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Contact Shot

Everyday you learn something new.  I remember watching Contact many many times, but not being a cinematographer, or really anyone with an eye for filmography, I never paid too much attention to some of the great camera work in the film.  So, that being said here’s a behind the scenes commentary on how the scene was shot:

You don’t often think of too much detailed special effects from the mid 1990s, and when you do, you usually attribute it to terrible films.  Listening to that though you realize just how much there is going on in a seemingly simple shot.


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Alternate History Thursday: Halloween

I honestly hate this “holiday”  Even if it’s a glorified reason to dress up in less clothes, that’s demeaning towards people haven’t you heard?

In West Roanoke 1588 the remains of the original alien invaders to earth were discovered by the colonists there. The primitive colonists had no idea what this type of technology was, or this type of anatomy.  Being on a brand new continent, they simply thought that their European brothers were about to stumble upon something that was far beyond them.  Naturally, this troubled them, and they made it their duty to investigate the remains, so they started digging, and digging.  They dug all through the winter for it was an important enough find that they needed answers, also, the area around the remains remained much warmer than the colony site just a mile away.

After months of digging, they reached the base of the remains.  Or what seemed like it to them that is.  A solid, seamless metal structure was at the 117 foot level.  The colonists tried to dig horizontally but they did not have the resources or ability to get very far.

Eventually, the harsh winter caught up with the colonists.  They had exerted too much energy uncovering this monument and they ran out of stored food.  As a group, they descended onto the warm monument in hopes that the warmth would attract animals they could trap and eat.  When the last colonist reached the bottom an unknown portal opened up taking them inside.  Gravity waves moved all of the excavated soil back over the hole.  Any visible trace of this project had vanished.

What happened to the colonists?  We currently do not know.  I know though, since I’m telling you this much, I must know what happens next.  Stay tuned next time for the gripping conclusion to Alien Invasion – Roanoke.

{Creepiest Tree Ever}

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The Birth of a UFO

Gone are the days when these things could be explained away as swamp gas reflecting off the planet Venus.  No, with the advent of cheap, highly maneuverable “drones” people can do all sorts of things.  At night, with a 1,000 watt LED bar attached to the bottom of it, and individually controlled and colored LEDs on each arm, you can create some pretty ace videos.  To a bystander however, they look eerily similar to the traditional UFOs.

I gotta say though, the resulting video is pretty ace.  (That’s twice I’ve used ace in this blog post).  I really like the video of the bridge.  It looks like a render doesn’t it?!

{Hacked Gadgets}

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Alternate History Thursday: Mars

On the 69th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, I bring you news of this mushroom cloud formation discovered on Mars.  It was taken last year by the Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter and I’ve been sitting on this news ever since then.  Forgive me.

Mushroom Cloud

It looks like a mushroom cloud doesn’t it.  It also looks like there’s a crater below it, and another couple of craters nearby.  What could this be??

Let’s speculate!!!!!!!!

{Tech Malak}

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Alternate History Thursday: Chernobyl

The first, and still, most dangerous and deadly nuclear accident revolves around the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine.  Many things can be said about the accident, but I’m about to dive into an alternate theory on what caused the terrible disaster.  Yes it will be outlandish.  Yes it will be crass.  Yes, it won’t make sense.  But come on, do you really expect anything less of me?

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Artificial Rings


Saturn has some pretty neat natural rings, well, Earth has it’s own set of artificial rings.  Thousands of satellites, nuts & bolts, and orbiting debris make up a pretty crowded shield of crap that surrounds the planet.  In a couple of years, we might be able to successfully protect us from an invading alien force, simply because they would loose too many ships trying to invade the planet.

Anyway, play around zoom in, and look at all these things currently orbiting the earth over here at Alex Ras.

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Alternate History Thursday – > The Emperor’s Rise

On this date in 1934 Adolf Hitler rose to power as the head of state due to the death of the then current president Hindenburg.  This started his long process of trying to attain the 3rd Reich.

We will take this time to go back and acknowledge the time frame of the time, and an alternate universe land where he was stopped.

With the discovery of the TDD in the late 1940s, and the eventual improvement of the technology over the coming decades, various do-gooders had attempted to go back in time to remove Hitler from power.  Every one of those attempts was an utter failure.  What those naive scientist thought was that they would change the future in their current timeline.  Those futile attempts were the harshest ways to teach people the truth of the infinite universe theory the Aliens brought to us.

You see, time travel via the TDD doesn’t allow for the commonly understood temporal paradox, there just is no option for it to happen.  The dimension that they are traveling to is as different as you can get from the one they came from.  The only way to see a difference is to open multiple doors to the same universe but at different points in that universe’s timeline.  This is possible in theory, but has yet to succeed.

We are confident that with the further picking of the Alien’s brains, we will be able to determine the key to connecting to the same exact universe at different points in it’s time.

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Alternate History Thursday – TIME


The above is a real time gif of the earth’s movement.  Just watch it, it moves at few frames a second, and after 24 hours, it will be back where it started.  Anyway, you could waste all day watching that, or you can take my word for it and then read the following:

Time is an interesting concept.  It’s claimed that it’s the only constant in the universe, and that it can only flow in one direction.  But I’m about to flip all that 180 degrees on you.  TIME is as a concept that humans understand is flawed.  By gaining access to an alternate reality, you can quickly see that the flow of time is not equal to that in your local reality.  This is most easily seen when traveling “back in time” to 1947 by dialing in the correct coordinates and opening the temporal-displacement door (TDD).  The technology for this door was provided to us by the crashed alien craft from the late 1940s.

Now, conventional wisdom says that with a flux-capacitor, and the ability to drive at 88mph, you will be able to open your own TDD.  The technology displayed in a flux-capacitor has not been successfully decoded, but we believe that the TDD is an alternate version of the flux-capacitor.  It’s probable that the aliens have decided that a door is the optimal way to change dimensions, whereas for us humans, if you’re gonna make a time machine (out of anything), why not do it with some style.

After careful examination of the final product, it was determined that the TDD was safe for human use, and the first time travelers were sent to the year 1947 to witness the crash landing of the aliens from which the technology came.  Temporal paradoxes are prevented because we are not traveling through time, but rather to another dimension altogether.  However, it is important to note that once the door is closed, travel to that dimension from your source dimension is more or less closed.  The probability that a door can be opened to the same dimension is ridiculously small with our current understanding, and the aliens are not telling use anything helpful.

Regardless, we feel that this a minor issue for the time being.  The door doesn’t need to be fully open to keep the portal open, just not closed completely.  This has prompted the invention of the Temporal-Jam (T-JAM).  This leaves the TDD open just a hair, and as long as the location is known, can be opened with minimal force.  Care must be used so that only approved beings travel through the door, this is why it’s recommended that a firewall be constructed around each TDD complete with auto-close functionality, and it’s own low-yield nuclear device.  The EMP field will destroy the time-circuits, and hopefully any dangerous lifeforms that make it through the TDD.  Any local loss of life is expected in this situation, and understood.

This is just a preliminary report, we look forward to further testing of the TDD, T-JAM, and fail-safes in order to work out all kinks in the plan and make it a profitable endeavor.


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Alternate History Thursdays – May Day

It’s May Day, and you know what that means, time to celebrate Communism.  In the present reality, May Day is celebrated on May 1st, when it’s known as International Workers Day, except in America, where it’s known as Labor Day, and celebrated on the first Monday of September.

Well, in our alternate reality, it’s still celebrated on May 1st, even in Communist America.  It’s worth it to know that the movement started soon after WW2 ended, in July of 1949, (incipiently, just a few years after Roswell, coincidence, I think NOT!)  There are many theories as to how this holiday started, I will go into the one I like best, which, no surprise, deals with the attempted usage of Alien technology by dumb stupid Communists.

After nearly a full earth year on the planet, the surviving aliens were desperate to make contact with their home world, so they actually assisted, as opposed to trying to, the Commies in getting the IDR functioning.  They managed to hook it up and send messages back with few problems in no time at all.  However, it wasn’t right away that they heard a response from their home planet.  You see, across realities, the aliens had not been missing at all yet.  It was only when they made contact that time synced back up again, and the natives of Centari received the message.  It was like “pause” had been set on reality, and the aliens were just getting back to the game.

The Centarins had no record of a missing ship, so they took this all as a hoax at first.  It wasn’t until months later, late August 1948 local earth time, that the Centarians believed their story, (time has been flowing normally now).  The question now becomes what happened, and how to fix it?

Naturally, the stranded aliens, (who unfortunately have never been given names in any official, or unofficial document), didn’t divulge all this information to the Commie Americans.  Weather it was because the stranded knew that the Americans were commies, and inherently evil, or because they were naturally dis-trusting of humans in general will probably never be known.  What is know though, is that the Commie Americans tried as hard as possible to get weapons out of this technology in any way possible.  They were very much interested in the whole time travel aspect of the Centarians.

The Centarians on the other hand were not able to help with the time travel aspect.  They were at a loss as to how they managed to stop time for their counterparts back home.  From what they were able to gather (having been able to hook up to the Galactic Photon Flow, (GPF), which is basically the inter-galactic version of the internet), many universities and amateurs alike had been trying for months to study the gigantic space explosion.  Some were focused on the location, while others were focused on the cause.  Both had so far proved elusive.

Oh well, that’s enough of this story for now, turns out it had nothing to do with May Day did it?  Was it enjoyable at least?


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Alternate History Thursday – The New Age

Time is something that only humans notice and keep track of.  This was true in our alternate history timeline, until the advent of July, 1947 that is.  That’s when the humans discovered that there were other beings out there, that knew about time, and more importantly, knew how to manipulate it.  Yes, those exceptional beings taught the humans alot in 100 years of our time, but in reality was 1,000’s of years of information all balled up for easy consumption.

Today you are going to hear about the story of New Years Eve, 2221.  The dawn of a new age, when all the numbers are the same.  For one glorious year, (437 days), the year would be 2222.  You know how humans get with their numbers, the only thing they seem to like better are cats.  But don’t let them hear you say that.  Anyway, this was a standard new year’s eve, nothing too special going on (except the year it was turning into that is).  Not much has changed with humans in the last 200 years either, they’re still superstitious, and still got people predicting the end of the world every few dozen years.

This time though, those damn commies had successfully completed the first test of the new trans-dimensional space-time traversing device (TDS), recovered from the crash of 1947.  It only took 300 years, and countless calls home on the IRD, but they finally got something working.  The damn commies decided to do the test run on their device at midnight on New Year’s eve, (because in this reality, there is no such thing as science-fiction, or irony).

As can be expected, a portal was opened.  But not to the home world of the Centari, no, somewhere else.  One of the elder Centari who could trace his lineage back 1,000 generations was able to identify the world that was opened up.  But they did not believe it.  It was an ancient world, that was told in stories, never known to actually exist, but there it was.  Those damn commies had opened the gates to a spirit realm.

Just as what happened to the Echoguisaans, the same happened to those damn commies.  Because of the secretive nature of Communist America, the rest of the free world didn’t know much about it.  They went on with their new year like nothing happened.  Also, because of those secrets, the rest of the free world didn’t know of the existence of the Centari, or of time travel, or any of the wonderful deadly things that come of it all.

The Year 2222 will go down in history as the end of the Communist Empire.  Nearly 300 years old, it was one of the foundations of the Earthen Order, but it didn’t matter, the Spirits started a civil war, and all the commie people escaped to the realms provided by the portals.  It Commie High Command accused the Centari of plotting the whole thing from the beginning, but it was no use.  Once that portal is open, there is no turning back.  The world silently watched as Communist America dissolved into empty land, where the Deer and the Buffalo roamed once again.