Alternate History Thursday: – The Shoreline

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You would think that the weight of the concrete, steel, glass, asphalt, and all the other crap that’s above ground would be quite high.  You would be correct, but you would also be wrong.  It’s a tricky situation.  When the subways of Manhattan were flooded, the city started to float.  Not the island itself, rather the buildings, and cars, and everything on the island.  All these things that floated started to bang into each other.  Buildings which relied on gravity to keep themselves rooted to a handful of spots on the earth soon found themselves touching everything.  Tunnels originally designed for simple in and out traffic were now subjected to constant weight on all sides.  They failed, causing those around them to fail.  It only took 7 days for the Island of Manhattan to sink into the sea.  The Biblical similarities were not lost on the world.

The sinking of Manhattan was seen as a turning point in the world post Y2K.  Public support for the President vanished virtually over night, and there were calls for his immediate impeachment.  The survivors of the SONY (Sinking of New York), were welcomed around the country.  The SONY Coporation happily changed their name to Conplatter as a sign of respect.  After all, what is America (and New York for that matter) (At least, in this reality) if not appropriating other people’s culture and ideas for our own self-serving interests.

Unfortunately, there was still not many people left from New York.  For all the egotistical people of the city, no one wanted to admit,or make it know where they were originally from.  Whenever you met someone new, they just said that they were from “Up North.”  It became common knowledge that those people were former New Yorkers who wanted to put the past behind them and get on with their lives.  What’s even more interesting is the gold.  Or should I say, the lack of Gold.  Back when this all started, so many months ago, the gold stored in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York served as the catalyst to this whole fiasco.  Now, with Manhattan under dozens of feet of sea water, and crumbled rubble, that gold is no where to be found.

A search was conducted as soon as the dust settled.  Unfortunately, the remains of the various buildings were unstable, and proved too much of a risk for divers.  Unmanned vehicles were cumbersome and difficult to maneuver through the tight alleys formed from the twisted wreckage.  Eventually, all government work looking for the gold was stopped.  After looking at archival footage of the past 6 months, it was determined that the gold was smuggled out the same way that the people were.

How?

Where?

Tune in next month to the shocking conclusion to – AHT!12

Again, if you listen to the song while you read the post, you’ll have such a better time.  Trust me.  Click the link for the best:

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Crazy Difficult Time-Lapse of NYC

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Julian Tryba has a pretty neat Time-Lapse, or layer-lapse as they call it, of New York City:

I admit, that was pretty ace.  Each scene in the video has as many as 300 different layers, all being independently turned on and off to the beat of the music.  A time-lapse done well to music is better than any other boring time-lapse.  This one is pretty dang impressive.  Even more so considering it consists of over 230,000 different photos, spanning over 350 hours of life.  Though, I imagine some of that might have been duplicated with multiple lenses on multiple cameras at the same location.  Either way, it’s a great 2 and a half minutes of your life, trust me.

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Fragile Engines

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If for some reason you wanted to make a steam engine made entirely out of (what I can assume is hand-blown) glass, then the above video should be right up your alley.  I’m sure that is serves some sort of educational purpose, but I’m also sure that whatever purpose it is, this device is far to expensive to be practical.  So I guess it’s purpose is to be ace.

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The 2017 MarbleLympics

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I stumbled on the qualification round for the 2017 MarbleLympics last night.  I proceeded to watch the first 4 events before I realized the time.  This morning I finished the entire games.  What a rush of excitement it was.  I won’t give many spoilers, except to say that there were plenty of upsets and new records set this year.

The production quality of this series is top notch, it looks professionally done.  The commentator – Greg Woods (F1FanWoodsie), does a superb job on the entire games, he has gotten very into each of the events and shows genuine enthusiasm for everything.  I like all of the little details added to the games – each marble has a name, each team has a history and the crowd is very into everything going on!

Replays, picture in picture, overviews of the standings.  Everything about this is amazing!  Each of the courses is very well thought out and unique.  Block pushing was fun, the sand race from the qualifier round was my favorite I think.  Fidget spinning was a long event, too long in my opinion, but still enjoyable to watch.  It’s almost more fun to watch then the real Olympics, and I love the Olympics!  I can’t wait to see what the 2018 games bring about.

Speeder Bikes

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What is it with the Star Wars posts lately?  Oh, that’s right Episode VIII is going to come out next month.  That’s right.  It better not suck though.  The trailer has me worried, it looks an awful lot like The Empire Strikes Back.  I mean, look at it – Walkers on a snow planet, Jedi training with an old lost Master, dark theme, lost souls.  It looks like eerily similar to ESB.  I hope it’s not.

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Trick Pool Shot

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Technically, this was Snooker, not that it really matters that much, this was an incredible shot.  I think I’m equally impressed with the amount of room that this pool hall has.  I lost count of the number of tables visible, but it seemed like quite a set up.  Another thing that always amazes me is the timing and initial setup that’s required.  I’m sure where ever this was needed to be closed down for multiple hours in order to set it up.  And if it didn’t all work out the first take, well then that’s more hours, more time, more patience.

It’s still pretty ace though.

Alternate History Thursday:- Falling Skies

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Please don’t watch that terrible TNT show.  Instead, read the rest of this story and be amazed at the actual history that you missed out by being born in this reality, and not the alternate one that I’m about to describe.

We still don’t know where the millions of people who inhabited NYC daily went.  I mean, the ones from Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx probably meshed into the rest of the country with little oversight or fuss.  Staten Island and Manhattan on the other hand, those people were locked out, but all of a sudden, there were a few thousand left.  Just how empty the islands were remained a mystery until October 13th, no it wasn’t a Friday.

A pair of USAF F-15E Strike Eagles were making their bi-daily pass over mid-down Manhattan when out of nowhere a SAM was coming at them.  This was odd because of 2 reasons.  Firstly, all previous attacks came from lower Manhattan, and Harlem – close to the borders of the Island.  And secondly, the last attack was over 6 weeks ago.  Conventional wisdom was that the RNYers were out of rockets, and with the entire island embargoed, they had no way to replenish themselves.

One pilot managed to avoid the missile, but the other was hit dead on.  He successfully ejected, but due to the low altitude passes they were doing above city, the plane and the other missile went directly into multiple buildings in midtown.  I know what you might be thinking, destruction on a 9/11 scale.  Well, you’re partially correct.  The buildings, nondescript office/residential towers were utterly destroyed.  The military, the media, and the world assumed that hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were dead or dying as the buildings burned and crumbled.  What’s more, days went by before the fires were fully put out.  From the outside, it seemed like no effort at all was made to save anybody.  Any planes that flew by low were shot at (no more were shot down), the only information came from high flying U-2s.  They showed damage, but also an empty city.

There was no evidence of people in the city at all.  The buildings showed little to no heat signatures, the streets were bare and unmoving, nothing was happening, and no one could figure out where everybody went.

The pervailing theory was the subway system.  People were holed out in the subways, and that old, forgotten tunnels were how the RNYers were getting their supplies.  There was no easy way to prove this.  The President ordered certain key buildings be destroyed, and elite teams of Navy SEALs were sent to infiltrate the subway system.  The buildings were all knocked out via Ship to Surface missiles launched from the harbor.  They stood no chance.  Their destruction was captured on video and broadcast around the world.  The United States was not to be messed with.

The SEALs entered the subways, and found them empty.  They couldn’t do a proper mapping of the thousands of miles of subway tunnels, but they could, to the best of their knowledge, say that the city was empty.  The President ordered the subways to be flooded.  It was a radical idea, and no one was quite sure what would happen, but it was a quiet way to show the RNYers that the game is over, they lost.

Well, it turns out that 100 years of digging and tunneling beneath a city does some damage to the bedrock.  The ground lost alot of weight, and instead of being spread out, it was distributed on points.  Once the water was there those points spread everything out.  Foundations cracked, and buildings lost their footings.

The Mighty Skyline was Falling.

As usual, jump the gun for the video and enjoy your downloaded memory:

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