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I try and stay out of politics threads because it is essentially howling at the moon but I'll admit that this graphic made me laugh


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Random Topics / Re: What is in my Father's notebook? Page 2
« on: Yesterday at 09:19:55 PM »
Thanks to you kindly for sharing this stuff, it is riveting.

Do you have an idea what the hit/miss ratio was for these weapons?

You are welcome.   I wasn't sure if it would be of interest to anyone or not.  I've received some good feed back so I'll keep going.


As far as hit/miss ratio's go - I'll have to dig into it.   The torpedoes launched from a submarine on an unsuspecting target I would imagine
had a good chance of striking the target.  For torpedoes launched from a Destroyer in the middle of a surface engagement, the odds of hitting something were much lower.  Unless you caught the target unaware the target is probably zigging and zagging to avoid both shells and
torpedoes and also likely shooting at you.  Still there must have been the expectation of enough of a chance to hit to justify the immense expense and danger of lugging them around topside. 
 
Unfortunately the US torpedoes used some sort of whiz bang exploder mechanism that was unreliable as hell.  So even if an American torpedo hit the target it probably wouldn't explode.  That got worked out in time.  AFAIK the German and Japanese torpedoes were pretty much guaranteed to go off if they hit you.

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Random Topics / What is in my Father's notebook? Page 2
« on: Yesterday at 08:59:57 PM »
On page 2 the introduction into the US Naval Mark XV torpedo is continued.   Again, I've redacted the date in the upper left corner of the overall page picture.  The clear precise hand of my Father is also continued.  Capacities of some of the various components are listed on the top of the page.  Farther down the page, power plant information is discussed, along with speed of the turbine, gear ratios and the horse power of the drive shaft - what is listed seems incredible.  330 to 340 horse power out of a steam turbine propelled by ethanol.  Not sure I am reading that correctly. At the bottom the two propellers are discussed - diameter and pitch In the lower right hand corner of the page there is a small "over".  On the flip side some interesting facts are listed in the time to travel - the Mark XV could cover 15,000 yards in 16 minutes and 8 seconds.

So a fast moving destroyer would fling this 22 foot 7 inch object weighing 1.7 tons into the water and at least in theory strike a ship that is also moving over 8 miles away.       I don't know if later in the notebook if the torpedo data computer that was used at the time will be discussed or not.  There is a lot going with this stuff:






Page 2 - Overall


Page 2 - Top


Page 2 - Bottom


Page 2 - Flip side



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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:01:18 PM »
caller:   "I saw my innerds on my outerds".

These things happen.  Just ask Senda

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:46:57 PM »
"Bob was mean to Jane."

Sad.

Well Bob was no Dick


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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:17:20 PM »
Remember that 'Bob" joke?

What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a swimming pool?

"Bob".

That is as old as "Would you rather kiss a bunny rabbit under it's tail or between it's ears"

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:58:23 PM »
guest:  "We'll call him Bob".

Well he had to move on after that "Natural Male Enhancement" gig ended.....................

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:56:38 PM »
Remote Viewing is now up to a Six Sigma (6σ) level of quality?

Ok - That's enough.  I'm over.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:55:25 PM »
That resolves my query quite well, quite actually. Dame, you're a star!
and a pancreas is saved.

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Random Topics / Re: Is Ellgab a Fan site for?..
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:53:51 PM »
"Houston, we have a problem..."

You guys are are something else........  About choked on Hamm's the Beer Refreshing over here.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:45:14 PM »

Upon considering joining you, I noted the following:

1) I have no idea who that guy is, or what he's done, or what his relevance to today's modern world is, other than, people on Bellgab have sneered at him enough for me to take note. I don't even know how I'd find him, other than a Google search--and I'm trying to cut back on that shite, for the sake of my pancreas.

Can I get the present tl;dr on MV now? I'm not asking for a friend.


2) This speech from RR and ]Sessions[ is legitimately really interesting, and so won't turn it off until it's done.

Save your pancreas and move on with your life.  This dude is a drone.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:42:41 PM »
It could be interesting if he talks about NPC's.    LOL

It could be but it won't be.    Vara would be better off getting the Sherwin Williams paint mixer lady on as a guest.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:40:05 PM »
Art Bell Shoutout!

He was good but he was no Starfire Tor

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:37:51 PM »
Well this guy sounds like a beaut. 

High powered finance, Ivy League dude that hears Starfire Tor or whomever and is "moved".

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:34:50 PM »
Also the Earth globe is spinning to fast, and about to fall off the desk.

I'm not down with the Sphinx being marginalized and shoveled off to the side like a rubbish can.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:31:45 PM »
Just noticed V, rearranged his studio. 

What's up with the sign about smoking dope?   Doesn't he have enough health issues?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:24:52 PM »
I will listen for a least a little while and see.  I at least try to catch Varas first half hour before the guest comes on.

Almost always the best part.  It is tough having a guest 5 nights of the week but he sure finds some scrubs.   

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:20:52 PM »
What is up with the bees tonight?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:19:01 PM »
Hi WAN  ;D :-*

Heya Brig. 

The topic is Consciousness?  Not sure how long I can hack that  ;)

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:16:39 PM »
Night bees?

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Mike Vara Reveals the Truth about DMDN?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:12:05 PM »


Think I'll give the V man a listen

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https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/all-the-dumb-things-blink-182-front-mans-ufo-project-37-million/

Look forward to hearing Knapp having Delonge on to have him explain this. $37.4M deficit due to "largely a stock incentive plan for its employees."

DDDDUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Great to see ya man!

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Random Topics / Re: What is in my Father's notebook?
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:24:10 PM »
Ok, a carpenter's pencil maybe, with the tip cut just so.  Yes, the M looks right off an old chrome nameplate.

Might be.  Later in the notebook there are a lot of mechanical drawings so I'm guessing he had access to a drafting kit. 


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Random Topics / Re: What is in my Father's notebook?
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:57:30 PM »
Amazing history lesson, those torpedos are some big ol' fish...

Yeah.  I'll make a detour here and there as time goes on and we'll see why the US Navy was absolutely mauled
by the IJN's Long Lance torpedoes off some obscure island called Guadalcanal.

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Random Topics / Re: What is in my Father's notebook?
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:55:18 PM »
Nice, Walks!  The lettering on the header (was done with a felt-tip pen with a broad nib?) reminds me of an old Soviet propaganda poster.  Definitely of its time.

It is definitely done in pencil and that M in the header is fairly awesome, isn't?


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Random Topics / What is in my Father's notebook? Page 1
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:27:00 PM »
On page 1 we see an introduction to the US Naval Mark XV torpedo which was the type carried on Destroyers (and a few Cruisers).  The US Navy had several types of torpedo's -
the Mark 8 was carried by PT Boats, the Mark 13 was carried by Torpedo Bomber aircraft, the Mark 14 was carried by submarines and the biggest of all was the Mark 15 carried
by surface vessels.  For reference here is a page describing the various torpedoes used by the US Navy during the war: http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WTUS_WWII.php

We will definitely explore the famous shortfalls of the US Navy's torpedoes in the pages to come. 

Page 1 is written in a clear, precise hand and it is obvious that Dad had time to absorb the information and took pains to  print the information out neatly.  Here is printed different
items like width, weight, length, balance and buoyancy.  As the printing is clear and this is the introduction, I've added some close ups of the different section of the pages. Yes,
I've redacted the date on the upper left - just leaving the year. 

Page 1 - Overall


Page 1 - Top


Page 1 - Upper Middle


Page 1 - Lower Middle


Page 1 - Bottom

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Random Topics / What is in my Father's notebook? Preamble
« on: October 14, 2018, 04:55:54 PM »
So in the first post, I introduced my Father, Walks_At_Night Sr.     Some times it is nice to put a redacted face with a name so here is the guy whose notebook we are
taking a look at.  The photo below was taken after his graduation from recruit training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station near North Chicago, IL.  He is wearing his
blue jumper, neckerchief, dixie cup hat and as he was in the enlisted branch of naval ratings, he has the single white stripe of an Apprentice Seaman on his right shoulder
(from what I have learned all other naval ratings have their rating badges on their left).  He is also wearing his class ring from High School.



Dad joined the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked, just as soon as he could get a leave of absence worked out with his employer. Not so much out of patriotic fervor, although
like most guys he wanted a crack at the Japanese (which he would eventually get but it would take years).  He was concerned about being drafted by the Army or Marines.  Right after
high school, he went into the CCC's and got a bad draw.  He sent to what would become the Seney National Wildlife Reserve in northern Michigan and worked at restoring wetlands that
had been drained in the 1800's in some insane plan to make farmland out of it.



So he had more than his fill of working in mud and slop.  By joining the Navy, he figured he would at least always have a clean change of clothes available, a clean, dry place to sleep and
hot food.  I am not sure why the Navy sent him to Torpedo School - prior to the war he worked as blast furnace technician ,where he monitored, maintained and repaired blast furnaces.
I can only surmise that the Navy figured that here was a guy with some mechanical aptitude that had experience working with things that could jump up and kill you in a heart beat.
I know my Father really wanted a topside job where he could see the sky.  Most shipboard jobs are below decks where you are sealed in during battle - he wanted no part of that either.

I remember my Dad saying the Navy was always looking for sailors to volunteer for submarines but he also wanted no part of that and what he was angling for was a gig on a PT boat.
They were fast, fun and he figured the smaller vessel that you were on, the better off you would be.  So it seems like he and the Navy compromised some and he was going to serve on
Destroyers as a Torpedoman.   
 
 
 

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BTW, it hasn't gone unnoticed that you're meant to be at the NC state fair.

Started to rain a bit so change of plans.   Good thing too.  Otherwise, I would have missed a Pole and an
Englishman debating which tool to bash a lout's head in with.

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It feels a bit inelegant to me. No doubt generations to come will have bitter disputes over whether the EG material deserves a place in the Codex Senda or whether it's a later forgery.

Well I'd like to think "The Senda Experience" will endure like a solitary Moai


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If we did Kathy at the same time we'd be able to do duets. Her head is probably a bit smaller so the ringing sound would have a different pitch.



in the great forum war of 2018, this feels right to me.   There a good things about the other place but Senda's home is here................

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