Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual: An Engineering Insight Into How NASA Saved the Crew of the Failed Moon Mission, by Dr. David Baker

My Copy: 9780760346198 (image from Goodreads.com) I thought it was a joke at first, with the Haynes cover and all. I thought of Haynes as the fix-your-own-car guide, the source of all wisdom for all wannabe do-it-yourselfers (Boy, I miss those days). I thought it was a funny idea, silly to have a book like … Continue reading Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual: An Engineering Insight Into How NASA Saved the Crew of the Failed Moon Mission, by Dr. David Baker

Getting back on the wagon when all the pieces are up in the air

I've always been a Radio Flyer fan, still have two I use for hauling stuff around. This pic cracked me up. I want that! Anyhoo-- Time to get things going (after Labor Day weekend--oh joy). I've never cared for it, but at least this year the parties might be more akin to neighborly-cleanup work parties … Continue reading Getting back on the wagon when all the pieces are up in the air

#033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?

Years and years of checking figures and it came down to one sentence in a webpage that I'd missed until yesterday (Yes, I was watching A Night to Remember for the umpteenth time). This is a question I'd always wondered about. I mean, the story was compelling as hell, and I get wrapped up in … Continue reading #033–The Titanic had 20 lifeboats. Why did Carpathia only end up with 13 of them?