Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Why I Love YouTube

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I was getting ready to write a scene the other day that involves the bad guys blowing up a building with gunpowder. And it occurred to me that I didn't have a clue what that would look like. So I Googled "gunpowder explosion" and found this really neat YouTube video that is one of an eight-part British television program called "The Gunpowder Plot--Exploding the Legend" in which they actually recreate the explosion planned by the famous would-be Gunpowder Plot assassins.



They go into all sorts of wonderful detail about early gunpowder and of course the dynamics of such explosions. And then we get to actually see the an explosion taking place, right before our eyes. A writer couldn't ask for anything more!

12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Tis a brave new world!

Anonymous said...

Wow. How interesting to watch. I can't wait to read how you describe it in a book. I love shows that recreate scenarios, like Mythbusters. Just fascinating. Hope you are feeling better and back to normal health-wise and staying cool. Living in Seattle, our days range in the comfortable 60's so far. I think one day hit in the 70's and my daughter complained about how hot it was. Too funny. Sabena

cs harris said...

Charles, it certainly makes a writer's life easier!

Sabena, did you watch all 8 episodes? It has a lot of neat information. And I am starting to feel a lot better, thanks! When I was younger I found Seattle far too cold in the summertime, but after a decade of New Orleans heat, I find my attitude has changed!

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