Alternate History Thursday: Back to The Future II

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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 … Continued

The Alaska Highway

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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. {reddit}

Irish People watch Hockey

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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 … Continued

Juggling Robot

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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 … Continued

The DroneDefender

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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. 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 … Continued

360 Cockpit Views

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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 … Continued

Making Jeans

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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 … Continued

Paris Hyper-lapse

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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 … Continued

Halo Trailers

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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, … Continued

DIY Satellite Ground Station

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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 … Continued