You Can Never Prevent Judgment Day


YouTube user John Chapman and some of his buddies took some, quite a lot according to them, to recreate the motorcycle chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day in the video game Grand Theft Auto 5.  They didn’t do a perfect job of it, but honestly, I think that’s better.  The subtle differences make for a more unique perspective.

The rest of the videos on his channel are heavy on GTA:5, no problem there but none of them have the name recognition as T-2.


Please watch The Last Ship


There are very few television shows I get excited about.  I’ve told you before about The Last Ship.  I’m telling you again.  Season 3 is about to wrap up, there’s only 2 more episodes left, there’s still time for you to catch up on the previous 2 and 3/4 seasons streaming it somewhere.

This show is a rollercoaster of action and drama.  I think my favorite part though is that the writers don’t pull punches.  They also take advantage of being a cable show by using and showing violence, but not be gratuitous with it.  It’s safe to watch with older kids, and it’s mostly accurate from a military point of view (at least as far as I can tell and research that is).

I won’t spoil anything, just go watch it please.  I want a 5th season (season 4 has already been renewed).


Wrangell-St. Elias


I told you I would have some photos, and now I do.  At least part of the trip anyway.  Here are some photos from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  I have some of the other parks done, but not fully uploaded yet, if you’re savvy you could find them, or you could wait.  I bet you’ll wait.

The last day started out the best, but ended in some nasty weather. Our hike to a waterfall took us though lush meadows like this though, and all the rain kept them nice and fresh.


Ice and Trees
The Nizina Glacier flowing into the background.

Dangerous Woodworking


There’s some pretty neat machines in here that mill wood, work with wood, and do all sorts of things to wood.  I like the bread cutting device 3 or 4 minutes in, that thing looks inefficient, but cool.  Cutting that giant cedar log down just off center though took forever.  It makes sense how slow it needs to be, but for the video, it should have been sped up.

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Happy Birthday NPS!


100 years ago Congress created the National Park Service to oversee management and protection of the various lands that were quickly being protected by presidents and Congress.  I’m not finished visiting every park yet, there’s still 30ish left for me to get to, but I’m making a dent in the list, and that’s what matters to me.

I celebrated this year by spending 4 weeks in Alaska.  I didn’t get to every park, I make it to the hard to reach ones however.  I do not have any photos put together for Gates of the Arctic, or Kobuk Valley yet.  Here’s a photo from Wrangell-St. Elias.

This valley isn’t leftovers from the mine, it’s leftovers from the Kennicott Glacier. As it receded, it left this moraine behind.

Site Something?


Hey guys.  I have no idea what happened to the site while I was gone.  Being that I was completely without internet for 95% of my trip, I couldn’t check anything.  The few times I did have internet, I wasn’t sure if it was my connection or if it was the site itself.  Alaska is spotty.  Oh well, those are the perils of hosting your own server.

On the Alaska front, I made it back, I’m alive, and I’m going through photos as we speak.  It will be some time, I was gone for 4 weeks after all, but fear not, you should have some beautiful photos to see soon enough!

360 Tornado Footage


It’s Tornado Season.  Or it was, or it will be.  I’m never quite sure when Tornado Season actually is.  I just know that when it starts, it offers some pretty awesome videos, photos, and time-lapses of the storms as the make their way across the MidWest.  This year though is different.  It marks the beginning of easy to produce 360 video footage of these storms.  The above 2 videos show tornado’s up close in one, and driving by one in the other.


The Tetons in 8K


As the 8th entry into the More Than Just Parks series, Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz went to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  For those of you unfamiliar with this series, they plan to visit all 59 National Parks and produce more of the awesome video footage you see above.  Having been to Grand Teton National Park, I think it’s really cool and interesting to see all these places that I saw.  Seeing it in 8K makes it really pop also.  Those views of the mountain range with the flowers, I felt like I was there, and I felt like it was coming out of my computer (and I don’t even have a 4K monitor).  I look forward to seeing the remainder of their film series.


Wooden People


Wooden Woman

Peter Demetz is an Italian sculptor of an unusual medium – wood.  I’d say that wood is potentially more difficult to work with than marble or stone.  Wood can split very easily, and if it isn’t dried well, then the entire thing can get ruined.  Marble and stone can do the same, but at least you can drop wood and not really destroy too much of it.  Hmmm, ok, maybe marble or stone is more difficult of a medium.

This one is pretty good, look at the detail in the person.  You can see the grain in her back.  It’s pretty neat.

Wooden Woman walking

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