Yosemite From the Past

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What a difference 80 years makes.  The average person won’t notice the old names for the trails and locations, but just about everyone should see the “Bear Feeding Platforms”, and realize that they are not that great of an idea anymore.  Also noticeable is the Big Oak Flat Road.  Go down on Odd Hours, Up … Continued

Actual Stunts in Movies

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Something has to be said for actors, and directors doing actual stunts in movies.  Instead of green-screaning everything.  Sure technology has come along way and it’s harder to spot the artificial ones, but having someone actually hang on to the side of an airplane as it takes off is so much better then blowing air … Continued

Glacier Bay National Park

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The last entry in my profiles of the National Parks of Alaska is Glacier Bay.  It is one of the older parks in Alaska, President Coolidge made it a National Monument in 1925, and President Carter upgraded it to full Park status in 1980.  Over it’s 90 year history it’s seen countless boats bring tourists … Continued

The Iron Giant

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On September 30, and October 04, 2015, The Iron Giant will be show in select theaters again.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this masterpiece, you should stop what you’re doing and find somewhere to watch it.  It’s less than 90 minutes long, it has some legendary names attached to it, Brad Bird, … Continued

BASE Jumping off a Ski Jump made on a Bridge

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National Geographic has the above video where Mike Wilson has decided to construct a ski jump made of crushed ice on the side of a bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.  He was then pulled across the “snow” and jumped over the railing of the bridge.  He threw out a parachute, and glided to the river below. … Continued

Wrangell–St. Elias National Park

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This week I am taking you to the largest National Park in the country.  Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, together with the National Preserve that borders it takes up some 13 million acres of land.  This is larger than the European country of Switzerland.  The park is home to some of the tallest peaks within the continent … Continued

T-Rex for Sale

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Well, a bicycle version of a metal and foam modeled T-Rex that is.  Someone in Eugene Oregon is offering their custom built T-Rex bike for sale.  It’s $2,000 on Craigslist, and is named after Sue.  However, this dino is only 8½ feet tall, 12 feet long, and has a 5½ foot stance, which is close to the … Continued

Basement Railroad

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The Model kind that is.  There’s just something about model railroads.  You don’t necessarily need to be a nerd to really like them, but it helps.  Kids love them, and they really are just a testimate to dedication.  Being able to play with the model trains, that’s a secondary spot of fun. Now, this isn’t … Continued

3D Glass

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MICRON3DP is working on a 3D printer that uses glass as it’s medium of choice.  This is a potential breakthrough in the 3D printing world.  Currently, 3D printing is limited to soft, low melting point plastics.  These plastics aren’t the suited for many things and that makes the applications limited.  But, being able to use … Continued

Penny Crusher Machine

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I’m sure you’ve all seen these penny crusher machines.  They are pretty ubiquitous on vacations and are a great cheap souvenir.  Well, besides the common question of is this legal, which it is, so stop asking, the other question is how do they work? In actuality, it’s a pretty simple process, a penny is pushed through … Continued