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Jamby last won the day on March 13 2018

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  1. Jamby

    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    I subscribed to this fellow's channel on YouTube the other day. He provides interesting perspective on the use (or lack thereof) of social media by various police departments. This was surprising to me as someone who grew up in HK, where they had a strong effort by the government to clean up the reputation of the police after a corruption scandal. The result was a great amount of respect for the police, who carried the reputation of "Asia's Finest". Since the Handover, though, I hear they've tumbled downhill along with more or less everything else under the new administration. In another video, a policeman is refused service at Hasta Muerta coffee shop and the coffee shop looks stupid for your entertainment: I still think the term "People Of Color" is laughable. I typed it into Google and got this from RationalWiki: I would rather be a black dwarf than a little person of colour. One sounds like it is either some amazing astronomical phenomenon or a Tolkien character that can kill twenty men before breakfast; the other lives at the bottom of the garden, painting the flowers and insects with a tiny brush.
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    Help me understand tank suspension

    This is the bit I meant - I think I finally figured out how to link it: Screenshot
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    Help me understand tank suspension

    Why does Horstmann suspension necessarily denote bad tank design? I think it was arguably quite suitable for the speed that tanks like the Chieftain could reasonably reach, given what I've been reading here: https://archive.org/stream/Janes_Technology_of_Tanks_01/Janes_Technology_of_Tanks_01_djvu.txt The part I'm referring to is about two thirds of the way down the document - section 13 (I figured out how to link it: http://prntscr.com/iu7i68) - and seems to suggest that the appropriate choice of suspension is largely dependent on the speed you're moving at, from leaf-spring at the lowest speeds to torsion bar at the highest. Unless you were bombing along rough country at particularly high speed (even for a vehicle designed to do that to a degree), would the difference between torsion bar and Horstmann suspension really be appreciable? Are there tankers from both sides of the pond here?
  4. Sooooo...after doing a site-wide search and perusing Google, I'm surprised not to have found anything about tank suspension, other than a somewhat doubtful thread on the WoT forums. Would my learned colleagues of SH be able to assist me in understanding and identifying the different types of tank suspension? I think I've got leaf-spring more or less mastered, as well as both VVSS and HVSS (thanks, JGT!) but was somewhat embarrassed not to be able to differentiate between the suspension of a Type 97 Chi-Ha and an FV4201 Chieftain. UPDATE: I think I understand tank suspension better now. Thanks, everyone!
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    WWII Japanese Tanks in China

    ...It's quickly dawning on me that I'm going to need to read a lot more about tank suspension. At a glance, the suspension types look virtually identical, though I suppose much of their inner workings is concealed behind the wheels themselves.
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    WWII Japanese Tanks in China

    Fascinating stuff, thank you. It's interesting to see how tank development progressed in a country whose machines were (for the most part) used to facing only infantry without AT rifles. Some of them look rather endearingly like mobile teapots, dishwashers or Wallace & Gromit constructions. I note that they largely used what appears to be a form of Horstmann suspension, which I assume was for reasons of monetary and material expedience, and it surprised me to learn that the British Chieftain used the same...or probably similar, to be more accurate.
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    What are we playing?

    Well, I've been having a smashing time with two games that went through Kickstarter and Steam's Early Access program: War For The Overworld, the spiritual successor to the Dungeon Keeper series; and Planet Coaster, the spiritual successor to the Rollercoaster Tycoon series. I'm delighted to say that both series appear to have landed on their feet from an impressive aerial cartwheel. Both are worthy successors that have been snapped up by dedicated developers who are continually adding interesting new things, and both enjoy a good supply of Steam Workshop custom content. On top of this, the developers of Planet Coaster are now working on a new Jurassic Park management game, which I feel the urgent desire to hawk at you: 5/5, life has indeed found a way.
  8. When winter comes to Scotland and we bring in the roads for the long dark, my mother likes to celebrate having the family together by preparing pigs-in-a-blanket, crackling roast lamb with mint sauce, and Brussels sprouts with a coating of melted cheese and crispy bacon bits. The mere fact that she has converted me into a believer in Brussels sprouts is testament to her culinary wizardry. She's like the Hermione of making things I thought I hated taste amazing. Back in Hong Kong, we used to get up on weekends and walk down the road to the local eatery that served a breakfast of boiled white rice, char siu (ancient Chinese wisdom pork) and a fried egg plonked on top, with a dash of soy sauce. You broke the yolk of the egg, mixed the whole concoction together and spooned it down your gullet with gusto. After that breakfast of champions, you felt like you could invade Japan.
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Error Facebook? Must be one of those foreign correspondents. Do you have an alternate version or a screenshot?
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    WoT v WT effort-thread

    Well, he did upload and then de-list a YT video of a talk he gave for the C-SPAN channel in the last couple of months. I can't find it anywhere else, but it was called something like 'US AFV development in WW2', and I know you'd like it because it explained why the Sherman was the tank it was, there was a (slightly) indignant audience member who disagreed, and someone else in the audience asked about Belton Cooper. EDIT: Oh, what am I talking about, all I had to do was Google it. https://www.c-span.org/video/?433629-2/design-history-m4-sherman-tank-world-war-ii And the best thing about this video is that the introduction and part of The Chieftain's first sentence aren't cut off.
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    WoT v WT effort-thread

    Holy mackerel, I can feel my face burning from the anger condensed into the pages of that site. I haven't really been following that game for a while, so I'm astonished to read that they managed to annoy so many of their players and that the entire NA branch is apparently being shut down. I rather enjoyed the videos and talks The Chieftain's YouTube channel from The Tank Museum and other places. It'll be a shame if those all go the way of the dodo, though I can't say I'm particularly fond of the company itself.
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    Art Appreciation Thread

    I find a lot of Russian paintings, like their music, to be simultaneously beautiful and haunting. I suppose it comes with the territory. Strangely, the only other place I've encountered landscapes this affecting was in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, a game that is head and shoulders above the competition in making you feel as though you're running, riding or sailing from one end of a vast country to the other. A Birch Grove, Arkhip Kuindzhi, oil on canvas, 1879. A Rye Field, Ivan Shishkin, oil on canvas, 1878. Evening Bells, Isaac Levitan, oil on canvas, 1892. View of Constantinople and the Bosphorus, Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, 1856. Viktor Bykov. Ravishing. One day I hope to take a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway to see this vast and storied land for myself. Hm, must revisit that game.
  13. Jamby

    Books About Tanks

    Just for fun, have any of you fine fellows ever come across a book called For Want Of A Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII? I'm surprised to find no mention of it via the forum search bar. The author, Christian DeJohn, was doing the rounds and posting links to his book in the comments section of various WW2 tank-related sites, including the Sherman Tank Site and TankAndAFVNews, sometimes posting under a different username and talking of the book as if he wasn't the author. Allegedly this book is just a rehash of a failed master's thesis the author submitted for Temple. He didn't receive a degree, and sued Temple, winning $1 in damages toward his remaining $49,999 of student debt. The Reception: http://www.amps-armor.org/SiteReviews/ShowReview.aspx?ID=4114 http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170890 https://www.reddit.com/r/ShitWehraboosSay/comments/6dlt5b/for_want_of_a_gun_the_sherman_tank_scandal_of/ The Recriminations: https://temple-news.com/student-wins-1-in-free-speech-suit/
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    Art Appreciation Thread

    I've developed quite a fondness for art deco architecture over the last couple of years. Even the grayest, gloomiest and most monolithic edifices can be given an impressively majestic presence through the judicious use of angels, grotesques, bold geometric forms and gracefully pointy bits. Fewer things do a better job of saying "BOW BEFORE CHRIST". Boston Avenue Methodist Church And that art noveau's not bad either - specifically Gaudi's stuff around Barcelona.
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    WoT v WT effort-thread

    The Magach is truly an attractively rotund tank - like the Patton that went on the Big Mac diet - but I admit it would have been nice to have gotten the model with what I firmly believe were co-axial rave spotlights for psychological warfare.