Alternate History Thursday: Electricity Gone

Things have quickly spiraled out of hand in the great city of New York.  Soon after the bridges were leveled, and the tunnels blown up, the Mayor of NYC officially declared his intention to secede from the State.  He wasn’t totally crazy, he wasn’t going to secede from the Union, only the State.  However, the Governor wouldn’t have any of it.  It was either be a part of the state, or leave.  This sentiment was echoed by The President.  The Mayor immediately decided that his gold was worth more then enough to start his own country, and at 8 million people, it would be a respectable country in it’s own right.  Unfortunately, gold would end up being it’s only export.

They would have to import practically everything from the mainland.  This was their weakness.  And so, fittingly, on July 4th, all power to the island of Manhattan was cut off.

The lights had gone out on Broadway.

This is the turning point where the Mayor lost control of his city.  Without electricity those hundred story buildings were impossible to get into or out of.  The water pumps weren’t able to get up all the way either.  Food started to go bad, though there was still a steady supply coming in from approved importers.  Though, that didn’t last long because the union workers on the docks went on strike, or just sailed to the greater NY/NJ/CT area and claimed asylum.  Riots started up along the edges of the city which remained connected to the state.

Through it all, there was a dedicated group of individuals who vowed to fight.  They were determined that if they couldn’t have NY as it was, no one else was entitled to it either.

The city, and the country was about to be on the brink of a war.  Who would survive, who or what would fall, and how much longer will it last?  August is around the corner, and with it come some major anniversaries, will they be honored?

As always, listen to the song while you read, it’s better that way:

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Ready Player One

I have no idea what this movie is about.  Seriously, even after the trailer, it’s not apparent what the plot of the movie is.  But there are 2 Easter Eggs in the trailer that piqued my interest.

If you want to find them for yourself, then don’t read any more.

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Pure Photos

Photographer Robin de Puy teamed up with Spa, and spent 6 months developing the technique to take photographs through a drop of water.  It’s quite something to be honest, though it’s wildly impractical.  In order to get it working, they had to use a Teflon coated glass plate, an electrical current, and mirrors.  It’s all neat and everything, but it’s not for the real world unfortunately.

{Peta Pixel}

Running like Bourne

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to run across rooftops like Jason Borune, then the above video is for you.

If you just want to watch a video of people free running and doing crazy interesting Parkour, then this video below is for you:

The One

That’s what they hoped the new Xbox would be.  The One.

Well, not really, it was just based off of the love of The Matrix, and ideas that it would be a unique, immersive world.  The rest of the video goes over some of the history of how the video game console came to fruition.  The idea that the Kinect was going to re-birth the gaming system was pretty ambitious of them considering that Nintendo started that trend previously.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, that was a pretty neat video, wasn’t it?  I really liked the part when Balmer crashed the party and insisted that the new console be a White Tower of Power.*

{Destructoid}

*Ok, I made that part up.