June 14th, 2014

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A few more books finished lately, in between various duties.

First was Osprey Men-at-Arms #127: The Israeli Army in the Middle East Wars 1948 – 73. The information seemed familiar somehow. The photos included weren't particularly terrific, I'm afraid, and the plates not impressive.

Next was Osprey Campaign #Teutoburg Forest AD 9: The Destruction of Varus and his Legions which discusses a major disaster in Roman history. This may have turned the tide of Roman expansion into Central Europe once and for all. Interesting read.

Finally, Osprey Campaign #248: Coronel and Falklands 1914: Duel in the South Atlantic; this is a topic upon which I had no previous knowledge. It deals with British and German naval forces battling in the waters off of South America in the early stages of WWI. Quite interesting.
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After a busy day at work yesterday, we were invited to a graduation party. A young lady of our acquaintance graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a bachelor's in bioengineering. We were delighted and honored to participate in the celebration at a banquet hall attached to an Indian restaurant. It was good to see her; she seemed pretty relieved to be done with her finals, and we had the chance to chat for a while before the place began filling up with other well-wishers. It was great to see kar3ning way out here with her young son, and we ended up at the same table. Paddy's antics were an added plus for the evening.

While I'm posting, I should mention that I read a couple of comic books this week; yes, I'm now caught up, and I expect I'll stay on top of things for the time being. Anyway, they included Tales of Honor: On Basilistk Station #3; it still follows the established Honor Harrington saga from the David Weber novels but some of the frames and pages are spectacularly beautiful art. I'm enjoying what amounts to a re-read with some lovely pictures to boot. Next was The Royals: Masters at War #5 of 6. WWII alternate history...I don't know, I don't really find myself managing to suspend my disbelief in this one. However, I've followed the story this far, I will take it to the end and see where it all goes.

I'm on call the rest of this month, and a few days into July, so folks may not see much of me. We'll have to see how the work develops.