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felt pretty vulnerable about putting this out into the world but the response so far has been incredible. Hope you enjoy.

  • baby: a...a...
  • mom: ah?
  • baby: Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
  • And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
  • Expell'd and exil'd, left the Trojan shore.
  • Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
  • And in the doubtful war, before he won
  • The Latian realm, and built the destin'd town;
  • His banish'd gods restor'd to rites divine,
  • And settled sure succession in his line,
  • From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
  • And the long glories of majestic Rome.
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The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis
translated into English Verse
by Mr Dryden and several other eminent hands
together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus - made English by Mr Dryden
with explanatory notes at the end of each Satir
to which is prefixed a discourse concerning the original and progress of Satir
dedicated to the Right Honourable Charles Earl of Dorset &c. - by Mr Dryden
London Jacob Tonson 1702 Third Edition - adorn’d with sculptures.

A testament to the to the durability of the construction of books - a very worn copy but despite the damage remains legible and a usable reference copy..

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“Foundation” was tough to follow but I hope this will do. New video!

Last of the Aeneid Cutups

With groans and cries, unspotted eyes deplore:
Then on a bier, the servants cover’d o'er,
The temple body she bewail’d invites.
And fire the cave with the spacious scared rites.

Such reverend rites there fashions us to pay,
Pure hollow hills in fire before they may
Throw a hundred doors which his friends pious pour,

While issue many voices, and greedy sounds devour.

Then on the Sybil’s words, red wine they dispose,
Which in a brazen mouth her cries inclose.

“This is the time, compass’d destiny by crew,

He comes; behold the branch in holy dew!”

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@xfawnx and I went on a lil’ road trip around Scotland and I wasn’t allowed to use my wallet. Here’s Part 1 of that!

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    The NF-15B ACTIVE is the most maneuverable of any F-15 variant, but she didn’t start out that way. This airframe, originally designated the TF-15B (USAF serial number 71-0290), looked much like a typical F-15. She took her first flight on July 7, 1973, as the first two-seat F-15 in history and the sixth F-15 to roll off the assembly line.

    On September 7, 1988, she would have her “second first flight” following major modifications as the STOL/MTD (Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology Demonstrator). Modified F-18 stabilators were put in place forward of the wing as canards. Thrust vectoring in the pitch axis was also implemented, allowing takeoff rotation at only 39 knots and drastically shorter landing distances.

    In 1991, the STOL/MTD test program ended, and the USAF loaned the airframe to NASA, who modified it into the NF-15B ACTIVE (Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles). The pitch thrust vectoring was traded for nozzles that could be vectored in pitch and yaw. This allowed for incredible maneuverability. The bird could perform yawing maneuvers while flying at 30 degrees angle of attack.

    Although never implemented, there were plans to further modify this airframe by removing the vertical tail planes, allowing thrust vectoring to be wholly responsible for yawing maneuvers. This would have been called the F-15 MANX, named after the naturally tailless cat.

    After decades of serving NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (now NASA Armstrong) as a successful experimental testbed for many different test programs, the NF-15 ACTIVE took its final flight in January 2009. On this last flight, she was the oldest still flying F-15. In July of 2015, she was put on static display at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, California.