Group Photos

This is why I hate taking photos of people and groups.  Too many cameras, too many things.

Anyway, the above video is not so much a group photo, as an experiment.  Will one random passer by take 40 different photos of a group (one photo on each (various) camera from each individual)?  It’s a pretty good stunt, but honestly it got alittle out of hand in the last parts of it.

{Peta Pixel}

Personal Arsenal

bridger

Or mechanized armored transport if you prefer.  On July 11th, and 12th 2014 Auctions America will be auctioning off over 200 different items from the largest private military vehicle collection in the nation.

Since it’s an auction, there are no hard prices, but many of the items I saw were listed without a reserve, and the cheapest estimate I saw was this $1,000 Swiss Army Hand Cart.  But if you have some serious coin, you can get some serious hardware, like this authentic Panzer, for a cool $2.6 million.

Panzer

I gotta say though, the coup de grace (which I know that phrase doesn’t really fit, but I’m using it) is this commie SCUD:

SCUD

With no reserve and an estimate of $300,000 this is the ultimate display of power for the budding individual.  Don’t worry about the Communist aspect of it, the mere fact that you’re buying this on the free Capitalist market is irony enough to change the allegiance of this weapon (kinda like wands in Harry Potter).

{Roadtrippers}

The world is full of Idiots

This fairly accurately describes how work life is.  Replace the 7 lines with “we need our application to do A, B and C, but not D”  Meanwhile, B, C, and D are the same exact thing, and A is the polar opposite of all three.  Ah, such is life.  Fun times.

{cnet}

Pikachu Mascot

Japan World Cup Jersey

The World Cup starts this week over in Brazil, and The United States has a berth in it apparently, go US.  That’s not the point of this post.  The point of this post is to showcase Japan.  Their official team mascot for the World Cup is Pikachu.  You know, the electric Pokemon.  I like it, strangely.

It does however bring up some interesting questions pertaining to Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.  Like, will they build their own Pokemon team of mascots?  Personally, being a true fan back to the olden days, I would perfer they stuck with the original starters.  CharmanderSquirtle, and Bulbasaur.  But that’s me.

{Destructoid|Inside Games}

Tesla Motors

I have always been a fan of Telsa Motors. I would totally buy a Tesla Model S if it weren’t for the facts below:

1) I live in Brooklyn

2) I park on the street (where people steal my wheels and flip their cars right next to mine)

3) Even if I had a garage or a spot to park my car, I certainly wouldn’t have the means to plug in an electric car

But still, I would buy one if I could get past those three items. I don’t even particularly care about owning an electric car. My car gets 14 MPG in the city and I don’t mind paying for the gas and I honestly don’t really pay attention to how that affects the environment. Oh well.

But these cars are undeniably awesome. They’re comfortable, they go fast, and they’re ridiculously safe.

Elon Musk made a move yesterday that, quite frankly, just isn’t seen anymore by any company…”open sourcing” his patents on the electric car.

I share Mr. Musk’s disdain for patents. The patent owner’s tend to just spend their lives in courts and no one gets any good ideas down because they’re all patented.

(When I was in engineering school, I remember walking past the plaques of all the professors that had been granted patents, and thought I wanted that. I was dumb.)

It should be noted that Elon Musk isn’t actually “open sourcing” his patents. He’s just choosing to ignore someone who is trying to make a better product. I sincerely doubt he would ignore it if GM or BMW start copying the Model S/Model X.

Its an interesting move anyway for a company that has made some other interesting moves. I like them and I wish I could support them. Steve would say I have to move from Brooklyn, but that’s not likely.

Hopefully it will pave the way for companies working together (when possible) and actually advancing the technology, which is what the Tesla team hopes to accomplish.

 

There’s nothing in the world like Action Park!

Roadtrippers has a pretty good write up on the soon to be revived, Action Park.  However, I think what you really should do is watch this video first.  It may be long, but it’s totally worth it.  If you’re lazy, skip to 8:20.  If you’re really lazy, look at the photo below the video:

loop slide

Yes, that is a water-slide with a full vertical loop on it.  Let that sink in for a few minutes.  Ok, have you thought enough about it.  Because I’m about to blow your mind even more.  Let’s take a gander over at the Wikipedia page of Action Park.  It is full of amazing.

First you should know that over the park’s 18 year life, 6 people are confirmed to have died due to park rides.  6 People.  Today if a person gets a bloody noise because they tripped on their own shoe lace parks are liable for something.  Weren’t the 1980s a better time?

Action Park was divided into 3 distinct sections, Alpine attractions, Motorworld, and Waterworld (not to be confused with the 1995 Movie of the same name).

In the Alpine section was an Alpine slide, which was a concrete and fiberglass ride down a mountain (ski lifts took you to the top).  This ride produced one of the park’s deaths, that of an employee who hit his head on a rock when his sled jumped the track.  You see the sleds were poorly maintained, and had only two speeds, – crawling, and Ludicrous Speed.

Motorworld had motor sports and rides, the coolest would be the Tank Ride.  Which pitted occupants who sat in a go cart like vehicle that was a tank, they then shot tennis balls out of the tank’s a main cannon at each other.  Spectators could man tennis ball cannons around the perimeter of the chain link fence enclosed arena.  Damn, that’s gotta be fun.

Waterworld was the bread and butter of the park though, (or at least it seemed like it).  Being one of the first major water parks in the nation, the Waterworld section of Action Park invented alot of things that are taken for granted now a-days.  There’s just too much to post about here, you might as well just read the Wikipedia section on Action Park, (that is, if you haven’t already read the entire thing).

The one ride I will call out though is Cannonball Loop, that amazing photo above.  That ride was only ever open for short periods of time, most likely when the manager, or owner at the time forgot how dangerous it was.  While no one died on that ride, it just doesn’t look safe.  And the differences between people’s body weights and make ups was just too much for it.

It does look awesome though, doesn’t it?

In 1996, after it had lost it’s insurance, and piling personal-injury lawsuits, the park was forced to close.  Parts of it are still open and running under new names – Mountain Creek is one.  And this summer the name is supposed to be revived, weather that means all the awesome history or not is up in the air, but it’s a safe bet that none of the cool things will be open.

{Roadtrippers|Wikipedia}

Stumble XX – Return of the Wrong

Where to begin?  It’s been awhile since there have been equal parts amazing, awesome, memorizing, and just plain wrong in a single Stumble Bust.  This is a few months in the making, but I figure I might as well post it now.  I’m afraid that if I wait any longer I might mortally offend some people.

So without further ado, (if you’re reading this from an RSS feed that is), here are the latest wrong stumbles. (If you’re reading this on the actual home page, well then you gotta click something else, sorry).

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Old Faithfull

old faithful

I’m in Yellowstone right now, and actually around the Old Faithful area.  Did you know that the National Park Service has a live Old Faithful Webcam?  I’ll be staying in the area for the next 2 days.  See if you can’t find me on the webcam stream.  Take a picture and send it if you do:tips@deadlycomputer.com.  I won’t be 100% up on those emails until next week sometime.

Speeking of which, I’ll see you all then when I actually come back.

Yellowstone!

Yellowstone

I am off for a truly Epic (and you know me, I do not use that word lightly), trip to Yellowstone.  The last of what I call The Big 3 National Parks, (the others being The Grand Canyon, and Yosemite).  This is possibly the most exciting vacation I am going on.  I’ll be gone for a total of 10 days, over which I hope to see some wildlife, and gysers, and take amazing photos.  Gotta go see this before the volcano erupts under it.

Chris will have to take over posting duties for the next 10 days or so (probably more since I’ll have a few thousand photos to go through when I get back).  Hopefully he won’t drop the ball, like he did last year.

Anyway, that is where I will be for awhile, don’t worry though, everything should be good.  And for alittle fun, let’s see if you all can guess the total number of photos I’ll take.  Last year when I went to Yosemite, I took around 2,000.  I say around because I was in San Francisco for a day and a half, and took between 200 and 300 photos there, so let’s just go with 2,000 photos over 6 days.  Yellowstone will be 10 days, of all Yellowstone*  So what’s it gonna be?  The winner will get a prize**

 

*Probably gonna take a trip into The Grand Teton National Park too, since it’s right there.

**Actual Prize not determined yet.

Alternate History Thursday – VR D-Day

Today marks a turning point in World War 2.   Both in the present reality, and in our alternate reality.

70 years ago Allied forces begun the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world.  While the term D-Day is a generic military term denoting the day a particular attack or event is supposed to take place, common knowledge of D-Day is around The Normandy Landings, Operation Neptune, Normandy, call it what you want, it’s still one of the top 5 most important days in the last century.

Times have vastly changed over the years, and with the advent of Virtual Reality, in Oculus Rift, a group of 30 engineers has taken the original blueprints and digitized them in a fully immersive experience.  Their focus was on the engineering required to make these historic, and tide changing innovations.  From the Waco CG-4 Glider used to transport troops and equipment behind enemy lines leading up to D-Day, to the Mulberry harbor, the portable harbor that was used to offload cargo onto the beaches.

Using the actual blueprints (some of which they had to go dig up in the Smithsonian archives), Dassault Systems has recreated these massive and pivotal crafts in full 3-D worlds.

Dassault Systems has really outdone themselves, and they hope that for the 75th anniversary, even more will be available.  It should be noted that this is not supposed to be a recreation for entertainment, it’s for learning purposes, and more importantly, to honor the unknown, who made this monumental day possible.  Here’s a short video that explains the reasoning behind it, and what to expect.

I made this puzzle when I was around 12, I glued it together and mounted it on blue poster board and construction paper.  It’s hanging in a frame on my wall.  One day I hope to add some other Robert Taylor WW2 Puzzles to the collection.

Puzzle

{Engadget|Venture Beat}