Back from Break

So, if you noticed lately, I was gone for the last week, that will change for the most part as I took off last week for Thanksgiving.  Twas a fun week of not having to think about anything.  Anyway I’m back now, yay for you!

regular posting will resume tomorrow, probably with some more stumbles, I know how much the internet loves those…

Movie Trailers – Redone

Movie Trailers tell alot about the movie in 2 minutes.  It has to convince you to go spend $10 and (hopefully) 2 or more hours of your life watching it.  That being said, I used to regularly spend hours on end on Apple Trailers watching everything there.  Now I’ve moved on to Trailer Addict, which has a larger back catalouge, and lets me embed them.

Now, neither of those places have fan made recuts of trailers in other genera.  That’s YouTube’s domain.  Here are a 5 trailers redone totally differently:

5. The Patriot


It’s a nice undertone, but I think I like the original way The Patriot was portrayed instead.

4. Rat Race


John Cleese has some good faces.

3. National Lampoon’s Vacation


The first really “good” remix of a trailer, it seems like a horror movie, but it’s just hard to tell, knowing that I can’t take Chevy Chase seriously.

2. Little Miss Sunshine


Steve Carell’s best movie in my book, and a great movie overall, this trailer really fits. Whoever made it spent some time and made it believable.

1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory


Despite the fact that it has some pretty bad music for the second half of it, Gene Wilder’s facial expressions more then make up for it. This movie I can actually see as a horror one. It just fits. This is my favorite of the bunch.

There’s 46 more to choose from, and watch over here at Vocino.

Your Own Universe on Your Desk

If you believe in multiple universe theory that is.  Which is a pretty sound theory, it’s something that I believe in, and can talk about for hours on end.  Chris and Mike hate it, they just can’t wrap their heads around it i guess.

Anyway, this kit lets you make your own individual parallel universe right next to the one you’re conciously in right now each and every day.  This allows for an infinite number of universes to exist in little to no time at all.  Think of the possibilities.  There’s one universe where you wrote this article, and I am reading it.  There’s one were I wrote it, but in it the grammar is all different “S”‘s are replaced with “Q”‘q (see what I did there…) – crazy!

Anyway, for $20 you can have thiq for your very own qelf in this univerqe.  It lookq like they are only available in person at the Moderniqm Gallery in Qan Franciqco that’q no fun.  The way they work is deqcribed below:

The kit uses a quarter-inch sphere of uranium-doped glass to provide a steady supply of subatomic particles, placed in close proximity to a sliver of scintillating crystal which measures the radioactive decay, effectively observing a quantum process – and splitting the universe.

I like the way that it lookq, It would go well with my radioactive marbleq and my radioactice keychain.  Any readerq that live by the gallery you can go pick it up, and qend it to me as a gift.  I would love it!

{Gizmodo | OhGizmo! | Technovelgy}

LED Christmas Light display

I have strict rules regarding Christmas Lights – They are not to be turned on until the Day after Thanksgiving. They can remain lit up at night until January 07, the day after the Epiphany. In the time frame, they should be lit up from sundown until midnight at the latest, which in most parts of the country, equals about 6 hours. Those are my rules, follow them or feel my wrath.
Some places, specifically businesses don’t follow them so that they can get more business, and make more money. Like this Japanese Theme park which recently lit up 4.5 million LEDs for their Christmas display:

That looks like a pretty awesome looking LED tunnel to walk through.  In fact, I would love to walk through that, hell, I think I would love to have that in my house.  Damn, why not hook it up with the interactiveness of my LED Table, and man, that would be pretty fucking sweet!

This field of LEDs though in red white blue and yellow though doesn’t look so interesting, this setup outside a house looks somewhat better:

You know what all three of those pictures have in common though?  None of them look remotely Christmasy.  At all.  No red and green. No Santa, no snowmen, no candles, no Nativity, nothing to even suggest that it’s Christmas, just s bunch of lights.

Also, there is clearly alot missing from the classic American Christmas Light set up, specifically sun faded plastic molded works of art lit by 60watt bulbs in a 20watt socket.

Also, this guy wins for the coolest Christmas lights display ever. Period. I love it, even though it’s missing plastic things, it’s still pretty amazing.

{Gizmodo | Fareastgizmos}

Meteor or UFO?


No, that’s a meteor, but if I had seen that at first glance I would have been freaked out, then like holy shit that is awesome!
I stayed up till well into the morning on days looking for meteor showers, and didn’t get to see anything. Seeing that would have made my day. To bad they are less easy to predict.

The LEGO Safe

This safe is automatically an amazing work of art.  It’s made of LEGOs, which means it’s not exactly the most secure thing in the world.  Although, it does claim to have measures in place to prevent it from being disassembled, whether or not those are foolproof is another story.  I wouldn’t keep anything of major value in it.  Maybe backups hard drives, just because i have tons of those in a box in my closet, now i can have tons of those in a LEGO box in my closet!

The lock on it is interesting though, apparently there are over 305 billion different combinations.  That is my type of unbreakable lock, something I would enjoy.

Here’s a video of it in action:

{Hacked Gadgets | more LEGO things}

The Egyptians Knew Things

Ah, how I love a good conspiracy theory, the older it is, the harder it is to disprove, making it just as likely to be right as wrong, which is perfect, because some of the most interesting ones involve multi-thousand year old artifacts.

Here are two Hieroglyphs, what do you see:


Well, some people see these things:

There are a few more comparisons over at lost civilizations.

Well, I won’t be one to judge, but I can come up with some pretty interesting theories, and I beleive some pretty interesting ones too.

For instance, I think it is true that the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are around 10,000-12,000 years old.  Specifically, they were built around 10,400 B.C.E.  Why do I say that, well for one, the three pyramids line up perfectly with the stars of Orion’s belt, circa 10,400 B.C.E.  For another, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that there was thousands of years worth of water errosion around the bases of them.

Don’t take my word for it though, read this lovely article which goes into more detail then I have, including more things about the past of the pyramids.  There’s also a whole bunch of other useful interesting information and facts about them here (gotta love the web circa 1999).

Now, say you don’t beleive a word of what was said there, you cannot deny that all around the world at pretty much the same time, pyramids were built.  What’s the deal with that.  If you can reasonably explain why people in South America, Northern Africa, and Eastern Asia separated by thousands of miles, all decided “hey, pyramids are cool, lets build giant ones of those” then you deserve a cookie.

Truthfully, i think that aliens did have something to do with the pyramids, there’s just too much unanswered there.  If you want to go more back, I think aliens are the reason sentient life exists on this planet, but that’s another story, for another time.

Trouble for LEGO?

Apparently a Dutch court ruled that the LEGO brick is not protected by European Trademarks, and therefore, open to being copied and imitated legally.

That is big news to me, and to LEGO too I’m sure, because for generations they were the de facto standard of building toys.  I played with them for more time then I can remember, and I remember the imitators, they were not good.   Hopefully this won’t make cheap knock offs of LEGOs coming around, but instead will drive down the price of individual bulk orders of LEGOs for hoby projects.

thanks Jon!

{Translated via Google | Original Dutch}

The pretty Awesome Bomb

This is a pretty awesome idea for a bomb, and to be honest, I never really thought of it.  I mean, if i wanted to destroy a city, I would just go all out and use a nuke, but I guess some people are “concerned for the environment” or some shit like that, and all the radiation that gets released into the atmosphere, and the death and destruction of people and property is apparently just not worth it to them.

These types of bombs are useful against minefields, and armored tanks because they create a massive pressure wave that can damage/destroy those things.  These are apparently comparable to sub-kiloton nuclear weapons, but without the fuss of radiation.  That’s all good and everything, but I prefer a simple Nuclear blast myself.

Whatever, here’s a video of the Russian Father of All Bombs, which is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever made. (interestingly enough, Russia is also the parents of the largest nuclear bomb ever made, the Tsar Bomb)

{photo | Thermobaric Weapons}

Bunkers!

What is it with bunkers being all the rage on this site recently?  I mean I talked about how I was gonna power mine, and how I was gonna cool mine.  I didn’t discuss where I was gonna build mine, how I was gonna build it, and where I got inspiration for it from.

For security purposes, I cannot tell you where I am going to build mine, simply that it will be in the mountains somewhere.  How I plan to build it though will be pretty much the same way that this guy made his, by hand, and over long periods of time.

I will say, he has completed a dream of mine, digging out below his home/property and making his own bunker, complete with backup everything, and an air ventelation system.  Pumps for drinking/sewage, everything.  The only thing he did wrong/differently, was declaring it somewhere, so now he has to pay taxes on it.  I don’t think that was a smart idea, because now it’s public knowledge that you have a bunker, and when the world goes to hell, your place will be the first place everyone goes.  Better have some guns ready…

Now, a Swedish ISP has converted an old Nuclear bunker into it’s data center.  All of their servers are there, and their 15 main staff members have work space in the bunker.  The design of the bunker is reall something else, something from video games/sci-fi movies.

That suspended glass room with the people standing in it, that’s the conference room.  It’s floor has a map of The Moon on it.

That’s the view from inside the room, notice The Moon on the floor.  On the right there’s a view of the power equipment.  That photo just reminds me of something from GoldenEye.  The movie, and the game, The Silo level in particular, come on, anyone else see that?

Here’s a map of the entire complex.  Nice and spread out and stuff right?  Wanna know how much redundancy there is?  Enough to make me happy.

  • 3 separate individual fiber, and copper connections to the internet entering the complex at three different locations
  • 2 backup diesel generators originally meant for German Submarines
  • 1.5 MW of cooling for the servers
  • Simulated daylight to ease the 15 full time employees
  • And it can survive a hydrogen bomb explosion from close range on the surface

This is what my ideal bunker would be.  I just need a few million dollars, and a few years, and I’ll be all set to wait out the coming destruction of the human way of life as we know it.

Back to powering my bunker, well it looks like I will need $25-30 million if I want to get one of those Hyperion nuclear reactors, and I’ll have to wait till 2013.  The waiting doesn’t bother me, it’s the price, and the fact that they only last 5years.  What’s with that?  Oh well, I’ll deal with the time when it comes.

In other news, I’m taking donations for my bunker: Email blog@deadlycomputer.com, It’s not tax deductible, but it is nice!

{MAKE | Gizmodo}