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Bathtub steam boats

Making your own steam boat sounds cool.  Especially a small mini one that you can use in the bathtub, (with or without you in it also).  The design seems simple, with the hardest part being the soldering of the copper tubes, because it is much harder to solder copper tubes then copper wires, but these are small, simple ones, so it can’t be too much trouble, and it probably doesn’t have to be perfect.

The concept itself of it is simple, put a small candle or a small container of fuel under the tiny boiler and you have the basis of a steam boat.  I like it, I think I want to make one of these for my pond.

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Propaganda!  How obvious you were back with hindsight, how cute, and silly, but how important and needed you were too.  Here’s a list of a bunch of propaganda posters from the WW2 era.  Mostly they are of the Ally side, but there’s a few others in there too.

One thing that’s different about WW2, and what makes it so engraved in the minds of people, is the unified enemy – Hitler and the Nazis.  There’s just nothing like that.  The communists were good, but we never really went to war with them officially, we skated around it.  If we had a full out US vs. USSR war, that would be different, mostly to the tune of 7000 balistic missiles raining down on the inhabited world, but that’s a different story, and a lovely sight:

Anyway, here’s 2 more posters I liked:

Too bad they’d have a hard time tying her for anything.

Haha, ok.

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Spinning String

More fun then should be allowed.  Really, it’s that good making these 3D shapes with spinning string thing.  The concept is simple, but the results are cool.

Draw some lines anywhere like this:

Then, when you got enough (you really only need 1 or 2), hit the spin button and watch what happens as those three lines turn into a UFO!

And another few lines make a building thing of some sorts!

I played with this for more time then I probably should have, but it’s good fun.

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Sat Phones

Ever since I can remember wanting a Cell phone, I can remember wanting a Sat phone more.  For those that don’t know a sat phone is short for satellite phone.  Most of the time, these phones have recption all over the world, (except indoors, or underground) .  Something about that just strikes me as cool.  Forget the fact that they have bad reception, are expensive, and for the average person is unneeded, I want one.

So when I saw this earlier this summer I got alittle excited.  It will probably cost more money then I will have, and it will probably not be needed seeing as I have no interest in moving to Africa, or the Amazon, but intend to stay within the tri-state area for most of my life, but if they get it all working, bam! I will so sign up for it, (providing I have a job, and some money to burn)

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17 Stumbles XVII

So it’s that time again, time for new Stumbles. I don’t know what to call this.  I’ve been thinking about it for nearly a month.  Luckly, for us, I have decided to keep Chris’ stumbles experiment part of the official numbering system.  He should thank me, and 17 is my favorite number.  Anyway, so, this time around we are back to the crude humor you’ve come to expect: poop, Nazis, memes, and racism.  Ah the internet.  What wonders you hold.   Full list after the click, enjoy.

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Nuclear Attack

Ah what an awesome site (pun intended).  Here you can find maps that predict the fallout that each state can experience if a nuclear war were to happen today.

As you can see, most sites of detonations are around major cities, so if you’re well outside a major city, you should be alright provided that the winds don’t blow towards you.  Oh, and you can’t live in Rhode Island.  You have no chance there.

New Hampshire looks like it’s the safest place to live, but still, you gotta be in the mountains, and not by the cities.

I really like the giant cluster of fallout that happens around missile silos.  Like in Montana, they do a good job explaining why that will happen, and what it comes down to is protection, many missiles are next to each other so that means that a strike can only happen on one at a time, leaving many more to fire out at the enemy.  There are 6 states that are classified as major fallout producers, with Wyoming getting in on the action too, but not above the limit apparently.

There’s tons of information there, and you could stay occupied for hours, or I could anyway.  Check it out, and remember, the world could end tomorrow, so it’s best to memorize these maps.

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The worst game ever

lose/lose from zach gage on Vimeo.

Lose/Lose looks like a regular old shoot the aliens game doesn’t it?  Well it its, to a point.  Every alien is a representation of a file on your hard drive.  When you kill an alien, you permanently delete that file.  It’s a random file too.  The only up part is that, when you die, the game uninstalls itself.  So you are stuck in the loop of, play the game and go for a high score and risk the chance of destroying your computer, or playing it safe, and not doing anything (in which case, why did you install the game to begin with?).

This take on a game is so unique it borders on awesome.  I’m torn, I don’t know what I’m gonna do, but since I’m gonna upgrade to Windows 7 soon, maybe I’ll just say the hell with it, and go for the global high score.


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Grand Theft Auto – Google City

Well, it’s not really Grand Theft Auto, it’s more like, drive around Google Maps in a cartoon car/bus/truck.  Unlike a real video game, there are no boundaries, and you can drive over water, cars, buildings, and anything with no damage/resistance.  Once you get over the fact that you have a little sprite that you’re controlling, it’s kinda stupid.  But for a few minutes, it’s fun.  Basically the few minutes you play with each sprite, and see how fast you can “go”  I was able to top the car out at 124mph, but really that’s just a number that means nothing, there’s little difference between 124mph, and 60mph.  Anyway, take a look at it, or not, I don’t care. {source}

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The Answer

Well the answer to the question of what do the strange unexplained Google Doodles mean has finally been given by Google themselves.  Turns out it was all a celebration of H.G. Well’s birthday, which is today.  He is 143 years old.  That’s old, older the Hitler. And he wrote one of my favorite sci-fi books ever, The War of The Worlds.

I liked this game you played Google, it reminds me of the Bourne Ultimatum game you did a few years ago.  You should have more of those.

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The Sky

It’s no secret that I love the sky.  I can (and have) sat for hours just looking at the clouds as they pass.  Whenever I go on a trip on an airplane, I require a window seat, and spend 90% of the time looking out it.  I love it.  So this history of the sky experiment is right up my alley.

Some people in San Francisco have set up a camera and a computer to take a picture of the sky every 10 seconds.  They then use fancy software to categorize the images and separate them by day.  Then they go and make a time-lapse video of them.  The above video is part of the experience so far.  It shows the first 42 days.  The amazing thing to keep in mind though, is that all 42 of those individual movie frames are synchronized.  So noon on the first screen is noon on the 3rd one in on the 4th row, and noon on the very last one.  The first day of the experiment is in the upper left, and the newest day in the bottom right.  The coolest thing about the video, is when it fades to black at the end of the day, slowly fading row by row from the bottom up.

The creators envision this being displayed in a few different ways, ideally it being someway you can see all 365 days at once.  I like it.  I want to go see it, it looks awesome.