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Like Setting A Planet on Fire

It's like watching Galactus eat a planet.  Source article here.

Except it's just one of those things that, apparently, started out as an "experiment to see how many matches it would take to make a perfect sphere."

And there you go.

Oh, and here's a picture of Galactus, the World Eater.

(image source)
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Musical Marble Machines

So, a while ago, I randomly ran across Wintergatan's Marble Machine on YouTube.  Well, it's a fun vid, and epic nerdiness.  Turns out, once you watch one "amazing marble" machine vid, YouTube suggests (no surprise) many more.  It's really wild the creativity and engineering that goes into these things, which means the hundreds of hours of time.  It's engineering and art, all bundled together.

As far as I'm concerned, any instrument using marbles is madness ...

Some people use of the shelf kits to create crazy "tumbling domino" like runs...

...and some people just do completely custom work...

... and in any case, it's all crazy impressive.

B-52s still flying

Did you know the Boeing B-52 Bomber, first introduced in the 1950s - that's like older than your grandparents, kids - ARE STILL FLYING?

Seriously. That's all kinds of impressive. Boeing keeps building them, and offering upgrades to the old workhorses, and they keep flying.

A B-52 can carry even more bombs than those pieces of junk in The Last Jedi (seriously, what dumbass agreed to fly those things so close together?).

(image poached from Wikipedia)
Whatever about "star bombers," this is a good vid

Mighty Protectors RPG tutorial vids on YouTube

You might have noticed I've been playing about with the Mighty Protectors RPG, written by Jeff Dee and Jack Herman, and published under their Monkey House Games imprint.
Well, there's this guy, BK Adams, who - rumor has it - may actually be a bigger guru about MP even than Jeff Dee.  I don't know if this is true, but it's a fun rumor to spread (because, you know, gossip draws attention, and every indie publisher needs all the attention they can get) :-)
Meanwhile, BK Adams has been making YouTube tutorials on some of the finer points of Mighty Protectors. I think this is kind of cool in general, and I like his style.  At first I thought "Why are you reading it to me, when I can read it myself?"  But, you know, his style makes sense, and he brings a bunch of fiddly bits together, so the game makes more sense, and character creation - and resulting play - is more fun.
So, there you go.  Buy the game, watch the vids, have fun saving the world.

The Small, Beautiful Earth

Text copied from The Decolonial Atlas

Seeing the Earth from space is one of the most humbling reminders of the smallness and fragility of our planet, and of the insignificance of humanity. In the words of Carl Sagan, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner.”
The following images are not actual photographs from space, though many people on the internet have mistaken them for real photos from NASA. They were actually created by graphic artist Anton Balazh (Антон Балаж) from St. Petersburg, Russia. The images achieve their beautiful realism by compounding and altering real satellite images from NASA’s Visible Earth catalogs, and using GIS data to depict bathym…

Alternate History Designs & Photography

model is Genevieve, who was just at the Seattle Steamposium  (and I've just made a note on my calendar for next year, so i don't miss it again... grrrr )

Her FB page, Alternate History Designs & Photography

And I made a Mighty Protectors character, using this image, which is how I found out about her, and so now you know about:
My character;Mighty Protectors;Seattle SteamposiumGenevieve at Seattle SteamposiumAlternate History Designs & Photography

"I Am" - A Movie About Humanity

In his movie, I Am, Tom Shadyac calls out unbridled greed as a genuine mental illness, and takes us all to task for tolerating letting the mentally ill run and control the nation, and world.

Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

It's a damn good movie.