Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

#42, 43, 44, 45

With some of my birthday moneys, I got my hands on some Osprey books to study/enjoy/use in my roleplaying campaign. These included:

Osprey Warrior #118: Byzantine Infantryman: Eastern Roman Empire c.900 - 1204
Osprey Fortress #59: Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191 - 1571
Osprey Fortress #74: Japanese Castles AD 250 - 1540
Osprey Campaign #198: The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592 - 98

I find these series to have lots of information on all aspects of their topics not limited to artwork and photos of gear and terrain. I've been very happy with the Fortress series, especially, as it's been hard for me in the past to visualize castles and suchlike places.

Earlier in the week, I finished a couple of comics. The first was DMZ #43, which continues in an interesting vein. The second was Fables #86, which goes into more depth about the history of a particular villain. Nice.

On the drive home, today, I heard the announcement on NPR of the death of Walter Cronkite. His was the voice of the news in my youth. We never watched NBC or ABC for our news, it was always CBS news, and not just because our last name was the same as that of their Chairman of the Board. I remember playing with an old reel-to-reel tape recorder when I was about nine, and taping Cronkite's voice during the coverage for a Gemini launch, and just playing the same section over and over, just because his voice was so reassuring: "...and the blockhouse is in the...ah...what is called a negative..."

How I wish he'd never retired, and yet, that's too much to ask of even the finest that our country produces.

Perhaps, with his death, there'll be some recollection of what TV news has lost?

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