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September 11th, 2016

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07:54 am
Another week, another six books.

First was Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management, a gift from my spouse. I expect to be running an RPG again soon, and I'm reading a number of such books to refresh my skills. This one wasn't bad at all.

Next was Pirates of Frequency Modulation, an online history piece that goes into the story of pirate radio off Great Britain. It's worth taking a peek at when you're on the Internet.

Then I read Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, clearly another game-related book and again not bad at all for those who plan on running RPGs.

Next was Osprey Fortress #36: US Strategic and Defensive Missile Systems 1950 - 2004. I found this one especially interesting as my high school was only blocks away from the command center of the Los Angeles-area Nike missile site. These weapons were defensive, intended to shoot down bombers heading towards LA with nuclear weapons, and the book went into some detail about them. Fascinating!

Then, Osprey Men-At-Arms #28: The Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars. This one was not nearly as interesting. As with most of the older Osprey books, the art wasn't as good as it became later, and the prose was fairly turgid.

Next was Osprey New Vanguard #18: M2/M3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle 1983 – 1995, pretty technical. Not horrible. Not recommended, either.

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Date:September 11th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Just over the Golden Gate Bridge from us in the Marin Headlands is Nike Missile Site SF-88, the last Nike site preserved much like it was during the Cold War, including missiles (with no warheads). The National Park Service and a group of volunteers keep it in good condition. Once a month they have a day when veterans involved in the Nike system are on hand to explain how it all worked, including raising and lowering missiles to and from the firing position. Earlier this year we went on such a day and took it all in. Fascinating and sobering stuff.
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Date:September 12th, 2016 02:03 am (UTC)
Is that close to the gun emplacements of 11-inch artillery that were up there during WWII?
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Date:September 12th, 2016 02:50 pm (UTC)
Depends on what you mean by "close", but there are a number of former gun batteries in that area all within a few miles of each other, as well as the Nike site. The Nike site is down in a little valley, while the gun emplacements are on the tops of hills with a view of the ocean.
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Date:September 12th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
By "close" I suppose that I meant, say, within one hundred yards. Doesn't sound like it.

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