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2012-06-12 06:43:34 PM  
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I might also add - I do know where at least SOME of the "Project Bluebeam" thing came from, and it was real, sort of. At least as far as it went.

There was a project long ago, in the age of the Elder Gods, when dinosaurs walked the earth. That would be about the mid-80s. Your tax dollars go to fund some very stupid projects, and some contractors are quick to take the bait. I'd like to reframe it as - there are some generals that are very non-technical. Nice guys, good with tactical and strategic planning, great leaders in their way, but couldn't format a floppy if you put a knife to their collective throats, which you'd think would be their reason to hire technical consults like me, for instance.

However, what they see, hear and read in the media can be very very strong with some of these guys. Other projects of Conspiracy Theory fame draw on media input as well - one of these was the 2025 series, an Air College project that called on several movie directors as part of their technical input. It produced a large number of "concept ideas" that were just as bogus as this, and for the same reason - you've got Spielberg proposing technical solutions to some of the wackier LTCs.

Anyway, there was this movie - you might have heard of it - Star Wars. It had this "hologram" thing in there. And OMFG, did THAT inspire military minds for some reason.

It inspired an RFQ that was really one of those things you would now wonder if the Onion had written. One of those documents with the sorts of requirements that made you go "Ur?" And sadly, it was totally batshiat, and they really were serious. Basically, they wanted a Star Wars/Star Trek hologram instead of a physics sort of hologram. A REAL looking hologram, in HD, freestanding, with obscuration, rear surface culling, visible from all angles, with appropriate glint and with weather factors added in. Basically, it had to look like a real object, You couldn't be able to see through it, and the perspectives had to be right, and it had to do even wackier things like reflect appropriately - if you had a holomirror on your holocar, the holomirror had to reflect your face. And it couldn't "glow" - that is, if it were dark, then you had to "see" a dark object reflecting moonlight or whatnot. And it had to do this in fog, clear air, rain and do it appropriately for the weather condition.

Also it had to be able to produce sound. Your holocar just isn't holoreal if it doesn't have holoengine sounds coming from it.

Well, someone bid the damn thing. And spent a relative shiatheap of your tax dollars on it, quite cynically, I'd expect, although again, I'd like to think of it as tech-poor brass calling on tech-poor unnamed aerospace company leadership to produce an impossible result, which then got dumped on the engineering staff with Dilbertian results.

It never worked. It hasn't worked the other times it was bid out, which it was over and over. Think of an unkillable cash cow. Tech companies pounce on this thing like wolves on the last cow in a Texas desert every time it wanders by.

However, part of it DID work. The sound part worked. Sort of. And that's where the next part of the Bluebeam story comes in. The guys figured out how to make a plasma bloom with a variable volume, which you could use as a sort of flying loudspeaker, by intersecting some IR laser beams and pulse modulating one of them, so that the intersection point had enough energy density to bloom. The resulting sound is a bit like a talking chainsaw, although subsequent versions improved on it a bit. It also has this neat appearance, sort of a boiling ball of red-brown smoke if you crank it up. So you get a talking ball of fire, sort of like Sauron's Last Stand or something.

It's quite dramatic, although it's a long way from holo My Mother The Car. So, given that it's what they got out of it for their tax dollars, the unnamed aerospace company offered it as a sort of consolation prize. It was even productized - at least two working fieldable copies were made and delivered to Bad Tolz for use in Gulf War I for the very purpose claimed for "Project Bluebeam" - a talking ball of fire you could project over the other guy's troops to give the proclamation of Gabriel or something. Bush 1 decided it was both demeaning and pointless and had the two units shelved. I don't know if they got moved to Stuttgart.

Anyway, someone leaked the thing in distorted bits and pieces at some point, and I'm pretty sure that's where "Project Bluebeam" came from. Believe it, or don't.
2012-06-12 01:03:11 PM  
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Another such event in Western Canada:

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I've had a convincing UFO experience myself (and was likewise a skeptic beforehand of all those who have claimed such similar encounters). Once you see something like I did in person, you realize one of two things:
1) It's all true. We're not alone. There might be hope for this planet of ignorant apemen after all.
2) Our governments have in their hands technological marvels so incredibly advanced in comparison to those we're all familiar with that it's sickening to what degree the majority of the population is completely kept in the dark.

I'll share my UFO story if anyone is interested, even if I'm sure it'll be met with heavy criticism. I sometimes wish everyone had the opportunity once in their life to have such an experience. If anything, it gave me a fresh dose of perspective, something I feel the majority of us could use.
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