Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Tesla Valve Explained With Fire

Interesting both for the illustration of its intended effect on gasses, but also the effect it has on a flame front.

Friday, December 27, 2019

BeCos(play) It's Friday

More not safe for heresy below the break, and as always bonus nerd points if you recognize characters.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

BeCos(play) It's Friday

More not safe for comic marriages below the break, and bonus nerd points for recognizing characters.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Seeing Red

More it is it hot out here or just her below the break.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

BeCos(play) It's Friday

 More not safe for your META below the break, and as always bonus nerd points for recognizing characters.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Seeing Red (Mega Post)

Much much(more than 400) more not safe outside the shade below the break.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

BeCos(play) It's Friday

 More not safe to mess with the hair below the break, bonus nerd points for recognizing characters.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

BeCos(play) It's Friday

 More not safe to raid below the break, and as always bonus nerd points for recognizing characters.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tonight's Music

The audio is a good as the....presentation.

Thursday: Wifus with Rifus

 More not safe for fan-service below the break.

Courage, Skill, and Ingenuity

Reading about the Yorktown in Coral Sea and Midway one can only marvel at the men who saved their ship and crewmates over and over until the very end:

The Battle of the Coral Sea highlighted the seamanship of the Yorktown’s captain, Elliot Buckmaster, as the commanding officer (CO) avoided eight Japanese torpedoes using the carrier’s maneuverability and speed. According to Stanford Linzey, “Captain Buckmaster had been a destroyer skipper . . . and in the battle of the Coral Sea, he handled the large carrier as if it were a small destroyer.”4
Despite the torpedo misses, the ship suffered one bomb hit and a near miss off the port side. The former caused significant internal damage, while the latter split open the exterior plating of the carrier and damaged the internal shell strengthening structure.5 The dislocated shell reinforcement left the ship’s hull weakened and subject to failure.
This type of seamanship is something I pray is still around nowadays but recent events in the 7th fleet make one worry for such.

Prompt action by the hangar repair party in quickly using fire hoses down through the bomb hole in the hangar and No. 2 elevator pit quickly brought the fire below deck under control. The Engineer Repair Party, Repair 5 . . . was completely wiped out with the exception of several wounded men. The Midship Repair Party, Repair 4, sent a fire party with rescue breathers into the smoke filled damaged compartment . . . cleared the wreckage and personnel casualties, then sent a man through the bomb hole down into [another compartment] where he extinguished the smoldering stores.6
Courage of sailors especially to safeguard their shipmates is an area I worry least about.

The Yorktown’s acting executive officer, Commander Irving D. Wiltsie, later reported one reason the carrier had escaped more extensive damage: Shortly before the dive bombers had attacked, “all gasoline in the topside gasoline lines was pumped back down to the gasoline tanks. . . . [A] CO2 purging system for the topside gasoline lines and a CO2 blanket for the gasoline tank compartments” prevented a serious conflagration. Machinist Oscar W. Myers, the air fuel officer, had developed the carbon-dioxide purging system to expel vapors.14 This lesson had been learned from the loss of the USS Lexington (CV-2) at Coral Sea.
I also worry that such innovation and initiative as this would be crushed or punished even if it proved crucial to saving lives in the modern rule bound bureaucracy. 

This article on the damage control efforts and practices on CV-5 is well worth the read.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019