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ARVN Ranger

Yet another "specialist" publication

Kunststoffe: German WWII Plastics & Their Markings by: W Darrin Weaver

"This book is the first comprehensive and easy to use reference since World War II covering prominent German wartime plastics manufacturers and products. Aimed squarely at World War II German militaria, ordnance, and small arms collectors, the author provides a concise account of the constituents and manufacturing processes, markings, codes, trademarks and material identification techniques of wartime Kunststoff products.

Over 150 color/bw images"

According to the ToC on the website, there's a chapter on "Allied Appraisal of the Wartime German Plastic Industry"

What do we think? Does this beat Jaunty Tilt and A Guide to 3rd Reich Cutlery, its Monograms, Logos, & Maker Marks?
ARVN Ranger

A new highest rating Asperger's Quotient book?

ARVN Ranger

Highly specialised books

Over the years, I've come across a fair number of books on rather specialised topics which aeshna_uk has described as having a high "Aspergers Quotient". Below are some of the more focused ones. So, which do you think has the highest Aspergers Quotient?

Poll #1796168 Which is the most "specialised" book?

These books:

Are surely made up?
0(0.0%)
Must have a print run in the single digits
4(30.8%)
Highly indicative of OCD in the author and reader(s)
5(38.5%)
Er... "interesting..."
4(30.8%)
Fascinating and on my bookshelf
0(0.0%)
Illuminati

Splitters!

Argh. Can't believe it's about so long since I last posted. I have been meaning to do a catch-up post but, in the meantime, something bizarre I came across during the whole AV referendum campaign. aeshna_uk had mentioned the Communists and the BNP were anti-AV so I was puzzled to come across a pro-AV article from the the Communist Party. It turns out, as Ben Goldacre is so fond of saying, it's a bit more complicated than that:



Anybody know of any more UK communist parties? Just wish Zampolit Golden was still around to explain this! Guess I now know the inspiration for that Life of Brian stuff about the Judean People's Front etc
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And I thought my interests were a little specific

A while ago, aeshna_uk and I ended up discussing the idea of Asperger ratings for how obsessive books, memorabilia or similar were. I thought Jaunty Tilt: A Presentation of Berets and Other Headgear Worn During the Vietnam War (actually, it's even more specific - it's South Vietnamese berets and headgear...) was pretty much the highest rated item I'd come across but I think it may have been toppled:


Hi,

This book retails for $49.95 US, plus shipping and tax, here in the USA. I can get you copies, NOS, for $29.95, US, no tax, and shipping from USA, NY, zip 12601, to you. If interested, please contact me, at barbuto@optonline.net.....must have funds prior to 12/15/10....thanks/regards, Anthony Barbuto, A & B Helmet Shop.....review of book is below...

Helmets of the ETO: A Historical and Technical Guide

By Régis Giard, Frédéric Blais - Histoire & Collections (2008) - Hardback - 191 pages - ISBN 2352500621
This book proposes a complete study of the variants in the manufacturing of the M1 helmet, illustrated with more than 700 full-color photos and presents a new selection of helmets coming from the woodwork, stemming from private collections and museums. The technical evolution of the M1 and its paratrooper conversions M2 and M1 C is summarized in the form of plans and clear synthesis boards. The selection of more than 120 helmets evokes, from Normandy to Germany, the battles of the European Theatre of operation. Numerous photos reveal their peculiarity, pictograms summarize their technical characteristics and legends tell their history. These material witnesses bring to life a conflict which ravaged the western Europe. REVIEWS "At first I thought a book about a type of combat helmet, how interesting can this be? Well, let me tell you, this book covers the M1 helmet completely from design to combat history in World War II. The neat thing is that this book has stories to tell about a collected series of M1 helmets that were found after the war. I was very impressed...a must have for your book collection." Internet Modeler, 06/2008"This forensic look at history one helmet a time will be of interest to any World War II historian, and will also be an excellent resource for World War II figure modelers that are missing out on some very distinctive details that were applied in the theater. Definitely recommended!Cybermodeler, 06/2008


Well, I suppose there is also Spiked Helmets of Imperial Germany Volumes 1 and 2...
Goddammit!

Thrilling CNN footage

Received this CNN news email yesterday:


-----Original Message-----
From: CNN Breaking News [mailto:BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com]
Sent: 15 July 2010 20:57
To: textbreakingnews@ema3lsv06.turner.com
Subject: CNN Breaking News

-- BP: No oil flowing into Gulf of Mexico for first time in months as part of test of ruptured well. Watch live on CNN.com.


That must be a really exciting footage...
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More on FIFA and the IFAB

Just out of curiousity, I did some Googling on the IFAB - the International Football Association Board, after Nicolas Maingot's comments about decisions being approved by UK football associations which seemed rather specific.

Turns out that the IFAB is composed of the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (who have one vote each) and the FIFA executive (which has 4 votes) who effectively represent the rest of the world! Furthermore, decisions must be approved by 3/4 of those present and entitled to vote. Effectively, this means FIFA plus two UK national football associations.

According to the BBC website, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association have been siding with the FIFA executive in opposing goal line technology.

The FIFA website does a pretty good job of explaining the history of the IFAB (with some additional details from Wikipedia) - when it was founded in 1886, International meant the four Home Nations and FIFA didn't joint till 1913.

Wow. That's one Hell of an interesting system!
RSF Unity

Swift action from FIFA on yesterday's World Cup errors

Looks like FIFA is acting decisively to avoid any repeat of the controversies around Lampard's and Tevez's goals. Yep. They're going to crack down on replays of incidents like that, at the stadia, at least. From BBC news site:

"(Fifa spokesman Nicolas) Maingot added that Fifa will be cracking down on World Cup match action being shown on stadium giant screens after replays of Tevez's disputed goal against Mexico sparked arguments on the pitch.

Maingot said the replaying of such incidents "should not happen" and will be more tightly controlled at future matches."

Yep, that should put a stop to all that nonsense!

Well, at least the Netherlands are winning at the moment.
Looi Kin-Ming

Adnan Khashoggi, eat your heart out!

Headed back up to sunny, exotic Warrington last night (been informed by friend on Facebook it is/was glassing capital of the UK!) and decided to take advantage of an eBay free listing offer to shift some stuff, including some ACU gear. Yes, I am ditching some Nintendoflage but I figured that, given I've had it a few years and the BDUs still have the tags on and given how ineffective it seems to be as camouflage (it's been frequently referred to as I Can CU!) and that I need the space..

However, when I came to submit the listing, I got a warning that it might be trading is munitions or other items embargoed by the US Government. The solution? Remove the phrase "US Army" from the title (note: not the description!)!

Guess the US Government (or is that eBay) doesn't mind people trading in non-US munitions then.... I feel so much safer already. Not sure whether to use Amused or Appalled as my Mood!

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