Velociraptor Awareness Month

March is National Velociraptor Awareness Month, did you know that?

Did you know that it’s been 20 years since the groundbreaking documentary on Velociraptor was released?

Did you know that almost everything we know about Velociraptors came from that documentary.  There was another documentary that came out 4 years later, but that just reinforced the beliefs we already knew about them.

Many films have been made since then, and many books written, but they all give off the same myth that Velociraptors are peacefull misunderstood creatures.


Velociraptors are soulless killing machines.  Their sole purpose in life is to kill.  They share traits with humans, mainly their uncany ability to kill, but also the ability to use tools, navigate offices and buildings, open doors, and most importantly, learn.

Velociraptors hunt in packs, the only suitable defense against them is a shotgun, however, any high explosive should also work.

Raptor quiz

Be sure to check your house for potential Raptor Attacks:

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Science Water

Yes, it’s all optical illusions, but it’s still fun to watch.  In order to keep the air of mystery about it, I will not tell you how it works, you are free to figure that out for yourself.  (It’s not that hard, trust me).



Alternate History Thursday – Hover Cars

We’re still in the same timeline as previous Alternate History Thursdays. But this time we are in an alternate history that’s only a few years in the past.  Also, we’re gonna forgo the political drama of those previous posts, and just live with pure science.  So, let’s get down to business.

The world has advanced greatly, many, many new and wonderful technologies have been introduced to the world.  Chief of which is the levitation technology above.

The first trains using this technology were built in Germany.  Soon it was discovered that if we enclosed the

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trains in tubes devoid of atmosphere, we could greatly increase the efficiency of the system.  Germany, with the help of their European neighbor countries collaborated on a Trans-European railroad.  Over the course of 5 years 2 teams built the state of the art track from Berlin to Rome.  Each team had around 500miles to build over mountains, and through 1,000 year old villages.  When it was finished, it turned a 5 hour flight, into a 2 hour train ride.

At first ticket prices were expensive, but within 2 years, they were on par with airlines.  And within 10 years there was a network that covered all the major cities of Europe.  15 years after initial train opened, plans were underway to connect London & New York City.

A massive, 5,000 mile multi-tube tunnel that goes up north to Iceland & Greenland, and then down the East Coast of America.  This was a massive collaboration on a global scale, transcending Nations, Politics, and Religion.  It truly united the world in a way nothing in the past has done before.




Sure, this might be from New Years, and it might be from Australia, but it’s still very cool.  Unfortunately, it being from Australia makes it ineligible to be the annual 4th of July Post.  And, in order to not have two fireworks posts right next to each other

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in July, I’m gonna post this one today.

Deal with it.



In Soviet Russia Cats are still Cool

I don’t like circus’ they’re just weird.  That being said, I’d deffiently go to one of these, look how much fun that seems.  Plus, Russians.  And not commie

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Russians either, the good kind, normal, crazy Russians.



Google Reader to be Killed

As of July 01, 2013 Google Reader will be no more.  This is some of the saddest news I have ever read on the internet.  Based on this Reddit thread, I am not alone in disappointment.

Look at these stats:

Damn impressive.

Or, on second thought, pretty misleading.  Since the items I’ve clicked is a better representation of what I cared about.  But even that is not so true.  Since I always click on Buttersafe, since only thumbnails appear in that feed.  But then most other items I’ve clicked on I wanted to share with someone.  And instead of using the share buttons on the bottom of each post, I just copy the link and IM it to whoever I want.  Or copy the link to then post here.  Still, I usually do read a fair amount of them, probably 40% total I read, the rest I skip over.  Since I follow a tech blog, a gaming blog, and a few DIY blogs, there’s plenty of cross over, especially around events – live

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blogs, E3, and so on.

Anyway, I digress.


(yes, that’s a period & a question mark, deal with it.)

One of the reasons Google cite’s for the death is declining usage.  I can understand that, but somehow, I think that the total number of Google Reader users is 5 or 6, or even 10x more than many other popular services on the internet.

For the past 8 years Google reader has been the only site I go to every single day.  It has been the only place I get my regular news.  It has been my go to place for all the things I’m interested in.

Sure Stumbleupon took up a good amount of my time, and recently Reddit has taken SU’s crown, but I still get all my main news from Reader.  In fact, I often don’t consider news official until I see it in my feeds.

I honestly don’t know what to do about this.  I’ve never tried any other feed readers.  I’ve never had a need to.  Unfortunately, it looks like I am going to have to familiarize myself with them, disappointing.


Not cool Google, not cool.


Kick-Ass 2 Trailer

It’s that time of year again.

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 Time for the most underrated film of the summer trailer to come out.  This year it’s the sequel to Kick-Ass.  And with the addition of Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, I am stoked. A. he looks like a super hero right up my alley, B. this could be a return of Jim Carrey of earlier years. (but probably not).

Anyway, I don’t know much about the film, I haven’t followed it nearly as much as it’s predecessor, but I intend to go see it in the theaters when it comes out this summer.  At least it’s keeping the R rating of the first one, that’s a sigh of relief.



Dinosaur National Park

National Parks Service

Everyone should sign this petition right now.

For those who can’t read, it says this:

Jurassic Park movie poster

So come on internet, let’s buy propecia 5mg online uk try and make this real life Jurassic Park come true.  After all, what’s the worst that can happen?  As the never-wrong Hollywood has shown us in the past, hours of fun and excitement for children of all ages can be had.  Plus there’s all the science involved with genetics, biology, paleontology, computer programming, smoking, and electricity.  What more could a growing kid ask for?

Also, I really just want to be able to get a real life version of the cane John Hammond used, but that has no bearing on this actually happening or not.

{Fake Science}



This is a great montage of the

famous “Enhance” scenes used throughout movies and television.  Something even more amazing (at least to me) is that this trope it’s used before the invention of Photoshop.  The cuts were well done, made it seem like an actual seamless show, rather then a montage.  I didn’t see any X-Files clips in there though.


Infrared Clouds

You might not know it, but I love Infrared photography   It really sheds some light on an otherwise invisible area.  And yes, I did just write that.

Anyway, watch the video above and see how some of

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these shots look absolutely gorgeous. IR brings out the clouds, and turns the sky black.  And when the IR is converted to Black & White, it looks even better.

I have tons of IR photos to share, but alas, due to the server downtime I mentioned previously, I cannot share them at this time, sorry.