to lump them all together into one roundup.

First up, yesterday I wrote a piece describing how I intend to stand by my beliefs and ideals and principles, but never actually spelled out what some of them were. Fortunately, I did so a while ago, and upon review I find they are still valid. For those who were a bit confused (or, in one case, contemptuous), here is a summation of some of the things I believe in.

Also, on Election Night The Hammer Of Olaf The Troll God made a reappearance. It occurred to me, though, that I didn't have a handy picture of said implement of mayhem. And Google Images was utterly useless.

Fortunately, I have all seven seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on DVD, so getting a screen grab of said Slayer wielding said Hammer was a piece of cake:

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And I am just barely familiar with Photoshop to take that image and whip up a few custom versions of said screen grab -- one going for the subtle approach, one for the ridiculous:



Any preferences, folks? Or should I have just left the visual up to your imaginations? After that last one, I kinda wish I had...

Finally, a while ago I ragged on the folks who released the World War II classic "In Harm's Way" with what appeared to be a very modern warship on the cover. I figured they had just grabbed a photo of a warship and plugged it in, but couldn't quite find the picture they used.

Well, I did: And I know that the picture in question was taken on June 1, 1993 in Aarhus, Denmark by a fellow named Fred Weiss. Compare:



All the "artist" did was flip the image for a more dramatic angle, then flip the hull number back.

Anyway, that's one of the joys of blogging. It's never too late to go back and correct/expand upon/revise/fix your previous pieces.


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Comments (10)

Just a technical note; the ... (Below threshold)

Just a technical note; the ship pictured is the USS DEYO, DD 989 commissioned in 1980, "In Harms Way" was released in 1965.

Jeeez, she almost makes me ... (Below threshold)

Jeeez, she almost makes me want to get smacked by the hammer. On the other hand I'd rather you pop the trolls that seem to be coming out of the woodwork with it.

Um... Tim, thanks, but I ki... (Below threshold)

Um... Tim, thanks, but I kinda covered that in the original article.

Gmac, for my next trick, I think I'll see if I can get a screen grab of Olaf himself wielding his hammer.


You have to give the crew a... (Below threshold)

You have to give the crew a lot of credit for calmly manning the rails in dress uniforms while under fire!

Mr. Duckie on the shoulder.... (Below threshold)

Mr. Duckie on the shoulder. Without him, the pic lacks enough Wizbang specific content and SMG's hair flowing out of Mr. Duckie's head just looks ... perverse.

Maximum duck, please.... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Maximum duck, please.

They also deleted the semap... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

They also deleted the semaphore flags that were hanging from the forward mast in the original image.

USS Deyo, DD 989. Spruance... (Below threshold)

USS Deyo, DD 989. Spruance class.

IIRC, the Spruance class we... (Below threshold)

IIRC, the Spruance class were intentionally made large to provide for future upgrades without compromising seaworthiness. The lessons of the treaty classes and WWII ships were learned.

Jay Tea -- Do you watch Ang... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea -- Do you watch Angel as well? I've been thinking since the primary that Obama is a lot like Jasmine. And now, more than ever.






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