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Snorkeling in a Forest

A few years ago it rained so hard and so quickly that a river flooded in Brazil and completely covered this hiking trail with many feet of crystal clear water. I know what you’re saying, when rivers flood here, they’re muddy, danger messes. Well this river is in a protected park in Brazil, and the trail is private.

The water didn’t stay up that long, by day’s end it had receded back to somewhat normal levels apparently. Still, I think it’s pretty neat. In fact, I think it’s exceptionally neat that somewhere on earth everything is set up perfectly to flood so calmly.

{Laughing Squid|reddit}

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Alternate History Thursday Little Boy


Little Boy, the first nuclear bomb dropped in anger.  In our timeline, the United States of America dropped this bomb as part of the Potsdam Declaration on the Japanese city of Hiroshima early in the morning of August 6th, 1945.  The Japanese ignored this plea for unconditional surrender, and the rest is history.

That is the history from our point of view, in our own currently livable timeline.  However, things went down much, much differently in the alternate history I’ve spent the year teaching you.  If you remember our most recent lesson, the atomic bomb directly led to the discovery and stranding of an alien race.  Also, you will know from previous lessons, WW2 happened in our other history, it was just the opposite version.  England was the bad guy.  I provided the outcome of this war, but I only hinted at the steps that got there.

Eventually, after years of fighting, England was cut off from the rest of the world.  Their vast empire was divided up and cut off from everyone.  Germany, and the USSA had successfully claimed, or liberated all previously occupied British colonies.  The only British place left was the Island of Great Britain.

The D-Day invasion went successfully for the most part, but on the Island itself the English were able to fight back, and gain ground very quickly.  Knowing that it would be a door to door fight to the death of every inhabitant of the nation, the powers to be decided to withdraw troops from the island, and blockade it.  They then conducted daily bombing raids until the will was broken.  It never broke.

Eventually, the USSA developed nuclear weapons.  Being somewhat nice, they initially decided to bomb the Blackpool area as a sign of the power of the bomb.  England took no notice of it.  Come back later in the week to find out what happens next.

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Empire State Building LEDs

So, apparently the Empire State Building upgraded the lights on their roof to be LEDs.  I have to say, that was an excellent choice.  I’ve always accepted the 3 different colors as simple fact and never requested more, usually when you do that complicates things.  But now that I’ve seen this I have to say that that was a very well made choice.

Hopefully things wont get too crazy later on, and it won’t be a different display every night, or week, or month, or whatever.  I like the simplicity of thing, no need to go crazy.  And if all

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else fails, red, white, & blue will never go out of style.

Also, since it’s all high tec, and LED and whatnot, I bet it’s computer controlled, and if it’s computer controlled, I bet it’s connected to the internet somewhere, and, if it’s connected to the internet, then it’s hackable.  How long before you think it gets hacked to display something unapproved?

I give it 6 months.