This is a video demonstration of the Navy's latest and greatest railgun, which looks suspiciously like the torn off member of a Decepticon if you ask me. "You're the expert." You're damn right I am, I spend time in the bathtub looking these things up on my phone.
The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles - and at speeds that exceed Mach 6.
Apparently the smoke from the gun isn't actually smoke, it's the result of all the air around the projectile being vaporized. Tell you what -- you give me $10 and I'll stand in front of it and see if I can stop the projectile with my belly like an old fashioned strongman and a cannonball. "I'll give you $100." Deal. "Then take it back when you're dead." Money's no good in hell anyways.
Keep going for the demo, but skip to 0:50 if you're impatient.
This is a video of skateboarder and free runner Jose Angeles combining his two favorite hobbies into one on the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco. I was surprisingly impressed with his bag of tricks. My bag? It's only got one trick in it. "The disconnected thumb one?" It's all I know. One time I tried pulling a nickel from behind my girlfriend's ear but ended up yanking out some hair instead and she slapped me and told me no more practicing magic in the house.
Keep going for the video, it really is worth a watch.
This is a video of a Soyuz rocket launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 14, as captured by a satellite at the almost futuristic frame rate of one frame/second. The 11 second video actually consists of two and a half minutes of real-time footage. You know, sometimes I wish I was a rocket ship blasting off for the stars. Sometimes I wish I was an eagle. Other times I wish I was a merman. Most of the time though I just wish I was back in bed asleep.
This is 'Lego In Real Life', a stop-motion video shot by BrickBrosProductions of a breakfast being cooked entirely out of LEGO. The video was inspired by the stop-motions created by PES, and took three days to shoot. For reference, my roommate took less than a split-second to shoot, but almost a full thirty seconds of stabbing to finish off. Of course this was all five months of not paying rent and constantly eating my peanut butter and pudding packs in the making.
This is the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's film adaption of Ernest Cline's 'Ready Player One'. It is chock full of nostalgic references. It's also chock full of a chase scene with a monster truck and a wrecking ball in New York City. Was that Drax The Destroyer? I don't remember any of that from the book. I'm losing faith pretty quickly. I should probably just stop watching stuff like this and wait for the movie to come out. God willing, the world will end before then so I never have the chance, which I'm okay with. What's this big red button do?
Keep going for the trailer while I write Spielberg and demand a reshoot.
This is a video of a guy with a 'FREE METAL' sign performing a free metal concert in his front yard. His sign: it was not a lie. The sign at the beer store on Saturday night? That was a lie, because it said open but they were closed. "It was 4AM." Then flip your sign when you leave, I was thirsty and they got my hopes up. "Nobody needs a beer at 4AM." I had just gotten off work! "And what work would that be?" Superheroing. "You broke a window with a brick and stole a 12-pack." The city owed me that beer.
This is 'Thriller' (because its set to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'), a trailer just released for Stranger Things 2 at San Diego Comic-Con. Just as I suspected, shit has hit the fan in Hawkins. I'm not sure how our little friends are going to get out of this one. This looks way over their heads, and not just because they're all four feet tall, but they are because they're children. If I were those kids I'd remind police chief Jim Hopper that we're just trying to graduate middle school and this is his responsibility -- I'm not battling some Cthulhu. "Come on, do it for Barb." Hold my beer.
This is a video of a ~40 ton humpback whale completely breaching the surface and catching some air near scuba diver Craig Capehart's inflatable boat offshore of Mbotyi in Pondoland, Eastern Cape province, South Africa (formerly Transkei). I can't even imagine how much energy that takes, but I assume about the same as it takes me to get out of bed in the morning. I remember when I was in high school my mom would purposefully burn Toaster Strudels so the fire alarm would go off and I'd get up and get ready for school. I used to think they were all carbon flavored. Not even two icing packets can bring a burnt Toaster Strudel back from the dead.
Keep going for the video, which has a ton of other whale breaches after the main event.