Communion Of Dreams

The Explosions Channel
August 20, 2007, 9:23 am
Filed under: Ballistics, Failure, Fireworks, Guns, Marketing, movies, NASA, Science, Society, Space, tech, YouTube

A buddy of mine sent me a bunch of YouTube links last night to clips of explosions (among other things). Some were compilations of failed rocket launches, some were ‘stupid human tricks’. He knows, budding pyromaniac that I am, that I would enjoy such things. Hey, what do you expect from someone whose birthday is the Fourth of July?

Anyway, it got me thinking about a niche cable channel which would be sure to be a huge hit: The Explosions Channel. Oh, I know that The Discovery Channel does some of this, as does The History Channel. But on those, explosions provide the punctuation for other stories, with the occasional feature on firearms, artillery, fireworks, demolitions, et cetera which has a higher-than-average explosion count. But think of the potential for a channel where you just *know* that you could tune in and catch some big explosions, anytime, day or night! It’d be like MTV for the jaded geek, pure visual heroin for the explosions junkie. Guys like me could turn it on, and sit there, slack-jawed and drooling, eyes wide, as explosion after fireball after thunderous report . . .

Jim Downey

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This could be very cool! Especially if you have shows such as “Movie Explosions” and “Nuclear Explosions” and “Inevitable Car Chase Explosions” and “Major Fireworks Shows (with music, of course)” and other categories.

One question: Would you include some of the MythBusters shows about explosions? They do seem to have fun with them.

Comment by ML

Mythbusters runs on the Discovery Channel, right? I was figuring that they would be part of the pool of information/film archives which could be drawn upon…

Jim Downey

Comment by Communion of Dreams

You do have to love a show that constantly reminds the viewer “Do NOT try this at home!”

Sometimes I feel like they should add “we are trained crazy people, and have a better shot at knowing what we are doing than you do.” Of course, enough at-home people could know as well, they just won’t bother with the protective gear that seems essential to test so many of the myths.

I do think you should include non-explosion things such as the Rube Goldberg ignitions.

Comment by ML

[…] And yeah, I would think that Mythbusters alone would be able to supply a lot of material for The Explosions Channel. […]

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