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Alternate History Thursday: 2017

I’m going to try something different this year for my long running Alternate History Thursday series.  Instead of whatever story gets beamed into my mind while I sleep the night before, I will spend the entire year focused on one story.  Yes, I tried it in the past, and I sometimes went back to that story, but no.  This year will be different.  This year I have a goal.  This is the year The Lights Went Out on Broadway.

I will spend the remaining 11 posts detailing the alternate world that arose to produce the chilling story told in that song.  Right now, I suggest you listen to this masterpiece and familiarize yourself it.  There will be no history being told tonight.  Your homework is to study the song, pay attention to the lyrics, and come back next month with an idea of what this world would look like.

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360° Oscar

This Short Film, Pearl, by Patrick Osborne is nominated for an Academy Award for Short Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.  The short itself isn’t bad, what makes it unique is that it’s shot in 360°.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, it doesn’t make great use of the 360° format.  Most of the action that happens is though one view point, sure there are some instances when they’re driving that it’s neat to see through the 360° view, it doesn’t add anything to the film.  Granted, I’m not a film critic, so my opinion is moot on the matter.  Anyway, it’s 5 minutes long, watch it, have fun.

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Off to warm and wet California for the week.  Actually, just a bit longer than a week.  For the next 5 days I’ll be in the San Francisco area for work, then next weekend I’m hitting up my first new National Park of 2017, Joshua Tree.  Look forward for some photos of it later next week.  Enjoy.

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LEGO Speaker System

Finished LEGO Speaker

Well, more accurately, it’s a single sub-woofer, not an entire system.  And, technically, it’s made of LEGO(R) compatible blocks.  But hey, let’s stop with the specifics, it’s a speaker, it’s DIY, and it’s gotten me on an urge to make my own – properly.

This LEGO speaker was built by reddit user /u/FanOfSport.  It’s pretty ace if you ask me.  I don’t know if mike ever posted, but he went on a major speaker building initiative while we were in college.  I never really cared so much for them, my ears are not as trained as that and I’d rather pay someone for it.  All that being said, I love making things, and I love LEGOs.  Ever since I saw this on reddit last week, I’ve wanted to make my own.  Unfortunately, I don’t know the first about making speakers, and I don’t really care so much, I want to make a simple box like this, except not a sub-woofer, just a simple speaker.  Oh well, I have time, maybe I’ll start looking into how to make it.  Or maybe I’ll just give up and buy regular ones.

Building the Speaker:

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Adding in the insides:

adding insides to the speaker

He’s got a large Imgur album here that you can look though on the whole process.

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Nearly Midnight

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have moved the hands of the famous Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight today.  Specifically, it is at 2 minutes and 30 seconds to midnight.  For those that don’t know, midnight is when the world ends.  Originally, the Bulletin was to warn the world of an impending nuclear holocaust.  However, with the cool down of the former Soviet Union, and the drastic de-armament, they’ve decided to take a more polarizing and political theme on.  Now, they claim to be a part of the global climate change initiative.  Those that know me know my skeptical take on climate change, so I won’t go into it.  Though their name needs to change, and they should not be moving the hands of the clock because of climate change.

Despite what many people think, climate change will not be a catastrophic end of life scenario for humanity.  Don’t get me wrong, if the worst models come true, it will be horrible, but people have a tendency to be alarmists with the models in order to get their point across.  Nuclear Holocaust on the other hand is practically instant.  And unlike climate change, nuclear holocaust is something that a rogue person can start off any moment.

It should be no secret that I support the President Trump.  And you may think he’s unhinged, but he’s not an idiot, he will not launch a nuclear missile because someone said something mean to him.  Trust me, random internet person.  He’s not that stupid.

So Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, please re-think your clearly politicized stance on moving the clock forward 30 seconds.  You’re not fooling anyone, and you’re likely to be on the wrong end of a twitter storm soon if you say anything more.

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Like a Hot Knife though…

All sorts of stuff apparently:


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Red + White

Welcome to the new world!!1!1.  I realize I’m showing my cards here, but I don’t care, it doesn’t matter, now is the time that we’re gonna Make America Great Again.

Now, welcome to this amazing compilation video of The Donald’s rise to greatness:

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Get your Inauguration Coverage Here

No, not here, I’m not live streaming this mess, at Twitter.  Or, through Twitter, specifically at, which redirects you to a place holder page until it starts tomorrow morning.  Do not fear though, you’re getting the PBS News Hour coverage of the event, not some Twitterized view.  Though, don’t worry, I’m sure it will be controversy free and run without a hitch.


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Forging A Spatula

I gotta say, while the practicality of this might not be as good as a flimsy one bought at Bed Bath and Beyond, you can rest assured that this hand forged spatula will never fail you.  It’s solid as a rock and will scrape burgers off the grill with ease.  Summer is still 6 months away, this gives you plenty of time to build a forge and figure out for yourself how to actually make it.  I’ll let you exclude the decorative leaf at the end.


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HD B&W Storms

Black and White is an often overlooked area of photography.  Especially when time-lapse storm footage is done.  There’s something about shooting in black and white that gives everything a more mysterious, serious, yet fantasy look.  Mike Olbinski shot the entire sequence in black and white.  Yes, there is some post-processing work done, but it’s natural black and white (as natural as a digital camera can be that is).

My favorite sequence is about 2 and a half minutes in, when clouds roll across the sky, then the sun starts coming through, and things get brighter, and more detailed.  I also love watching the clouds for out of nowhere, water vapor collecting, winds combining, clouds being born.  Storms are amazing to watch like this, safe in the comfort of your own home with soothing music playing in the background.

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