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Swamped Sunday

So, apart from rendering unto other-than-Caesar, today involves a trip to the gym, a long drive, a scholar’s presentation on M1 Garand development, a drive back, and everyone going separate ways by 1800.

Meanwhile, there’s overdue Saturday stuff that didn’t get posted, and Monday stuff that isn’t written yet. Yoiks!

That Was the Week that Was: 2014 Week 12

That was the week that was TW3This is a necro-TW3, posted Monday of the week following. And backdated, in that kind of fib that’s available to you when you have Godlike administrator powers.

The links to this week’s will all be live when the post goes live. Enjoy!

The Boring Statistics

Our article count was 23, one of the lowest in recent memory. (Still beat our standing objective of 19 a week, but it was low output). Word count was also low output, 13,000-odd words. Only three posts were over 1,000 words, none of them over 2,000.

The mean and median post sizes were 611 and 598 respectively, suggesting a tendency to short posts. Sure enough, there were three sub-100-word posst, and 7 total sub-500-word posts. As we did not complete a TW3 last week, we don’t have a standard of comparison. We exceeded our desired objective of 19 posts by 4. So far this year we’ve over 300 blog posts, and over 1700 comments.  

Comments are slightly down to 96 as of the delayed press time; this is a lot lower than the previous week’s comment count, which now stands at over 170. (probably 40 or so of those were entered after the week ended, and about 10 of this week’s entered after the week closed, too.

Thanks for commenting! We always say this and we always mean it.

Most Commented Post of the Week

Our most commented post was Cover and Concealment, with 17 comments and runner-up was LAPD should have fired these guys for marksmanship alone,  with 12. These two posts represent about 30% of the week’s comments, and The Curse of the Killer Kitty racked up another 10%+ on its own.

The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!

Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:

We didn’t make any promises last week as we didn’t have a TW3. 

For Next Week

Our goals are unchanged:

  1. to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way to long in the draft queue (there are 246 posts there right now, so we’re not curating it very well).
  2. to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
  3. one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
  4. a WWWW, on Wednesday.
  5. a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.

The draft queue is approaching 250, so it’s time to dynamite some of that stuff out and entertain you guys. 

See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)

Silly Sunday

Running around in circles like the old Marine chant: “Green side out, brown side out, run in circles, scream and shout!” which dates back to the old World War II camouflage that had green and brown blotches on opposite sides of the material. Things like jackets were always green side out, as far as I’ve seen, but the helmet cover was reversible.

The Army issued, in the 60s and 70s, a helmet cover with an interesting forest pattern we’ve never seen used on anything but helmet covers.

Sorry about the Greece thing…

Work has gone a bit nonlinear and the docs weren’t as finished as we thought. We’re catching up. Keep your eye on the blog (or the RSS feed) for updates. Next week promises to be even busier (we’re not sure if that’s better or worse) with some time periods off-net.

There was supposed to be a post here…

About the two submachine guns designed by Dr Marian Jurek while he served with the Free Polish and British Armies 1942-47. But we are in conference, so the time available has scrolled away from us. The good news is the post will get done today, just not till later.

– your Editors.

Sunday Sleeping In

If Putin continues his sit-in in the Empty Chair behind the Resolute Desk, and the world gets nuked, we’re close enough to a KC-135 tanker base that we won’t have to worry about waking up.

If you want to put eyes on what’s happening in the Ukraine, and you can’t get NGA to read you on, this site is pretty good at graphing open-source reports of the locations of the Russian invaders:

http://cigeography.blogspot.fr/2014/03/invasion-of-crimean-peninsula.html

Nothing will avail the Ukrainians. We have no talent and no gravitas in foreign policy these days, and they are “a land far away, and a people of whom we know nothing.” Not to mention that the nearest US forces are in the Med, where top-level waffling has left them to observe the extermination of pro-Western Syrian rebels, so all that’s left is Putin’s client Assad, and rebarbative Islamists. If we sound like we’re angry at the Russian leader, we’re not. He’s doing what a Russian president should, looking out for Russian interests. Unfortunately, so is ours. The Presidential failure is entirely on our side of the ocean.

It’s the Sudetenland, or maybe the Rhineland. So we have one to four years before the balloon goes up overall.

That Was the Week that Was: 2014 Week 09

That was the week that was TW3We were expecting this to be a very truncated week, with a lot of posts or words or value for the reader. That’s because we were pressed for time by a real world project.

The good news is we managed to deliver at least an average week; maybe even a better-than-average week. The bad news is, we did that mostly by posting the easy little react-to-headline stories, and not much in the way of real gun contact.

The links will probably be live when the post goes live. If not, they will all be enlivened by Sunday midnight, or we’ll shoot the dog; to find the posts scroll down. Enjoy!

The Boring Statistics

Our article count was 27, but we don’t have a count on last week’s numbers, so there’s no comparisons this week.  Word count was over 23,000, thanks in part to a near-5000 word post from the Ukrainian Church. Six posts were over 1,000 words, none but the church post over 2,000. There was only one double-digit wordcount post, fewer than usual. This was a much more robust week than we expected to accomplish, given our workload.

The mean and median post sizes were 865 and 828 respectively, quite high numbers. There was only one sub-100-word post, and 8 total sub-500-word posts (down from 12). We exceeded our desired objective of 19 posts by 7. The second month of the year ended this week. We had 87,586 hits in the short month of February, and 164,057 for the year. So far this year we’ve had over 230 blog posts, and well over 1000 comments.  

Comments are 126; last week they were 127 as of press time, although last week’s posts have now attracted additional comments (total 139), so that’s about average. There’s always some posts that have a long tail; after some months the system is set to shut commenting off.

We always say this, but it bears repeating: Thanks for commenting!

Most Commented Post of the Week

We had no most commented post but a two-way tie, both with 10 comments, Hickenlooper in Denial over MagPul, etc., departure, and Guess how the VA solved their backlog problem? There’s less of a have/have-not distribution than usual this week with 10 posts having 7 or more comments, although two posts, one Piers Morgan Circles the Drain and the other the Ukrainian Churchman on Events in Ukraine, which we suspect got the tl;dr treatment from most of you. It was an interesting, and hopeful, interview; we suspect the good Metropolitan’s hope has taken a good bash from subsequent events. (President Obama skipped a national security staff meeting on Ukraine today — must have had a higher priority, like a game of shirts vs. skins b-ball, or a tee time — but he did spend 90 minutes on the phone begging Putin to stop taking his lunch money. Putin demurred).

The Week in Posts

Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:

We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you! (We say this every week too, but we mean it).

Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:

Since we didn’t have a last week (as far as a TW3 goes, anyway), we’re starting anew. Year Zero, like the Khmer Rouge, just without the pile of skulls. Well, maybe a little pile.

For Next Week

Our goals are unchanged:

  1. to return to our normal schedule: post minimum three times a day, six days a week, of which:
  2. one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
  3. a WWWW, on Wednesday.
  4. a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.

Some specifics we know we previously promised and did not deliver:

  • Again, we’re starting over.

The draft queue is a porky 235, and the last TW3 we did it was only 210.

See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)

Might not get to a UW post today, please check Saturday’s

Saturday, we told the story of A Unit Like No Other (or, a little bit of the story). The unit was the 39th Special Forces Company (classsified name) aka Detachment A, Berlin Brigade (cover name) and it existed all but behind enemy lines from 1956 to 1984.

Much of what it did can’t be told, but at least its existence can now be celebrated and memorialized. So there is that.

Saturday, the prepared post didn’t “execute” due to editor error, so we just put it up (backdated) today. Busy busy busy.