Astronauts!

Lots of people have been trying to talk the problem of space flight to death. Space X is actually doing something about it. Right now, at 17:00 Central Daylight Time the final portion of the Demo 2 Mission to the ISS is getting ready to start up. If everybody were like me, the streets would
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This is going to be a long essay on how being in a rut can play hell with your mental health. I may break it up into several parts– or maybe not. When most of us nerds get to be a certain age we’re committed to whatever oddball hobby we’re committed to. Maybe we like
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Just a brief update. I’m doing a project which may fail. I could end up with a lot of garbage instead of something worthwhile. But that is the point. We get stuck in some kind of self-defeating loop when we refuse to learn new things because we might mess it up. You have to take
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So here we are at the deciding moment. After review, the officials determined that Revell’s jazzy photos were just able to out-do Aurora’s weird TV ad, and so the series is now tied, 2-2. This game. Game seven (really five) will decide which 1968 German toy train imported by a plastic model kit maker will
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With Revell down 2-nil this is a “must win.” Unfortunately, it’s a pretty tough one, considering the shellacking they received in the last meeting, where Revell/Arnold’s lousy track cost them not only a point, but a great bucket-loads of goodwill from my personal stash. The thing is… I have thousands of tons of goodwill when
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As I mentioned in a previous post I fell in love, briefly, with n-scale model railroading during the autumn of 1968. That was a year that resembled 2020 in more ways than one. Many people were seriously freaked-out, as we used to say. But the BIG news, to me, was the appearance of a new
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Now with crunchy marshmallow bits! I am not a model railroader. I don’t even know what an F7 is. But I am the proud owner of some antique toy trains of exceptionally high quality that have been put away in air-conditioned storage for fifty years (sorta air-conditioned). So right now I’m exploring the right side
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I’m currently in the middle of trying to clean off several decades of acccumulated psychological grime by focusing on an entirely different hobby. Cliff diving. Uh, I mean MODEL RAILROADING. It’s TOTALLY different. You see that, right? I found this very cool locomotive “shell” for a few bucks on eBay. It has all its horns
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Here’s a link to a site that provides some really good information about the weird and wonderful world of N scale railroad models from the late sixties/early seventies (i.e. the Hippie Era). All About Aurora Postage Stamp Trains David K. Smith (the owner of the above site) is my kind of guy. He’s a genius
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Right now, I’m re-evaluating the whole idea of having a “hobby.” Hobbies in America are a pain in the ass since The Internet came and pooped in my punchbowl. There was a time when I flipped from one “hobby” to another “hobby” with no regard for nuthin’. I just sucked and blew and floated with
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