Sunday, March 30, 2008

Link Latte 54


#54 - Week of March 30, 2008

Velvet Worm Attack!, info - [unreal video] - via
Recreational Microscopy - [vintage art]
Onboard view of the Shuttle Launch - [spectacular video]
Abandoned Park in China - [abandoned] - via
Early Days of Computing: Photo Depository - [vintage tech]
New ride for space tourists unveiled - [space]
Girl Genius: Adventure, Romance, Mad Science - [cool comic]
Nazi Lego Machines, more, info - [geek art]
Using explosive mice for sabotage - [how nice]
Traffic Light Meters - [urban art]
All kinds of interesting churches - [architecture]
Flux Capacitor: great pic, great title - [photo]
Dark Art by Z. Beksinski - [disturbing]
Climbing the Ice Fang - [extreme]
Melting Vespa Lights and more - [pop art]
Infiltrating North Korea: great travelogue - [travel]
Steampunk Penquin Professors - [concept art]
The "Happy Worker" kit - [funny]
Very original ambient lighting - [design]
The scariest collective activities in the world - [weird]
Plastic Bag Animals - [urban art]
Very curious Russian Artist - [naive art] - via
Modern Ruins: galleries - [abandoned]
Earthquake turns soil into liquid, model - [bizarre]
Spider Robot struts some moves - [neat video]
Airships, geniuses, chocolate - [video ad]
Apache! Shagadelic Instrumental - [music video]
Star Trek Apartment: comfortable? - [fun video]
"Sweet Home Alabama" like you never heard it before - [fun video]

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Link Latte 54


#54 - Week of March 30, 2008

Velvet Worm Attack!, info - [unreal video] - via
Recreational Microscopy - [vintage art]
Onboard view of the Shuttle Launch - [spectacular video]
Abandoned Park in China - [abandoned] - via
Early Days of Computing: Photo Depository - [vintage tech]
New ride for space tourists unveiled - [space]
Girl Genius: Adventure, Romance, Mad Science - [cool comic]
Nazi Lego Machines, more, info - [geek art]
Using explosive mice for sabotage - [how nice]
Traffic Light Meters - [urban art]
All kinds of interesting churches - [architecture]
Flux Capacitor: great pic, great title - [photo]
Dark Art by Z. Beksinski - [disturbing]
Climbing the Ice Fang - [extreme]
Melting Vespa Lights and more - [pop art]
Infiltrating North Korea: great travelogue - [travel]
Steampunk Penquin Professors - [concept art]
The "Happy Worker" kit - [funny]
Very original ambient lighting - [design]
The scariest collective activities in the world - [weird]
Plastic Bag Animals - [urban art]
Very curious Russian Artist - [naive art] - via
Modern Ruins: galleries - [abandoned]
Earthquake turns soil into liquid, model - [bizarre]
Spider Robot struts some moves - [neat video]
Airships, geniuses, chocolate - [video ad]
Apache! Shagadelic Instrumental - [music video]
Star Trek Apartment: comfortable? - [fun video]
"Sweet Home Alabama" like you never heard it before - [fun video]

SEE ALL OTHER LINK LATTE ISSUES HERE

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Disturbing Wiring, Part 4

"QUANTUM SHOT" #396
- link - by A. Abrams


More Tangled Awesomeness

It's time for another installment in our highly popular "tangled wiring" series. (see previous parts 1, 2, 3.)

Judging by the amount of our image submissions, the life of sysadmins and IT technicians is not getting any easier, when it comes to unraveling wiring messes. Plus some countries seem to have never developed the concept of tidy wire management. But what if sophisticated cable connections simply have to be made? The set-up in this room seems to be working, but we do not have information exactly how well it works (click to enlarge) -



The wire is a simple thing. It only has two ends.

The potential for chaos, though, knows no limits. The following photos instill in us a certain sense of dread, as we do not want to come anywhere close to them in reality, or even poke them with a stick -














Sven Briels sent us this picture. He says: "This wonder of engineering was feeding the airconditioning in my hotel in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Note the switch bundeling under it :)" -




Note the labels! Somebody went to the trouble of labeling this mess (did it help?) -






(photos by wb8foz at nrk)


Location, location, location -


(image credit: Vinny Abello)


I don't see wires here. I see hair -




Somebody said "A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind". It seems some wildly creative project is underway here -




Terrifying electric wiring from Chelyabinsk, Russia -








"The worst phone wiring in Scotland" -


(image credit: Shannon Orem)


Weeds (and trees) compete with wires:


(image credit: zombie37)




A semblance of order? or a real thing?

Wired magazine recently published shots of the internet's "densest meet-me room" - where 260 ISPs get all inter-connected, with very little room for error.

"If this facility went down, most of California and parts of the rest of the world would not be able to connect to the internet."




(images credit: Dave Bullock/Wired.com)


Monkeys like the wiring all too much:






If you'll stare too long at some crazy wiring, maybe you'll decide to simply turn it into a form of art:




"Spaghetti Art" - via


Mad, mad, mad pipe-work

Why would anybody do something like this? Perhaps they hoped that if they multiply trans-dimensional pipe loops and increase the structural complexity, it'll turn the liquid inside into gold, or even better, into vodka... they failed, in either case:















If some plumbing is too messed up, you can use the weirdest pipe joints as a sculpture outside:



Just to compare, this is what the truly awesome pipe work looks like:



You gotta love this vintage arrangement (Toto's keyboardist, Steve Porcaro, arranging the wiring on his analog synth system in the studio, probably sometime in 1977-78):


(image credit: Steve Porcaro(ex-Toto), 1982)

But then again, maybe it's not even worth to spend an extra time and effort to organize these pesky knots? After all, the Universal Law is the ultimate increase in entropy and chaos, so why even bother...


(original unknown)

Sources: 1, 2, 3

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Disturbing Wiring, Part 4

"QUANTUM SHOT" #396
- link - by A. Abrams


More Tangled Awesomeness

It's time for another installment in our highly popular "tangled wiring" series. (see previous parts 1, 2, 3.)

Judging by the amount of our image submissions, the life of sysadmins and IT technicians is not getting any easier, when it comes to unraveling wiring messes. Plus some countries seem to have never developed the concept of tidy wire management. But what if sophisticated cable connections simply have to be made? The set-up in this room seems to be working, but we do not have information exactly how well it works (click to enlarge) -



The wire is a simple thing. It only has two ends.

The potential for chaos, though, knows no limits. The following photos instill in us a certain sense of dread, as we do not want to come anywhere close to them in reality, or even poke them with a stick -














Sven Briels sent us this picture. He says: "This wonder of engineering was feeding the airconditioning in my hotel in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Note the switch bundeling under it :)" -




Note the labels! Somebody went to the trouble of labeling this mess (did it help?) -






(photos by wb8foz at nrk)


Location, location, location -


(image credit: Vinny Abello)


I don't see wires here. I see hair -




Somebody said "A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind". It seems some wildly creative project is underway here -




Terrifying electric wiring from Chelyabinsk, Russia -








"The worst phone wiring in Scotland" -


(image credit: Shannon Orem)


Weeds (and trees) compete with wires:


(image credit: zombie37)




A semblance of order? or a real thing?

Wired magazine recently published shots of the internet's "densest meet-me room" - where 260 ISPs get all inter-connected, with very little room for error.

"If this facility went down, most of California and parts of the rest of the world would not be able to connect to the internet."




(images credit: Dave Bullock/Wired.com)


Monkeys like the wiring all too much:






If you'll stare too long at some crazy wiring, maybe you'll decide to simply turn it into a form of art:




"Spaghetti Art" - via


Mad, mad, mad pipe-work

Why would anybody do something like this? Perhaps they hoped that if they multiply trans-dimensional pipe loops and increase the structural complexity, it'll turn the liquid inside into gold, or even better, into vodka... they failed, in either case:















If some plumbing is too messed up, you can use the weirdest pipe joints as a sculpture outside:



Just to compare, this is what the truly awesome pipe work looks like:



You gotta love this vintage arrangement (Toto's keyboardist, Steve Porcaro, arranging the wiring on his analog synth system in the studio, probably sometime in 1977-78):


(image credit: Steve Porcaro(ex-Toto), 1982)

But then again, maybe it's not even worth to spend an extra time and effort to organize these pesky knots? After all, the Universal Law is the ultimate increase in entropy and chaos, so why even bother...


(original unknown)

Sources: 1, 2, 3

CONTINUE TO NEXT PART! ->

READ THE PREVIOUS PART HERE

Permanent Link......+StumbleUpon ...+Facebook