Overlapping Clocks

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This is a simple question, but sometimes, the simplest things are the most difficult to grasp.

Shoelaces

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Who would have thought that tying your shoes would be this interesting to watch, or more importantly, that there would be a different way to do it instead of the same way I’ve been doing it for 30ish years.

Woodworking!

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The Japanese are pretty crazy when it comes to their wood working joinery skills.  I remember reading somewhere that it’s all due to the lack of raw materials on the islands.  That meant that they couldn’t use nails, or forge large iron plates to connect timber together, instead they had to come up with these … Continued

Cat Drawings

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A Hilbert curve is one of those weird things in mathematics.  Does it have any use in real life, or is it just something to theorize about?  Well, this is the modern age, we have the technology to make complex Hilbert curves in real life.  This is also the internet, which is a series of … Continued

Prime Numbers

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Prime Numbers are one of the the cool interesting things in math.  Lucas Numbers are something I’ve never heard about, but like all math proofs, it’s been proven and crazy over the years that it seems to work.  How exactly these patterns were discovered is another issue altogether.  Seriously, look how fast they increase, (at … Continued

Analog Calculator

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I think this is pretty damn impressive.  Mostly the mechanical engineering part.  There is some really detailed pieces of engineering in there, the milled brass parts, the recessed numbers, everything about this screams impressively well made.  Analog things like this are cool, I wish there were more of them around.

Round Pi

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Today is commonly called Pi day because when us Americans write it as shorthand you get 3.14.  Last year was the once in a century where if you timed it right you got a whole bunch of digits.  This year there’s nothing to time, it’s rounded to 3.1416.  That’s close enough to all you’ll ever … Continued

A Circle Plane?

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Yes, you read that right, and your eyes aren’t lying to you, the people over at Flite Test have decided to make a circle plane, or tubular plane.  Basically, a plane with it’s wings arced up into each other to form a circle.  It looks ridiculously unstable, at first that is. First the started small, … Continued

Puzzle Blueprints

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You’ve all seen these classic puzzles.  They have a objective, disassemble the locked rings, or make a shape using only 3 of the 4 pieces.  Well, have you ever wondered how they are made?  You’re in luck, William L. Hunter drew up some blueprints for a dozen or so of these different mind puzzles.  You … Continued

π

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Today is another one of those “special” days.  But not one that most normal people know about.  Today is pi-day.  Or more specifically, 3.14.  March 14th.  This “holiday” works while the American system for displaying dates, which most of the rest of the world considers wrong, unfortunately, we’re America, and quite frankly, most of us don’t … Continued