The Underground — Issue #29
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: John Oliver shows the harsh realities of the Internet, the biggest movie in the world uses beautiful practical effects, a hiker’s experience on the Great Wall of China, Microsoft unveils its latest hologram technology, and just how many stars are in the sky?
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. John Oliver takes on the Internet. It’s no surprise that disgruntled ex’s will be very angry if they’re dumped by their loved one. There could be no reason for it (from their end), and it will leave a person mulling over what they did to cause it. Sometimes, this will make a person want to go to extremes like stalking, constantly calling, or doing insane things to win them back.
For most sane people, they won’t do this because no person is worth going to jail for, especially if they don’t love you anymore. Deal with it and move on. However, some of those people will exact revenge by putting the most intimate parts of their relationship online. Sounds illegal, right? Well, in many states it isn’t, and in states that it is, the law enforcement is so inept that they won’t know how to address it.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently dealt with online harassment. More importantly, Oliver addressed the recent despicable trend of revenge porn. Revenge porn is when an ex will put pictures or videos of their former love online, and will include personal information like their address, workplace, phone number, email, and anything else they can use to get back at them.
I’ll let John Oliver entertain and horrify you about online harassment in the video below. Once again, prepare yourself to feel utterly helpless as no action has yet to be taken to stop it.
2. Here’s how Jurassic World puppeteers did that heartbreaking scene. If you’re one of the… basically everyone in the world that attended the latest Jurassic Park sequel premiere, you no doubt have one scene stuck in your head: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard come upon a severely attacked Apatosaurus. It not only was hard to watch emotionally, but it also gave the uptight Howard a sense of appreciation that these were indeed innocent animals and should be looked at as more than numbers and profit.
The best part of the scene was that the actors could actually interact with the dinosaur instead of acting on a green screen with a few tennis balls to react to. Legacy Effects provided the effects for the animatronic dinosaur, and it really shows how much detail they put into their work. You can be impressed by all the special effects that — previously mentioned in The Underground — shows that the overuse of special effects can dampen our sense of wonder, but practical effects will always wow us because they seem so life-like.
Check below to see some of the magic and talent put into the creation of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World.
3. A breathtaking and dangerous hike along the Great Wall of China. Imgur user onohaha shared his unbelievable and harrowing experience of travelling a great distance along the legendary wall in China. As you go through the pictures, there are scary moments where he’s running low on water and might might not make it to the next village. He crosses very broken down parts of the wall, and up steep parts of the wall where it might break apart by just grabbing ahold of it.
It’s a lot different from what you see in television specials about the wall. Though many parts of the wall are intact, some sections of the wall have yet to be restored and are completely absent of people. Despite what this man went through on his journey, I still think it would be a fun adventure to experience… albeit with few people to tag along with. I’m pretty sure I won’t get a cell signal in the most remote part of the Great Wall of China if I need help.
4. Microsoft unveils its Hololens technology at E3 and it’s amazing. We’ve talked about the Microsoft Hololens on The Underground before, but Microsoft really shows us some impressive stuff in its presentation. In it, they demonstrate what it would be like to play Minecraft with another person: One using the basic way to play Minecraft, and another using the Hololens.
It honestly puts Tony Stark’s holographic interface in his Iron Man basement to shame. I understand it’s a demo, but if this is the future of holographic technology, and it’s only using Minecraft as an example. the possibilities are endless for what else this can be used for.
Check out the E3 demonstration below, and then set up a Google alert for when you can preorder the Microsoft Hololens.
5. Just how many stars are up there in the Universe? Spoiler alert: A LOT! How many? Well, we aren’t actually sure because we can only observe so much of the universe, but right now, we know that there are more stars that we can see than there are grains of sand on every beach on the planet. It really makes you think how insignificant you are in terms of what’s going on here on Earth.
The Universe is the biggest thing we can compare anything to. It is incomparable to anything, and the fact that we know so little about it makes many of us a little nervous to find out more. If you estimate that there are 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe, and each galaxy has 100 billion stars, it seems more and more obvious that we’re not alone in the Universe.
How many stars are potentially out there? Let this video blow your mind and remind you that Earth is just a cosmic speck that surrounds a star among the trillions and trillions out there.
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