Old Gamers Never Die: Bootcamp Mode in ‘Second Front’


As you know, last week I bought a turn-based, set-in-WWII game called Second Front. It was created by Hexdraw and published by MicroProse. I got it on Steam last Tuesday because it was 15% off during the first week of release. I’ve wanted to get it since I saw the teaser for it in 2020,Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Bootcamp Mode in ‘Second Front’”

Old Gamers Never Die: A Quick Look at MicroProse’s ‘Second Front’


I am, as you know, a World War II buff. I’ve been one since I was a boy of six living in Bogota, Colombia, and in those 54 years, my interest in the topic has not diminished. I still buy an occasional book or documentary about the war, and I’m always learning new things aboutContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: A Quick Look at MicroProse’s ‘Second Front’”

Book Review: ‘Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb’


Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb (1995) By: Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar Publisher: Simon & Schuster The Invasion That Never Was In 1995, the Golden Anniversary of the Allied victories in Europe and the Asia-Pacific theaters of World War II, Simon & Schuster published Code-Name Downfall: TheContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan-And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb’”

On Books & Reading: My TBR List – Some Progress is Better Than None, I Suppose


Since I posted about my To Be Watched (TBW) list for late January yesterday, today I decided to do a quick update to my current To Be Read (TBR) list for the same period. (I would have preferred to review Code-Name Downfall, but my brain balks at the prospect of doing that now.) The ImpedimentsContinue reading “On Books & Reading: My TBR List – Some Progress is Better Than None, I Suppose”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 17, 2023, or: Some (Superficial) Observations About ‘Operation Downfall’ and a Brief Life Update


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Although the cold snap that has held the Tampa Bay area in a vise grip throughout the long Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend is easing off and the temperature is 70°F/21°C, I am still having trouble coping withContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, January 17, 2023, or: Some (Superficial) Observations About ‘Operation Downfall’ and a Brief Life Update”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 16, 2023, or: A Quick Preview of Things to Come on ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Monday, January 16, 2023 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the United States – and here in Lithia, Florida, it is late morning. It’s chilly – 57°F/14°C under sunny skies – and even though it’s going to warm up to 67°F/19°F and the afternoon will be sunny andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 16, 2023, or: A Quick Preview of Things to Come on ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 15, 2023, or: Winter in Florida – Nice, Sunny, But a Bit Chilly


Midmonth Chill Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, January 15, 2023. A cold front passed through the area yesterday morning, and even though temperatures today are higher than they were 24 hours ago (53°F/11°C under sunny conditions as I write this), it’s still chilly – at least forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 15, 2023, or: Winter in Florida – Nice, Sunny, But a Bit Chilly”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review


A cold front passed through Central Florida between yesterday afternoon and early this morning, so the temperature in Lithia (as I write this) is 47°F/8°C under mostly cloudy skies on Saturday, January 14, 2023. The house is warmer than that, thank the Force, but I still have that nagging cold, and the combination of lowContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, January 14, 2023, or: Low Temperatures, Cold Symptoms Put the Kibosh on a Planned Book Review”

Music Album Review: ‘I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings: VE Day Celebration Edition’ (2020)


I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings VE Day Celebration Edition Release Date: March 26, 2020 (Original version released on November 9, 2018) Record Label: Sony Music UK On Friday, November 9, 2018, Sony Records released I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings, the recording debut of The D-Day Darlings, a British “wartime choir” of nine womenContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘I’ll Remember You: The D-Day Darlings: VE Day Celebration Edition’ (2020)”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 4, 2023, or: Things That Brought Me Some Joy in 2022


Although I will not remember 2022 with a great deal of fondness, I can’t say that the year was devoid of its momentary joys and pleasures. After all, I’ve watched some great movies (on home media, unfortunately, but I still watched them), read some interesting and entertaining books, listened to music I had not listenedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, January 4, 2023, or: Things That Brought Me Some Joy in 2022”