Cauldron

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Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games yesterday?  I watched most of it.  Unfortunately I was not up early enough to enjoy it live.  It was quite entertaining though.  I did very much enjoy the lighting of the cauldron.  In honor of the Games, watch the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron from all the games from 1948, through 2016.  As many different nations have hosted the games, there are that many different types of ways the cauldron was lit.  My favorites are below:

  • Moscow 1980
  • Sarajevo 1984
  • Los Angeles 1984
  • Sydney – 2000
  • London 2012

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Alternate History Thursday: State of the Union?

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It’s 2018, a year has passed since our reflection on the events of SONY.  With the Mafia taking over Mexico, and the release of the millions of people from NYC, the United States was on wobbly ground in the new years.  Redistricting of the nation, and redistribution of the population caused a major upheaval of the status quo.  The newly elected President Donald Trump of the Sinker party pledged to bring America back to it’s greatness.  One of the millions effected by SONY, Trump handidly defeated everyone in the run up.

He wasn’t exactly a universally loved President, but he got the job done.  In one term he turned the nation around.  Much of the economic collapse caused by SONY was reversed with the major undertaking to open up the subsurface of NYC to mining.  While there was no gold to be found (which was the cause of the whole event), there was plenty of other natural resources just sitting on the floor of the Bay Of New York.  Highly sought after government contracts and grants were up for bid to clean up the floor.  Trump had a vision of opening the By of New York as a major shipping route, historical area, and tourist draw.  Much of the land has historical significance.

Skeptics said that Trump only wanted the contents of his tower to be recovered.  Either way, he brought about trillions of dollars of investment and innovation to the world.

One major discovery was the underbelly of the ocean.  All that innovation around underwater salvage brought about discovery of the world’s seas and oceans.  Most of the scientific money went to the mid-atlantic ridge.  But some skeptics were able to use money for the Bermuda Triangle.  What they found there will change the world forever.

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Kite Rhapsody

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I’m not quite sure how these people didn’t cross the lies.  Sure it won’t be terribly dangerous and deadly, but it’s damn impressive nonetheless.  Also, it’s gotta be a pretty windy day at the beach there because those kites are perfectly situated.  Honestly though, until the last minute of the song, I didn’t really see much of the song, it looks more like someone tacked on.  The last parts though make up for it, and the description itself says that it was performed in Oregon in 2012.

I’d like to go to a kite festival.  I bet it’s fun to watch.  I think you would have to be close though, and at the same angle as the people flying – perspective is everything up in the sky, and it’s easy to make things seem like they’re way off when you’re looking at them from just slightly off.  Oh well, for the summer.

Train vs. Tornado (Tornado wins)

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The captions on this video explain everything, but because I want to fill up space and not seem like I’m wasting time, here’s the meat.  A Freight train traveling through the state of Illinois “accidentally” crossed paths with a F2 tornado.  I get that trains, especially freight trains, are very difficult to stop.  Though the weather is pretty easy to predict, at least a few miles out like this tornado was.  Surely the central command new something about possible weather issues ahead.  Though, then again, Tornadoes are spontaneous.  Perhaps it did just materialize out of nowhere and toss those train cars around like a toys.

Lesson to be learned here – nature is scary, don’t mess with it.

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Velcro?

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As public service announcements go, this one is pretty damn good.  We all fall for it, we call things by the brand names that made them famous, were the firsts, or had the best marketing strategy.  However it’s wrong, and if you go somewhere else, people might not know what you’re talking about.  Like seriously, I had no idea Rollerblades were a brand, I just thought that’s what they were.  Who Knew?  Apparently those lawyers.  The other’s in that video I knew.

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Cast Iron Fish

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Cast Iron Fish Tank

Did you know that in the Victorian era, elaborate cast iron fish tanks were all the rage among the nobility?  I didn’t.  I assumed fish tanks, because of the glass, plastic, electricity, and silicone necessary were a relatively recent commodity.  I would be wrong.  Tropical Fish Magazine has a detailed write up on what went into designing and making these fascinating works of art.  The most ornate and sought after were those made by J.W. Fiske, an Ironworks company out of New York. Now a days, ornate fish tanks can fetch upwards of $15,000.  Which if, you ask me, is far, far too much to spend on a simple (freshwater only) fist tank.  Do you realize the amount of pond I could build with $15,000?  It would be insane.  You’d never get to look at it at eye level like this.  But if I could spend $15,000 on a pond, I would make sure to have some sort of underwater viewing.  Maybe a tunnel, or window underground.  Yea, that’s right.  A window to the sky underground…

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Skyline Shades

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Skyline Shades

The Ukraine company HoleRoll has these ace blackout blinds for windows.  Through (I assume) laser cutting fabric and material, you get a gorgeous shadow/lightbox view of either the Manhattan Skyline, the London Skyline, or the general night sky.  Unfortunately, the prices are quite high – $178 for one pane of the panel.  That’s the base price, before you put measurements in and choose other options.  I can tell you this much, I’m not about to spend over $500 on window shades – for a single room.  They look high quality, I bet I could make my own though.

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