PBS ruins Sci-Fi

PBS has done the regular “science as we currently understand it” take on popular Science Fiction battles.  Easily glossing over the 2nd word of the genera’s title, fiction.  Sure, if you take what we currently know of physics, and the current levels of technology that we have, space battles would largely be uneventful, boring, and either over in minutes, or days.  Would those make for an interesting and engaging story?  No.  You know what would?  World War 2 action reels.

You can argue until you’re blue in the face about all the physics and science behind space battles.  And I won’t disagree with you on any of that.  I will tell you that just because you may be technically correct, it doesn’t mean you have to get all up in my face about it.  Let me watch my unrealistic, atmospheric fly-bys in the middle of space.  Let me see nuclear missiles fly off and explode in spectacular fiery explosions.  I know it’s not real.  I’m not watching/reading a documentary.

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Messages in a Bottle

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Finding a message in a bottle is a fantasy of many little kids I bet.  Well, reddit user hgbleackley got the surprise of a lifetime when they were younger.  They hastley wrote a note and stuck it in a bottle and threw it over the side of a ferry into the Pacific Ocean.  Well, eventually, one of her messages, which told of their love of The X-Files found it’s way to someone who worked on the show.  This nice person managed to get an official response from the show including a signed photo of the two leading stars:

Scully, Mulder

This is a pretty neat thing.  It makes me want to get a few bottles and make my own messages.  But then I’d have my address out there for all sorts of people to find, including tax collectors, and serial killers.  So I guess I’m stuck just fantasizing about it.

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The Lost World RV

eBay really is an amazing place, for only $15 grand, you could have had the original RV from The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  Well someone did, and now that someone is restoring it to useful worthness.  Which means tearing it all apart, and fixing the wood, making it weatherproof, and in general, making it work.

I gotta say though, for $15k that is a pretty good deal.  I’m not sure how much he’s paying the guys to restore the thing, but it’s probably worth it, for sure.  It’s too bad they’re making it into a reality type show, I’d rather just watch a few 10 minute episodes with none of the unnecessary “drama”

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How Crayons are Made

There are some brand names that you just use.  They are better in just about every way shape and form.  Crayola Crayons are one of those brands.  If you ever used them, you know the feeling, there’s nothing quite like them.  Well, did you know how they are made?  Wired has done a nice write up on the process, and summed it up in the video below.  It’s a pretty cool process.  The video is not as indepth as a How It’s Made, but it’s less than a minute long, you can spare that and watch it.

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Jurassic Park Theme

Did you know that someone on the internet wrote words to the Jurassic Park theme song?  I didn’t but apparently it’s all the rage on the interwebs.  Jeff Goldblum has taught us the lyrics to the song below:

Well, only one phrase of those lyrics, here’s a set of lyrics in full.  No where is the lyrics he said.  And he claimed that you could watch those lyrics over 200 times on the internet.  I don’t know where he’s looking, but I didn’t find anything except the below video.  Maybe I didn’t look hard enough, but there’s already far too many videos in this post, so this is what you get.

It’s not really that great.  But then again, h0w many things on the internet are great?  Not this site, that’s for damn sure.  It has a Weird Al like theme to it, except it’s alittle too Shatner.  I bet if Weird Al covered it, it would be pretty ace.  But then you remember that he already did a Jurassic Park song, and it was pretty ace as it was:

Now, because I haven’t put enough videos into this post, here is the official theme, courtesy of Mr. John Williams:

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The Memorial

It’s taken 14 years, but the World Trade Center is finally up to its previous glory.  Complete with the memorial.  Here’s a timelapse of the 10 year construction of that memorial which opened earlier this year:

There’s not much else to say really.

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Death Star Trench Run

Death Star Trench Run

Every Star Wars game is required to have 2 specific levels.  Hoth, and The Death Star Trench Run.  One of those levels is finally made for the browser.  Here’s a WebGL enabled Death Star Trench run.  And yes, it is ridiculously hard to play.  Especially when the images don’t load for you.  I have yet to make it far enough to need to use the blasters, but I assume they are there for something, and not just for show.

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Alternate History Thursday – Invasions

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The above photos is how it happened in our version of history.  Below, we will see how it went down in our alternate history

Really, it wasn’t Poland that was invaded, it was just England, being it’s colonizing self that the European powers wanted to stop.  First they started in Africa, then they moved into Australia, and India, slowly moving upwards and inwards towards the small island of England itself.  You wouldn’t think that a tiny island in the North Atlantic could have an empire that spanned the entire world, but they did.  But then again, on the other side of the  the Atlantic was an equally as powerful nation that had gone on their own colonization spree, except this was against primitive natives, not equal western civilizations, to it was OK.

But it wasn’t communism is never OK.

I have nothing else to say about that.

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