The Things you can do with a GoPro

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For real, who would have thought years ago that we would be spending time watching animals drink water from a bucket on a farm?  This is the type of nature show you want to watch.  Except, maybe in the wild, not on a farm, with picturesque farm animals.

It is neat though seeing how the different animals take their water.. Hint, it’s all straight.

{The Field Lab|PetaPixel}

Installation 01

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Community re-built games have a tendency to look amazing, but never get anywhere.  I’ve never heard of Installation 01, but they just released a trailer for their work, you can watch it here:

It’s a pretty damn good trailer, and it’s amazing at how closely it seems to have followed the source material of primarily Halo 3.  Though, they have no release date planned.  At least not yet.  Maybe when E3 starts next week we’ll get some more info, but I have a feeling this will be it for awhile.

All that being said, I’m not much of a PC gamer anyway, and my Xbox 360, and Xbox One still work, and the community is still somewhat present in those games, so I have plenty to play.  Due to that, I probably won’t be getting this game, or downloading it, or whatever when it inevitability doesn’t come out.

Darth Vader

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I was shown this at work the other day, I could explain it, but it’s only 2 minutes long, just watch it.

Happy Birthday to Me

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Branching Out
Branching Out

This is one of my favorite photos from my most recent National Parks Trip – Joshua Tree NP.  I also really do like this night shot:

Orion, Tree, Moon
The half moon made all but the brightest stars difficult to see, fortunately, it also made illuminating the Joshua Trees easy to work with.

That’s really all I have to say, Happy Birthday to me. What say you?

Compressed Water Rocket

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Often called a Pop bottle rocket, or something similar.  This is something else entirely.  This is a true multi-stage rocket powered by water and air that reaches up to 800 feet in altitude.  I particularly like the Red, White, and Blue “exhaust”

I remember spending Saturday afternoons with the car compressor and a cork launching empty 2 liter bottles half full of water in my back yard.  It was a process to see how much water would give us the greatest height.  I never put a parachute on it though, this was 20 years ago, kids had stronger bodies back then, it’s a scientific fact.

{Hacked Gadgets}

To the Edge of Space

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Complete in full 360° glory!  Some crazy Russians (might not actually be Russians, but rather great Capitalists!) have attached a Samsung Gear 360 camera to the tail of a MiG as it flew into the stratosphere at speeds approaching Mach 2.  I will say, traveling at supersonic speeds is one of my all time dreams, and even though the clouds of this flight were boring, the knowledge that this type of trip is offered is enough to make me super excited for getting my own $20,000 together to try myself!.

{360 Rumors|The Aviationist}

Alternate History Thursday: Now What Indeed?

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Yes, what to do now?  Panic had not ensued yet, though as the day wore on, people were loosing their patience.  A storm was on the horizon for January 03, and people didn’t know if it was still coming, or if it had been blown out to sea.  By 1pm, the Governor of New York declared a State of Emergency, though no one knew it.  The tunnels connecting Manhattan had to be closed and evacuated as the big computer controlled fans had stopped working hours before and deadly exhaust fumes were collecting in them.

Of the surrounding states, only Vermont and Pennsylvania had enacted the proper protections against the bugs.  That didn’t matter much however, as both states were in their own state of emergencies battling the borders.  This wasn’t the dark ages, and this is America after all.  Both states allowed their neighbors to come in for assistance, however, rations needed to be set up, and priority had to be established.

That winter storm that was on the horizon, it came with a vengeance. Twenty-seven inches of snow fell on New York City over the course of 17 hours.   In reality, this was a good thing because it kept most of the populace inside.  With NYC being an old city, much of the heat was powered by older steam boilers with not a computer in sight.  The gas lines to many of them came from private pipe-lines controlled by companies that hardened their systems from attack, and NY being the kind place it is, those without heat were welcome where it was plentiful.

By the end of the week, new equipment was finally distributed to enough people for accurate information to start to be spread.  The President of the United States of America had addressed the nation, and the world confirming the Y2K bug.  This was lucky confirmation to many, though some still felt that the government was hiding the real truth.

What could that real truth be?  Anything really.  However, I’ll let you know a spoiler, Y2K was a man-made bug, nothing alien, or divine, or ancient.  A modern, man-made catastrophe.  Now, was it an act of cyber-war that many were claiming?  That conveniently was not answered in any official capacity.  Even without the internet to fuel the flames, this admission was nothing more than a distraction claimed many.  They took it upon themselves to start a revolution.

I bet you can guess where this is going now…

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JavaScript Code City

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These might not appeal to everyone of my readers, they are more of a computer programmer’s domain, I think they are pretty dang ace though.  Using a code analysis tool, they pushed though the entire code base of a bunch of JavaScript libraries to see how the code is structured visually.  Each set of functions is called within other functions and classes, and things, giving you a pretty good hierarchy of the order, then using that structure, a 3-D library is used to build a cityscape representation of the code base.

Here’s one of the more famous libraries, it’s pretty much in use everywhere on the internet right now.

jQuery

jQuery city

When you go to the rendered page, you can move around and play with the city.  You can zoom in and see each individual building, and what they’re mostly made up of.  Spoiler, most of them are all anonymous function, many levels deep.

This longer, lower city block is react.js

react city

Things are much more spread out in this city, not as dense, but still it does quite a lot of stuff.  React.js powers my photo/vacation site – steve.deadlycomputer.com.  Take a look at the fully interactive version, it’s quite fun.

In total, there are 60 different JavaScript libraries or frameworks represented in the city format.  For those of you that are front end developers, you’ll probably recognize most of them.  It’s really neat to see the make up of those libraries, how concentrated some are, how big and bloated some are, and how tall some are.  I thought it was neat, I hope you do too.

{reddit}

Orion Over Sky

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Sriram Murali created the above video to show the effects that light pollution has on the beautiful night sky.  In it, he focuses on the constellation Orion, and how our perception of it changes based on the light density of the area we view it from.  The entire thing is a great example of one of the major downfalls of city life – loss of the night sky.  However, the entire thing also does suffer from a major unintended side-effect.  In order to take impressive night sky shots, you must take long exposure photos.  In the process of taking those photos, and in the post-processing necessary on them, you get many more stars visible than the human eye usually sees.  That makes the darker skies even more impressive in the time-lapse.

Regardless, it’s still a good teaching tool.  Hopefully you take the time to drive 100 miles from the city where you live to really experience the night sky!

{Peta Pixel}