Friday, August 29, 2008

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Yes, I know

I'm out there...

taking chances...digging my own grave.

being contrary...

eligible for the "a..hole of the year" award...

people will stop calling...friends won't drop by any more...

might loose my job (s...)


yes, all of that..


But here goes:


I DON'T CARE ABOUT OBAMA!!!

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Retro babe "...if all winners act like you we should have more Natalie Portman lookalike contests around the office!.."
******
Panzer Pzkpfw III
Checking the engine on a Panzer III. Note the spare track link fitted to the inside of the hatch for quick retrieval.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Yes.

it happens to most bloggers...

- Nothing really to say
- Plenty of practical things that needs doing
- "...Who reads this anyway?.."


"We" read it, Lennard...

- The voices inside your head, urging you, driving you...begging you...


To blog.


(and writing on a daily basis does wonders for your spelling!)

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Retro babe"...feisty!.."
******
Panzer 10.5cm leFH 18/1(Sf) auf Geschützwagen IVb
A prototype from 1942 probably on a test range in Germany. Note the hull from a captured French S35 in the background.
An early example of the Waffenträger (weapons carrier) concept of mounting interchangeable artillery pieces on tracked carriages. The turret could be removed by the use of a small crane and placed in a static position, the tracked chassis (a shortened, six wheeled, version of the Panzer IV) then serving as an munitions transporter. Ten were built and tested in Russia but the design did not enter large scale production.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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-Foreign troops invade peaceful Tibet!

-7oo Tibetans killed!

-The Dalai Lama forced into exile!


Read all about it!!!

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Retro babe"...nice hair..."
******
Panzer Befehlspanzer I
Judging from the missing bow machine gun, the unscrewed hatch and the trooper wearing work fatigues, this panzer is undergoing maintenance. Note the large tactical sign of a towed artillery unit painted on the front armour. This could suggest that this Befehlspanzer was not serving with an armoured unit but used for forward artillery observation where the coordinates of enemy positions were radioed back to battery commanders, enabling them to aim their guns correctly.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Croquis night, it's fun to draw like this again.

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Retro babe"...nice sofa..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A panzer IV looking like it comes fresh from the factory. Note that Zimmerit anti-magnetic coating has been applied to the schürtzen external armour fitted around the turret but seems to be missing from the sides of the main hull.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

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Hail me - The map service Schmap is now available for the iPhone and their Copenhagen section uses a photo taken by meeeee...

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Retro babe"...nice guitar..."
******
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf C
An amateur photo probably taken in France, 1940. The officer on the far left with the camera over his shoulder bares a strong resemblance to field marshal Erwin Rommel
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Friday, August 22, 2008

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Finished reading:

Wally's World: The Brilliant Life and Tragic Death of Wally Wood, the World's 2nd Best Comic Book Artist

a biography of cartoonist Wallace "Wally" Wood (1927-81)

A bio which could have benefited from some tighter editing and a better layout but it wil tell you the fascinating tale of a true comic book genius who worked in almost every conceivable genre - Humour (he was a founding member of MAD magazine) horror (with the classic EC comic books) war, romance, wild west, space & science fiction, superheroes (he redesigned Marvel's Daredevil character and brought it to new life in the 1960's) and last but not least his work within the fantasy genre where he created his partially unfinished masterpiece The Wizard King.

Wood was a highly prolific and almost insanely productive artist, often spending up to twenty hours at his drawing table and taking only two vacations over a thirty-year long career (one of which was his honey moon...)

Unfortunately he was also a troubled soul who had a lifelong battle with alcohol which ultimately led to a stroke, leaving him blind on one eye. This was followed by kidney and liver failure, the break-up of his third marriage and a growing disillusion with the comic book industry, prompting him to commit suicide in 1981.

If he was the world's second best cartoonist as the book's title suggests (it fails to explain who's better...) or the numero uno guy is for the readers to decide but you can check some of his fantastic work at the Wally Wood Gallery from psychosaurus.com

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Retro babe "...nice shoes..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf H
Note the stacks of hay being removed, probably used to camouflage the panzers during transport.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

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After the recent SAS plane crash in Madrid the radio informs me that

"...no Danish sounding names were found on the list of casualties..."

- You got that, Muhammad, Mr. Wong and Göran Larsson over there?...

if you also have a Danish citizenship we'll let you know if some of YOUR KIND got killed in the crash.

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Retro babe"...nice...er...nicie..."
******
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf C
This photo could be pre-WWII or maybe France 1940.
A more diligent "photo scout" than me would probably want to find a more precise location of the panzer by digging into the specifics of the telephone mast in the background, to find out whether it was of German, French, Polish or Russian origin.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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Boy-OTOY, what a rendering engine...

LivePlace is an upcoming competitor to the popular Second Life virtual 3D world, but with stunning photorealistic graphics.

Still, the really cool thing seems to be that unlike SL you don't need to install software on your computer and have a powerful graphics card, the application can be accessed through your web browser and this without the use of a special plugin...

read all about it

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Watch the video
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Retro babe"...nice gloves..."
******
Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
A nice amateur photo of a panzer unit being transferred by rail.
Note that the troopers are wearing the model 1943 einheitsfeldmütze service cap and the dark yellow with overspray camouflage on the Panzer II. This would place the photo after 1943 timewise, which shows that the panzer II soldiered on long after it had become obsolete, serving with occupation, training, or rear area forces.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Couldn't find a fitting illustration but everybody loves dolphins.

Yes, it's "friends day" here at DAMIJWH, directing your attention to new links in the links section:

3Deconomy (Art & Phunn section)
- Sculpture and other sassy items from my old academy buddy René Schmidt, René designs objects in 3D on his computer and then builds them in full size out here in the analogue world.

Spoke vs. Wunderbaum (Blogs/ Groups/ MySpace section)
- In the early part of this millennium I spent a couple o' years gigging with that dynamic duo, the electonicalists SPOKE who teamed up with multi-artiste Wunderbaum - Claus Poulsen, in 2006 to create yet more achy-breaky beats and meaty dubs, so drop by their MySpace account and get ready for their CD release coming this autumn.

Coxsoft Art News (Art & Phunn section)
- Not a personal acquaintance like the others but perhaps a friend in spirit? Coxsoft will bash contemp(t)orary Art like a Guantanamo jail warden just back from a rainy vacation but all of it with an great sense of humour.

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Retro babe"...nah, it's STILL not right..I'm looking for something really VAMPY..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw 38 (t)
Speeding down a road sometime during the early part of WWII.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

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Taking my bicycle out for a long ride Saturday, I am puzzled by encounters of spontaneous communication coming form people I meet on my way...

Normally the good citizens of the greater Copenhagen area respond with indifference to my presence as it is my aim in life to be inconspicuous when I'm with the general public and it is their aim in life to ignore anyone they are not related to or know from work (and since my complexion is fair and you can't tell I have an education, I do not contract direct hatred)

Episode one: Riding through a ghett... sorry - Residential area, I pass by two male teenagers at a bus stop. They follow me with their eyes...like they are studying me ...I overhear one of them saying "...but, he's wearing a workman's shirt..." (I'm wearing a blue workman's shirt I got from the mail center - Saves wear on my "good" clothes...)

I don't understand what they're talking about..and why the scrutinizing stare?...I'm dressed as I am most days during summer: Black shorts, blue shirt, white sneakers, brownish-grey baseball cap. A pretty plain outfit I'd say...

Episode Two: This happens a few hundred meters further down the street, a guy I'd describe as a Copenhagen "toughster" - The type you'd find in bars on the outer rims of Copenhagen...slim build, trainers, and a thick silver chain around the neck with a "Thor's hammer" suspended from it - Popular jewellery with a certain type here in Denmark. This man does not give me the expected unpleasant stare for appearing within thirty-five square kilometers of his "turf" but instead addresses me cheerfully, saying: "...well, you've got the wind up your back, eh!..."

"...er...Yeah, that's right!.." I reply, trying to return some of the unexpected positive energy being hurled at me, but understanding nothing...

I move on...to the last encounter a few miles closer to central Copenhagen where a seriously overweight gentleman, stripped completely to the waist raises his bottle of Tuborg in my direction and cries out "CHEEEERS!"

"Yes...er...how wonderful!.." I answer him back and hurry further down the road...

WHAT is it???..did Denmark just win five gold medals at the Beijing Olympics...or is it because the weather is warm and sunny?..why this friendly attitude coming from complete strangers???

I return home, open a newspaper, and realise: Saturday was GAY PRIDE DAY in Copenhagen...

the two teenagers were discussing if I was GAY or not, the argument perhaps being that since I wore a workman's shirt I probably wasn't... the men greeting me cheerfully were most likely GAY MEN...filled with love for the world (and Tuborg-Carlsberg) on this, the annual day of GAY celebration...

Well, if the world smiles at you, smile back I guess...and it's a good thing I'm not homophobic.

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Retro babe"...I dunno about you two...I need a really vampy look for these photos..."
******
Panzer Befehlspanther, Ausf G
Identifiable by the extra antenna on the turret roof and the large star-shaped antenna on the rear deck. The Befehlspanther was for use by unit commanders and had long range (up to 65 km) radio equipment installed, enabling it to communicate directly with divisional or regimental headquarters.
The "IBZ" turret numbering is an enigma, normally a command vehicle could be named I01, II02 or perhaps R01 if it was a vehicle serving with the regimental staff.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

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Another day in paradise, and the GOOD news is my supervisor informed me that I've managed to hang on to my job at the Copenhagen Mail Center.

Three months ago I was transferred from my old department due to staff cuts (a recurring event in the now market-economy oriented Danish mail services)

At the old place we handled mail manually, but in the new department we use computers which means I can now stay glued to a pre-millennium class computer screen with an average of 1,200 letters pr. hour to be put in the right place, and I need to maintain a 90 % success rate in order to stay employed in this department.

but

I'm working,

AND I'm supporting

THE DANISH WELFARE STATE!

- A sagging educational system,

- Increasingly useless health care,

- Over-expensive public transport,

- Public service TV and Radio completely indistinguishable from commercial TV and radio,

- Dubious military exploits on behalf of the oil- and gas industries.

And all of it financed by the highest tax rate in the world, officially it's 52% of your income but due to our high wages and the taxation of everything except fresh air and dog poo it would be closer to 60 or 70% for most Danes.


But I'm not complaining.

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Retro babe"...nice bracelet..."
******
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
A Panther of the SS "Wiking" Division fighting in Poland in the summer of 1944. Note the Sdkfz 251/3 on the left, an armoured radio communications vehicle used by regimental and divisional staffs.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Well, as of today I'm removing the two links usually placed under each posting - The "Also my people" and "Also my war" stuff.

I no longer care if Danish soldiers go to Afghanistan or Iraq or the Moon or what ever. If some Danes believe we are actually helping other people by invading their country and shooting at them, let them have it their way.

I also no longer care if the Danish People's Party are in parliament or not - My fellow country men and women seems to love them and vote for them - Hallelujah!

Denmark is a Democracy™, the majority rules and all I can do as a citizen is raise my hand and salute, and it is your privilege, dear reader, to guess at what type of salute I'll be using,

raised right arm?

hand to the brow?

or should I simply let my middle finger express my sentiments.

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Retro babe"...nice earrings..."
*****
Panzer Panther, Ausf A
Note the rounded corner on the "schürtzen" armour plate closest to the rear end of the panzer. This was a field modification done to prevent the plate from digging into the ground and getting torn off when the vehicle traveled up a hill. Usually also done to the foremost plate. Also note the bundles of wood - "fascines" placed on the front and read deck, used for regaining traction if the panzer got bogged down.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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I was crossing the bridge at Østerport station and she was walking towards me, speaking loudly - An arguement...

"...how the fuck should I know the Queen was buried there? it's just them and their power trip!.."

unusually loud she was, even for our age of the blurring of borders between public and private spaces and the right of the individual to give the rest of the world full access to even the most intimate and mindless conversations over the cell phone

she passes me by, and then I notice,

no headset.

no phone.


she's a crazy woman talking to her self.


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Retro babe"...oh stop that, a little confinement and shock therapy never hurt anybody!.."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf A
A fine top view, probably taken at a factory or armour testing grounds. Note the dark colour of the gun barrel as compared to the rest of the vehicle, some historical sources state that Panther gun barrels were covered with a special heat resistant paint in the colour of grey before delivery to units.
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Check out the Cylinder Preservation Project an initiative by The University of California to preserve the earliest method of recording available commercially. It includes an online MP3 collection of cylinder recordings, some of them dating back to the late nineteenth century.

24 Bit WAV files are also down loadable for the quality conscious enthusiast.

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Listen to The Laughing Song (1908) sung by George W. Johnson (a coloured gentleman)
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Retro babe"...nice shootin'..."
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Panzer Panther, Ausf G
Note that the bow machine gun and Notek headlamp is missing from the Panther on the left and the unusual addition of the Balken kreuz national marking to the frontal armour plate.
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, August 11, 2008

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Welcome to the NEW DAMIJWH!

Which looks exactly like the old DAMIJWH... but with a different feeling, a different...flair...

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Retro babe"...nice...er...niceties..."
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Panzer Tiger II
Tiger "332" about to begin its long journey form the Ardennes to the USA.
Belonging to SS Heavy tank battalion 501 it was captured by US troops during the Battle of the Bulge and shipped to the Aberdeen proving ground, Maryland, for examination and testing. Here it spent many years rotting away on outdoors display until 1991 when it was transferred to the General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox where it has been restored and placed indoors.
Read the full story: The saga of 332

*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Thursday, August 07, 2008

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Dig the work of outsider artist Eugenie Von Bruenchenhein

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Retro babe "...nice chair..."
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Panzer Tiger II
One from the first fifty production run fitted with the so-called "Porsche turret". This was slightly different in design from the later "Henschel" version and the Porsche firm had nothing to do with them (they had designed a competing heavy tank which did not see production), the turrets were designed and built by Krupp. Note the narrow "transportation" tracks used to make the TII fit the German railway flatcars during delivery to units.
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

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Harald Nugiseks, Estonian WW II veteran - Nazi collaborator or freedom fighter against Communism?..

Read about the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and their Nazi past

That old war again, Lennard?...

Yes, I know, I know...

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Retro babe "...nice gloves..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
Note the berets worn by the crew, captured from the British or French during the battle of France 1940. The standard issue German beret was not popular with the troops since it was very large, designed to fit over a crash helmet. It was later replaced by a black version of the Army service cap.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

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Check out the world of Jim Goad
(click on "words" for a selection of texts)
a very funny verbalist in the tradition of Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins, Goad is the author of several books like The Redneck Manifesto
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Retro babe...Ah, so that's what it means to be a "net user"...
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Panzer Tiger I
A couple of badly mauled mid-production Tigers, most likely about to be shipped back to Germany for complete overhaul.
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(The Daily doodle has been discontinued)
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Monday, August 04, 2008

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Armour thicknesses on the Pzkpfw IV from a US Army instruction manual

I can't write much today because I've still got those damned back pains (going to see the doc now) but I've decided to keep posting the Panzers due to popular demand...

Yes, what's peace-loving idealism worth when compared to Third Reich fascination??!!..

I'll probably mix the photos of panzers with an old acquaintance from the days when I was part of the NSOP blog team - Männer im uniform, a look at the uniforms of the Third Reich.

Stay tuned.

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Retro babe "...nice hat.."
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Panzer Tiger I
Some much needed maintenance (note the bullet peppered stovage box) for at Tiger I mid- production belonging to the elite Grossdeutstchland division. Note that the Second Lieutenant on the right has spiced up his uniform with the German Horseman's Badge a non-military award (for successes in riding competitions) which was permitted to be worn by Wehrmacht personnel.
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Daily Doodle™ Cubist girl
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

Friday, August 01, 2008

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Yes, we're back here at DAMIJWH, and as you can see the promised overhaul, changes, new content, etc, etc

DID HAPPEN!

I've changed the font of the postings and I've decided to replace the dayli pic of a panzer with a new category!


The Dayli Doodle™

Yes, you not only get a retro babe, now you also get one of my personal doodles!

But, WHY are the panzers out, Lennard?????

I guess I'm the only one nerdy enough to really care about these things and I began to dislike the contradiction between posting the Panzers and my opposition to Denmark's participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Panzers are machines of death and not so cool if they are driving through your village and killing your family.



Yes, Jakob Ejersbo died, and he was a friend and an inspiration and it was meaningless that he died because he was fourty years old, a very positive individual and a guy who had really "made it"...the talent was there, the fame was there, the money was there...he had the work ethics, the discipline...all he had to do was to sit down and write - Which was exactly what he did and seemed to want to do the most...and he was always full of encouragememt and genuine interest in what the people around him were doing. It's just too sad losing him like that.

I've added a link under "Blogs/ Groups" to the group on Facebook commemorating Jakob, drop by if you want to know about Jakob and his literature.


That's all for now (I managed to attract a severe pain to my lower back yesterday so I can't sit at the computer for very long)

See ya' Monday.

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Retro babe"...hey, relax there , Miss Bronsteiner - It's only a summer job!.."
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Dayli Doodle™ Dr. Notepad
*****
(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war