A soldier stationed in Germany who’s posted anonymously on YouTube and Twitter under the name AreYouSurprised marked the end of DADT this morning by filming a phone call where he comes out to his dad back home in Alabama. Dad seems a lot more worried about his son’s drinking during Oktoberfest than he is about news about his kid’s sexual orientation.
In his earlier posts, our video blogger was always careful to hide his identity but he’s right out front showing his face today. No word yet on his real identity but here’s hoping the transition to a new era goes this smoothly for everyone who shares the news with family back home.
The France 24 News Channel decided to promote its twitter feed with a video that shows angry birds attacking a series of dictators who look suspiciously like Gadhafi and Mubarek. It’s the Arab Spring as directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
As America celebrates the stellar work by U.S. intelligence officers who found Osama bin Laden and the SEALs who took him out, let’s also consider the mind-bending role technology plays in our now always-connected world.
Sohaib Athar is a 33-year-old Pakistani technology consultant who moved to Abbottabad when he decided to take “a break from the rat race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops.” He also spends a lot of time on Twitter where he uses the account @ReallyVirtual. +Continue Reading
We’ll leave it to the guys over at Defense Tech to analyze just exactly how this new technology will be applied to weapons systems, but right now it’s just awesome to watch quadracopters juggle a ball in the Flying Machine Area at ETH Laboratories in Zurich, Switzerland. The balls are tracked by an overhead motion-capture system that feeds the data to the computers that control the copters.
What do the writers and editors here at Military.com and Under the Radar read when we’re putting together stories and analysis for the site? One of the best sources for direct information is dvids, the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution system. Now dvids has built a pretty awesome iPad app that lets you view their video content on your Apple device without worry about that pesky Flash video issue. Check it out.
So this is kind of long and pretty dry in that NASA public relations kind of way, but it’s still Captain James T. Kirk telling the story of the U.S. spacecraft most directly inspired by Star Trek. The final space shuttle mission ever (by Atlantis) is scheduled for June 28th.
Next time your grandmother asks you about the Twitter, show her this Ken Burns-style historical video and then everything will be sorted out for her. (Make sure you warn her about the language.) Also, don’t forget to follow our twitter feed @MilOffDuty.