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Empire State Building LEDs

So, apparently the Empire State Building upgraded the lights on their roof to be LEDs.  I have to say, that was an excellent choice.  I’ve always accepted the 3 different colors as simple fact and never requested more, usually when you do that complicates things.  But now that I’ve seen this I have to say that that was a very well made choice.

Hopefully things wont get too crazy later on, and it won’t be a different display every night, or week, or month, or whatever.  I like the simplicity of thing, no need to go crazy.  And if all

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else fails, red, white, & blue will never go out of style.

Also, since it’s all high tec, and LED and whatnot, I bet it’s computer controlled, and if it’s computer controlled, I bet it’s connected to the internet somewhere, and, if it’s connected to the internet, then it’s hackable.  How long before you think it gets hacked to display something unapproved?

I give it 6 months.

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Patriot Day

World Trade Center

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Fireworks from the Sky

I’ve always wondered what fireworks look like from the air when they explode.  This is a good video of that.

Some things I’d reccomend for a 2nd version:

  • Do it at night
  • Have some comparision shots from the ground
  • Do it at night again

I want to try it, but first need to move to a place where I can launch them more times of the year, because on the 4th, you can get away with it.

Anyway, that’s the obligatory 4th of July Indepencence day, it’s great to be an American post.  Time to go blow stuff up.

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Yesterday, December 7, 1941

Listen to this, or read it, whatever you want:

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.


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The American Christmas

I’m torn with those decorations.  They are clearly very, very well done.  But they aren’t really Christmas themed.  They are 4th of July themed.  Sure there’s a tree over in the corner, but it’s still a Red, White & Blue tree.

Also the pop remix of God Bless the USA, not a fan.  But, that being said.  I understand, and apperciate the amount of effort that went into making this display.  It is easily the most patriotic thing I have seen in a very long time, and if there’s one thing I am, it’s a patriot.

The ending is good, a fade out of the American Flag.

I still think this person should do a 4th of July version of this, but with fireworks.


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Welcome, to the Fusion age

November 01, 1952 the US military successfully conducted Operation Ivy and propelled the world into the fusion age.

Ivy Mike, pictured above, was the first thermonuclear, fusion bomb, H-Bomob, multi-megaton nuclear bomb humanity detonated.  Yielded at between 10 and 15 megatons, it was nearly 100x more powerfull then the bomb dropped on Hiroshima 7 years prior.  It remains one of the most powerful man made explosions ever, and if not for the runaway reaction of the Castle Bravo test, would be the largest nuclear device the U.S. tested.

Ivy Mike was far from the ICBMs of now.  It was a reffered to as a “thermonuclear installation” by our Commie enemies, and as a factory, whose sole product was a massive bomb.

In that sense you can either consider it to have the best or the worst workplace safety record, but there’s no disputing that it produced what it was meant to do.

Here is a video of the explosion for you to enjoy:

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Time Lapse Train Tracks

Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.

I always wondered how they got those tracks into the street like that.  It seems very complicated and indepth.  But it only took 3 1/2 days according to the description, at a cost of $1 million.  I’m not sure what was wrong with the old ones, of it it was just time to replace them or the city had stimulus money that they needed to spend on something.  But it’s an interesting watch.  I watched all 12 minutes of it, you don’t have to, after the first few minutes, it pretty much is just a repeat of everything else.  I would say watch the end when their pout the concrete, that’s pretty cool, cause I was wondering how they were gonna do that.  Well, I hopped for black top, but they went with concrete, but whatever, still interesting.


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Mini Golf in a Funeral Home?

Miniature Golf is one of those fun awesome games you play on vacation.  Well, you can also play it at a funeral.  Well, in the basement of a funeral home anyway.  The place is called Ahlgrim Acres, and it’s located in Palatine Illinois.  It’s a public course open when there is no funeral in progress, and I can say, that’s comoforting, because honestly, would you want to be a kid, and your grandpa dies, and you go to the funeral home, and your parents say, “Why don’t you go play in the basement kids, it’ll be no fun up here”  Hell you’re probably scared of your own basement, let alone the one at a place where they keep dead people.

How fitting.

They scythe on the wall back there, yea that’s comforting.

What mini golf course would be complete without a windmill?


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Happy 4th

It’s the 4th of July, have fun, blow some stuff up. {photo – wiki}


Creepy Canadians

Ok, if this is not creepy, i don’t know what its.  Apparently, the Canadian company Zaio is sending out people to photograph every home in America.  The reason, to sell that information to banks, insurance firms, appraisal services and so on.

Now, as long as the photographers are not on your property, this is totally 100% legal.  This is wrong on so many levels…

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