Alternate History Thursday: Carriers

The President was having nothing of what the city of New York was doing.  With their intent to secede, it was clear that a state of war was about to exist.  However, these were still Americans there, and he didn’t want them all to be punished for the crimes of a select few crazies.  As such, he sent an aircraft carrier out of Norfolk to help evacuate anyone who wanted.  As luck would have it, the entire Yankee team chose to leave.

New Yorkers are a stubborn bunch though, they weren’t going to let this go quietly.  The rioters started to peter out, without electricity there was difficulty getting around the city since the subways were out of commission.  As people left their office buildings and apartment high rises, they realized they would have many flights of stairs to climb if they wanted to return.  Because of this they often just left the city completely.  Buildings which once held thousands of people on a daily basis stood empty.

Those buildings, empty of people and without power soon began to crumble.  Hurricane season is in full force and even though a major storm rarely hits the city, a category 2 hurricane made landfall on NYC.  Some of the buildings, empty of weight and without any power to them began to sway.  One or two fell over in the storm.  The official count is unknown because rebels used the storm as a cover for their counter assault against the acting government of the country of New York.

While it is not known officially who fired the missiles, the official story is radical American Loyalists attempted a coup within a coup to regain control of the island of Manhattan.  It was mostly a failure and ultimately resulted in the first full scale war on the continental United States since the Civil War.  (Unofficially, the CIA funded, and directed the strike in an attempt to re-unify the nation).

The young new nation is about to be in the midst of a war with the most powerful country on the planet.  Even if y2k crippled both sides, most of the military hardware is 40 to 50 years old and in perfect working order.  There’s little New York can do to prevent their own destruction.

Listen to the song, it’s better that way:

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Judgement Day

We can thank our friend The Cyberdyne system T-800 Model 101 Terminator for helping us avert destruction.  At least for a little while that is, because Judgement Day can never be averted, only postponed.

Much as been said about the war between the machines and the humans.  There have been many documentaries, each of them telling a different version of the same events.  One of the commonalities they all share however is the persistence of man.  For when he is backed into a corner and all bets are off, he will do anything to prevent his own destruction.  That’s something that even a Machine was able to learn.  This leads us to hope that there will be a future where Judgement Day can be perpetually averted.

Some of the Eclipse

Here’s some 360° video of this Monday’s total Solar Eclipse.  Witnessing this event in person was amazing.  We drove 16 hours down to Greenville South Carolina only to be stuck in clouds.

Clouds!
Clouds!

Not to worry though, because that was a major fear of ours, we were prepared and rushed in the opposite direction of the clouds.  Eventually we ended up on the border of Liberty South Carolina.  We pulled over to the side of the road with just enough time to spare to see the last of the moon cover the sun and plunge the place into darkness.

My favorite photos are available on my site under the Eclipse album.

I took many photos, which I’ve combined together into the time-lapse below:

I can’t wait until the next one graces our fine nation in the spring of 2024.  Who knows what kind of crazy technology we’ll have by then.  I can only hope though that deadlycomputer is still running strong.

Creepy Abandoned Hotels

Igloo City is my favorite one on the list.  Yes I have a soft spot in my heart for Alaska, I think it’s one of the most exotic ones because of it’s weird look.  It also looks like it was just abandoned.  Some of the others in the list are truly abandoned, and look like they’re about to fall down and that’s what makes them creepy.  This giant igloo in the middle of Alaska, that’s creepy.

 

Eclipse!

Once in a lifetime.  Well, only if you think a total solar eclipse is the end of the world that is.

This afternoon, starting at around 1:09pm and lasting until just after 4pm Eastern the sun will begin to be blotted out by the Moon.   It’s funny how that works, the moon is the perfect size, and the perfect distance away from the earth to perfectly block out the sun.  Almost like it was engineered that way, artificially.

I’m not going to start conspiracy theories today.  Today is about science.  Science that is made possible due to the eerie circumstances that made the earth and moon billions of years ago.  Circumstances that were too perfect if you ask me.

If you’re reading this today, and you’re not in the path of the eclipse, you’re probably out of luck to see full totality.  Check this handy chart from NASA though.

 

Let’s hope that I see you tomorrow, or else the Mayans really got things wrong.

Sweet Science

High speed video and honey doesn’t usually go together, but this weird quirk of science is worth it.  It goes doubly because he actually explains the math behind the science.  Hopefully you all learn something from this.

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This House is Ace

Nice Simple House

Look at this nice unassuming cardboard house.  It looks like something a middle schooler would build for an art project doesn’t it?  Well, hopefully it is, because when you turn it around, you’ll notice that the inside of this house is actually a fully functional PC.

inside PC

It’s neat, but it looks like a pretty crappy mod.  With alittle extra effort, the owner can spice this up and turn it into something neat and unique, and not a fire hazed.

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Drawing a Dreamliner

Here you can watch as the 737 MAX 9 and the 787-10 are flown in a synchronized aerial ballet that is one of a kind.  On the ground each of these planes is large, but when you see them flying next to each other that close in the air you can really appreciate the massive size they represent.

 

Oh, and the neat thing about this all, while testing the engines on an 18 hour test flight, the Boeing engineers decided to have some fun and drew the outline of the plane via the flight path across the majority of the lower United States.

787 across America

 

Little Boy

Little Boy

It’s the marking of the turning point of world history.  The United States of America showed the world that the power of the atom was within their hands, and with one plane, and one bomb, the devastated the town of Hiroshima.

This ultimatum unfortunately was not enough, and another bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan.

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