Watching the Stars

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Here are two time-lapses of the night sky from two very different perspectives.   The first one is the standard watch the stars pass by overhead in a circle around the viewer.  It’s pretty nice, Aryeh Nirenberg created it by leaving his camera on all night on Assateague Island in Maryland.

I do enjoy watching the stars pass by, it’s quite relaxing.  This next video is a different take on the tradition.  The stars are moving because the earth is moving through space, and rotating around it’s axis.  Most people experience this by having the foreground stationary and letting the stars spin.  AlphaPhoenix reversed that and has the stars stationary and the foreground rotating around Polaris, the North Star.

It’s actually, quite dizzying to be honest.  I’m not a fan of it.

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Busy Busy Busy

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I’ve been a busy busy busy guy lately.  Working on some wood working project that you will definitely get to see in the next few weeks.  Working on some video games.  Working on some personal things.  And generally, just frekin working.

So that’s why there’s a lack of posts lately.  Don’t worry, I’m still around, I haven’t forgotten about you.

D-Day

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Did you think I forgot about the most important day in the history of our country.  Well, one of the most important days that is.  The turning point of the world, the day that cemented in history fighting might of the American.  Do not cross US.

Alternate History Thursday: 42nd Street

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While 42nd Street doesn’t exactly cut Manhattan in half, it was the proverbial divide of the city.  Those in the north who were closer to the mainland were convinced that the government’s story was correct, there was nothing to fear, this was only a temporary glitch on the way towards a better world tomorrow.  As you go closer to the water, closer to downtown, closer to the financial district, and more importantly, closer to the World Trade Center, this view was shared less and less.  With all of the money, both virtual, and physical, that’s concentrated downtown, there was less convincing towards the government’s official story.

It did not take long before a power struggle started in lower Manhattan, particularly by the financial district, and the New York Federal Reserve.  You might be getting a Die Hard with a Vengeance vibe, and you’d be accurate in your prediction, however, it doesn’t happen this month.  The seeds are planted though, that’s what I’m telling you.

Because most of the gold held in the NYFR is foreign owned, it didn’t take long before each of the nations tried to reclaim their money, and bargaining power.  However, as trustworthy as those nations are, their representatives were not.  The first few withdrawals of gold were pretty standard, until word hit the owner nations when multiple withdrawal requests came through from one nation on the same day.  It was then that gold withdrawals were halted from the reserve.  As you can imagine, that didn’t go well with the sovereign nations.

The Federal Government ordered the reserve to release the gold, but by this time the Mayor of New York City, who fully believed in the global conspiracy theories regarding the event, was defiant.  Unfortunately, there was too many other real issues that the President had to worry about, and the National Guard was busy literally, putting out fires across the nation and trying to rebuild crumbling infrastructure to get the economy back up.

By June of 2001, the state of New York was more or less back in working order.  The less part being the five boroughs of New York City.  It wasn’t martial law that was declared, it was more like secession.  Not from The Union, but from the state of affairs of the world.  It wasn’t voted on, it wasn’t unanimous, but it was the new status quo.  A series of events has started to turn, and there is no turning back now.  Alliances are being built, while bridges are being burned.  New Yorkers would take it all in stride.  Just you wait an see.

As always, hit up after the break to watch the video while you read this post, it’s much better that way, trust me.

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DIY 3D LED POV

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Is that enough acronyms in the title?  No, I think I can get a few more, don’t you?  I find the rotating LED signs interesting, though useless.  I can’t think of a reason to make one, and as such, I don’t really want to spend too much of my already valuable time making one.  I know I would have a difficult time figuring out how to get power to the LEDs, let alone a program to control them all.  No, I will stick with old fashioned wood working thank you very much.

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Woodworking!

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The Japanese are pretty crazy when it comes to their wood working joinery skills.  I remember reading somewhere that it’s all due to the lack of raw materials on the islands.  That meant that they couldn’t use nails, or forge large iron plates to connect timber together, instead they had to come up with these insane impossible looking joints.  It’s really beautiful, and satisfying to watch.  You should check it all out.

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.

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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.