Monday, March 21, 2011

The Cyclotrope


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The Cyclotrope

Pushing animation to its rotational best - this is highly mysterious and unique video, made by Tim Wheatley:


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Here is a secret to what you just seen:
"The Cyclotrope is a cycle of 18 images that is spun at a certan speed so that the frame rate of the camera filming it gives the illusion of animation."

Today's pictures & links:

Another Animated Curiosity



This is called the Alexander Star Puzzle - more info. Similar to the Rubik's Cube, but with significantly larger amount of permutations... and perhaps more perturbing overall.

Here is another great Rubik's Cube variation:



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Spring is on the way!

You might not see the signs of spring yet - but this image is guaranteed to put you in the sunshiny-warm-fuzzy mood:


(this is a groovy trike model from 1968)

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Look down these canyons

The mind-numbingly epic architecture of Hugh Feriss we've featured before. Yet, we can not pass a chance to show a few images from his 1929 book The Metropolis of Tomorrow - buy it here.



(image via)

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An Uneasy Union

...and in the end, a cold shoulder of history:


(photo by Vladislav Vetlugin, 1972)

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Mixed fresh links for today:

Gorgeous LEGO Starship Alphabet - [oh yes]
TIL: Could a Novice Land a Jumbo Jet? - [interesting]
Say Hello to Bacterial Hard Drives! - [wow science]
Fantastic Uses for Retired Airplanes - [wow design]
Timeline of Battling with Reactor - [huge respect]
Suprising: Printing Twitter - [cool site]
Relaxing and Addictive Display Art - [click and drag]
Crazily Creative Chimneys - [weird]
Creepy LED-powered Smiles - [style in Japan]
This tractor is stuck... no more! - [wow video]
Timelapse Animation Shows Earthquakes in Japan - [wow video]
Fascinating Documentary on Russian Prisons - [long video]
Nuclear Fission in Your Office - [wow video]
Rabbit Ears in My Salad - [weird design]

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Magic Carpet Car!

Lovely rendering by the artist from the Golden Age of Futurism:



Paleofuture has more info. The drawing dates from 1958... the car is riding on a cushion of air... well, the dog seems to like it.

Speaking of futuristic 1950s car designs - take a look at the actually produced 1960 Imperial dashboard layout:



More inspiring dashboard than in many fighter jets, in my humble opinion.

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The Force is strong with this one


(image via)

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Look ma! A ski hill -


(image credit: Tim MacPherson)

Some parents would have a heart attack...

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Singing the Wedding Blues...

Siberian marriages:



Hope you would not need such piece of jewelry:


(original unknown)

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I bet you did not know there were so many ways to tie a shoe

... but now you can practice, and master them all:


(original unknown)

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After a good night sleep...

What a brilliant idea! -



Rise up and smell the news:


(original unknown)

Speaking of eggs, there are many ways to make an omelette (art by German painter Mariola Bogacki):


(art by Mariola Bogacki)

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Awwww... wait, what is it?


(image via)

Turns out, this is a bald hedgehog. Yes, poor fella had all the needles fall out. But he is well taken care of now - after being found abandoned...

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Fantastically Intricate Art by Ian Miller

This is Lovecraft-ian surrealism brought to epic proportions:


(image credit: Ian Miller)

See more art by Ian Miller (including many rare illustrations to fantasy paperbacks) at his site.

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Out of the way! Out of the way!

The Spiked Bomb, dropped by parachute! -



(illustrations from Popular Mechanics, 1944)

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Mr. Mushroom Man

At the EXPO 1970 in Osaka, Japan:


(original unknown)

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"This cat must know what he's doing, right?"


(original unknown)


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