Jimi Hendrix at 70 – a potted history annotated graphic

James Marshall Hendrix: E&T salutes you, on what should have been your 70th birthday. Where’s the engineering, the more churlish amongst us might say? Well, aside from the fact that sometimes it behoves us all to slough off the yoke of everyday expectation, equally sometimes we have to simply stand up and acknowledge the dazzling achievements of a solitary human being, in whatever sphere they chose to operate. His legacy is still reverberating today, even in areas only tangentially related to music. Film, fashion, art, audio technology and much more. Hats off to him for that. Time magazine said it … Continue reading Jimi Hendrix at 70 – a potted history annotated graphic

UK drone force in Afghanistan to be doubled – an annotated graphic

Is it us, or is naming a military drone capable of carrying and deploying up to 14 Hellfire missiles “the Reaper” a trifle insensitive? Come to think of it, calling your new favourite missile “Hellfire” hardly demonstrates subtlety in nomenclature. What happened to the days of pin-up girls and calling your vehicle for the deployment of weapons of mass destruction something oblique and borderline sweet like Enola Gay? At least OMD got a song out of that. Who wants to dance to Hellfire? Only The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, we suspect. Anyway, the UK is going to double the … Continue reading UK drone force in Afghanistan to be doubled – an annotated graphic