Thursday, July 03, 2014

Some Interesting Stuff In the Overnight Mail

Some rather unique plane pr0n from the Usual USAF Source...
Caged Bird
 Air Frame: Lt. Col. David Elliot, 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, climbs into an F-22A Raptor on June 17, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (Air Force photo by TSgt. Russ Scalf)

One wonders what the Good Colonel is gonna do when he gets to the top of the ladder and finds someone sitting in HIS seat.

And then there's this from the NYT...

I had NO ideer! (Map with no obstructions and supporting narrative here, subscription may be required)

And then there's this in the "Get It Right, America!" file...

I don't care WHAT the AP sez, it's both easier and expedient to write "BBQ."

Just in case I'm not back before tomorrow...

Have a safe 'n' sane Fourth!


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    1. Just out to the base, later.

  2. No sub needed this time...
    Shasta Co., CA is 20% [according to the Times research].
    I don't necessarily trust research produced on deadline.

    We can blast the AP Stylebook all we want.
    That won't change anything because what they're seeking with it is consistency.
    That means it's for editors, not writers.
    Maybe you could send a link to the Sarge. (HSWHTPFIHC)

    1. Did I ever tell ya I was an editor in a past life? Well, I was. And I have a personal copy of the AP Style Book, stolen from the USAF when I left my gig as a Public Affairs NCO.

      Apropos o' not much... Chris NEEDS the book. ;-)

    2. Until I saw the Overheard in the Newsroom site, I didn't even know there was a stylebook.

  3. Why bother with the shift key caps BBQ; it's easier to use small letters bbq and okay for online. IMHO.
    As for the religious map, I did NOT notice a category for "Diety at Hand." :-).

    1. Agreed on the lower case. As for "Deity At Hand"... you're right. But there IS a Buddhist category, and I are one. ;-)

    2. I followed the link. Great story. But, dangit! I never figgered you for a man of the "middle way."

    3. I never figgered you for a man of the "middle way."

      The Second Mrs. Pennington, who spent a not inconsiderable time studying various theologies, once told me "You ARE Buddhist, in some of the strangest ways." I don't quite know what to make of that, but there it is.


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