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Adolf Hitler Mosaic

On a cold spring day in April, Adolf Hitler was born.  Or at least that’s the official story.  You know the saying, if you went back in time to kill Hitler as a child, you wouldn’t really be killing him.  The mid-wife/nanny at the time would go steal a baby from someone else and raise it as young Adolf instead.  So in essence you created Hitler, that makes you worse then Hitler, you time traveling monster.

Luckily though, time travel doesn’t exist in this universe.  In other universes World War III was started as a time-war.  Not a time-bomb, a time-war.  It’s pretty complicated and I don’t want to go into it right now, but suffice to say, things got messy.

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The Pokemon Card Card

Pokemon Card

As you may have heard, Pokemon turned 20 years old this past month.  That’s right, can you believe it, 20 years and we still haven’t caught ’em all.  That’s gotta be a record.

Well, Englishman Quentin Devine has made a mosaic of the iconic Pikachu out of 12,987 individual Pokemon Trading Card Game cards.

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As you can see, there are individual cards making up the whole thing.  What I find coolest about this is that it’s not just a mosaic of all the different Pokemon making something, it’s the physical.  I find that to be the best.  Physical is so much better then virtual, or computerized.

I’ve made mosaics before, but I tend to use hundreds, or thousands of photos from my trips, or stills from movies to make them.  They come out good sometimes, but I never do much else with them unfortunately.


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The LEGO Bricasso

Jason Alleman at JK Brickworks had an idea.  He wanted to make a LEGO contraption that would make LEGO mosaics of images.  Over the course of 22 minutes spread out over 5 videos, he goes over each step of the process.  Solving each individual problem one part at a time.  It’s pretty interesting, and pretty cool.  Now, to scale it up a few orders of magnitude, and/or dimensions.


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Alternate History Thursday – Fooled YOU!

Wow, I can’t believe I was able to hold this up for nearly the entire month. Did you guys really believe all these recent posts? I turned on you. No more WW2, no more alternate histories? Come on, what do you think I am?

Well, now that this facade is over, lets go back to what has happened in alternate history land since the last time we visited Nazi Germany’s victory of WW2.

In 1976, UEC (the spiritual successor to Germany in WW2), ships landed on the moon.  They were the first to land and walk on the moon.  It was a great day for the citizens of the world.  By 1978, permanent bases were set up, and by 1980, the first private citizens set foot on the surface of the moon.   What a time to be alive.

However, all was not well for the other victor of WW2, C-SAC, they had landed their own astronauts on the moon by 1977, and had bases by 1979.  However, the great neutral ground that the world wanted the moon to represent was not to be.  Humans have a tendency to not trust each other, so it’s only fitting that in our alternate history, humans behave the same way.

An uneasy peace lasted between the two world powers on the surface of the earth for years.  In fact, with everything that’s happened over time, it’s safe to say that in our alternate history, life will mirror what happened in our real reality.  Except for the moon part.  That’s a sticky situation now.  The moon is the launching point for the rest of the solar system, and both nations wanted to use it for that purpose.

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Grand Teton Mosaic

Grand Teton Mosaic
1,500 unique Photos make up this Mosaic

I like making Mosaics.  I used to make them a lot, but I haven’t in awhile.  I used to make really great ones, but the program that I had was removed due to some copyright issue, and so it was never updated for anything but Windows XP 32 bit.  And it’s too memory intensive to load it up in a dedicated VM.  Oh well, Andrea Mosaic is a newer, still up to date piece of software that makes really great mosaics.  That’s what the above picture is of.

I took 1,500 of my Yellowstone & Grand Teton photos (of nearly 6,000), and used them to make a huge mosaic of one of my favorite photos from the trip:

Sunset Tetons

Take a look at the dedicated page that Andrea Mosaic can generate to see a higher resolution image, and larger versions of all the individual photos that make it up.


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Alternate History Thursday – A WWII Birthday

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The famous Adolf Hitler Mosaic I made years ago.

Today is the 124th birthday of Adolf Hitler.  In our alternate reality, Hitler isn’t the horrible dictator we know him as today.  As we’ve, America is Communist, and if you know about history, and Adolf Hitler, you know that he hated Communists.  Anyway, I digress.

World War 2 went on for the same number of years, and the US still was the first (and only) nation to use Atomic weapons in anger, but the US was not seen as the great liberator of the world.  You see it’s communist, and even in this alternate history, Commies are bad.

Anyway, here’s some background on Hitler from our alternate history:

  • No Holocaust
  • Supreme Chancellor of the European Super Continent
  • Seen as a liberator

Now, granted that’s probably hard to swallow, but remember, America is Communist, anything is possible.

So, back to what makes him so great in this alternate history.  Basically, WW2 played out in a vastly different way, Hitler rose up against the renewed British colonization efforts of Europe, Africa, & South West Asia.  England has gone on a tyrannical reign of invasions, trying to regain the greatness  of The British Empire.

No one dared stop England as they slowly marched down Africa, across the Middle East, and up the generally surrounding mainland Europe.

No one but the newly elected President of the German Republic – Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler wouldn’t stand for this, with his country backing him, he went to war. (This is Europe afterall, everyone hates everyone else).  Germany was easily aided by the rest of nearby Europe, France was eager to allow the Germans to enter, a chance to get back at their bitter enemies across the channel.  However, with all the resources of greater Europe at their disposal, The German Alliance just couldn’t stop the British Navy, in fact, for all intents and purposes, Germany was land locked.

In comes America.  Their vast resources form the then current 83 States, allowed them to continually barrage British naval bases, and factories along the coast of Africa & India.  Australia slayed neutral, and was better off for it.

Eventually, the Americans were able to make land fall in India, and slowly move across the Middle East, and into Northern Africa.  They moved towards the Atlantic, and before you knew it, England was at it’s knees.

The German Alliance was strong and picking at the English Air and Naval forces.  Within a year, the war was over.  England was in shambles, having had a nuke dropped on them, and Germany started the UN.

The German Alliance was strong, and surprisingly, many of the nations of Europe which Germany “invaded” or “occupied” to join forces with to defeat England were perfectly happy keeping the status quo, as the Great Depression was still fresh in all their memories, and they were afraid that with Germany pulling out, with them, all the success would go too.

So in short, Hitler was seen as the great liberator of Europe, finally putting to rest the British Empire, and all its multi-century attempts at global domination.

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Hitler and the Aliens

So, i decided that what better way to honor Adolf Hitler’s 118th birthday then to go into a giant conspiracy theory that says he’s still alive?!

That’s right, everyone’s favorite dictator could very well be alive and kicking somewhere under the sea, or in South America maybe?  How is this so you ask, well it’s a simple matter of taking advantage of Alien technology of course.

Add to this the fact that Hitler’s body was never recovered by the allies, and that Stalin publicly stated that Hitler was not dead, and you have on your hands a very awesome conspiracy theory.  Hit the link for more info…