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Alternate History Thursday: Back to The Future II

BTTF2 Poster

30 years ago next week, Dr. Emmett Brown arrived from the future to pick up his friend.  Together, they travel Back to The Future to today.  The story of what happens is chronicled in the excellent film: Back To The Future II.

The film itself, as well as the other two in it’s series did an excellent job at going over time travel.  In our alternate reality world where America is communist there’s only one change to the film.  Instead of Libyans providing the plutonium, it’s radical ERA members.  Otherwise, the film is more or less the same, it’s one of the staples of the space time continuum.

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The Alaska Highway

https://youtu.be/FF3fHZJa-Wg

Yes, this may be a 35 minute video, but the opening lines of the video are pure gold.  It’s an interesting video that shows how the Alaska Highway was built.

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Irish People watch Hockey

It’s always cool showing something for someone for the first time.  In the above, 6 Irish people are watching a hockey game for the first time (supposedly).  It’s an international game, so there are no fights unfortunately, which is something they all seemed to want pretty badly.  I still think it’s a pretty interesting video though.  I like how they compare it to US not understanding soccer.  Also, I agree with the one guy, why show them the period with only 1 goal, skip ahead to the better ones, especially if the game ended with a score of 6 to 1.

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Juggling Robot

This robot has no purpose except to juggle steel ball bearings.  It’s impressive the simplicity of the design, mixed in with something most humans can’t do.

Nathan Peterson built a robot that is capable of juggling 7, count ’em SEVEN steel ball bearings.  Using two 3-D printed arms with electromagnets in the bottom, they alternately spin around and throw the balls up into the air.  It looks like it could go on forever, but luckily, it’s just as fallible as humans, and the balls hit each other and messed up the whole rhythm.

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The DroneDefender

Or otherwise known as basic ainti-missile countermeasures in Air to Air combat.  Granted, there hasn’t really been much civilian use for anti-missile countermeasures, but still, it’s not anything groundbreaking.

https://youtu.be/zX4XXLb_Vuw

I’m sure the FCC will outlaw civilian ownership of these devices also, since they can be used for unlawful purposes, just like cell phone jamers.  Oh well, stupid government, ruining the fun for the rest of us.

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360 Cockpit Views

I just cannot get enough of these 360 degree videos that are cropping up on YouTube, and generally all over.  They are super cool!  This one shows the inside of a cockpit of an Airbus A320 as it travels from Zurich to Geneva.  The YouTube video isn’t as long, or as high quality as the initial one, but it’s easier to embed, which is why it’s there, but you can see a longer one at Blick.ch.

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Making Jeans

Have you ever wondered why certain well-made pairs of jeans are so expensive?  Well, the above video will help you get a better appreciation of what goes into making them.  Sure, there are ways to automate much of this process now, but you loose the quality that comes from the hand cutting the denim, hand guiding the stitching, and the inbuilt quality control of the human eye as a piece is being made.

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Paris Hyper-lapse

Hyper-lapese are just like time-lapses, really fun to watch.  Here’s one of Paris, in the day and the night.  It’s particularilly interesting to me because I know nothing about Paris.  Sure it’s a famous old city, but I don’t know any of it’s landmarks, or it’s skyline, or anything.  So seeing some of that was pretty cool, and shows you what old Europe is like.  Way different from America, but that’s the charm of old Europe.  I really like the tilt-shift part at night at the end.

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Halo Trailers

It’s that time of the quarter-decade.  A new Halo game is on the horizon.  Only 3 weeks away now, and the marketing blitz is just about to begin.  Halo has always had the best made video game commercials of all time.  Below is the gameplay trailer, which gives some of the story.  To be honest, I haven’t followed much of the long term media campaign at all.  I know I’m missing things, but I don’t care, I’ll find out when I play the game next month.

I’m really excited for the live action trailers.  The live action Trailers for Halo 3 were award winning, I don’t know if Halo 5 looks like it’s going to have a really good story, but I’m not so sure if it’s going to be as touching as the Believe Campaign from Halo 3, that was pretty damn good.  Below are two Halo 5 commercials I’ve found/seen so far.  Let’s hope Microsoft spent a few more million dollars on this campaign.

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DIY Satellite Ground Station

3-D printing, cheap electronics, and the sheer number of things up in space means that now is a booming time to try and connect to the satellites.

The SatNOGS project aims to make it small, mass-producible satellites that can be easily, and cheaply put into LEO.  The new problem is that this rush of satellites being put up there produce too much data for the limited number of people on the ground to listen in and consume that data.

This proof of concept shows how it’s possible for an average person with some basic knowledge of the science at play can easily connect to a satellite that’s beaming down information all the time.  This allows people to be listening all the time, and also gives you access to the RAW data from the satellite, allowing you to form all sorts of conspiracies that you want with it.  There’s an entire network that you can connect to that allow you to work on a schedule, and be all automated.  Yet another job that computers and robots are taking away from humans, proving that computers and robots are the universal illegal-aliens.

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