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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.

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DIY photo science

Puzzle Blueprints

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 can print them out and follow them to make your own puzzle, or just frame them yourself.

wiggly block

square block

Take a look at the full imgur album to get some ideas.  It looks and sounds like these images came from this book: Wood-turning problems in blueprint form.  Sadly, Amazon doesn’t list it in stock, nor is another of William L. Hunter’s books available.

{reddit}

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Alternate History Thursday – VR D-Day

Today marks a turning point in World War 2.   Both in the present reality, and in our alternate reality.

70 years ago Allied forces begun the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world.  While the term D-Day is a generic military term denoting the day a particular attack or event is supposed to take place, common knowledge of D-Day is around The Normandy Landings, Operation Neptune, Normandy, call it what you want, it’s still one of the top 5 most important days in the last century.

Times have vastly changed over the years, and with the advent of Virtual Reality, in Oculus Rift, a group of 30 engineers has taken the original blueprints and digitized them in a fully immersive experience.  Their focus was on the engineering required to make these historic, and tide changing innovations.  From the Waco CG-4 Glider used to transport troops and equipment behind enemy lines leading up to D-Day, to the Mulberry harbor, the portable harbor that was used to offload cargo onto the beaches.

Using the actual blueprints (some of which they had to go dig up in the Smithsonian archives), Dassault Systems has recreated these massive and pivotal crafts in full 3-D worlds.

Dassault Systems has really outdone themselves, and they hope that for the 75th anniversary, even more will be available.  It should be noted that this is not supposed to be a recreation for entertainment, it’s for learning purposes, and more importantly, to honor the unknown, who made this monumental day possible.  Here’s a short video that explains the reasoning behind it, and what to expect.

I made this puzzle when I was around 12, I glued it together and mounted it on blue poster board and construction paper.  It’s hanging in a frame on my wall.  One day I hope to add some other Robert Taylor WW2 Puzzles to the collection.

Puzzle

{Engadget|Venture Beat}

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Nail in Wood

You’d have to watch the video to find out how the nail got stuck in the block of wood.  I honestly wouldn’t have thought of the way they did it.  I thought they cut the wood, then glued it back together.  I was wrong.

{Hacked Gadgets}