May 18, 2010

*Headtable*


-Sora no Woto, ep01

I'm going to have to admit to being not exactly motivated to blog these days.  It just... sort of feels like work at the moment.  I've had these feelings in the past, and they usually pass quickly, generally when I stumble over something interesting or I'm distracted by something shiny.  For all I know, I'll be back tomorrow... or next Monday, to prepare for the GP of Turkey.

But when Formula 1 is getting to be a chore, and it is, that's when I know I need to take a break, no matter how long it's for. 

So sit tight, maybe leave me a comment saying that you can't stand to see me go (*snort*) or wanting a question answered ("Was the Wildcat used throughout WWII?" for example), and I'll come back sooner or later.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:55 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Considering that I've posted about once every three weeks or so, lately? I'm certainly not going to lob stones if you take a break.

Posted by: GreyDuck at May 18, 2010 09:06 PM (7lMXI)

2 You need to get another QP up, Grey... even if it's a placeholder saying "back soon."  I miss my twice-weekly duckstrip.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 18, 2010 09:25 PM (JWQqT)

3 F1 Update is the most entertaining thing since the old "Secret Diary of Jacques Villeneuve" on Usenet.

Posted by: Ed Flinn at May 19, 2010 10:13 AM (RRq7w)

4 Uhhh... let's see... Suppose Japan had attacked Alameda instead of Pearl Harbor - would the Wildcats have made any more or less difference in the war?

Posted by: dkAllen at May 19, 2010 10:33 AM (1PFDl)

5 So are you going to leave us in suspense on that "Wildcats throughout the war" thing?  I don't know off the top of my head, and checking wikipedia would be... cheating.

Posted by: Mitch H. at May 19, 2010 11:01 AM (jwKxK)

6 OK...how close did the German WW II aircraft carrier get to completion before it was finally abandoned, and was there anything interesting about its design?

Posted by: Siergen at May 19, 2010 03:21 PM (UPUQO)

7 No suspense, Mitch.  The answer is "yes, it was."  In fact, it was the only carrier-based plane that was used throughout the war by the USN.

Though it was replaced on CVs and CVLs by the Hellcat and to a certain extent, the Corsair, the Wildcat was used on CVEs until the end of the war, particularly in the Atlantic.  At that time, they were technically no longer the F4F, which signified a Grumman aircraft, but the FM-1 or FM-2, which were built by General Motors... basically the same as the F4F-4, but with four .50 cal MGs instead of six and factory-built wing racks for 250lb bombs. 

If you think of the Battle of Samar (Leyte Gulf), where "Taffy 3" beat off the charge of the Japanese Battleships, many of the fighters involved were Wildcats.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 19, 2010 05:02 PM (JWQqT)

8 Is there any chance of you doing an F1 update about the race in Iron Man 2? 

Posted by: Maureen at May 23, 2010 09:46 PM (BB7+i)

9 What a good idea!

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 23, 2010 11:04 PM (1Fqq+)

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