3D Folded Canvas Art


Canvas Art 1

At first glance this looks like an elaborate painting.  And it’s true to a sense.  It has been painted, but it’s many individual pieces of canvas that have been folded onto themselves that then has been painted.  Here, take a closer look:

Canvas detail

This is the artwork of painters Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, known as Stallman.  The two of them work together to create these works of art by layering and folding canvas, and then painting them with different colors to get the natural look that you see above.  They have lots of different works on their site, and if you have a few thousand dollars, you can buy one of them.  Some are pretty cool, I know I wouldn’t be able to make that.  And the three dimensional aspect of it itself is nice.  I like it, but you probably can’t touch it.

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iPhone Bullet Time


The Matrix made slow-mo 360 degree video popular, they called it “bullet time.”  It usually consists of setting up a ring of cameras pointed at the subject and taking pictures and video like that.  However, as you can imagine, that gets expensive. Smart phones are cheap, and most everyone has them (yes, even me), so Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier decided to try a new method.  iPhones have a slow motion capture feature on their video.  So he spent what he says is the last 2 years developing a custom mount for his iPhone to attach a rope to so he could swing it around his head as he skied.  The video below shows it in action:

That was pretty damn close to bullet time.  Syre it didn’t stop and zoom in or anything, but it was still cool.  I can see this potentially turning into something really intense, something that’s established, and recognized and worthwhile.  I might need to look at some sort of rig that does this…if one were to ever be offered for sale that is.

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Tetris JENGA


Tetris Jenga Box

For $26 on Amazon you can get this pretty unique game that takes Tetris into the our dimensions.  On the surface it’s regular Jenga, but the pieces aren’t straight blocks, they are the familiar pieces from Tetris.  As you can see, you can get some pretty incredibly impossible structures here.  The only question I have is how would you pull some of the pieces out because of the angles?

Tetris Jenga played


The Day The Music Died



Today, 57 years ago, 4 people lost their lives in a plane crash in Iowa.  Three of those people were popular musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, the 4th was their pilot of the plane they charted to take them between shows in the mid-west.  America was stunned as Holly was just starting to rise up the ladder of fame.

Don McLean immortalized it as “The Day The Music Died

3D Printed Marble Machine


marble parts
Instructables user Jazzmyn has designed her own pieces for a marble machine.  They’re pretty basic parts, curves, switches, and Ys.  But they all connect together and in whatever way you want to combine them.  You can download the parts on Thingverse, but you will obviously need a 3D printer in order to build your own.

Here’s a video of the finished machine.  It’s pretty nice, but there is some room for improvement in future

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Reminder: The X-Files


Yes, the return of the series is 1/3 through already, but you should still catch up on it.  You can stream it on Fox.com, you should if you haven’t watched it yet.

New episodes are on Monday nights, so there’s still time for you to watch the first two episodes.  In case you need some motivation, here’s the trailer…

Puzzle Builder


Or deconstructor depending on how the video was shot.  Reddit user gunbladerq spent 2 years putting together this puzzle, only to then take it apart and reconstruct it piece by piece in a 1000 frame stop motion video.  It’s soothing, and fun to watch.  It took 2 years though because he procrastinated, not because it was difficult.

You should check out his YouTube channel too, there’s a few good time-lapse videos on it as well.

Alternate History Thursday: Challenger


30 years ago today, 7 astronauts lost their lives when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into it’s launch.

In alternate history land, it’s much better, there is no space shuttle because there was no space race.  Space, The Moon, and all of that was conquered by the allied forces of Nazi Europe Individualized Nations.  The Communist States of America tried to go up there, but they just didn’t have the talent.  By the time they had enough rockets built up, there was already private Eruopean Companies with satellites up there.  However, that didn’t stop the CSA from launching their own.

No, 30 years ago today marks The Challenger crisis.  The CSA and the NEIN were constantly going back and forth among themselves to one-up each other.  Eventually the CSA went a step too far.  The attempted to hijack a private satellite that they claimed was entering into their “space”.  It turns out that the satellite was owned by the 7th intelligence branch of the NEIN government.  On this satellite was experimental technology that messed with the weather, and the satellite was part of the Challenger project, which was an investigation into if strange weather patterns could fool the populace into believing that aliens were about to land.  That story is for another day.

The Challenger Crisis revolves around the satellites in play.  The CSA threatened to blow the NEIN d-7 challenger out of the sky.  NEIN was forced to admit that this satellite contained dangerous radioactive elements and if tampered with could seriously damage space communications, of which the world was heavily dependent on.  The stalemate lasted 2 full days before NEIN d-7 was able to covertly launch a drone satellite from The Moon to capture challenger and move it into sovereign space above Moon Base Querrel.  But for those 2 days the world was on edge, worried about an outbreak of WW3.  Thankfully, nothing came of it except for black and blue on the NEIN d-7 branch, but they’re used to things like that.

Back in our land, here’s a video of Red Huber who was there photographing the launch for the Orlando Sentinel.

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