Kvick Tänkare

Ah, an excuse to talk about how old I am.  When I was a wee lad, I loved dinosaurs.  Back then, though, we still thought dinosaurs were slow, ponderous things.  Warm blooded?  Feathers?  Yeah…why don’t you put down the weed and read a book you hippie!

So, I so wish I could hop in a time machine and show my pee-wee self this.

“Incredible” Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber.  Preserved for 70 to 85 million years, these feathers are part of a newly revealed trove of likely dinosaur and bird plumage found trapped in amber in Alberta, Canada.

How cool is that?  Actually dinosaur feathers.  Not a fossil.  A real, freakin’ dinosaur feather.

Eh, probably for the best I didn’t see that as a 6 year old.  The total coolness of it would have probably burst my head like a popcorn kernel.

A bit more recent, but still really cool.

Several human skulls found mounted on wooden stakes have been uncovered from a Stone Age lake bed in central Sweden in what is believed to be the first discovery of its kind anywhere in the world.

Ahhhh….Oktoberfest….what memories….

Changing subject (but not countries)…

Sven has a brilliant post about how he’d go about building a military force for a Third World nation.  He’s put so much thought into it we might want to begin worrying.

You don’t need much equipment for a typical developing countries’ military, especially not heavy equipment. Some cheap NORINCO small arms, mortars and RPGs plus a few patrol boats, some trucks and pickups, tents, some fatigues and boots plus a useful radio equipment are about all that it takes.
All else is a question of personnel (competence and motivation).
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