To the Edge of Space

Complete in full 360° glory!  Some crazy Russians (might not actually be Russians, but rather great Capitalists!) have attached a Samsung Gear 360 camera to the tail of a MiG as it flew into the stratosphere at speeds approaching Mach 2.  I will say, traveling at supersonic speeds is one of my all time dreams, and even though the clouds of this flight were boring, the knowledge that this type of trip is offered is enough to make me super excited for getting my own $20,000 together to try myself!.

{360 Rumors|The Aviationist}

Alternate History Thursday: Now What Indeed?

Yes, what to do now?  Panic had not ensued yet, though as the day wore on, people were loosing their patience.  A storm was on the horizon for January 03, and people didn’t know if it was still coming, or if it had been blown out to sea.  By 1pm, the Governor of New York declared a State of Emergency, though no one knew it.  The tunnels connecting Manhattan had to be closed and evacuated as the big computer controlled fans had stopped working hours before and deadly exhaust fumes were collecting in them.

Of the surrounding states, only Vermont and Pennsylvania had enacted the proper protections against the bugs.  That didn’t matter much however, as both states were in their own state of emergencies battling the borders.  This wasn’t the dark ages, and this is America after all.  Both states allowed their neighbors to come in for assistance, however, rations needed to be set up, and priority had to be established.

That winter storm that was on the horizon, it came with a vengeance. Twenty-seven inches of snow fell on New York City over the course of 17 hours.   In reality, this was a good thing because it kept most of the populace inside.  With NYC being an old city, much of the heat was powered by older steam boilers with not a computer in sight.  The gas lines to many of them came from private pipe-lines controlled by companies that hardened their systems from attack, and NY being the kind place it is, those without heat were welcome where it was plentiful.

By the end of the week, new equipment was finally distributed to enough people for accurate information to start to be spread.  The President of the United States of America had addressed the nation, and the world confirming the Y2K bug.  This was lucky confirmation to many, though some still felt that the government was hiding the real truth.

What could that real truth be?  Anything really.  However, I’ll let you know a spoiler, Y2K was a man-made bug, nothing alien, or divine, or ancient.  A modern, man-made catastrophe.  Now, was it an act of cyber-war that many were claiming?  That conveniently was not answered in any official capacity.  Even without the internet to fuel the flames, this admission was nothing more than a distraction claimed many.  They took it upon themselves to start a revolution.

I bet you can guess where this is going now…

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JavaScript Code City

These might not appeal to everyone of my readers, they are more of a computer programmer’s domain, I think they are pretty dang ace though.  Using a code analysis tool, they pushed though the entire code base of a bunch of JavaScript libraries to see how the code is structured visually.  Each set of functions is called within other functions and classes, and things, giving you a pretty good hierarchy of the order, then using that structure, a 3-D library is used to build a cityscape representation of the code base.

Here’s one of the more famous libraries, it’s pretty much in use everywhere on the internet right now.

jQuery

jQuery city

When you go to the rendered page, you can move around and play with the city.  You can zoom in and see each individual building, and what they’re mostly made up of.  Spoiler, most of them are all anonymous function, many levels deep.

This longer, lower city block is react.js

react city

Things are much more spread out in this city, not as dense, but still it does quite a lot of stuff.  React.js powers my photo/vacation site – steve.deadlycomputer.com.  Take a look at the fully interactive version, it’s quite fun.

In total, there are 60 different JavaScript libraries or frameworks represented in the city format.  For those of you that are front end developers, you’ll probably recognize most of them.  It’s really neat to see the make up of those libraries, how concentrated some are, how big and bloated some are, and how tall some are.  I thought it was neat, I hope you do too.

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Orion Over Sky

Sriram Murali created the above video to show the effects that light pollution has on the beautiful night sky.  In it, he focuses on the constellation Orion, and how our perception of it changes based on the light density of the area we view it from.  The entire thing is a great example of one of the major downfalls of city life – loss of the night sky.  However, the entire thing also does suffer from a major unintended side-effect.  In order to take impressive night sky shots, you must take long exposure photos.  In the process of taking those photos, and in the post-processing necessary on them, you get many more stars visible than the human eye usually sees.  That makes the darker skies even more impressive in the time-lapse.

Regardless, it’s still a good teaching tool.  Hopefully you take the time to drive 100 miles from the city where you live to really experience the night sky!

{Peta Pixel}

Birthday!

The Famous Hitler Moasic

This is one of the more famous mosaics I’ve made.  Complete at it’s new permanent address too.  Check it out above, don’t forget to like comment and subscribe.  Check you next time!

Hidden Tombs

Europe is full of old stuff.  So many old things are so old that it’s not a surprise to people when records are misplaced, and memories lost to time.  That just so happens to have been the case under the floor of St. Mary’s Church in London.  While renovating the church in order to turn it into a Garden Museum, construction workers uncovered a 300-400 year old tomb under the alter that contained numerous coffins.


These weren’t just anyone’s coffins either, included under the most sacred spot of the Church were the bodies of probably five Archbishops of Canterbury.  I say what could be five because of an interesting phenomenon of burring human bodies in old lead coffins – the bodies decompose into a black viscous liquid appropriately called coffin liquor.  That sounds lovely doesn’t it?

If that wasn’t enough, I think the greatest part of this entire thing is the fact that the contractors, and the researchers and everyone involved managed to keep this thing a secret for nearly an entire year.  That’s right, they uncovered this find months ago, did research, entered the tomb to see if it was stable, identified the remains as best they could, and then, on Easter Sunday, released the findings to the greater world. Impressive.

It makes you wonder, that scene from The Last Crusade in Venice, how many other ancient Churches in Europe have hidden treasures beneath their floors?

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360 Drone Racing

More like a practice run if you ask me.  I’ve flown drones like this before, they are not easy to control, I know I would crash it trying to make those sharp turns.  One thing I think should be kept out of these drone videos though is the audio.  I don’t want, or need to hear the high pitched whine of the 4 small motors spinning the blades.  It’s distracting.

I think attaching a 360 camera, and flying the drones though a forest would be way cooler though.  Watching the bare concrete parking lot is pretty boring.  Maybe if there were a few other drones flying at the same time, but I guess not.

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Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day Stamp

On April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union made history by sending Yuri Gagarin into space.  He was the world’s first astronaut, and he was the one who shot the United States in the arm and made us realize that we had a long way to go if we wanted to beat the commies at their own game.

In 1962, the USSR commemorated this day as a national holiday – Cosmonautics Day.  In 2011 some random international agency declared it the International Day of Human Space Flight, whatever that means.

WAR!

Turns out, World War I wasn’t really good for anything except messing up things.  Anyway, last week marked the 100th anniversary of the deceleration of war on the Empire of Germany.  The exact date was April 04, 1917.  In real terms, there were lots of Americans in the war in one way or another, but now, the full military might of the United States of America was in it to win it.

Up until this point, America wasn’t really seen as the mighty super power it was.  The main benefit of America’s joining was the influx of new troops to the front lines.  Slowly, over the course of the war, and the years that followed, America transformed itself into the global power that it would soon be famous for.