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Alternate History Thursday: Broadway

It is the year 1999, the world is struggling to come up with a solution to the Y2k bug.  Similar to how speculation was in our existing reality, there were contrasting theories as to just how widespread the potential damage would be.  Exactly like our world, doomsdayers were preparing for the worst  This included governments, who had the knowledge that the general public lacked.  Y2k was going to happen, there was no stopping it, there was no fixing it, technology was too far spread, too far distributed, even with the beginnings of the internet, there was no conceivable way to fix the issue everywhere.  Secretly, the United States Federal government began disconnecting all of it’s infrastructure from the internet.  They dictated to the individual states to do the same, but the thing that makes America Great is the sovereignty of each individual state.  Many states were at the mercy of their elected officials, and it did not help things when the Fed didn’t publicly endorse disconnection.

New York State was always one to do it’s own thing, regardless of who was in charge of the nation.  The Governor of the state, and more specifically, the Mayor of New York City were both big Y2k deniers.  So, while the federal government was busy preparing for the worst technological disaster to ever happen, NY was busy preparing for the party to end all parties.  Even though power stations, water, and gas supplies were disconnected from the internet, their function was still provided.  Much to the happiness of the populace.  It would be this dependency that ends up undoing everything.

As always, check after the jump to read this story with the music playing along.  It’s better, trust me.

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It was December 24th

You know the words.

If that’s not your thing, then take a gander at this trailer for the documentary of the events from 28 years ago.

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The Day The Music Died


Today, 57 years ago, 4 people lost their lives in a plane crash in Iowa.  Three of those people were popular musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, the 4th was their pilot of the plane they charted to take them between shows in the mid-west.  America was stunned as Holly was just starting to rise up the ladder of fame.

Don McLean immortalized it as “The Day The Music Died

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Would You like some Fries?

Fries are done

Because in case you weren’t aware, they are done.

There’s not much else left to say here, just watch it, you know you want to.

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Alternate History Thursday: Rosenberg, H-Bomb

Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, The King and I, and the The Catcher in the Rye.  Those are the words to 3rd block of years in Billy Joel’s classic We Didn’t Start The Fire.  I don’t care what you think, this is a great song, and so I’m embedding the video below, watch it, watch it now:

Now, onto the meat and potatoes of this post, today marks the 62nd anniversary of the denotation of Ivy Mike.  for those of you that don’t remember, Ivy Mike was the world’s welcome mat into the land of the hydrogen bomb.  10.4 megatons of commie-killing power.  The world was never the same.

Ivy Mike


In our alternate history, the US is still the first to market with an H-Bomb, but it’s not as large, only 7Mt, but it’s still a mighty show of power.  The Allied forces of Europe eventually build their own out of parity, but for no other real reason.  Like our current reality, it’s a back and forth war of whose is bigger?

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life magnified

It’s Life Jim, but not as we know it.  Now I hope you have this song stuck in your head.  Anyway, James Tyrwhitt-Drake, who runs this pretty neat tumblr, Infinity Imagined, has put together a gif of an electron microscope as it zooms in on some bacteria on some algae on a super tiny crustacean (smaller then an ant).  At first glance it looks like the circle thing is the eye, but no, it’s just algae.

It’s not like the microscope takes video like that, each frame was cropped, and centered and aligned correctly.  Still, that’s life, pretty darn small life too.

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The Flying V

wazzzzah, has provided us with probably the 2nd greatest user made movie song ever.  (Sorry, nothing will ever beat Die Hard).  I don’t really remember D3 too much, so I can’t speak to what the singer claims, but I’ll take it on faith that he’s correct.


Die Hard – The Music Video

This video is officially the greatest internet video of all time.  Better then The Void, or The Void II, Charlie the Unicorn, that elephant video from last week, Rap Chop, ALL the pokemon.  Everyone.  This is the greatest internet video ever.  It will never be topped, cost viagra cialis it can only be equaled.

What video can equal it?  Well, certainty not the creepiest tree in the world.  All Your Base, that is an equal.  But it’s on the shortlist.  The very short list.  So short that I can’t even think of another video to add to it right now.  Sorry.

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The Fries, They are done

Would you like an apple pie with that?

Well would you?

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Internet Music again

Here’s some more internet music gems that I’ve put together.  Unlike the last one, there are actually some good songs on here, they’re just more fun to watch then they should be.   So sit back, relax and hopefully your ears wont bleed too much.


I’m opening up to Katy Perry, the more I hear her the more I like her, then I get normal again.  That being said, I don’t like Hot N Cold.  But I love this cover of it:

Billy Joel is the opposite of bad music.  But this video that combines all the tracks from his Greatest Hits Vol. 1 CD, and plays them all simultaneously is borderline annoying, in a good way.  Wait till about the 3min mark, and you can start making out some of them, and once you get to over 5 there’s really only 2 songs left.

Another not bad song made interesting is KT Tunstall’s Glamour Puss.  The vocals were KT Tunstall, but the rest of the video is a bunch of fans playing different types of instruments to get the music in, crowd sourced style.  It’s pretty good:

This song is enjoyable if only because it just is.  But this version of it is 2x as enjoyable if only because no words are said:

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Watching that video at midnight super tired and by accident is not a good idea.  Also, I the faces he makes in it are awesome, and the whole song is now stuck in my head.
Steve Kardynal returns, this time doing Katy Perry, in a song that doesn’t sound like Katy Perry, but since the internet says that it’s Katy Perry, then it must be Katy Perry.

Bon Jovi & Star Wars, this is good: