Alternate History Thursday: Broadway

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It is the year 1999, the world is struggling to come up with a solution to the Y2k bug.  Similar to how speculation was in our existing reality, there were contrasting theories as to just how widespread the potential damage would be.  Exactly like our world, doomsdayers were preparing for the worst  This included governments, who had the knowledge that the general public lacked.  Y2k was going to happen, there was no stopping it, there was no fixing it, technology was too far spread, too far distributed, even with the beginnings of the internet, there was no conceivable way to fix the issue everywhere.  Secretly, the United States Federal government began disconnecting all of it’s infrastructure from the internet.  They dictated to the individual states to do the same, but the thing that makes America Great is the sovereignty of each individual state.  Many states were at the mercy of their elected officials, and it did not help things when the Fed didn’t publicly endorse disconnection.

New York State was always one to do it’s own thing, regardless of who was in charge of the nation.  The Governor of the state, and more specifically, the Mayor of New York City were both big Y2k deniers.  So, while the federal government was busy preparing for the worst technological disaster to ever happen, NY was busy preparing for the party to end all parties.  Even though power stations, water, and gas supplies were disconnected from the internet, their function was still provided.  Much to the happiness of the populace.  It would be this dependency that ends up undoing everything.

As always, check after the jump to read this story with the music playing along.  It’s better, trust me.

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Renovation is complete

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Nakatomi Tower

My trip this past weekend brought me down to Los Angeles, city of Angels.  It is also the home of Fox Plaza, which served as the setting for the greatest film of all time, Die Hard. Naturally, being in  Los Angeles for the first time, I had to visit this monument to film making.  You will be happy to know that the building is still standing, and it does accurately match the film of 30 years ago.

The Ultimate Showdown 2

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This is an interesting update to the classic video The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.  However, it’s filled with recent additions to the super-hero landscape.  Sure there are some classics: The T-800, Indy, Luke, but all newer takes on the famous heroes/villains of modern times.  Plus, there’s no catchy music playing in the background.  Maybe that’s what I miss the most.  Anyway, watch the above, it’ll keep you enjoyed for 8 minutes, then watch the original after the break:

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Joshua Tree

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I warned you earlier in this week that I would be making my way down to the Desert of Lower California, but noooooo, you didn’t believe me.  Well take a look at it now buddies.  This is where I am – Joshua Tree NP.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow, or Monday before any real photos get uploaded.  Sorry.  Maybe you could check out my Instagram account, maybe, if I’m being kind.

The Netherlands 2nd

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2017 really is strange isn’t it?  I’m turning into a political extravaganza with all of these posts.  I will say though, I like comedy, especially the above video which is mostly in English.  What good is being worried if you can’t laugh at the ridiculousness of the world.  Besides, do you really think things are going to spiral out of control?  No Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, I don’t.

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Alternate History Thursday: 2017

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I’m going to try something different this year for my long running Alternate History Thursday series.  Instead of whatever story gets beamed into my mind while I sleep the night before, I will spend the entire year focused on one story.  Yes, I tried it in the past, and I sometimes went back to that story, but no.  This year will be different.  This year I have a goal.  This is the year The Lights Went Out on Broadway.

I will spend the remaining 11 posts detailing the alternate world that arose to produce the chilling story told in that song.  Right now, I suggest you listen to this masterpiece and familiarize yourself it.  There will be no history being told tonight.  Your homework is to study the song, pay attention to the lyrics, and come back next month with an idea of what this world would look like.

360° Oscar

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This Short Film, Pearl, by Patrick Osborne is nominated for an Academy Award for Short Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.  The short itself isn’t bad, what makes it unique is that it’s shot in 360°.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, it doesn’t make great use of the 360° format.  Most of the action that happens is though one view point, sure there are some instances when they’re driving that it’s neat to see through the 360° view, it doesn’t add anything to the film.  Granted, I’m not a film critic, so my opinion is moot on the matter.  Anyway, it’s 5 minutes long, watch it, have fun.

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