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Russia != Olympics

Earlier this week the International Olympic Committee decided to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  This is sad news for a variety of reasons. None of them will come off as good, or nice, but it’s terrible to make the entire group of athletes pay for the sins of a few.  Really, does the Curling team need to worry about doping?  What about all the NHL players?  Surly the NHL does their own drug testing to prevent them from cheating.  (Not that it matters because the NHL isn’t allowing the players to participate in this year’s Olympics anyway).  But still, you get my drift.

Anyway, there’s still a chance some of them will choose to compete under a neutral flag.  Such a shame though.

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New York City – By Drone

I know this video is almost 3 years old, but sometimes it’s nice to revisit some old things, and show how times have changed, and technology improved.  In this case, the video quality is still amazing, as is the production quality.  You know what has changed, the ability to do something like this and not get arrested.

Victor Chu flew his drone around the 5 boroughs of New York City taking the above footage.  He’s pretty good with the drone, and the rest of his channel is now fleshed out with plenty of cool stuff for you to watch and enjoy.

I will say, seeing anything from above is unique, but seeing Manhattan, someplace I go to often, or at least pass by and through from above is unique.  There’s so much that you don’t notice or see in the world from the ground.

{NY Post}

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Rocket Engine Underwater

When I was a kid I loved launching model rockets.  I spent many hours building them from kits, and wrapping paper tubes, and newspaper, and one even from a cardboard tube that a rug was in.  That was a fun one, we put an “F” type engine in it, there was so much black smoke it was crazy.

I’m not sure why, but this video experiment of igniting a model rocket engine which is fully submersed underwater is pretty ace.

I think my favorite parts are the beginning of ignition, when the bubble is pulsating out.  That’s pretty neat.  Someone who is an actual Rocket Scientists can tell me why it does that.  And the last bit, right when the parachute charge pops and bursts the glass.

{Speed Society}

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Installation 01

Community re-built games have a tendency to look amazing, but never get anywhere.  I’ve never heard of Installation 01, but they just released a trailer for their work, you can watch it here:

It’s a pretty damn good trailer, and it’s amazing at how closely it seems to have followed the source material of primarily Halo 3.  Though, they have no release date planned.  At least not yet.  Maybe when E3 starts next week we’ll get some more info, but I have a feeling this will be it for awhile.

All that being said, I’m not much of a PC gamer anyway, and my Xbox 360, and Xbox One still work, and the community is still somewhat present in those games, so I have plenty to play.  Due to that, I probably won’t be getting this game, or downloading it, or whatever when it inevitability doesn’t come out.

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Hidden Tombs

Europe is full of old stuff.  So many old things are so old that it’s not a surprise to people when records are misplaced, and memories lost to time.  That just so happens to have been the case under the floor of St. Mary’s Church in London.  While renovating the church in order to turn it into a Garden Museum, construction workers uncovered a 300-400 year old tomb under the alter that contained numerous coffins.


These weren’t just anyone’s coffins either, included under the most sacred spot of the Church were the bodies of probably five Archbishops of Canterbury.  I say what could be five because of an interesting phenomenon of burring human bodies in old lead coffins – the bodies decompose into a black viscous liquid appropriately called coffin liquor.  That sounds lovely doesn’t it?

If that wasn’t enough, I think the greatest part of this entire thing is the fact that the contractors, and the researchers and everyone involved managed to keep this thing a secret for nearly an entire year.  That’s right, they uncovered this find months ago, did research, entered the tomb to see if it was stable, identified the remains as best they could, and then, on Easter Sunday, released the findings to the greater world. Impressive.

It makes you wonder, that scene from The Last Crusade in Venice, how many other ancient Churches in Europe have hidden treasures beneath their floors?

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The Photo’s Rise

For over 150 years The New York Times has been the pre-emetitive news paper of the United States.  Yes, in recent times it has started to lean more towards the left, but it still presents mostly all sides of a story.  I won’t get into the politics of the paper, that’s not worth the effort.  What I do want to talk about is the above “time-lapse” put together by Josh Begley. In it he shows how the photograph became an ever increasing part of the front page.  It’s quite soothing, and at under a minute long, it’s worth watching.  Besides the rise of the photograph, the ever increasing text that appears along the headline was interesting to me too.  I wish he overlaid a year marker, this way you could get an idea of when certain events happened.

{Peta PIxel|Laughing Squid}

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Glory Hole In Action

Remember that post years and years ago about The Glory Hole.  Yea, well, here it is in action.  All the rains that California has experienced in the last few months have filled up the Dam and the spillway is in full force.  Unlike the Oroville Dam, this one in Lake Berryessa is well within guidelines.  The drone footage is pretty neat, though, if you asked me, I think they should send a GoPro down the hole to see what it’s like.  I think that would be so ace.

Here’s a good overview of the Oroville Dam from a few weeks ago:

{NY Times}

I’m fairly certain this is the same Dam as from that original post, the photos look the same.  Unfortunately, the link no longer works.

 

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Daily 360

The New York Times is doing one of those 365 photo projects.  Except it’s video, and it’s 360° video.  And it’s pretty cool.

I am a believer in 360°, I think it will be the future.  However, we need to get the bitrate compression better for the videos.  Everything looks like crap.

You can check out the videos they’ve posted so far over at The Daily 360.  The videos aren’t long, most seem to be under 1 minute.  So you can dedicate that time to watching them and playing around.  The video is curtsy of Samsung, and their Gear 360 camera.  It’s quite nice to see this being given main stream appeal.  Hopefully, like I said, it will bring costs down, and quality up.

{Peta Pixel}

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1,000 Core Chip

1,000 core chip

Researchers at UC Davis have teamed up with IBM to create a single microchip with 1,000 cores on it.  To put that into perspective, most modern computers have anywhere from 2 to 8 cores.  Chips in servers have up to a dozen cores each.  Each core is dedicated to single processes, but with 1,000 you could do so much.  Or so little.  Hardware is only as good as the software to pair it with.  Most software right now isn’t used to 8 core processors, let alone a 1,000 core one.  That’s alright though because this chip was manufactured on super out dated technology – 32nm dies, modern chips are on 14nm dies.  But now that it’s been done, it’s only a matter of time before it gets made more efficient, Moore’s law and all.

{Engadget}

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Self Powered Camera

self powered camera

Last year researchers at Columbia came up with a camera that was self-powered.  Using the energy from light itself the camera’s sensor, they not only record an image, but power the camera completely.  They say this was achieved with regular off the shelf items, and I pretty much believe that.  But it’s quite a long way away from becoming something useful.  The camera only produces an image in the resolution of 30×40 pixels, which as you can see below, is pretty poor by our super quality 8k screens.  Additionally, it works best indoors in well lit environments.  For less then ideal conditions, or varying conditions, they came up with an algorithm to modulate the recording speed of the camera.

I think this could have potential, but like I said, it’s quite a few years away from being useful.  Too bad too, as I could totally use it in my 12 day stint in the middle of Alaska, which is where I currently am right now…

{The Verge|Eureka Alert}