Did you know about these? I didn’t until cursing around reddit (more so than usual being stuck inside). It’s a Hail Cannon. Apparently it’s useless, but it’s still pretty crazy. Basically a controlled explosion directed upwards to try and break up hail stones before they can fall to the ground. I’m not so sure how well it would work, and the research is inconclusive because the weather is, as always unpredictable.
It’s been a long time since Jake and Amir were regularly making videos. I remember it like it was yesterday honestly, I can’t believe it’s been 3 or 4 years. Any Hootie and the Blowfish, they recently joined back up on Patreon and are uploading Jake and Amir watch, Jake and Amir, it’s like director commentary on DVDs back in the day. Just pop it in, press play and enjoy the ride.
Or, pay them some money and watch them watch themselves. This above video is from Milk Man I and II with Ben Schwartz. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the Milk Man set, but it’s fun to watch them reminisce about times past. I almost want to sign up and watch,but they’re only like 20 episodes deep and they have over 800 to total. Or that’s what I heard. It seems right.
I remember stumbling to the videos years and years ago. Remember stumble-upon. Man those were good times. I know Tuesdays and Thursdays I was refreshing the homepage waiting for the new video to drop. Then before I had found the reddit community, I would hope to be one of the first to add a comment to their page.
Many good times watching them. I still use many of the phrases in my common every day words. It’s impressive, kind of. Some people don’t really get it, but I do, and that’s what matters.
The captions on this video explain everything, but because I want to fill up space and not seem like I’m wasting time, here’s the meat. A Freight train traveling through the state of Illinois “accidentally” crossed paths with a F2 tornado. I get that trains, especially freight trains, are very difficult to stop. Though the weather is pretty easy to predict, at least a few miles out like this tornado was. Surely the central command new something about possible weather issues ahead. Though, then again, Tornadoes are spontaneous. Perhaps it did just materialize out of nowhere and toss those train cars around like a toys.
Lesson to be learned here – nature is scary, don’t mess with it.
I know this video is almost 3 years old, but sometimes it’s nice to revisit some old things, and show how times have changed, and technology improved. In this case, the video quality is still amazing, as is the production quality. You know what has changed, the ability to do something like this and not get arrested.
Victor Chu flew his drone around the 5 boroughs of New York City taking the above footage. He’s pretty good with the drone, and the rest of his channel is now fleshed out with plenty of cool stuff for you to watch and enjoy.
I will say, seeing anything from above is unique, but seeing Manhattan, someplace I go to often, or at least pass by and through from above is unique. There’s so much that you don’t notice or see in the world from the ground.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a time-lapse. Well, I think it has anyway. So please, watch the above, it’s longer than previous ones at 5 minutes, but it’s just as spectacular as any I’ve posted in the past. There are some spots where the clouds look unreal. The music is well paced and soothing. So for-realz, watch it, enjoy it, live it.
You know Japan isn’t just known for their crazy perversions. They’re actually insanely good woodworkers too. Case in point, this crazy complicated mechanical clock that draws out the time on a magnetic board.
Japanese woodworker Kinohaguruma makes some of the the coolest works of wooded engineering I have ever seen.
Here’s the first video that introduced me to him, a wooden excavator:
See how the entire thing is made of wood. There’s a bunch of different gears, and different transmissions and gear boxes that change what is actually being moved. All through two leavers. This is more a feat of engineering then it is wood work, but it’s both!
Here’s another wooden marvel, a crane that rotates 360 degrees, has an articulating arm with a claw!
His works of engineering art aren’t limited to just earth movers, here’s a wooden wood pecker that’s spring wound:
Long time readers will know my obsession with America’s National Parks, (just check out the tag, seriously). It is my goal to get to all 59 (as of this publication, November, 2015), of America’s National Parks. I’ve got a dozen down so far, but I’ve only been seriously going to them for a few years now. Well two graduates of UVa are attempting to visit all 59 National Parks in 59 weeks. It sounds like a pretty daunting task, and to be honest, I think it’s a little fast. But all the power to them.
They started the trip in June of this year, and have made it quite a-ways so far. Their actual route has differed a bit from their planned one, but no plan survives the battle field. They have photos posted of 6 parks so far, I choose two of my hopefully favorite parks, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Glacier to showcase above. Aren’t they beautiful?
Amateur Astronomy has been one of my oldest hobbies. Lately, it’s manifested itself by just taking long-exposure night shots, or time-lapses, but this past weekend, I went out specifically to look through a telescope. An 8″ reflector to be precise. It was a fun night, and I got some pretty neat photos out of it. The two things I focused on were M13, and The Ring Nebula.
Here is M13, I took a bunch of shots of this, but the first few weren’t in focus, the latter ones came out decent, and I stacked them together to bring out some of the finer details and color using Deep Sky Stacker.
I really like The Ring Nebula, I was able to get some color out of that easily.
This was a nice welcome back to the world of astronomy, and astrophotography, I can’t wait for the next time I get out there with my own scope.
Words cannot describe how amazing this video is, which I guess is good, since it’s not in English, and you can more or less get an idea of what’s going on by reading what I’m gonna say, which is ultimately, just reporting what NKR says. And afterall, this is the internet, so everything is true.
2 years ago, summer 2012, Anders Helstrup jumped from a pane (on purpose), and filmed his parachute drop back to earth. His safe float back to the surface was nearly ruined by a rock, falling from the sky. That’s right, a rock, falling, from 10,000 feet in the sky, in other words, a meteor, for space.
The best part is it’s not even something you have to squint to see in the video, it’s pretty apparent at 25 seconds in:
That is a ridiculous once in everyone on the planet’s combined lifetimes event. In fact, it’s probably a safe bet that it will never happen again.