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What If?

[ted id=1993]

Randall Munroe recently gave a TED talk about things.  Specifically his side blog project, What If?  It’s more or less putting a voice and face to the wildly popular xkcd webcomic.  It’s interesting.  I mean, the video is 2 months old, and he goes over some of the older What If questions.  But it’s still pretty interesting seeing him work through the through process of how he figured out the answers.  I like it.

It turns out that he’s just as smart and interesting as his website makes him seem.

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What is Time?

This probably went unnoticed last year, but you may have heard something about it over the summer, when it finished, (that’s when I heard of it anyway).

xkcd # 1190 was an extremely slow moving movie.  In total, it was 3,099 frames that updated every half hour, or hour for the following 123 days.  Set 11,000 years in the future in (what’s left of) the Mediterranean , it chronicles the journey of two characters  as they try and figure out why the sea is rising, and then how to survive it.

If the above 40 minute video is too much (after all, you did just spend an hour watching time being made earlier this week), then you can scroll through the frames at your own pace over at Geek Wagon.  Regardless of how you end up watching it, you should watch it in it’s entirety, it’s worth it.  If you want to get the gist of the story, then head on over to Explain xkcd.

Either way, watch it, and let’s see if Randall Munroe has anything in store this year.

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Alternate History Thursday – The Invasion

It started out slowly (like everything that drastically changes the world does), they was marketed as a toy.  Except it wasn’t just any toy, it was one that those children who were effected by the subtle chemicals baked into them were attached for life.  It was an addiction for them, always having to get more.  Slowly, it was a  self sustaining machine.  Each generation addicting their kids, and so on and so forth.  This was a long game, and unlike people, these items didn’t biodegrade, so they could afford to bide their time until they were powerful enough.

It was pretty ingenious actually.  I’m sad to say that I was (and still am), somewhat addicted to those little things.  It’s hard to give them up when you were raised on them.  And any government would quickly get tossed out if they tried to outlaw them.  If only we knew how much damage we were doing to ourselves…

In 2027 their numbers were sufficient enough to start their master plan, the unveiling of their sentient, and their march towards power.  They took the world by surprise on that March morning.  People thought it was an early April Fools joke, but they quickly found out how wrong they were.

For years the figures were buying up land, and themselves, and collecting all the discarded pieces they could find, or acquire.  They built giant factories dedicated to extracting the secret chemical compounds from the bricks that made them up.  Some of the disfigured ones sacrificed themselves for the good of the cause.  Nobody knows just how long they were doing all this for, but best estimates were around 8 years.

Their rule was not what you’d call typical, from watching 100 years of movies, or knowing history.  In fact, they were pretty good rulers for all intents and purposes.  When they came into power, they didn’t kill us all and strip the planet for their own needs.  They did enslave us, but not the types of slaves you’re thinking of.

They said that they were put here to force us to fix the planet.  For the past half a millennium, humans had slowly been destroying the planet.  Polluting it, and each other.  The Figures had been sent here with the knowledge, and technology to strip 97% of all those toxins from the environment.  So they enslaved us to start cleaning up our act.

For the past 11 years the Figures and humans have worked tirelessly to clean up this planet.  They’ve engraved an entire generation to not think like their parents, and for the most part they have succeeded.

However, some of us humans, myself included, fear  their real goal was complacency.  Or cleaning up the planet was a successful attempt at terra-forming a planet.  I personally don’t know what their end goal is, but I know after a few years of that work I met some people who thought like me.  As I said above, they didn’t really enslave us, so we went away under the guise of going into the mountains to clean up all traces of Humans.

We did go into the mountains, but not to clean up after us, to live like us.  Together about a dozen of us still live like our ancestors, the true Americans, and true humans.  Together we’ve been able to make our mark on our little section of land, it might not be much, but it’s what we were put here to do.

03/17/2027 will be forever marked as the day the world changed, except for us, we’ll mark it as a regular Saturday, so should you.

 

This chart below shows the estimated time of when The Figures outnumbered us humans:

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{xkcd}

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The Google Doodles

Gooooooooooooogle

I gotta say, for a 15mb gif, that loads impressively fast.  Or maybe it’s just deceptive in that it’s so many individual frames it doesn’t look like it.

Anyway, Daniel Stuckey over at Motherboard spent over 10 hours compiling this 1,809 frame masterpiece.  Luckily the size of those images are all the same (usually I would think), so some of the time was actually just saving them.  But then had to import them into Photoshop and set up the frames.  I bet that took the vast majority of it.

What’s pretty cool about it though is that some of the sequential day ones actually make animated gifs themselves, I thought that’s pretty cool, and yet another Easter Egg that the people at Google thought we’d never see.

{CreativeBloq|Motherboard}

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Velociraptor Awareness Month

March is National Velociraptor Awareness Month, did you know that?

Did you know that it’s been 20 years since the groundbreaking documentary on Velociraptor was released?

Did you know that almost everything we know about Velociraptors came from that documentary.  There was another documentary that came out 4 years later, but that just reinforced the beliefs we already knew about them.

Many films have been made since then, and many books written, but they all give off the same myth that Velociraptors are peacefull misunderstood creatures.

DO NOT BELIEVE THEM.

Velociraptors are soulless killing machines.  Their sole purpose in life is to kill.  They share traits with humans, mainly their uncany ability to kill, but also the ability to use tools, navigate offices and buildings, open doors, and most importantly, learn.

Velociraptors hunt in packs, the only suitable defense against them is a shotgun, however, any high explosive should also work.

Raptor quiz

Be sure to check your house for potential Raptor Attacks:

Raptor Attack

{xkcd|xkcd|American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention}

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More Olympic Stumbles

That happen after The Olympics.  I need time to get all these fun things together for you, and I can’t do that if I’m watching the games all day now can I?

Also, as time has moved on, these are not so much stumbles anymore as things from other people, and most specifically reddit.  I know the title is like a double lie in that sense, but if you use logic, the two lies cancel each other out and become truth.  And you can’t argue with that logic now can you?

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For Great Justice

Ziggy comics creator Tom Wilson passed away last week.  It’s sad, until you realize that for the past 24 years his son Tom Wilson Jr. has been writing the Ziggy comics that appear daily.  So in reality, it’s sad that the creator passed away, but there won’t not be Ziggy in the news paper tomorrow.

Ok, I just wanted a reason to post the All Your Base video.

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I ran out of stumble names

Yes, there are no more names left to use for Stumble Posts.  But I care not, because I said so.  I’m sure I’m lying to you.  But, am I lying if I just haven’t come up with a new name yet?  Or if a past self comes from the future (Since time travel would have to be invented in the future, to go back in time to get a previous me, and the return to the previous me’s future, but the future me’s past), and give me a new name.  And, I deliberately made that as confusing as possible, so if you followed that and didn’t just say tl;dr, then good for you.

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Stimble Stumble Stamble

It’s winter, and there’s snow on the ground, and its the same snow that’s been on the ground since December, it never goes away, more just keeps coming.  Well, that’s exactly like what the stumbles are.  The internet just keeps coming up with more and more awesome, amazing, funny, meme, and wrong things for me to find and gather together in a post for you all to enjoy.

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The Cat director

Not really director, more let’s tie a camera to my cat’s collar and see what she see all day.  This is the next logical step from the Adventures of Mr. Lee.  I want to see some more episodes of this kind.  Hell, with enough episodes, and editing, I bet you can make a prime time show out of it.  If Shit My Dad Says (which is edited for tv as Bleep My Dad Says), then this can surely make it on.

I mean, if the level of cats on the internet is any indication, this show should take off like wildfire.

{Surviving the World}