Some of the Eclipse

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Here’s some 360° video of this Monday’s total Solar Eclipse.  Witnessing this event in person was amazing.  We drove 16 hours down to Greenville South Carolina only to be stuck in clouds.

Clouds!
Clouds!

Not to worry though, because that was a major fear of ours, we were prepared and rushed in the opposite direction of the clouds.  Eventually we ended up on the border of Liberty South Carolina.  We pulled over to the side of the road with just enough time to spare to see the last of the moon cover the sun and plunge the place into darkness.

My favorite photos are available on my site under the Eclipse album.

I took many photos, which I’ve combined together into the time-lapse below:

I can’t wait until the next one graces our fine nation in the spring of 2024.  Who knows what kind of crazy technology we’ll have by then.  I can only hope though that deadlycomputer is still running strong.

Creepy Abandoned Hotels

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Igloo City is my favorite one on the list.  Yes I have a soft spot in my heart for Alaska, I think it’s one of the most exotic ones because of it’s weird look.  It also looks like it was just abandoned.  Some of the others in the list are truly abandoned, and look like they’re about to fall down and that’s what makes them creepy.  This giant igloo in the middle of Alaska, that’s creepy.

 

Eclipse!

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Once in a lifetime.  Well, only if you think a total solar eclipse is the end of the world that is.

This afternoon, starting at around 1:09pm and lasting until just after 4pm Eastern the sun will begin to be blotted out by the Moon.   It’s funny how that works, the moon is the perfect size, and the perfect distance away from the earth to perfectly block out the sun.  Almost like it was engineered that way, artificially.

I’m not going to start conspiracy theories today.  Today is about science.  Science that is made possible due to the eerie circumstances that made the earth and moon billions of years ago.  Circumstances that were too perfect if you ask me.

If you’re reading this today, and you’re not in the path of the eclipse, you’re probably out of luck to see full totality.  Check this handy chart from NASA though.

 

Let’s hope that I see you tomorrow, or else the Mayans really got things wrong.

This House is Ace

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Nice Simple House

Look at this nice unassuming cardboard house.  It looks like something a middle schooler would build for an art project doesn’t it?  Well, hopefully it is, because when you turn it around, you’ll notice that the inside of this house is actually a fully functional PC.

inside PC

It’s neat, but it looks like a pretty crappy mod.  With alittle extra effort, the owner can spice this up and turn it into something neat and unique, and not a fire hazed.

{r/DIWhy}

Drawing a Dreamliner

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Here you can watch as the 737 MAX 9 and the 787-10 are flown in a synchronized aerial ballet that is one of a kind.  On the ground each of these planes is large, but when you see them flying next to each other that close in the air you can really appreciate the massive size they represent.

 

Oh, and the neat thing about this all, while testing the engines on an 18 hour test flight, the Boeing engineers decided to have some fun and drew the outline of the plane via the flight path across the majority of the lower United States.

787 across America

 

Rocket Engine Underwater

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When I was a kid I loved launching model rockets.  I spent many hours building them from kits, and wrapping paper tubes, and newspaper, and one even from a cardboard tube that a rug was in.  That was a fun one, we put an “F” type engine in it, there was so much black smoke it was crazy.

I’m not sure why, but this video experiment of igniting a model rocket engine which is fully submersed underwater is pretty ace.

I think my favorite parts are the beginning of ignition, when the bubble is pulsating out.  That’s pretty neat.  Someone who is an actual Rocket Scientists can tell me why it does that.  And the last bit, right when the parachute charge pops and bursts the glass.

{Speed Society}

Alternate History Thursday: Electricity Gone

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Things have quickly spiraled out of hand in the great city of New York.  Soon after the bridges were leveled, and the tunnels blown up, the Mayor of NYC officially declared his intention to secede from the State.  He wasn’t totally crazy, he wasn’t going to secede from the Union, only the State.  However, the Governor wouldn’t have any of it.  It was either be a part of the state, or leave.  This sentiment was echoed by The President.  The Mayor immediately decided that his gold was worth more then enough to start his own country, and at 8 million people, it would be a respectable country in it’s own right.  Unfortunately, gold would end up being it’s only export.

They would have to import practically everything from the mainland.  This was their weakness.  And so, fittingly, on July 4th, all power to the island of Manhattan was cut off.

The lights had gone out on Broadway.

This is the turning point where the Mayor lost control of his city.  Without electricity those hundred story buildings were impossible to get into or out of.  The water pumps weren’t able to get up all the way either.  Food started to go bad, though there was still a steady supply coming in from approved importers.  Though, that didn’t last long because the union workers on the docks went on strike, or just sailed to the greater NY/NJ/CT area and claimed asylum.  Riots started up along the edges of the city which remained connected to the state.

Through it all, there was a dedicated group of individuals who vowed to fight.  They were determined that if they couldn’t have NY as it was, no one else was entitled to it either.

The city, and the country was about to be on the brink of a war.  Who would survive, who or what would fall, and how much longer will it last?  August is around the corner, and with it come some major anniversaries, will they be honored?

As always, listen to the song while you read, it’s better that way:

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Ready Player One

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I have no idea what this movie is about.  Seriously, even after the trailer, it’s not apparent what the plot of the movie is.  But there are 2 Easter Eggs in the trailer that piqued my interest.

If you want to find them for yourself, then don’t read any more.

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