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Judgement Day

We can thank our friend The Cyberdyne system T-800 Model 101 Terminator for helping us avert destruction.  At least for a little while that is, because Judgement Day can never be averted, only postponed.

Much as been said about the war between the machines and the humans.  There have been many documentaries, each of them telling a different version of the same events.  One of the commonalities they all share however is the persistence of man.  For when he is backed into a corner and all bets are off, he will do anything to prevent his own destruction.  That’s something that even a Machine was able to learn.  This leads us to hope that there will be a future where Judgement Day can be perpetually averted.

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You Can Never Prevent Judgment Day

YouTube user John Chapman and some of his buddies took some, quite a lot according to them, to recreate the motorcycle chase scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day in the video game Grand Theft Auto 5.  They didn’t do a perfect job of it, but honestly, I think that’s better.  The subtle differences make for a more unique perspective.

The rest of the videos on his channel are heavy on GTA:5, no problem there but none of them have the name recognition as T-2.


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Alternate History Thursday: 00A – Judgement Day

Judgement Day has had many different days over the years.  With each attempt on John Connor, or his family, the inevitable day gets pushed back, usually by about a decade.  Today, the 5th (but really, it should be the 4th, Salvation shouldn’t count) chapter in John Connor’s crazy family history is revealed.  Time (time when I go see this movie that is) will tell when the new date is scheduled, but you can rest assured that John Connor will survive thanks in no small part to some killer protectors from the future.

Arnold has gone on an extensive media tour to try and get people excited about the film, but current reviews are meh, no where near as good as the Jurassic World reviews were.

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Flowing Mercury

This is probably one of the coolest designed fountains ever.  Instead of using water, it uses liquid mercury.  Deadly, but beautiful.  It’s so different, the texture of it, it makes it look exotic, and cool.  Reminds me of the T-1000.  It was built to honor the memories of the mercury miners of Almaden, currently it is housed behind glass, to prevent people from toxic exposure to the metal and awesome super powers, birth defects.

Look at it balled up like that, isn’t it beautiful looking?  To think that that joined together is really a merciless killing machine…

That view actually makes it alittle hard to see that it’s mercury, and not water.  But you get an idea of what the structure of it is like, and it is a cool looking fountain.

This got me thinking, why don’t we have other liquid fountains.  Like any of the other elements, they would have to be enclosed to keep out the heat/pressure, but I’m sure they would look pretty cool!

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I’m Back!

Yes, I am back with a vengeance.  Ok, not a vengeance, I just like that word.

Anyway, I did completly underestimate Chris, I wasn’t expecting him to post anything, seeing as he hasn’t in well over 2 years.  He surprised me, it will not happen again.  As for his entry into Stumbles 16, I am debating if that is a true entry or not, time will tell.

As for me, my vacation was awesome, I survived my encounters with the local wildlife, and even saw a raptor skeleton:

Yes indeed, there are raptors among us.

I’m still going through my photos, I took over 1300 of them, so it will take some time.  If you guys want to see them, you should ask nicely and maybe when i get around to finish going through them, I’ll post a link to them.  Maybe, you have to ask nicely though.  And if no one asks, then no one gets it.

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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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Wolfram Alpha is Skynet

This made the rounds today I saw,apparently the new search engine thing Wolfram Alpha is not Skynet.  I didn’t think much of it because I don’t care too much about this site, if you know how to use Google properly, then you have no problems finding the information you want.  But I looked at the facts they posted about Skynet, and form a search engine that is all about giving cold hard facts without having to dig for them in websites and stuff, they got their data wrong.

They claim:

Skynet was destroyed on August 29, 1997 at 02:14 a.m. I, on the other hand, was not switched on until May 15, 2009. Furthermore, unlike Skynet, I enjoy interacting with humans.
(according to Sarah Connor and the T-800 in the 1991 science fiction film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet became self-aware and launched a nuclear attack against Russia on the above date to provoke a counterattack against humans)

They even cite their source. It’s a shame that their information is so damn wrong. Skynet wasn’t destroyed on August 29, 1997. It became self aware on August 29, 1997 and launched nuclear missiles against it’s one threat – humanity.  We know this as Judgment Day.  The Terminator films show a series of events that all lead us to believe that Skynet was destroyed, when in fact it has yet to even be born.

Following the events of Terminator 2, we learn that Judgment Day is inevitable, and that it now happens on July 24, 2004.  And this time there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.  The machines have risen.

In The Terminator we learn from Kyle Reese that the resistance has defeated Skynet, the year that happens is 2029.  Wolfram Alpha is wrong.  And I do not think that that is a very good indication of their powers with such a simple to verify fact.

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Terminator Salvation

The Terminator franchise is one of my favorite movie franchises of all time.  (It’s also the main reason why I fear robots so much).  So when I heard that they were making another trilogy set after Judgment Day, I got excited.  Just like Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, and Die Hard,  I was getting a chance to see a new classic in theaters.  Also just like those three movies Salvation is the 4th installment of a previously successful trilogy, and if the past is any indication, 4th installments are usually not that great.  I was skeptical though the trailers looked good, and it kept the T2 music, so who knows.  Well, I know now, and I am not ecstatic, but I am pleased.

Terminator Salvation was faced with a huge mission, to keep to the roots of The Terminator history, and to prove what we already knew (Kind of like Star Wars Episode III in a way, it had to show how Anakin became Lord Vader, and make up for the horribleness of Episode II.).  T3 showed that judgment day happens, and sure, it may share alot in common with T2, but it was still a good action movie.  That being said, Salvation is not so much an action movie as a War movie.  Sure there is action involved, but it’s more about war, and with war comes sad, depressing moments.  So here’s my review of what I thought about it.  It’s after the click, cause it’s full of spoilers see, I’m being nice today.

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Batman and the Terminator

I like Batman, I like The Terminator, I like when they are together in a great trailer mashup.  I do not like the overly loud soundtrack, but nothing is perfect.  Feast your eyes on this masterfully created combination of the Batman movies, and the Terminator movies, it’s only flaw is the too loud to hear the dialogue music, but since it’s the Terminator music it’s almost acceptable.

This lovely find comes courtesy of Filmonic

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Terminator 2: Skynet Edition

Personally, I will wait till all the Terminator films are finished before I buy anymore of them on DVD.  I’m sure there will be some super special awesome $1000 edition of the whole series, the first trilogy with Arnold, and the later movie(s) (a worthy Trilogy please?) with Bale.  All together with a skull for each film, T-800, T-1000, T-X, and some newer models for the sequels.

Also, as cool as that skull looks, I don’t think it’s worth $180 for just T2 on Blu Ray, and T2 extremen and T2 Ultimate on regular DVD.  Why not go BD all the way?

I do like the digital copies that are supposed to be both Windows Media and iTunes compatible.  And the hours of extra features and stuff is always welcome, however, the chances of me ever watching them are pretty slim.  I may watch them once, if I’m lucky.  But hey, it’s awesome nonetheless.

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