Smoky Bottle Art

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Jim Dingilian has an unusual canvas for his art.  He uses the soot from burning candles to paint the inside of glass bottles.  Then, he uses Q-tips, needles, or skewers to etch away that smoky layer and create the works of art seen.  I really like the way he used the natural color of the … Continued

Alternate History Thursday: Mars

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On the 69th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, I bring you news of this mushroom cloud formation discovered on Mars.  It was taken last year by the Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter and I’ve been sitting on this news ever since then.  Forgive me. It looks like a mushroom cloud doesn’t it.  It also … Continued

Hidden Treasure of the Modern World

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I can’t help but think of Rat Race, sure there’s no betting going on here, and no one knows for sure where the treasure is, but there’s still an excitation millionaire’s ploy to put the common person on a field day. This is a literal treasure chest, gold coins, gold bars, gold nuggets, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, … Continued

Water Rocket

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This 2 stage water powered rocket reaches just under 800 feet in elevation.  It’s powered by 3 boosters loaded with 2.1 liters of water each, and a central tube of water.  All of it pressurized up to 200psi.  All together, it’s like 10 fee tall.  I’m not sure why they had to drive 6 hours … Continued

Rope Trees

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\ Brazillian artist Janiana Mello and Daniel Landini unwind rope to create these beautiful leafless trees diagrams.  Some are pretty neat, some are pretty abstract.  The one with the giant root is kind of in the way and more arty than necessary.  I like the blue one above with the tangle of roots below, very much … Continued

Secret Wooden Rings

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The above looks like a tiny interesting snow globe right?  Maybe an odd shaped thing.  Well, you would be wrong.  It’s actually a ring.  A hand made wooden ring with beeswax and jewelry resin making the designs inside.  Canadian jeweler My Secret Wood has created these works of art.  The two I’m showing here are … Continued

Chernobyl: A Truer Story

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Yesterday I did a post about Chernobyl Disaster, and how I thought it was caused.  Today, I’ll stick with the official story of what happened. The above photo depicts what had been named “The Elephant’s foot” a massive blob of melted concrete, glass, sand, and raw nuclear core material.  This is what’s left from Reactor … Continued

I Heard You Like Presses

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Remember the Hydraulic Press Channel from last month?  Well he’s pressed quite a few other things since then.  Now he’s gone deeper though, he’s pressing a press in a press, with a press in a press.  Because he heard we liked presses.  Seriously, I think the Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Presses would have … Continued

Wooden Engineering Equipement

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Japanese woodworker Kinohaguruma makes some of the the coolest works of wooded engineering I have ever seen. Here’s the first video that introduced me to him, a wooden excavator: See how the entire thing is made of wood.  There’s a bunch of different gears, and different transmissions and gear boxes that change what is actually being … Continued