On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology


The Growing TBR Stack My copy of Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 arrived yesterday at 4:56 PM. I retrieved it from our front porch where the Amazon Prime driver had dropped it off, and within a few minutes I had taken it out of its shippingContinue reading “On Books & Reading: An Oral History of 9/11, and Observations About ‘The Third World War’ Duology”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. It is a humid, hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 84°F (29°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 78% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 16, 2022, or: A First Look at Bronco’s Biography, and Other Leisure Pursuits”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midafternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, July 3, 2022. It is a hot, sticky, summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 89°F (32°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 66%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, July 3, 2022, or: What I Did on My Not-So-Exciting, Not-So-Stormy Saturday”

Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, June 26, 2022. It is a sizzling – and not in a good way – hot summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowingContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: To Play or Not to Play a ‘Cold Waters’ Campaign…That is the Question”

Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)


The Inspiration: Tom Clancy’s SSN On November 16, 1996, Simon & Schuster Interactive released Tom Clancy’s SSN, a computer video game/submarine simulator based on the Improved Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack sub USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Co-produced by Clancy Interactive Entertainment and Virtus Corporation, SSN was a single-player third-person perspective game set in what was then theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)”

On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident


Putin’s War Suffers Setbacks As you probably know, Russia’s war in Ukraine – a blatant act of naked aggression that Vladimir Putin’s government euphemistically calls a “special military operation – is not going well for Moscow or the much-vaunted Russian military. Instead of a 21st Century blitzkrieg and a quick victory culminating in Russia’s captureContinue reading “On the War in Ukraine: Russian Cruiser ‘Moskva’ Sinks, Moscow and Kyiv Have Conflicting Narratives About the Incident”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger


Hi, there, Dear Reader. I am still trying to take what I call a mental health break, so today’s post won’t be about anything substantial. So if you were hoping for another serious essay about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a review, an update on my creative writing endeavors, or the usual stories I tellContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 12, 2022, or: My First Day Using My New IdeaCentre, and Other Pressing Matters


Yesterday was my first full day of using my new Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 “all-in-one” computer. I started using it early on Sunday night after the Caregiver took its predecessor out of my room and helped me set it up on my desk. I installed antivirus software and linked my Amazon Music. Amazon Prime Video,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 12, 2022, or: My First Day Using My New IdeaCentre, and Other Pressing Matters”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Thursday, November 18, 2021. It’s a cool – but not chilly –  late fall day. The current temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 90% and the wind blowing from the west at 1 MPH (2Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 18, 2021, or: News from My Corner of Florida (Thursday Potpourri)”

Old Gamers Never Die: Hunting Soviet Sub Tenders in Arctic Ocean is No Cakewalk in ‘Cold Waters’


The Time: 13 November 1984, 1300  Lima The Place: The Arctic Ocean The Mission: Intercept and sink a Soviet Don-class (Soviet designation Project 310 Batur) submarine and any REDFLT submarines it might be replenishing and/or rearming. These sub tenders are high-value targets and are likely to have support from submarines, surface ships, and naval aircraft. If youContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Hunting Soviet Sub Tenders in Arctic Ocean is No Cakewalk in ‘Cold Waters’”