Jurassic World

I’m torn over this trailer.  I don’t know what I should be expecting, but the thought of man-made hybrid dinosaurs just doesn’t sit right.  I guess they needed something different from the regular man-made hybrid-frog dinosaurs, but it still seems weird.

I do like the trailer though.  It has a very Spielberg feel too it by not reveling the big bad dion at all.  And the subtle theme playing in the background, that was cool.  The beginning of the trailer, (and the movie I assume) looks great.  John Hammond’s vision has finally come true, it’s a shame he won’t be able to have even a cameo in the film.  The one redeeming factor is that it just has to be better than Jurassic Park 3, which shouldn’t be too hard.

New Clothes

Did you notice the new clothes on the blog today?  Or to be specific, late last night?  Did you notice the speediness of the blog, and the site overall?  I did some early winter cleaning last night on the blog.  That includes:

  • Stripping out megabytes of data from the Database
  • Upgrading some hardware in the server
  • Making a new theme that’s more responsive, and lean

I’m pretty sure I cleaned up everything pretty well.  I know there’s some improvements I can still do on the theme.  There’s a few things from the old theme that I’d like to include, but in the interest of time, I elected to just polish up the current one and get it out.

Let me know what you think below.

Alternate History Thursday – Max Headroom

This isn’t exactly very creepy, but it is pretty interesting.  I like unsolved mysteries like this.  It’s not too creepy, no one was murdered, and it’s an overall fun event.  That being said, it wasn’t completely harmless.  One of the key theories as to how this happened can be traced to an alternate time line.

In late 1990 the technology to travel backwards through time was discovered.  It wasn’t perfected yet, and was really only about sending messages, but it worked, if you could convince someone to believe you that is.  Kind of like that part of 12 Monkeys, you know with the phone call and answering machine?  Well, in 1987, someone tried to convince the general Chicago area of the US of something.  What it was we really weren’t sure, but it was an attempt by humans from an alternate dimension to get us to listen.  Did we listen?  Probably, since backwards time travel hasn’t been invented, so I guess something worked..

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The Snow Drone

You may not have heard, but the US was pretty cold this past week.  You also may not have heard that Buffalo New York got hit with about 6 feet of snow in a single storm.  Yea, it’s pretty crazy out.  Well, what do you do when you’re stuck in the snow?  In the olden days you had to stay indoors, and generally be bored.  That’s still the case, and the common sense advice.  But YouTube user Jim Grimaldi decided to send his drone to the skies to see what it’s like in a blizzard.  The above video is pretty neat.  I wish though that he was able to send his drone out alittle further.  Perhaps he needs to set some antennas up on his house to magnify the signal.  That’d be cool.

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SR-71 Model

There are model air planes, there are model jet airplanes, and then there is this model SR-71.  Complete with REAL JET ENGINES.  This thing looks frekin sick.  I mean, look at it, it doesn’t look like it should fly, but it does.  And since it’s a scale model, it’s close to what the real one looks like, and is.  Did you see it take off, it looks so strange, not like a typical plane.  And turning, it’s amazing.  The SR-71 truly is the king of the skies.  I hope it’s safe to say that it will be the coolest plane that mankind has ever made.

Remember True Speed, you should read it again, it’s practically required reading when the SR-71 is brought up.

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Alternate History Thursdays – In A.D. 2101

Today marks the 14 year anniversary of what I consider the greatest meme of all time.  That’s right, I’m talking about All Your Base are Belong to Us.

While it’s impossible to say for sure when the video was made, Know Your Meme has a pretty decent timeline, and that’s what I’m going by.  Recent history has forgotten the greatest of memes, but over the years, people have given it it’s rightful place in the world.  It’s amazing to think how the world has changed since then.  And to think what is considered a “viral” video, or meme now adays.

With the uptake of reddit, whole new memes are created and killed in a single day.  Gone are the days when memes would fester and take time to grow correctly.  ICanHazCheezburger really was one of the downfalls of the internet meme.  It used to be that photos had to be found, culled, and then turned into the hilarious photo macros that we know and love.  Now, anyone with a smart phone can take a picture, apply their own text, and make a meme.

The same thing went with Demotivational Posters. They use to be amazing.  Now, not so much.  I never was one for the Courage Wolf, Insanity Wolf, Philosoraptor, or any of those other macros. But those too have been made easier to make, and so less impactful, which is sad.

So take some time today to remember the meme that’s the king of all memes.  Because after all, you have no chance to survive, make your time…
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Zelda Stained Glass

Zelda Stained Glass

I like The Legend of Zelda, remember that Zelda themed Wii I painted?  It’s up there with Halo, probably equal, depends on the mood I’m in.  Anyway, reddit user cecilialibra has made a pretty ace representation of The Triforce from The Legend of Zelda in stained glass form.  I’ve never made stained glass, but I have always like it.  I don’t know if I would commission one or try my own, knowing me, I’d probably make my own, fail a few times, but be contempt that I did it myself.

Here’s another photo of the process, and below you can head over the the Imgur album and view more photos.

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Physics is Fun

Physics

Chaotic Pendulum aims to take the physics of gravity and show you how that force effects different connected masses.   It’s quite fun to play with, one of those endlessly fun websites that has some science attached to it, but is really just a useless game.  I spent some time making some pendulums.  The sharing tool doesn’t seem to work because no matter what I do, I always get a pendulum that starts out different then the one I made.  Oh well, randomize it anyway.

11/11 – Halo Day

Usually I mark 11/11 as a day of independence, or remembrance.  Well, today we have something to mark both of those things.  The release of Halo The Master Chief Collection.  It contains all 4 of the Halo games that revolve around the Master Chief.  It has been 10 years since Halo 2 was released on the world.

 

Just look at this video of the new cut-scenes.  Doesn’t it look great?  Not only that doesn’t it make you want to play Halo 2 again?  I think it does.  I think you do.  come on, let’s make it like it’s 2004.

USNC Savannah LEGO 1

To get you all riled up, reddit User Nick Brick has made a LEGO model of the UNSC Savannah.  Sure, the Savannah might not have been from the core Halo games, but it’s still a pretty neat ship.  It clocks in at 129 LEGO studs long, and from scratch, took him just under a month to build.

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Ballet Art

Technology is crazy now isn’t it?  Wireless things attached to other things let you make virtual things and then you can show those things in a cool video that you upload to the internet of things.

I think if they connected a few pairs of these up to a whole group of ballet dancers they could make some pretty interesting designs.  Get some different colors in it, maybe throw in a guy or two for good measure.

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