Movie Review – Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Immersive Tour de Force, Incongruous Muddle, or Both?

Christopher Nolan's movie, Dunkirk, opened Friday to rave reviews. The New York Times calls it "a tour de force ...both sweeping and intimate."  The Guardian calls it "utterly immersive" and predicts that the movie "will doubtless become the definitive cinematic depiction of this remarkable chapter of history." I saw the film last night and while I generally agree with … [Read more...]

Cyber Security at Sea – Microsoft XP on Carriers, Hacking Tridents & Spoofing GPS

When reporters were recently being given tours of the Royal Navy's new "supercarrier," HMS Queen Elizabeth, some were surprized to see a distinctive logo on several computer screens on the bridge and in control rooms. The logo was for Windows XP, the Microsoft computer operating system introduced in 2001. The ship itself was under construction for over eight years and the many … [Read more...]

In Books: Deadly Straits by R.E. McDermott

http://youtu.be/yrXyuEQsmLQ by Rick Spilman - For the sake of full disclosure, I am not a huge fans of thrillers, particularly thrillers involving ships. The plots often strike me as implausible and the descriptions of the ships and ship operations often border on the laughable. (Too often, they leap across the border.)   This is not the case however … [Read more...]

Book Review — Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster by Joseph A. Williams

Book Review by Rick Spilman - On the afternoon of December 17th, 1927, the US Navy submarine S-4 was surfacing near Provincetown, MA, when it was run down by US Coast Guard destroyer Pauling, sending the submarine to the bottom. Joseph William's latest book, “Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster,” is a gripping account of the US Navy divers and salvors … [Read more...]