Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Bunch of Weird Stuff

I recently found an article that showed a bunch of these interesting things, but it gave no explanations for them.  I found this completely unsatisfactory.  I know that people are lazy, and that a lot of folk would look at these pictures and say, "Oh!, Woooooooowwww."  And then they would simply move on to the next article of pictures packed in a nest of words like "awesome", "incredible","amazing", and "astonishing."  

But really, if they have no idea what's happening in the picture, how do they know that this hyperbole actually is warranted?

So I went looking for more information and found some.  Not necessarily the whole picture, mind you, but perhaps enough to get you to go look for more on your own.  (Not to mention that some of you will be meeting - for the first time - The Crazy Russian Hacker, one of my favorite You Tube characters.)  

I always try to credit my sources, and in many cases if you want to know more, you can start by clicking on my source links.

OK.  First we have "The Loaf Painting." 

From: Bored Panda

Master glassblower and stained glass artist Loren Stump in California has wowed the internet with an extraordinary display of virtuosity. He created a “loaf” of glass, called murrine, out of carefully layered glass rods that, when sliced, reveal a painstakingly detailed work of art in cross-section. His greatest work is called “Madonna of the Rocks,” but all of his murrini are incredible works of art and craftsmanship.

The most impressive thing about his work is that the resulting image can only be seen in its entirety after the murrini is cut. He had to trust in his own skills, which, after seeing the rest of his murrine work, isn’t exactly a leap of faith. If you want to see what the work of a glass artist prodigy looks like, be sure to visit his website!

Source: stumpchuck.com
Next, the bricklaying machine.  I've done herringbone brick walks by hand, and it's a lot of work.  There's still a lot of work going on here, too.  But the machine is pretty darn useful-looking.

Automatic Bricklaying Machine

Next is the "Digital Glitch Cabinet." Very strange looking, and some would have it that it doesn't really exist at all, except as an image banging around the Internet. 

“In his second year working with Fratelli Boffi, Ferruccio Laviani has created yet another fanciful world from the depths of his prolific imagination. A concept that goes beyond individual products, it combines the expertise of a company that specializes in full-feature and tailor-made projects with the creativity of a designer who can strike a balance between the past and the future, blending the harmony and magniloquence of the classical with the charm and allure of the contemporary.

For the 2013 Furniture Exhibition, the renowned architect has created an entire universe divided into a home’s different spaces. Ferruccio Laviani enthusiastically focuses on the concrete design aspect of interior design, creating unique products that have a strong visual impact and a one-of-a-kind look, as well as coverings, panelling and flooring. This far-reaching vision blends and encompasses different sources of inspiration and questions the traditional tenets of design and furniture.

The fanciful blending of styles is paired with an innate sense of wittiness to produce furniture like the Good Vibrations storage unit. Selected for a preview of this new collection, the piece exemplifies this new design philosophy and the harmonious juxtaposition of the languages and cultures it is based upon.
Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the ‘disorienting’ design of this storage unit, which seems to have been ‘deformed’ by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.

The appeal of this extraordinary piece of furniture lies in its ability to overturn and question classical stylistic principles such as purity, cleanness and symmetry, while evoking a comforting feeling of deja-vu and a sort of primitiveness, matched by unquestionable craftsmanship.”
UPDATE: manufacturer Fratelli Boffi is hinting it will show Good Vibrations at the 2014 edition of Milan Design Week.
From: hoaxes.com
This image has been circulating since March of this year. Many sites (including dornob.com) report that it shows "an actual piece of carefully carved furniture, not a photo file gone wrong."

The oak furniture was supposedly created by furniture designer Ferruccio Laviani using CNC processes (computer-aided machine tools) in order to make it appear as if it had been deformed by a "digital glitch". (Yes, that should be an "analog glitch," but "digital glitch" is the phrase that's caught on to describe it.)

There is some truth to this. Laviani did create "glitch" furniture for a 2013 Furniture Exhibition in Italy. His aim, according to mocoloco.com, was to make furniture "which seems to have been 'deformed' by a strong jolt or by swaying movements." He called it his Good Vibrations collection.

However, the final product was the cabinet below. The picture above was a photo mock-up of the concept for the piece. In other words, it wasn't real.


No, it isn't a butt-plug.  Well. I guess it could be.  But that's not what it was made for.  It's actually what a liter bottle of soda looks like before highly compressed air is forced into it.

Here's how the process works:

This is a cross-section of undersea cable that runs for thousands of miles on the ocean floor. It carries telephone and data between continents.

Very War of the Worlds, don't you think?  

This is a map of all undersea cables around the world. It is a screen capture from http://www.submarinecablemap.com/ an interactive website that let’s you zoom, pan and locate every known submarine cable in the world. Information about the company that owns cable and the various landing points of each cable is also provided.
While I was looking at the video above I found this interesting and rather alarming depiction...


OK.  Time for a little fun with The Crazy Russian Hacker!  Here's the image that started this trip...

Balancing Coins

No, I dunno why it works.

Now for a little trivia about Donald Drumpf's big hero...

Untrimmed: Adolf Hitler’s original moustache style in 1914 and his later distinctive toothbrush shape
Hitler was ordered to trim his moustache

06 May 2007  By Tony Paterson in Berlin
His moustache is the most instantly recognisable - and sinister - in history.

Yet, according to new research into Adolf Hitler's early life, the distinctive, toothbrush shape that adorned his scowling face was not his first preference.

A previously unpublished essay by a writer who served alongside Hitler in the First World War trenches reveals that the future Führer was only obeying orders when he shaped his moustache into its tightly-clipped style. He was instructed to do so in order that it would fit under the respirator masks, introduced in response to British mustard gas attacks.

Had that order never been issued, the tyrant who brought most of Europe to its knees would be remembered as a man with a large Prussian moustache.

The prosaic explanation comes in a new biography of the writer Alexander Moritz Frey, who came to know him when both were lowly privates in a Bavarian infantry division.

In a hitherto unpublished essay, Frey, who died in 1957, wrote of his first meeting with Hitler in 1915: "A pale, tall man tumbled down into the cellar after the first shells of the daily evening attacks had begun to fall, fear and rage glowing in his eyes.

"At that time he looked tall because he was so thin. A full moustache, which had to be trimmed later because of the new gas masks, covered the ugly slit of his mouth."

Stefan Ernsting, who has written the biography, unearthed Frey's essay, The Unknown Private - Personal Memories of Hitler, in archives in the provincial German town of Marbach.

Frey's account provides the first substantial challenge to historians' perceived wisdom on the subject, which has generally been that the Nazi leader was simply following the fashion of the period.

However, whatever adjustments Hitler was forced to make to fit German army gas masks did not save him from being badly gassed and temporarily blinded during a British attack in 1918.


This bridge is abandoned.  Here's more pics of it:

According to this site (reddit) "Its in Georgia (the country) on the road going towards Armenia (Samtskhe-Javakheti)."

Here's another from the Lost Tracks Golf Course in Bend, Oregon.

But here's a company that makes bridges out of flatcars: http://pacificrailservices.com/railroad-flatcar-bridges/  Here's one of theirs: 

And last, but not least, a few that don't require a lot of explanation. 

 No explanation needed.  (But you may need a drink after studying it.)

 After a long and laborious search I finally traced this photo to a dailymail.co article.  Nice photos, but this one still wasn't credited.  At that point I quit.  It's lunch time already!

Photo of the back of Hoover Dam before it was filled with water in 1936.

 Look carefully.  This is all one picture...

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