Category Archives: Video

Intel Drone Display Fills Sky Over Folsom, CA

Robots – This aerial display performed by Intel actually took place last July 15. It was uploaded to YouTube later that month. The video was captured and published by The Sacramento Bee. The synopsis per the YouTube post:

Intel dazzled its Folsom audience on July 15, 2018 with a spectacular light show designed to feature 1,500 drones, in an effort to outdo its previous world record of 1,218 Intel Shooting Star drones. The performance displayed multicolored choreography including bright, fireworks-like orbs. A single pilot mans the entire fleet of light-emitting remotely controlled machines.

This display was designed around 1500 of their Intel Shooting Star drones in an attempt to set a new record. Their prior record was 1218 drones. It was also intended to celebrate Intel’s 50th anniversary on July 18, 2018.

I think that we will see more and more aerial light shows produced by drones in the future. Personally, I would rather see this kind of performance instead of traditional fireworks.

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WWII Disney Inspired Nose Art

WWII – I posted recently about posters supporting the war effort in Disney Went to War. I saw this video in a Twitter post from War History Online (@WarHistoryOL). It was posted to YouTube in November of 2018. As they say in their YouTube post:

From the quick-tempered Donald Duck to the loveable Dumbo, Walt Disney Productions created some 1,200 designs during World War II. Such recognizable characters were used for aircraft nose art, flight jacket patches, pins and other memorabilia for American and allied military units.

I thought that this was an interesting story. I wish they had shown more of the artwork though. I did find these Pinterest sites (site 1 & site 2) that do have more Disney WWII art.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

 

Epic Music: Clamavi De Profundis — Song of Durin

I have always really liked Tolkien’s stories of Middle Earth.

This is an original composition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Song of Durin” by
Clamavi De Profundis and published to YouTube in April of 2017.

If you like Tolkien you will enjoy this!

Aethereal Engineer


~*~ Epic
~*~*~ Music
~*~*~*~ Monday!

I love epic music! For me it is a perfect combination of the classic orchestral scoring, chorales and electronica music that I have enjoyed for decades. This stuff inspires me, and is a great companion as I write away on an exciting piece of fiction.

Discover more Epic Music Mondays.

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Veterans Day 2018

I didn’t see this post until the 12th, a day late for Veterans Day, but I like both of these videos in GP Cox’s post and wanted to share them.

Thanks to all who have, and who are currently serving.

Pacific Paratrooper

A MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES….

https://mailchi.mp/nara/0rjknzxchj-763401?e=2018eed2da

NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN – IF YOU ARE LIVING FREE – THANK A VETERAN !!!

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Here We Go……

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Farewell Salutes – 

Daniel Buchta – Far Rockaway, NY; US Navy, USS Nimitz

Jean Danniels – ENG; WRENS, WWII

Waverly Ellsworth Jr. – Buffalo, NY; US Navy, Korea, medic

Virgil; Johnston – Grove, OK; USMC, WWII

Alma (Smith) Knesel – Lebanon, PA; Manhattan Project (TN), WWII

Samuel Mastrogiacomo – Sewell, NJ; US Army Air Corps, WWII, MSgt., B-24 tail gunner, 2nd Air Div./8th A.F. (Ret. 33 y.)

Willis Sears Nelson – Omaha, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 pilot

Gregory O’Neill – Fort Myers, FL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 787th

Orville Roeder – Hankinson, ND; US Army, Medic

Nicholas Vukson – Sault Saint Marie, CAN; RC Navy, WWII, Telegraphist, HMCS Lanark

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New Automated News Anchors

Robots – China’s state-run news agency Xinhua has unveiled two new robot news anchors. These new anchors will provide English and Chinese language news reports.

While not completely life like the English speaking anchor, at least in the video clip above, does a good job. This kind of technology isn’t going to be replacing your favorite anchors on the local news channels, at least not yet. This does show though that it is possible that robots might become part of the regular news team sooner than you might think!

Listen to Thriller Played by the FLOPPOTRON

I came across this and wanted to share it. I have posted about one other ‘musical’ piece played on the FLOPPOTRON in the past (“FLOPPY DRIVE PLAYS GOT THEME” July 31, 2016). I am amazed at how old really otherwise useless computer hardware can be used to produce art. In this case music.

Clearly, a fair amount of Hardware and Software Engineering went into assembling this ‘musical’ instrument.

Short Science Fiction Film “Ostiary”

Short Films – I came across the short (9:16) animated science fiction film “Ostiary” recently. This film was posted to YouTube in September of 2018 by Ghaffar Studios. The synopsis:

Stranded and running low on food, a space traveler decides to venture out into a planet’s mysterious environment in search of nutrition. However, he soon finds himself in a situation that’s far more dire.

This is an interesting film, but not great. I checked IMDB, but it has no rating for this film yet.

Trailer for “Nightflyers”

Trailers – The series “Nightflyers” from SyFy will be available this December. This is a TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sci-fi horror novella of the same name. The synopsis per IMDB:

A crew of space explorers embarks on a mission to find a mysterious alien ship.

I think this one will be as much horror as it will science fiction. At least that is what I take from the trailers and other media reports on the program. It will be something that I want to at least try.