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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Dazzle Ships

I've always enjoyed the idea of dazzle ships, gigantic machines of war painted in a style of cubism writ large. I knew this was a particular development of WWI in response to the threat of submarine attack. And I also knew it was rendered obsolete by the ascendency of the airplane. What I did not know was that once the threat of Japan's air force was eliminated in World War II, the US quickly painted up the Navy's warships in 'razzle dazzle' designs to minimize torpedo attacks from the Japanese submariner fleet.

Oh, and I'm not talking about the 1983 OMD album. Oh yes, I used to have that album. Hey, it was the eighties. At least I was listening to OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Psychedelic Furs instead of Stryper and Whitesnake and crap like that.


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