Tag Archives: Video

Sinking the Tirpitz

I came across this 14:22 video of the British effort to sink the Tirpitz in mid-May. The video was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2020 by The Operations Room. I like the videos that they produce. I have posted others.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 400 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

British Infantry Weapons of WWII

I saw this short 02:50 video this morning. It is a companion video to the one I posted yesterday (British Infantry Kit). I have read about the PIAT but this is the first time I have seen one in detail. The video was uploaded to YouTube in May 2020 by NationalArmyMuseumUK.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 400 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Adding Salt to Your Coffee May Help

 

coffee(See my other Coffee related posts) – Do you add salt to your coffee? Well, if you brew a good cup of coffee you shouldn’t need to. In the video above James Hoffmann explains when and how you should add salt to your coffee. He uploaded the video to YouTube in May of 2020.

When should you add salt to your coffee? The time to add salt is when you are drinking a particularly bitter cup of coffee. Think that coffee you bought at the convenience store when you are getting gas. You take a sip and figure it has been cooking for hours. For some people, adding a little salt will improve that bitter taste.

How much should you add? Not very much! You will have to carefully add salt until the taste is better for you. The recommendation is to have a prepared saline solution. That is a solution with 20% salt – 80% water by weight. Just mix a little table salt with water. You can then add drops of this to your cup of coffee to reach the taste you are looking for. In his example, he added about 0.2g of salt to a 200g cup of coffee. So don’t pour salt into your cup. That will likely make the cup undrinkable.

Why does adding salt improve the taste? The salt can mitigate the bitterness of food.

The next time I am driving across the country I am going to have some saline solution along. If I buy a bitter cup of coffee I am going to give this a try. Nothing is worse than having a cup of coffee you have to force yourself to drink.

 

Further Reading

  1. Salt in Your Coffee? Here’s the Argument for Adding a (Tiny!) Pinch

VE Day 75th Remembered

I saw this 22:35 video on VE Day this morning. I thought it was worth sharing.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 400 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

The Kit of the British WWII Infantry Man

I have posted before about the kit military carried in WWII. This 05:48 video was uploaded in May of 2020 by NationalArmyMuseumUK. In the video, the kit carried by the typical British Infantry soldier is described.

 

Related:

  1. British Infantry Weapons of WWII

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 390 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

The Invasion of Poland in 1939

I came across this 17:58 video a few weeks ago. This video was uploaded to YouTube in August of 2016 by Military History Visualized. This gave me a much better understanding of the German action. Their description of the video:

The German Invasion of Poland in 1939 started the Second World War in Europe. The German name of operation was “Fall Weiß” meaning “Case White”. In this video I will take a look at the major German troop movements, the Soviet Invasion of Poland, the losses and a final assessment.

 

Further Listening/Reading

  1. Episode 15-The fall of Poland of the History of WWII Podcast

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 380 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Free VE Day Concert

The 75th anniversary of VE Day is this Friday, May 8. I saw the announcement for this free commemorative concert. Per the event announcement [1]:

Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform in an empty Royal Albert Hall in a special half-hour concert that will be streamed to audiences for free via YouTube.

Katherine will sing wartime favorites including The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again; the latter performed as a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn. The timeless song, featuring the lyrics, ‘I know we’ll meet again some sunny day’, epitomized the emotions of the war and brought people hope and a sense of togetherness. Today, they ring true for families around the world separated from loved ones at this time of crisis.

 

Further Reading

  1. MEET AGAIN FOR VE DAY 75 WITH KATHERINE JENKINS
  2. Music Popular in WWII: “We’ll Meet Again”

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 390 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Instrumental Music on YouTube: “The Black Bear” performed by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

(See my other Music related posts) – This is not ‘Easy Listening’ music, but I decided to focus this week on something closer to my family heritage. Not everyone likes bagpipe music, though I do. I guess it is in my blood. 

The song “The Black Bear” The origin of the music is unknown. One thought is that it originated with sailors who visited North America. That is not the only source though.

Historically it is associated with the Cameronian Regiment, which was formed by Covenanters in 1689. It is best known now as a quick regimental march. It made an appearance in the 1962 WWII D-Day movie “The Longest Day”.

 

Further Reading

  1. The Black Bear
  2. Black Bear

Neuralink Hopes to Test their Brain-Machine Interface before the end of 2020

For many years communicating with your computer by thought has been science fiction. Today, that is coming closer to reality. Many significant advances have been made to manipulate prosthetics. Efforts to create a wider brain/machine interface are underway.

One of the major efforts in this area is being made by Neuralink. Elon Musk, among others, founded the company in 2016. Elon Musk has said that humans must become cyborgs if they are to survive in the robot and AI filled future. He has predicted that we must enhance our own intellectual abilities. If we do not, we will become redundant. According to Musk, Neuralink’s first goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects.

Musk has said, “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.” The concept behind that is to integrate communications and computer processing power.

Neuralink is researching a direct link between the brain and computers. It has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain. According to Musk, it hopes to start testing the technology on humans sometime in 2020.

Neuralink has the potential to reshape both computing and humanity. The approach that Neuralink is taking uses a robot to insert tiny leads. Each of these leads is only a fraction of the width of a human hair.

First, sewing machine-like technology drills small holes. Ultra-thin electrodes called threads are inserted. A small chip is connected to a “wisp” of 1,024 threads. Up to 10 chips might be embedded under a user’s skin. Musk has said, “Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI.” It might be possible for people to type 40 words per minute by thinking with such an interface.

Neuralink calls their approach a Neural Lace. The Neural Lace provides a technology layer above our brains. The expectation is for Neural Lace to increase our cognitive performance levels. The thought is that the closer we become to AI the less of a threat it will be. Neuralink hopes to have this in a human patient by the end of this year.

The Neuralink electrodes are being designed to both read and write data. The Neural Lace is a device that is intended to grow with your brain. Its major purpose is to optimize mental output.

In the long term, Neuralink sees brain-connected chips and wires placed under the skin. The user would wear a communications pod behind their ear like a hearing aid. The ‘pod’ would then use Bluetooth or WiFi to communicate with a phone or computer. The long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer”. It will provide a high bandwidth interface between the brain and machine intelligence. The distinction between humans and machines may become almost imperceptible.

The challenges to developing this technology are significant. There have been successes in tests with animals. According to Musk, “A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain”. Many labs are researching brain-machine interface (BMI) technology. But some worry that Neuralink’s invasive method is risky.

The development of other non-invasive methods are underway. The hope is for these to not only read brain activity but also stimulate it. Using one of these technologies humans may someday be able to define what we want to become. It seems clear that humans are on a path to a more symbiotic relationship with our machines.

This is part of transhumanism. That is the enhancement of humans through the use of technology. At the low-end many of us have already taken a step along the transhumanism path. By wearing eyeglasses or a hearing aid we have augmented our bodies with technology. Other augmentations might enable us to ‘see’ wavelengths of light outside the usual visual spectrum. They might also include methods to accelerate the pace of learning. We might someday rapidly learn new skills or gain a better memory.
Further Reading

  1. Why Elon Musk’s transhumanism claims may not be that far-fetched
  2. Elon Musk: To Survive The Age of Artificial Intelligence, Humanity Must “Achieve Symbiosis With Machines”
  3. Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface
  4. The merging of humans and machines is happening now
  5. An integrated brain-machine interface platform with thousands of channels