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Hiroshima

Exactly 64 years ago the atomic age was officially entered.

With the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States in World War II, the face of the world was changed, both figuratively, and literally, since then we remain the only nation to use an Atomic bomb on another.

Alot of people look at Truman’s decision to drop the bomb today and criticize him for it.  These people are too peace loving, and stupid, and that’s why I don’t pay attention to them.  Sure alot of other things could have happened, but this is what did happen, and we should be glad of it.  Not only did it end the war, but it gave rise to the future.

The atomic age was one of promise, and endless wonder.  When you could reach for the stars on a space craft powered by detonating nuclear bombs, or have a nuclear vacuum cleaner.  Instead we got fear, and lies, and because of that we lost our edge in the world.

Sure there are dangers to nuclear power, but they are far more exaggerated then you are led to believe, and once someone gets alittle backbone and use the technology to it’s full potential (FIVE!), then maybe we could see a new golden age.

Let’s turn this most awesome power to our advantage once again, power our cities, and our dreams by splitting the atom.  Sure fusing the atom might be alittle more safe, but so far that is unobtainable, let’s make due with what we have, and not be afraid of what could happen.  Because you don’t know what will happen, you’re just afraid that something bad might happen.  And forget about living with that, you probably could, but you don’t want the media to get a hold of it because they are a topsy turvy group.  Well forget about them.  Move on, and together, we can make our nuclear powered blender, vacuum cleaner, space ship, and time machine.

And remember how it all started, 64 years ago with the bombing of a city to end a war. {photo – wiki}

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Military robots are a Bad Idea

When will the military learn.  Have 4 Terminator movies not been enough to show that robots do not belong on the battlefield, or making the decisions, or anywhere besides a book.  You would think that anyway.  But it seems that saving one human life on the battlefield is worth killing 1000 human lives in 5 years.  I don’t know about you, but that’s not logical.

A company has designed a robot that can take power from biomass.  This is an awesome concept.  If we can power a robot from biomass, why not a car, or an airplane, or a house?  No, first we make a military application of the technology, then it filters down to the public (in actuality, that’s how it’s happened for the past 100 years or so).  But the implemtation of the technology is wrong.

They are working on a robot that feeds on all sorts of biomass, that includes dead human bodies on it’s endless search for whatever it was programed to do.  Well I’m going to take this situation a few steps further because I have an imagination, and I know how to use it.

So, you made this robot, it can roam the land forever using plants and animals for food.  There’s a storm, it gets struck by lightning, it gains sentience, instead of a fun loving awesome robot like Johnny 5, we get a killing machine sent on a mission from Hell to destroy all humans.  It’s not long before this robot learns how to construct primitive versions of himself by abducting other robots and hardware.  Soon enough there’s an army of biomass eating baby robot killers.  Under orders from the HERO (Human Eradication-Relocation, Organization) high command, the army soon overwhelms the humans in the outlying areas of war torn countries.  Soon all traces of humans are gone, and the military is in the process of considering dropping atomic bombs to cover it up.  Unfortunately for us, our fear happy government is too scared to use the one weapon that can save us, and HERO quickly makes its way across the seas and oceans and comes ashore everywhere.  There are too many of them to be effectually contained.  The only hope is to wipe them all through a coordinated global nuclear strike.  But time is running out.

The HERO high command being born of the military, has access to the codes and satellites used and knows of this plan.  They have sent drones out on missions to consume the components of the nuclear bombs – yes they have evolved to consuming all matter now.  Also, HERO high command has carved out themselves an underground base in sub-Sahara Africa for multiple logistical reasons, so should the drones fail, the high command will still be around.  And then it’s a simple matter of going topside and flourishing, because radiation has no effect on a machine.

The world is slowly falling to the agents of HERO.  There is no turning back now, the robots have won.  Even with the nuclear strike, enough of the drones survived to wreak havoc with the surviving humans.  A group of humans have banded together to form a resistance.  The call themselves the Robot Revolutionaries, RR.  They have captured many agents of HERO, and have reverse engineered much of them.  They have also discovered something, a plot that could destroy what we know of humanity at present.  There is not much that can stop it, but for a lone person named A.E.P. Who is this A.E.P.?  He must be found, but he could be anywhere in history…
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The Army Man

Plastic green Army Men.  I remember playing with these things all the time when I was a kid.  I’d set them up all over my house.  Usually they would be the infantry for my G.I. Joe battles, those Awesome interspecies action figure wars that took up the whole of my basement.  Those were good times.

Someone has decided to paint themselves green, and dress up as one of them.

He even has two poses down perfect!

This is truly an excellently well made costume, with a ton of history behind it.  Well done Green Army Guy, well done.

{top photo wiki}

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Google’s Quest for World Domination

Five years ago Google released Gmail to the world.  It was on April 1, and most people thought it was a hoax, 1GB of storage space, that’s crazy, who needs all that space?  Well it was quickly the must have thing of the year, and you can even credit Gmail for starting the Beta craze, since it had the Beta definition up yesterday.  In those 5 years, Gmail has become the de facto standard for web-based email, and with the Gmail Labs feature, it will continue to innovate the field for years to come.

Way back in the day, when you needed to get invited to Gmail, and users only had one or two invites to give out, there was a place called Gmailforums.com.  You may have heard of it, it’s where I got my invite back in the summer of 2004, (maybe you saw me there under the name “myotismon”), and it was a ripe place for Google information, and Gmail help, back before Google started their much improved support section.  Way back then we lived on refreshing the Google Labs homepage for new stuff.  When Google X was released, and quickly taken down, we had a field day speculating about it.

But that wasn’t the only thing, we were ripe with rumors.  The two biggest were that Google would release a browser of their own, and that Google would release an operating system of their own.  As of today, those two rumors have been proven true.  Ok, Google Chrome was released last September, but whatever.  Today Google announced Google Chrome OS, and if Gmailforums still existed, I can guarantee that there would be a flurry of activity on it all day, and into the weekend.

I always was one of the supporters of a Google based operating system, saying that there was no need for another browser on the market (granted, a standards complaint browser is nice, but just another one I have to make sure my code works in).  However, Chrome has proven itself a worthy application.

Back in 2004 there was no such thing as a netbook, or a lightweight OS, so things have changed in the years since.  It’s probably for the better too because as well as Windows 7, or Windows XP or Mac OSX work on the limited hardware of a netbook, they are still optimized for something much larger and more powerful.  By starting from the ground up with the Linux kernel, Google is in position to make a beautifully crafted OS specially tailored to the small form factors of netbooks.  I’m talking about the GUI, and the interface, Google has always used keyboard shortcuts, they would be right to integrate simple ones in their OS.  Chrome is already very minimal in it’s interface, and if Google takes that design to heart, the OS will be nice and simple too.

There’s tons of time to speculate about it though, because the Code wont be open sourced till later this year, and the first actual hardware we can see won’t be until 2010.  Hopefully Google will release the final version as standalone, and let other users install it on their own non-netbook computers.   All of that will be known in good time, but now it’s time for speculation.

Google now has your emails, term papers, photos, address, calendar, finances, reading list, and browsing history. What could they be doing with all that information?  Plotting world domination I say.  They have everything necessary to blackmail 90% of the world, or, scarier yet, confuse the world.  How much more information do computers need to gather about us before they are able to make virtual worlds for us to inhabit kinda like The Matrix?  Probably a while still, but it’s on track.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use Google, if there’s one company that I trust my information to, it is Google, and besides, all my most important things are written down in multiple Book Ciphers and in a hardened bunker.  Good luck figuring out that robot overlords!!!

For along time now users have trusted Google with many things from their email, to their photos, to their term papers, to their lives.

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Tetris is 25!

This is my favorite Google doodle of all time now.  There is very little that will be able to replace it.  Perhaps if I draw my own one day and it gets up.  But that wont happen.

It is alittle hard to read, but that’s ok, because I know what it says, and besides, it’s about to get cleared with a Tetris in a second or two.

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D-Day

Today is D-Day, on June 6, 1944 Operation Overlord was excuted, and successfully, it was a major turning point of World War II.

Remember today

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The Egyptians Knew Things

Ah, how I love a good conspiracy theory, the older it is, the harder it is to disprove, making it just as likely to be right as wrong, which is perfect, because some of the most interesting ones involve multi-thousand year old artifacts.

Here are two Hieroglyphs, what do you see:


Well, some people see these things:

There are a few more comparisons over at lost civilizations.

Well, I won’t be one to judge, but I can come up with some pretty interesting theories, and I beleive some pretty interesting ones too.

For instance, I think it is true that the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are around 10,000-12,000 years old.  Specifically, they were built around 10,400 B.C.E.  Why do I say that, well for one, the three pyramids line up perfectly with the stars of Orion’s belt, circa 10,400 B.C.E.  For another, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that there was thousands of years worth of water errosion around the bases of them.

Don’t take my word for it though, read this lovely article which goes into more detail then I have, including more things about the past of the pyramids.  There’s also a whole bunch of other useful interesting information and facts about them here (gotta love the web circa 1999).

Now, say you don’t beleive a word of what was said there, you cannot deny that all around the world at pretty much the same time, pyramids were built.  What’s the deal with that.  If you can reasonably explain why people in South America, Northern Africa, and Eastern Asia separated by thousands of miles, all decided “hey, pyramids are cool, lets build giant ones of those” then you deserve a cookie.

Truthfully, i think that aliens did have something to do with the pyramids, there’s just too much unanswered there.  If you want to go more back, I think aliens are the reason sentient life exists on this planet, but that’s another story, for another time.

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Hitler’s Art

Hitler Moasic

Those of you who know me know that i have an unhealthy obsession with Hitler, as seen here, and here, and here, and here.  Well, many people don’t know or maybe they do now from this XKCD comic, but Adolf Hitler wanted to be an artist originally, before he got world domination on his mind.

That’s right, before he painted the world to look like this:

He actually painted the world looking like this:

I must say, that is a pretty nice looking painting.  I am not an art person at all, I like photographs, and in particular, my own photographs.  But given the chance to own some of these works of art, I would.  Not only would they be a great conversation starter, they would look real nice on the walls of my bunker.

Some of his paintings were postcard sized though, apparently those were popular with tourists, who knew?!

I really like this one “Cathedral in Vienna.”  Actually, if I had to choose, I would choose these 3 on the page from the group of ten here.  I like buildings, and landscapes best.  I would totally buy one of them, a real one, or a reproduction, I don’t care.  I also would accept donations.

{map of Europe}

Also, for what it’s worth, his signature is not very great, makes me wonder about the authenticity of that scene from Indiana Jones.

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It’s D-Day

d-day

June 06, 1944, D-Day,  In case you all forgot, today was the day we turned the tides of WWII.  Ah what a much needed invasion that was.  It makes me want to watch Saving Private Ryan now.

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Pearl Harbor Day

66 years ago today, The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  Remember that infamous day.