Category Archives: Interesting Stuff

Man as Industrial Palace

Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace], a poster by Fritz Kahn. Amazing the degree to which this single image has resonated (and continues to resonate) in our culture. The image is part of the Dream Anatomy website published … Continue reading

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Low-tech Magazine

Watch the movie War Games sometime if you have any interest in seeing how things were done back before computers were everywhere. It’s a real time-capsule from 1983, full of modems and rotary telephones and libraries with card catalogs and … Continue reading

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Maps and more places to imagine than you can imagine

OK, here are three links that you might find interesting: Fantasy Cartography is all about maps to places that have only been imagined. In other words, "…a collection of maps from various fantasy and science fiction works for your viewing." … Continue reading

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Scintillating grains of sand

If you think sand is just gritty, brownish, and tiny, you’re in for a surprise: Each Grain of Sand a Tiny Work of Art is a surprising gallery of extreme closeup photographs of sand from around the world, from Discover … Continue reading

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Learn about electricity and electronics!

I never "got" electronics, but that might have been because I never found the right book (or teacher). You’ve got to love the Internet, though, for bringing us things like Tony R. Kuphaldt’s Lessons In Electric Circuits, published freely on … Continue reading

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Assorted pictures and other interesting stuff

I keep tripping over some of the most fascinating stuff on the the interwebs, much of it uncategorizable. So here’s a bunch of things that you might like to check out: As a boy, I was fascinated by everything to … Continue reading

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Dorodango: Shiny Japanese mud balls!

This may not be news to Japanese schoolchildren, but Dorodango (Wikipedia link) is a fascinating "craft" that anyone can make. I haven’t tried this yet (it’s been too snowy and rainy for the past 8 months or so here in … Continue reading

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Award-winning Fractals

Check out the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 results. I can’t stop looking at this one, Spiral Fantasy, by Alfred Laing, but they all are incredible. I just wish they had bigger versions on the website, and a good … Continue reading

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Casual Gaming

People enjoy games: we’ve got a bunch of handhelds and a couple of consoles, with plenty of games, but the boys still enjoy going online and gaming on the web. It turns out that there’s an actual name for these … Continue reading

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An interestingly shaped thing. Very interesting.

This is called a Gomboc (from the Hungarian Gömböc). Here’s an article from Metafilter; here’s a picture from Wikipedia. And here’s a Gomboc website that’s mostly in Hungarian, with some more pictures. Can you find more interesting pictures or articles … Continue reading

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