Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The rise to power continues...

Expect some action on this list likely before 2016.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015

I had a rough draft of Leonard Nimoy's obituary saved here for a while now, but I deleted it on Friday. Instead it was recommended to me that because thousands if not millions of people would be writing and paying tribute to him over the following few days, my own impression of the man would be lost in a sea of lists of his extraordinary accomplishments, artistry and impact on the human race. So instead I took my time until I could say what Leonard Nimoy meant to me.

Amongst other things Leonard Nimoy was a soldier, an actor, director, photographer and poet. To me he represented the face of Star Trek, even before I watched the show or embraced science fiction in general my teens. Leonard Nimoy's characterisation of Dr. Spock [that's not an error that's what I thought he was called] has such an impact it was literally all I knew about Star Trek before the time I began a passive-aggressive bullying campaign against Dave, a school-chum because he liked Star Trek and I often drew pictures of him with "Spock ears".

To negate the bullying Dave asked me to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation it first came on TV and see what I was mocking. So I did. The bullying stopped on Monday morning afterwards. Just over 12 months later I was wearing a Starfleet Uniform in public and people were calling me "Lt. Commander", I shit you not.

I needed a fix like a drug addict. So for about 26 weeks Dave who was now my pusher/supplier had to make me a video tape with three episodes of the Original Series on it so I could properly embrace all of Star Trek. Before long I had acquired enough knowledge to begin forming my own opinion and like all Star Trek fans, the arguments and differences of opinions surfaced, but now all in good fun.

He was never my favourite Character, but due entirely to Leonard Nimoy's performance I certainly was able to identify with Spock more than any other - he was very weird, says a lot of weird shit but once you get to know him and accept him he was a friend. That's also pretty much what I think about Star Trek as a whole and I've discovered it's also actually how more than one person has described ME.

"Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most.... human" - Adm. James T. Kirk, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Hot porn right here, right now [SFW]

That's right, time for something new on the Bunker. PORN!

Well GUN-PORN [is there a better kind?]. Beretta revealed this sexy little piece at the IDEX (International Defence Exhibition and Conference) in Abu Dhabi last week, the Beretta APX - their their first full-size striker pistol.

The gorgeous 7.55-inch-long APX is a striker fired pistol built on a chassis system.  The just over 4.25 inch long barrel is cold-hammer forged with nitriding surface treatment on all the steel parts. Beretta describes the operation as semi-auto, tilting barrel locking system using a non-pre-cocked striker block.

The serialized stainless steel chassis is encased with a fiberglass reinforced polymer frame and this helps to reduce the weight. With an empty magazine loaded, the APX weighs about 26.8 ounces in the 9 mm versions and just over 26.8 ounces in the .40 S&W variant.

To accommodate different hand sizes, there are three sizes of removable backstraps and grips. Each option provides a different palm swell and length of pull for the user. For those wearing heavy gloves, the trigger guard opening is designed to make that possible. APX also features coarse slide serration making cocking with cumbersome gloves easier.

The trigger, designed to be flatter and wider than others in the striker-fired pistol space, has a pull weight of about 6 pounds. The trigger travel is 6 mm, with reset at 3.

The weapon has the standard 1913 Picatinny rail for accessory mounting. Sights will be a standard three-dot combat sight system with a unique mounting system. For one handed slide cycling, there’s a rear sight ninety-degree face. 

Fieldstripping and switching components should be super easy. Triggerless disassembly is one of the advantages of striker-fired pistols and the APX has enhanced safety with the ability to disassemble without pulling the trigger. There is a disconnector pin on the rear right side of the pistol under the breech.

Christmas is just over nine months away folks :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RIP John Cooper

The death has occurred of John Cooper at 73. He was a British comic book artist from West Yorkshire that was most famous for his work in the '70's and '80's. Chances are if you read any British weekly comic books around that period, you'll likely have seen his work as he drew strips for Valiant, Action, Starlord, Tornado, Battle, Eagle and one of the first Judge Dredd strips for 2000AD.

While he's known for Johnny Red and One-Eyed Jack - what I'll remember him for is the hundreds of pages of Action Force which he drew for ICP's Battle: Action Force in the mid 80's featuring all the G.I.Joe characters from that period, long before anyone in this neck of the woods had ever heard of G.I.Joe.

As he wasn't bound as his American counterparts were by the Comics Code Authority, Cooper had free reign to draw everything from realistic bullet wounds to suicide bombers in a comic book based on a child's toy. - And it was fucking awesome! May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Commie alien star threatens freedom!

...or at least the freedom of Neanderthal man who shambled the planet 70,000 years ago.

A team of international astronomers led by Eric Mamajek at the University of Rochester, New York and supported by SPEARHEAD say that Scholz's star, a red dwarf, travelled through a region at the edge of the Solar System filled with trillions of comets known as the "outer Oort Cloud" and passed within 0.8 light years of the Sun. No other star is known to have approached this close to us - five times closer than our nearest neighbour - Proxima Centauri.

The researchers determined the trajectory of the star by analysing the change in distance from the Sun to the star and the star's motion across the sky. As Scholz's star now lies 20 light years away but it showed very slow motion for a star as close. This indicated that it was either moving away from us or worse - TOWARDS a future close encounter with the Solar System.

Once the panic that this generated among the senior scientific community and world governments which began working on ways to prolong the human race away from the doomed Earth had died down: the velocity measurements of the red dwarf confirmed that it was in fact speeding away from us. However after tracing its movements back in time, the astronomers found its close shave with the Sun occurred some 70,000 years ago.

While it was theorised that a star passing through the Oort Cloud could potentially play gravitational havoc with the orbits of comets there, sending them on trajectories into the inner Solar System. Dr Mamajek believes the effects of Scholz's star on our cosmic neighbourhood were "negligible". 

Director of Scientific Research,  Dr. "Quantum" Pataal cautioned that just because Scholtz's star will unlikely be the object of our doom "it won't be the last time we're threatened by rogue celestial bodies that we may be ultimately powerless to defend ourselves against.

Source: BBC

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014 - The Year in Review

We say goodbye to 2014, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and 75th for Batman, a year of Ebola, ISIS, The Ukraine, Frozen, Ferguson Missouri and where Colbert "won" Television.

Where the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Germany won the World Cup and Luis Suárez was hungry. 

When Boko Harem were prompted to Bring Back Our Girls. Crimea was annexed by Russia. Israel and Palestine fought again and the Syria crisis worsened. 

A year of the Ice-Bucket Challenge, the Pistorious verdict, Irish Water charges, when Scotland is united yet divided, MH370 is lost, MH17 is shot down and QZ8501 crashed.

Kim Kardashian's huge oiled ass didn't break the Internet, but we landed something on a fucking comet [which you can even listen to] - there is hope! 

It is time to remember those we have left behind in 2014...
General Carl E. Mundy Jr, former USMC Commandant, former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, outspoken Northern Irish Unionist politician Ian Paisley, Shirley Temple the child actress who would grow up to be come a U.S. ambassador, Ralph H. Baer engineer, inventor and pioneer of video gaming, author Maya Angelou, artist H. R. Giger, announcer and movie trailer voiceover artist Hal Douglas, TV producer Glen A. Larson, actors Eli Wallach, Mickey Rooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Garner, Bob Hoskins and Lauren Bacall. Comedians Joan Rivers, Harold Ramis, Rik Mayall and Robin Williams. They changed the world and our lives.

Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden both starred in the British ITV comedy series Two's Company from 1975-1979, both legends passed away in 2014 only 8 weeks apart
We also lost the following people from the world of entertainment:
Elaine Stritch, 89, American award-winning actress (30 Rock, Two's Company)
Sir Donald Alfred Sinden CBE FRSA, 90, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Two's Company) Roger Lloyd-Pack, 69, English actor (Trigger in Only Fools and Horses)
Hal Sutherland, 84, American animator (Star Trek: The Animated Series), co-founder of Filmation
Sarah Marshall, 80, British actress (Janet Wallace Star Trek: TOS, "The Deadly Years")
John Cacavas, 83, American television score composer (Kojak, Hawaii 5-O, The Bionic Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk MBE, 85, English clarinetist ("Stranger on the Shore")
Campbell Lane, 78, Canadian actor (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Richard Bull, 89, American actor (Mr. Oleson in Little House on the Prairie, The Doctor in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Ralph Waite, 85, American marine and actor (The Waltons, NCIS)
Cliff Bole, 76, American television director (MacGyver, T.J. Hooker, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Christopher Malcolm, 67, Scottish actor (The Empire Strikes Back, Highlander)
Jimmy Murakami, 80, American animator and film director (The Snowman), co-founder of Murakami-Wolf Films
Malcolm Tierney, 75, British actor (Lieutenant Childsen in Star Wars, Braveheart)
Aaron Allston, 53, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons) and sci-fi author (X-Wing)
James Rebhorn, 65, American actor (Independence Day, Homeland)
David A. Trampier, 59, American fantasy gaming artist (Dungeons & Dragons)
Arthur Smith, 93, American musician and songwriter ("Duelling Banjos" from Deliverance)
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., 95, American actor (Alfred in Batman: The Animated Series and related shows/video games)
Terry Richards, 81, British actor and stuntman (Arabian Swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, James Bond movies)
Casey Kasem, 82, American radio jockey (American Top 40) and voice actor (Shaggy in Scooby-Doo)
James Shigeta, 85, American actor (Takagi in Die Hard)
Patsy Byrne, 80, English actress (Nursie in Blackadder II)
Bob Hastings, 89, American actor (Commissioner Gordon in Batman: The Animated Series and related shows/video games)
Joe Viskocil, 61, American visual effects artist (Independence Day, Star Wars) Oscar winner (1997)
Cassandra Lynn Hensley, 34, American model (Playboy Miss February 2006)
Arlene Martel, 78, American actress (T'Pring in Star Trek: TOS "Amok Time")
Stephen Lee, 58, American actor (The Negotiator, Chorgan in Star Trek: The Next Generation "The Vengeance Factor")
Brian G. Hutton, 79, American actor and director (Kelly's Heroes, Where Eagles Dare)
The Rt Hon. The Lord Attenborough [Richard Samuel Attenborough], CBE, 90, English award-winning actor, producer and director (Gandhi, The Great Escape, Jurassic Park)
Buster Jones, 71, American voice actor (Blaster in The Transformers, Winston in The Real Ghostbusters and Lothar in Defenders of the Earth)
Polly Bergen, 84, American singer and actress (Rhoda Henry in The Winds of War and War and Remembrance) Emmy Award winner (1958)
Geoffrey Holder, 84, Trinidadian actor (Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die)
Jan Hooks, 57, American comedienne and actress (Saturday Night Live, Batman Returns, 30 Rock)
Carol Ann Susi, 62, American actress (Mrs. Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory)
Richard Kiel, 74, American actor (Jaws in the James Bond movies)
Christine Cavanaugh, 51, American voice actress (The Critic)
John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE ("With a little help from my Friends", "Up Where We Belong")
Maximilian Schell, 83, Austrian-Swiss Oscar-winning actor (A Bridge Too Far, Cross of Iron)
Elizabeth Peña, 55, American actress (The Incredibles, Modern Family)
Mike Nichols, 83, German-born American director (Catch-22), Oscar winner (1968)
Don Pardo, 96, American radio and television announcer (Saturday Night Live)
Menahem Golan, 85, Israeli director and producer (Operation Thunderbolt, The Delta Force, Masters of the Universe), founder of Golan-Globus and the Cannon Group
Edward Herrmann, 71, American actor (Nixon, The Lost Boys, The Aviator)
The Ultimate Warrior, 54, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWE)
Warren Clarke, 67, British actor (Firefox, Top Secret!)
Dennis Lipscomb, 72, American actor (Under Siege, Wiseguy, In the Heat of the Night)
Jimi Jamison, 63, American musician (Baywatch theme, Survivor "Burning Heart")
Lee Marshall, 64, American radio personality, professional wrestling announcer and voice actor (Tony The Tiger)
we appreciate the legacy of their talents and creativity.

Jackie Healy-Rae, charismatic former Fianna Fáil politician who left the party to become an Independent TD and founded a political dynasty.

We also acknowledge those who died in 2014 who devoted much of their lives to military, scientific, industrial or public service:
Vicente T. Blaz, 85, American USMC general and politician, delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Guam (1985–1993)
Captain John J. McGinty III, 73, American Marine Corps officer, recipient of the Medal of Honor
Major-General Patrick Guy Brooking CB CMG MBE DL, 76, former Commandant of the British Sector in Berlin [1985]
John Carty, 63, Irish politician, FF TD for Mayo (2002–2007), Senator (2007–2011)
Captain Dale Gardner, 65, American naval officer and astronaut (STS-8, STS-51-A)
Valeri Kubasov, 79, Russian engineer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 6, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project/Soyuz 19, Soyuz 36)
Lieutenant Walter D. Ehlers, 92, American World War II soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor
Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee, 88, American military officer, first Asian-American officer in the Marine Corps, recipient of the Navy Cross
Staff Sergeant William Guarnere, 90, American World War II non-commissioned officer and author, key figure in Band of Brothers
Leutnant Hermann Schleinhege, 98, German Luftwaffe ace during World War II [97 aerial victories]
Colonel Ola L. Mize, 82, American army officer, Korean War recipient of the Medal of Honor
James R. Schlesinger, 85, American government official, Director of the CIA (1973), Secretary of Defense (1973–1975), Secretary of Energy (1977–1979)
Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton, 89, American politician and naval officer, Senator from Alabama (1981–1987), recipient of the Navy Cross
Colonel James H. Kasler, 87, American Air Force officer, three-time recipient of the Air Force Cross
General of the Army Vladimir Popovkin, 56, Russian military officer, General Director of the Russian Federal Space Agency (2011–2013)
Avraham Shalom, 86, Austrian-born Israeli security official, Director of the Shin Bet (1980–1986), commander in the capture of Adolf Eichmann and the Bus 300 affair
PFC Chuck Tatum, 87, American WWII Marine, Iwo Jima combatant, provided source material for The Pacific
Denis Lyons, 78, Irish politician, FF TD for Cork North Central (1981–1992)
Colonel Henry Hartsfield, 80, American air force officer, NASA astronaut and test pilot (Columbia), commander for Discovery and Challenger missions
Major Theodore Van Kirk, 93, American military officer, navigator and last surviving crew member on the Enola Gay
Sergeant Major Jon R. Cavaiani, 70, American NCO and prisoner of war, Army Special Forces, recipient of the Medal of Honor
Yitzhak Hofi, 87, Israeli general, Director of Mossad (1974–1982)
Colonel Anatoly Berezovoy, 72, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-5)
Lieutenant General Lincoln D. Faurer, 86, American air force officer, Director of the National Security Agency (1981–1985)
Flight Lieutenant Bill Green, 97, English Battle of Britain RAF fighter pilot
General Ramsey Muir Withers, CMM, CD, 84, Canadian army officer, Chief of the Defence Staff (1980–1983)
Jackie Healy-Rae, 83, Irish politician, fmr FF, IND TD for Kerry South (1997–2011)
Ariel Sharon, 85, Israeli politician and general, Minister of Defense (1981–1983), Prime Minister (2001–2006)
Karl Albrecht, 94, German billionaire grocery executive, co-founder of Aldi
Brian Farrell, 85, British-born Irish broadcaster and journalist
we thank them for their service to their respective fields.

I must also mention the passing of Angalifu, a Sudanese-born American rhinoceros, and was one of two remaining male northern white rhinoceros, Julia O’Donnell, “Ireland’s most famous mammy” mother of singer Daniel O’Donnell who died at 94 and O Sang-hon, a 50 year old North Korean deputy security minister in the Ministry of Public Security, who was bizarrely executed by flamethrower in the political purge. May they rest in peace.

And now we look forward to


Happy New Year

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Xmas 2014

Coming to the end of a 3 month classified training operation on the moon, but I wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Fact: Santa is actually a USMC 1st Sergeant