The Pittsburgh Steelers faced their toughest test coming down the stretch run to the playoffs as the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos paid a visit to the Steel City. The Steeler offense was in top form as Pittsburgh won the game 34-27 after falling behind 27-7 in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown were spectacular with Big Ben completing 40 of 55 passes for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brown did his usual amazing job with 16 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Steelers now need to focus on the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns as they battle for a wild card playoff sport in the AFC. From the look of this game, no one is going to want to face Pittsburgh’s prolific offense in the playoffs.

Click on the image for a larger version. Pencil and ink on Strathmore multimedia board. Colors in PS.

CSE-XMas-Show-Band-Photo

CSE played the company’s Christmas party, the complete show can be seen here.

Lineup:

Paul McRae: Guitar and Vocals
Mick Sinha: Guitar
Ed Beingessner: Bass
Corey Ling: Drums
Tanya Ruppell: Vocals
Tom Elliott: Vocals

Setlist:

I Can’t Explain
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
C’mon Everybody
Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home
Day Tripper
Snoopy’s Christmas
Tweeter and the Customer Support Man


“The Martian”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is a blueprint on how to adapt a complex, hard sci-fi novel to the big screen. Retaining the key elements of the book and resisting the urge to make major plot or character modifications (Mark is single in the movie, despite alluding to a different marital status in the trailer), “The Martian” is an entertaining romp through the travails faced by an astronaut stranded on Mars. The deadpan humor of astronaut Mark Watney from the book is translated beautifully to the big screen.

With a tremendous performance by Damon as well as solid supporting work by Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Donald Glover, the movie sets a great pace and keeps it up for the duration. Great special effects and sound round out the picture that ranks as one of the most fun to see movies of the year.

Watercolor on Canson watercolor board. Click on the images for a larger version.

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry concluded his fantastic regular season with a spectacular performance against the Auburn Tigers, leading the Tide into the SEC Championship Game with a 46 carry, 271 yard day. Henry was there early, middle and late as he was the engine that drove the Alabama offence all day. Putting an exclamation point on ‘Bama’s win, Henry carried the ball 18 times in the fourth quarter as he set Alabama records for carries in a single game and yards in a season (1797).

It’s one thing to pile up yards against lesser opponents and in games that don’t matter, but Henry has responded in the biggest games Alabama has played. He should enjoy a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony and, at this point, he is the favorite to bring home the big doorstop.

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The National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, ON, features a nice collection of aircraft, most of which served in the RCAF. A few examples are housed indoors, but most reside outside in the “airpark”.

Greeting visitors from the highway is an F-5 Freedom Fighter (technically the Canadair CF-116 variant) mounted in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn.

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

On the museum grounds, there is another example of this single seat jet fighter.

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-116 (F-5) Freedom Fighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canada’s first jet fighter — the Canadian-made Avro CF-100 Canuck. Janusz ┼╗urakowski dove a CF-100 to the speed of sound in 1952, technically making it Canada’s first supersonic fighter.

Avro CF-100 Canuck, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Avro CF-100 Canuck, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The Canadair CF-114 Tutor is flown by Canada’s aerobatic flight team, the Snowbirds.

Canadair CF-114 Tutor, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair CF-114 Tutor, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The MiG-21 was a Cold War interceptor flown by the USSR and its allies.

MiG-21 "Fishbed", Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

MiG-21 “Fishbed”, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

MiG-21 "Fishbed", Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

MiG-21 “Fishbed”, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canada flew a home-grown variant of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter built by Canadair — this model is a two seat training version.

Canadair F-104D Starfighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair F-104D Starfighter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-104D Starfighter Trainer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

CF-104D Starfighter Trainer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The Labrador served in the RCAF from 1965 to 2004. This example was the last to fly in Canada.

Boeing Vertol Labrador CH113, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Boeing Vertol Labrador CH113, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Still Canada’s front line fighter/bomber aircraft, the CF-18 Hornet built by McDonnell Douglas

McDonnell Douglas CF-18B Hornet, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

McDonnell Douglas CF-18B Hornet, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Another home-build variant of an American classic jet fighter, the Canadair F-86 Sabre.

Canadair F-86 Sabre, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair F-86 Sabre, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair F-86 Sabre, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair F-86 Sabre, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The Boeing B720 was used as a passenger aircraft, then engine test vehicle.

Boeing B720, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Boeing B720, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The C-130 Hercules is still a hard-working transportation aircraft in the RCAF.

C-130E Hercules, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

C-130E Hercules, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo was flown by the RCAF during the Cold War, 1971 to 1984.

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The Canadair Argus was used for maritime patrol.

Canadair Argus, CL-28/CP-107, Mark II, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair Argus, CL-28/CP-107, Mark II, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

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This example of the Hawker Hunter jet fighter/bomber flew with the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team.

Hawker Hunter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Hawker Hunter, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair built a version of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainer, the CT-133 Silver Star. Some are still in service with the Bolivian Air Force.

Canadair Silver Star, CT-133, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Canadair Silver Star, CT-133, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star Trainer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star Trainer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

The deHavilland Tracker was a maritime patrol aircraft, flown from shore bases once it was retired from aircraft carrier duty.

de Havilland Tracker CP-121, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

de Havilland Tracker CP-121, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

French built SAGEM Sperwer drone was used in Afghanistan for reconnaissance duty between 2003 and 2009.

SAGEM Sperwer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

SAGEM Sperwer, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

A spectacular restoration of a Handley Page Halifax MK VII greets visitors as they enter the museum.

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Close up of the Halifax tail gun station.

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Tail Turret, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

Handley Page Halifax MK VII, Tail Turret, Canadian Air Force Museum, Trenton, ON

All in all, a terrific museum and staffed by an incredible team comprised mostly of volunteers. If you have the chance, go visit the Canadian Air Force Museum, just off Highway 401 in Trenton, ON, Canada.

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