Nuclear Powered Civil Projects

The 1960s were a boom for Nuclear items.  New bombs were being made at an unheard of rate, and the US and the USSR spent countless billions of dollars on trying to one-up each other.  Well, since there were enough nukes to destroy the world a few dozen times over, peaceful uses of these bombs was looked for.  Project Orion was one of those things in America.  The USSR had a civil project: Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy.  Their most famous one is the Chagan nuclear test.  This 140kt nuclear explosion created Lake Chagan in Kazakhstan, an 8,100acre ft lake.

The lake itself is naturally, still radioactive, and not safe for humans, or fish, or anything really.  But, it was an interesting use of extra nuclear bombs.  In general, the project was deemed a failure.  Too much effort was involved, and the resulting landscapes were too radioactive to be of any use.  Still, it’s nice to see that nuclear bombs aren’t all death and destruction.

Here’s some historic Soviet footage.  I’m not 100% sure what it is of, but let’s just watch it anyway, it’s fun:

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Dangerous Skiing

Skiing can be a dangerous sport, I’m not talking about the too crazy extreme skiing that some people do, just the moderate kind on large back country mountains.  Take a watch on this video of a skier who fell into a crevasse:

All in all, it seems like he handled himself very well.  I can’t say the same for myself, but then again, I would never go skiing in an area where this can happen.  I like skiing, but I like to live also.  It looks like he lost one of his skis too, so in 25,000 years when this glacier makes it to the sea our descendants will be confused by this chunk of flat carbon that shows up on the shoreline.

I think the most interesting part though is the crevasse.  The crazy eerieness of it, and the fact that it was barely covered and then the guy just fell through, that’s scary enough for me.

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LEGO X-29

Experimental aircraft are cool.  They usually fall into one of two categories, useful prototypes of future airplanes and technology, or crazy strange aircraft that have no business defying gravity.  The Grumman X-29 is one of the latter.  It’s famous for having strange forward-swept wings.  Something that looks like it’s flying backwards.  It’s design meant it relied 100% on a computer, six of them to be exact, they all worked in parallel to back each other up and vote on what the outcome would be.  It’s instability was supposed to be countered by extreme maneuverability, but unfortunately, real world testing didn’t confirm any of the predictions.

LEGO X-29

Anyway, Nathan has made a LEGO version of that famous plane.  It took him a long weekend to build, and used exactly 1,000 pieces.  I love the detail on the landing gear, which seems minor, but is really well done.

x-29 landing gear

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Pyramid Scan

Researchers using the latest technologies have decided to scan the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as the surrounding area.  According to their findings, there’s a void somewhere on the Eastern side of the pyramid.  What is it?  personally, I think it’s most likely the final confirmation that Aliens helped the ancient Egyptians build these magnificent monuments to the stars.  Because don’t let anyone fool you, the 3 pyramids line up with Orion’s belt from 10,500 BC.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  It’s the 4th Thursday of November, and in America, that’s Thanksgiving.  It’s really just a time to be thankful for everything.  So that’s what I’m doing.  How are you handling it?

LEGO Hyrule Castle

19 Year old Joseph Zawada spent the last 2 years building a LEGO version of Hyrule Castle.  It’s based on the Twilight Princess version of The Legend of Zelda.  It’s pretty amazingly done, I like it, I wish I had the time and dedication to spend building stuff like this when I was younger and more into making things with LEGO.  No information on the number of pieces used, but it looks like there’s a bunch of prefab pieces, so it might be smaller then you think.

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90,000 Lumen LED Flashlight

There’s LED flashlights, and then there are LED Flashlights.  This is the latter.  This is a custom built 90,000 lumen flashlight that is bright enough to light up a mountain side.  Daniel Riley has constructed this beast by strapping together 10 (ten) 100W LEDs each with their own driver and heat sink.  He then used two rechargeable batteries to power it.  It can only give off about 10 minutes of light, but that’s more then enough because if you’re looking for someone, they will be blinded for enough time for you to stumble your way to them.

It could probably even stop Big Foot, at least for a few seconds anyway.  Enough for you to stumble your way in the other direction.  I do really love the comparisons he made in the video.  Too often people just post the final product, but without a side by side (or in this case, sequential) usage, it’s impossible to tell just how brighter each one is.

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Pasta with Jam Sauce

In honor of Thanksgiving this week, here is a wounderful alternative recipe to serve to your guests:

Pasta with Jam Sauce

The entire dish was cooked up by the young son West of Misha Collins.  The series is called Cooking Fast and Fresh with West.  It’s There are only 4 episodes, they are all great, you should give yourself 45 minutes and watch them.

The entire video of how to make Pasta with Jam Sauce is available below.  Seriously, watch the whole thing, it’s great.

In case you want to see what the whole recipe is, here are the ingredients:

  • 10 strawberry jam
  • So many tomato sauces
  • 5 inches of carrot juice
  • All the orange juice
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 3/4 bag of goldfish
  • 8 inches of blackberries
  • 1 red delicious apple
  • 1 box of pasta (Rotelle shaped is preferred, but you can use what you like)
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce

Mix that all together in a large bowl, then boil it until it looks brown, serve right away.

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Bruce Campbell AMA

Bruce Campbell answers some questions from a recent reddit AMA.  Most of it was related to the new Evil Dead movie, Ash vs. Evil Dead.  I was never really a fan of that series, I know Bruce from Burn Notice where he played Sam Axe.  In general, he seems like a generally good guy, and down to earth, and not over the top like the characters he plays.

You can read the full transcript of the AMA at Upvoted if you want. Or you could watch the video above, of you could just stop caring and continue on with your evening.

Weird Things about America

I’m not sure how truthful this is, or what’s going on in it, but it’s really a fun video to watch.  I can see what he’s talking about, at least mostly, except the French part, that makes me think this was recorded awhile ago, but it doesn’t look like it.  Also, yes, I watch  Die Hard every Christmas.  Regular as clockwork…or a time lock

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