Starblazer Comics
Feb23

Starblazer Comics

From 1979 through to 1991 D. C. Thomson & Company, Limited published 281 issues of a small format comics anthology called Starblazer. It was never as successful or as widely read as Commando, which I also used to collect, but the science fiction nerd inside me preferred Starblazer. For no other reason than the thought crossed my mind today I’ve decided to hunt down covers of the magazine from that there internet machine...

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Equation Group
Feb16

Equation Group

A chilling but fascinatingly informative article describing Kaspersky’s gradual uncovering of the various methods used by the hacking group – most likely tied to the U.S. government – given the monicker “Equation Group”: How ‘omnipotent’ hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last Equation Group boasted the type of extraordinary engineering skill people have come to expect from...

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Architecture For Children
Feb14

Architecture For Children

A lovely little Swiss website here that curates photos of architectural constructs built specifically for children around the world: Architektur für Kinder The side navigation bar provides great categorised links to scans of books, designers, and projects. A sample of some of the images is...

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Desnuda En La Arena
Feb13

Desnuda En La Arena

Hey, do you remember back in the depths of summer of last year – July, to be precise – when I wrote about the 1970s Euro Porn stylings present in the German movie Lehrmädchen-Report? And do you remember what I said back then? This is potentially the first of a series of style showcases and mini reviews of 1970s European soft porn movies. Well, brace yourself for a review of another movie only this time it’s not...

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Portsmouth, Alien Invasion – Home Defence
Feb12

Portsmouth, Alien Invasion – Home Defence

Defending the city of Portsmouth from the Squirmy Munge was vitally important, of course, but as a popular phrase of the time reminded citizens “Defence starts at your doorstep!” and so it was that many homes in and around the island became highly fortified structures. Popular means of improving one’s house included: Asbestos coating, to act as fire retardant. Steel shutters for the windows to protect from shrapnel....

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A Meeting Room, Somewhere…
Feb08

A Meeting Room, Somewhere…

“Heil Hitler!” said with a snap and a proud billowing of the cheeks. The guard shuffled into attention trying to hide some of the slouching that invariably comes from hours of dull duty. “Heil Hitler,” came the perfunctory reply as Oberleutnant Schmidt bounded into the office. As he expected, the room – if you didn’t include the guard (Friedrich? He wanted to say Friedrich) and himself – was...

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