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Unless I had a nice air conditioned box to watch them from, I’d prefer the TV version.
The Arial shots show them off better than in person.
This year on the Capital version, there were several drone shots that seemed to be being captured in amongst the displays. That was nifty.

One thing I always hate about the TV coverage is the way the editors always cut to crowd or “Artsy” shots with building instead of just showing us the darn fireworks.

In TV school, they are told that the American public can’t hold their attention for more than 7 seconds on a single shot without loosing interest. And they must always keep the shot moving or cut to another angle.
Maybe so, but that doesn’t count when the shot is showing an ever changing fascinating display.

Just show me the darn fireworks! I’m really pissed when an obviously new type of starburst happens and the friggen editor cuts to a closeup of some kids face being amazed by what she sees.
I’d like to be amazed too – so show it to me!
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Rubrik’s Cube Magic,
Amazing slight of hand mixed with fantastic Cube manipulation.
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He’s a wiiiiitch! Buuuuurn him! Buuuuuuuuuuuurn him! LOL

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KIWF!

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Here's a video that captures the good folks at Ocean Conservation Namibia as they rescue a couple of seals. One of the seals has become ensnared in a fishing line. The other, a plastic strap. It's easy to empathize with the pain these seals are in, and it feels good to see them freed. 

 

 

OCN is definitely a force for good, and since its rescue videos are so addictive, I thought I'd make it easy to binge. laughing

Dig in and enjoy this playlist of OCN's most-watched videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEOvi4Vao_I&list=PLpzxBRj1VgYsQRpyJBXp2HN_deURb4qvS

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I just caught one of the OCN vids freeing a baby seal from an anchovy net.

I’d love to be doing that. At least I’d be leaving the world a net better place.

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Incredible stuff! LOL

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Kinda long. Here is an extended look at the border from West Texas sheriffs point of view.
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Lightbringer wrote:

I just caught one of the OCN vids freeing a baby seal from an anchovy net. I'd love to be doing that. At least I'd be leaving the world a net better place.

Just watching the vids makes me feel good. Doing the work must multiply that many times.

Although I doubt it's getting rich, at 3/4 of a million subscribers, OCN seems to have found an effective way to fund itself. Here's to wishing them continued success!

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Lightbringer wrote:

Incredible stuff! LOL

 

Oh, yeah... I've seen this dude before!

 

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Oh yeh. I almost always catch his Mousetrap Mondays within the hour.

I want him to take that huge “amusement park” for mice and make it a Mouse Thunderdome instead.

15 mice enter, 1 mouse leaves.

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“What if we combined the Titanic with the Hindenburg and then put a nuclear reactor in it? What if.”

LOL LOL LOL

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"What if we combined the Titanic with the Hindenburg and then put a nuclear reactor in it? What if." LOL LOL :))

 

That sounds just like the Titanic from Doctor Who - Voyage of the Damned.

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Enter the Portal To Hell, but still manage to review and hawk the TN12. LOL

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Enter the Portal To Hell, but still manage to review and hawk the TN12. LOL

Wonder why they would pile all those rocks on top of the ceiling beams like that? Guess it’s easier to pile em inside than drag em out of the mine, but cutting timbers with hand tools is not easy labor either.

Did he say what they were mining for?

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Nuclear-powered sky hotel

That’s a really practical use of the electricity available from the closely-controlled fusion reactor, and i’ll bet they will add wireless power to sell any surplus back down to the ground. That will be a Bonus profit center for the Win! bringing Passenger ticket prices down to less than the cost of an Uber ride across town.

The only problem i can see is possible poor wifi/internet connectivity unless it flies high enough to get a solid antenna signal from satellite internet providers.

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Did he say what they were mining for?

Not a clue. Just recalled “Frank” from the Horton Mine videos, and people made repeated mention of the TN12, which jogged my memory so I went looking for it and found it.

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Did he say what they were mining for?
Waldeck Gold Mine – @ 0:16

Why does this fellow need to drive out in a storm to a mine to check out a small EDC light?
Would have been more useful in-house analysis with some empirical data.

As for stockpiling of rocks above the framework, perhaps the frame was built to withhold the rocks? They would be jarred together and not very stable, so a timber structure to support them.

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kennybobby wrote:
turkeydance wrote:
Nuclear-powered sky hotel

That’s a really practical use of the electricity available from the closely-controlled fusion reactor, and i’ll bet they will add wireless power to sell any surplus back down to the ground. /…

A fusion reactor is a thermal device. It produces the heat required to drive the turbine(s) which in turn produces the electricity.
There is no direct electron flow from fusion.

Contrary to the hype, fusion is not cheap (using tritium to initiate deuterium reaction – top most expensive element along with Californium 242 and Plutonium 240 (weapon’s grade)). Then the inner walls get poisoned with neutrons and have to be replaced periodically, along with the complexity of very high current electromagnetics working with cryogenic temperatures to contain a plasma flux.
It’s an elusive and unobtainable goal. The most recent hype is media driven and not engineered.

And then what generates the lift? Add more weight and there is a limit to the engineering of the fans that produce such lift. Present-day turbines make much higher thrusts than any propeller design “quadcopter”.

This is taken out from Avatar and is completely fictional with no science sustainability. The web is littered with such and I shouldn’t even digest such storybook nonsense.

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Off-topic but within my skepticism, what’s with the concept of a large cylindrical spaceship (Musk’s Starship) for manned space landings on the Moon (or Mars for that matter)? The Moon Lander was missing a bottom rung (the ladder) as the science people thought it would have sunk in the dust. This was a problem for Neil Armstrong as his first “step” was a jump into something unknown; let alone to jump back up. Those suits had very limited mobility.

Now how will equipment and humans transfer to the surface from 100m+ height? I suppose a winch deployed on a cantilever arm. There is talk of converting the Starship with satellite/space equipment deployment capability. Will it have bay doors as the shuttle?

I’ve not seen these issues addressed.

Have we all our heads in the clouds and don’t question the logistics or engineering of proposed future projects?

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We need Eagles.

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Now how will equipment and humans transfer to the surface from 100m+ height? I suppose a winch deployed on a cantilever arm. There is talk of converting the Starship with satellite/space equipment deployment capability. Will it have bay doors as the shuttle?

What if you used an internal elevator that carried them from the living room down to the basement at ground level, then just open a door and walk out onto the “lawn”?

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@ kennybobby:

There be fuel tanks, and those aren’t compromised with an internal chute. You should look into the structure of liquid fuel rockets. Quite an elaborate system to have the liquid push down into the feeder regardless of the Gs pulled or the near zero gravity in orbit.

And then there are also the motors.

@ LB:

Longitudinal thrusters aren’t effective in launching from any planet (or the moon). And I wonder where are the fuel tanks in those ‘Eagles’ ?
Ah! right, a joke (“Space 1998”) – missed that.

Addendum: I mentioned the missing rung on the Lunar Lander – point being astronauts in spacesuits have limited maneuverability. A very tall ladder isn’t an option (I don’t know if there is an intermediate stage or the entire Starship is proposed to land on the Moon). A cantilevered winch better be failsafe else you have some people in a dire situation.

Edit to the Addendum: Starship is to be a 2-stage rocket with a booster (Super Heavy) and the Lunar Lander – 70m / 230 ft. Not much info other than a mention of an elevator to carry material and astronauts to the surface.
Curious to know what SpaceX’s proposal to NASA’s Artemis program is.

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Sidney Stratton wrote:
Off-topic but within my skepticism, what’s with the concept of a large cylindrical spaceship (Musk’s Starship) for manned space landings on the Moon (or Mars for that matter)? The Moon Lander was missing a bottom rung (the ladder) as the science people thought it would have sunk in the dust.
This was a problem for Neil Armstrong as his first “step” was a jump into something unknown; let alone to jump back up. Those suits had very limited mobility.

Now how will equipment and humans transfer to the surface from 100m+ height? I suppose a winch deployed on a cantilever arm. There is talk of converting the Starship with satellite/space equipment deployment capability. Will it have bay doors as the shuttle?

I’ve not seen these issues addressed.

Have we all our heads in the clouds and don’t question the logistics or engineering of proposed future projects?

Naw, Neil knew the surface of the Hollywood movie set wouldn’t sink when he stepped off Smile

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The beginning—to planet Meta

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Yeh, been watching it on MyMe+ latenights.

Fun little series…

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Here’s one for RC. Milla tells all…
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Nice!

I actually don't know a whole lot about Milla.

I didn't even know she was born in the Ukrainian part of the U.S.S.R.

I'm not a huge Fifth Element fan, but I did enjoy watching this YouTube video.  :THUMBS-UP:

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That Video was cool— My daughter and I watched Fifth Element together when it first came out on DVD (she was 10 ) — It wound up being one of her favorite movies — she just recently went to a late night special showing — Sort of like Rocky Horror — lots of people dressed in character

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