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Everything posted by Jamby

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Error Facebook? Must be one of those foreign correspondents. Do you have an alternate version or a screenshot?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Noah Caldwell-Gervais.

    Noah's video game uploads on YouTube are excellent, but his videos about driving across America are equally fascinating, both to watch and listen to. Playtesting Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgC-KCGkMPM The Desert Bus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-naJR_rhkUM The Other Half of the West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD_-b06JJtE
  12. Killing Pluto

    Well, I for one say that if Pluto feels it appropriate to be "shitting radiation" in our solar system, we should be prepared to defecate right back. How soon can we have rockets capable of almost-planet killing?
  13. Egregious Aviation Safety Violations

    I've seen some interesting videos on YouTube from people who have working dogs, complaining about others who constantly try to pet, offer treats to and generally interfere with their dogs (and respond in an uppity manner when asked to stop doing what it says not to do on the dog's jacket), or who put a jacket on their own untrained pets (because you can allegedly buy such jackets at stores like Walmart if you feel like being treated with undue deference) and causing trouble like this. Below is a particularly unhappy incident that left me feeling a little gobsmacked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY0IGYPz0nw
  14. WoT v WT effort-thread

    Here's a news post from the dev blog today about how the devs worked in modern MBTs - Modern Tank Realism and Balance: https://warthunder.com/en/news/5385-development-modern-tank-realism-and-balance-en Some rather interesting technical documents are linked. Update: Release! Dev blog post: https://warthunder.com/en/news/5381-news-meet-update-1-77-advancing-storm-en
  15. United States Gun Control Megathread

    Guns still worry me, and I really don't think I'd like to live in a state where people can walk about openly carrying them. Then again, I think a lot of that worry likely stems from two things: a lack of knowledge about or experience with firearms, and a (largely) unfairly dim, cynical view of people. If you'd asked me five years ago about guns, I'd probably say that since I wouldn't trust myself with one, why would I trust anybody else? I like to think I've mellowed with time and come to see how unhealthy this attitude is. At the same time, I've become rather more interested in the workings of bolt-action, WW2 and Cold War firearms, and would like to at least fire a handful at a range one day. As far as I know, handguns are illegal in Scotland, and I've been having Hell's own game trying to find out just what kind of firearms other than hunting shotguns and some air rifles it's legal to own. If there's information about the Firearms Act on the Scottish Police website, I haven't found it. I think that education about the nature of firearms is ultimately far more beneficial to society at large than simply having an outright ban. I think we should get over it like we got over our other irrational fears and boogeymen, and I think it's inevitable that firearms will fade away as a convenient scapegoat like homosexuality did. And quite frankly, it's embarrassing that so-called professional news outlets and political leaders don't know the first thing about the firearms they're discussing or deciding whether we should ban them from society. Our government benches runneth over with overweight, overpaid and undereducated people trying to look good by looking busy. I have a perfect Sunday that I will wake up, polish off my egg and soldiers and walk down to the local firing range to practice my Lee-Enfield marksmanship for the Mad Minute, under the watchful tutelage of one of the Army sergeants who runs the range (because civilians can't be trusted, and it gives retired soldiers something interesting to do). I wouldn't even have to take the thing home with me; I could just buy it, keep it at a range armoury and visit to clean, maintain, use and take lessons on it.
  16. The Great War

    Recently I read a book by Max Hastings called Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914. I must confess, first of all, that I didn't finish it due to a bit of a breakdown that may or may not have been related to its contents, so I'm steeling myself for an eventual re-read. Anyway, the parts I did read told a fascinating if bleak and miserable tale that flipped some of the stories I'd been told about the First World War on their head. I got into reading Max Hastings' work when I decided on impulse to pick up one of the dictionary-sized history books in my friend's collection. Much of what I've read on the World Wars is by him, Antony Beevor or Max Arthur, but this was the first time I'd read a lengthy book about the lead-up to, and early days of, the First World War. I understand it's caused a bit of controversy, drawing fire not only for some elementary errors (which likely were missed due to it being sped along to meet that important 2014 release date) and also being seen as a Germanophobic "cash-in" (though it was, interestingly, a German historian named Fritz Fischer who originally caused uproar by arguing in Griff nach der Weltmacht that Germany's leaders bore much of the responsibility for the Great War). I can personally level some criticism at Hastings for carelessly citing the no-doubt familiar memoir Death Traps in past work, along with all the inflammatory rhetoric that entails, but it's also become clear to me in the past few years that every account has at least a grain of historical truth in it, so it seems intellectually lazy to dismiss an entire work, the scope of which is enormous, over comparatively minor and perhaps inevitable mistakes; to do so would be to risk missing out on some real gems. I'd certainly never discard Antony Beevor's harrowing saga on the Second World War over his relative shortcomings in the Pacific theatre. TL,DR: Since this seems about as historically well-read a forum as I've come across on the internet, I'm curious to know what the residents have to say about Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914.
  17. WoT v WT effort-thread

    I'm very excited about WT's 1.77 update, particularly the sound and graphical updates (because I'm so naff that 90% of my battles are against bots in Custom Games and I like to stop to look at the wavy grass). Bit of a weird side note there: I'm in a Discord server with the creator of the 'Epic Thunder' sound mod (sound mods are no longer banworthy, hooray!). He remarked that the use of the sound layering system was somewhat unwise, and posted a screenshot that showed the devs had apparently just taken a lot of his sound mod files and pasted them in without even changing the file names. According to the ToS, I think they actually can use whatever gets uploaded to WTLive, but it's still bizarre and not really a good look IMHO. And since they did use the version uploaded to WTLive, a lot of the files were outdated. I'm also somewhat perplexed by the controversy on the WT subReddit about the T-64B allegedly being unfairly buffed against the M1 Abrams. I think it's due in large part to confusion over which versions of the Abrams had what armour. I love tanks and their history, but my knowledge on the Abrams is virtually nonexistent. I was told flattery can get you a long way in life, so what do the handsome experts here think?