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Today marks the 80th year since the bloodiest war in the history of man.  Early in the day, Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded Poland setting off the spark of events that spiraled into World War II.  It’s bee sugar coated, it’s been glorified, it’s been everything under the sun, but at the end of the day, it was a war.  A terrible war with atrocities all over the place.  Terrible things happened, and terrible scars are still healing all over the world.

Thankfully we’ve lived in relative peace for the last 80 years, let us hope that it remains that way for further generations to come.


Alternate History Thursday: Poland

Remember, Remember, The First of September when the axis powers fought

Invading the land, and killing the man, of every Aryan not

You like that? I just wrote it to commemorate the beginning of World War II.  76 years ago today Nazi Germany invaded Poland to start World War II off in Europe.  Slowly but surely the rest of the world would be dragged into the chaos the ultimately led to some 50 to 80 million human deaths, and trillions of dollars of damage.

Royal Castle at Warsaw on fire

I was going to go into a long history of how in our alternate reality land, things didn’t quite work this way, they were, well, different, but that wasn’t going with the memory of this awful event.  So, me, having a change of heart, decided to just go with a memorable post instead.


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Actual History Tuesday – The Red Baron

Building on the post from this morning, we’re going to zoom 3 years into the future of the past.  Today marks the Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron.

Red Baron photo

In case you need a refresher on World War I air history, here it is:

The First World War was naturally, the first time aircraft were used in combat.  The planes were originally modified general purpose planes, not specifically built for fighters, that quickly changed and all sorts of purpose built machines were constructed.  The men who piloted these planes were generally of the upper class.  Wealthy, knowledgeable people.  The most interesting thing however is the respect they had for each other.  When a plane was shot down, all effort was made to make sure the pilot was safe, and if they happened to die, they were treated with dignity, and respect.  Because of the fragile nature of the planes, (and the fact they were using bullets, not missiles), most planes that were shot down were merely disabled, or unable to fly.  Unless the pilot was shot, he usually survived with minimal injuries.  Partly due to the skills needed to fly, and the lack of qualified people, the pilots who were shot down were treated well, and very soon became not friends, but respected equals in each others minds.

Now, back to Manfred.

The Red Baron is the most well known aerial ace in history.  Officially, he is credited with 80 confirmed enemy kills (a kill in this sense is to the aircraft, not the pilot).  Unofficial numbers have him in the low 100s.  No other pilot in the first world war has more kills them him.  His most famous plane was the Fokker Dr. I, a tri-plane that he had painted bright red.  But only a quarter of his kills came from that plane.

On April 21, 1918, The Red Baron was in a dogfight and his plane was hit.  It wasn’t down yet, he was trying to land it safely for he still had some control.  While looking for his landing, he flew over some allied AA guns.  Those AA guns opened fire, one bullet hit him causing fatal injuries to him.  He crashed into the countryside, and his body was recovered.

The final shot that killed Manfred is unknown, the most popular theory is that it was an Australian AA gunner, while a British Air-man is credited with downing the plane.  He he was given a full military funeral with a honor guard and a salute.  Members of other air-squads sent memorial wreaths to his grave.  After the war, his body was eventually transferred to Germany, and over the years of the Nazis, and the Soviets, his body now lies next to his brother, and his sister in Wiesbaden.

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The Great War

World War I began in July of 1914.  It changed the world.  I could go on about what changed, but you should have learned all that in school.  Oh, you didn’t, that’s right, unfortunately, The Great War, is always overshadowed by it’s younger, more deadly & exciting brother, World War II.  That’s ok, in fact, that’s completely understandable, WW2 had Adolf Hitler & Atomic Bombs, it doesn’t get much better than that.  But I don’t want to go too much into WW2 history, I do that enough as is, let’s see what World War I has to say.

Indy Neidell’s YouTube channel: The Great War, is hoping to rectify this lapse in general knowledge.  The entire intricacies of the war are intertwined, and complicated.  Plus, I really like Mr. Neidell.  He’s got a great voice, mannerisms, and general likeability.  In case you can’t watch the video, Neidell is going to go over This Week in WW1, one week at a time, from 100 years ago.  All in (100 years ago) real-time.  Most of the videos so far are only 5 – 10 minutes long, so take that much time out of your week to learn about the most important part of the last 100 years.  Without WW2, the world as we know it today would not exist.


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22nd Century Art

How would you like to be a part of a 100 year long photography project?  Well, Team Titanic, out in Berlin is about to start up a 100 year long project.  It’s not something that you would expect either.  Or even something that you could figure out easily.  They are planning to release 100 pin hole cameras into the wild hands of the public, and have them set up to take one single photo with an exposure time of 100 years.  That’s 3.156 x 109 seconds.  That’s a long ass time.


That’s what one of the cameras looks like.  Next week, the public will be able to pay $13.75 to reserve a camera.  They will be tasked with placing the camera somewhere where it will be likely to last 100 years.  They (each owner of the camera), should only tell one person, later in life, who should do the same.  Until the summer of 2114 that is.  When hopefully 100 middle aged people will remember where they all are and develop the photos.  Hopefully even more, everything about the cameras themselves will last.  From being out in the elements for 100 years, to the actual building they’re attached to still existing…

I like the idea.  It’s pretty neat, I don’t really know how it will turn out.  But then again, no one alive really knows how it will turn out, and I guess that’s the appeal to it all.

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RGB LED table

I like tables.  I like weird interesting, not normal tables.  I like electronic tables.  I like this new 64 RGB LED table that Edo in Germany made.  It is nice, and well beyond anything I can make in my spare time.  But I like it.  I would have made it 128 pixels wide, just so you can get more resolution, but this is nice.  Maybe for his next one he’ll make it bigger.

I like how it responds to noise, and movement. That’s some interesting implementations there.

Plus don’t the aluminum sides look nice!

Check out some more videos and photos over at Hacked Gadgets

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Becareful, electricity is dangerous

And according to this German handbook from 1933, some strange situations can lead to some painful deaths at it’s mysteryous hands.

I don’t think the water stream would be constant enough, it’d probably go through the ladder.

Haha, that picture just makes me laugh.

There must be something wrong with lamps in pre-WWII Germany, cause it seems that by touching one you die.

This is actually something I’ve been told don’t shower or take a bath durring a thunderstorm, it leads to death.

I can’t figure out what the hell this baby is doing, but it doesn’t look safe regardless, crazy dead child.

Fortunately for us Mythbusters proved this to be completly false.  Yay not dead!