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Yes, that is how one of the comments on TechSpot describes the machine built by Daniel de Bruin. Mashable calls it the Googol Visualizer Machine, and that is what it is:

… the first gear needs to make one googol rotations just to turn the last gear one complete rotation.

Click the picture to see it running on YouTube

A googol is a 1 followed by a hundred zeroes in the decimal system – go read the Wikipedia for a explanation. That will also explain where Larry and Sergei got the name for the most famous search engine on the Internet ;-)

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“Seeing” things as colors or sounds has always intrigued me, so I had to have a look at the “What Color Is Your Name?” website. Don’t expect an extensive and scientific explanation of the phenomenon; just enjoy the results. Here’s what the alphabet look s like for Bernadette:

I can see this site being used to select a color scheme by website designers!

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In the words of David Pescovitz (BoingBoing): “In memory of Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones, who died this week, please enjoy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO.”

I couldn’t agree more.

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Stefan Rohrer is a German sculptor, whose name I never would have known were it not for the picture that accompanied the announcement “Bikes und Blumen” (“Motorcycles and Flowers”) on the Motorrad website:

A sculpture called “Schwalbe 2007” by Stefan Rohrer- Photo by Thomas Schmieder (Click on the image to see the large version)

I suppose scooters fascinated him greatly in 2007, because he did something similar with a Vespa scooter as well:

A sculpture called “Vespa 2007” by Stefan Rohrer (Click on the image to see a larger version)

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I don’t think the word “caketrope” is in the English dictionary, except Pee-wee’s, of course. But the cake he points to is truly magnificent:

Click the image to visit Alexandre Dubosc’s site for more food art!

Click the image to visit Alexandre Dubosc’s site for more food art!

Alexandre Dubosc must be a patient man, in order to create the art he shows off on Youtube.

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My first camera was an Olympus OM-1, and I still regret parting with it when the children became so active that I needed an autofocus camera to catch them on film ;-)

I still remember the build quality of the OM-1, and I loved the fact that the OM-1 plus a 50mm and 135mm lens (plus a bit of small junk) fitted in a small bag that could barely contain the Nikon F-something from my best friend. Olympus takes a top spot in my list of reputable firms, that should be no surprise.

In October, Olympus will celebrate its 100 years of existence, and they have created a website to show the history of the company and some of its products. It includes a nice video documentary about the evolution of the Olympus camera business.

Olympus: “A Great Moment” (click the image to see the video)

There’s a brief history of the company logo as well; that’s where I found the name ‘Tokiwa’.

(via DPReview)

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This is not a placeholder post. But it may look like one, since it will (or at least may) be different for each visitor. I’m using the Picsum Lorem website to add a more or less random image to this page.

Click the image to go the Picsum Lorum home page

Picsum Lorem takes a well-known concept: the use of placeholder text when designing a document, and applies it to images. The images are free, coming from the Unsplash community. For details about what Unsplash means with “free” you should check out their Help pages. In summary and according to my interpretation, “free” does mean “free” as in “free beer”, but it is considered a basic form of politeness if you credit the photographer of an image when you use it in a commercial context. Sounds logical, no?

I guess it won’t be long before we also find a “Moviesum Lorem” – or perhaps we should call it “Vidsum Lorem” ;-)

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It’s a catchy #SaveYourInternet song with good lyrics!

The software in Tesla’s car was hacked just a few days ago, so these words from the song are particularly appropriate for today:

And if we still don’t trust AI in Teslas yet
Then pray why would we let it suppress the Net?

Or how about this quote?

It isn’t about creative control, nah,
It’s about controlling creatives for cold cash

Thank you for this song and video, Dan Bull! And thank you, BoingBoing, for pointing them out!

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Jigsaw Art By Tim Klein

Tim Klein loves jigsaw puzzles – but not just to solve them. He gets creative with them:

Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable, and I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined.

The results can be fascinating. I particularly love this “T’rainosaurus Rex” ;-)

Click the image to go to Tim Klein’s portfolio

Thanks for pointing this site out, BoingBoing!

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Yes, a Bugatti Chiron with just 5.3 hp does exist. It weighs about 1500 kg and is made (almost) exclusively from… Lego™ Technic – including the power train, consisting of 2304 little electric motors from the Technic line. The fact that it can actually be driven is quite impressive…

But I wonder: buying all those bricks is going to be very expensive, should you want to try and build one yourself. How about 3D-printing them?

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I was under the impression that I had already blogged about Theo Jansen’s ‘Strandbeesten’, but a search did not turn up any posts on this blog. To redress that inadvertence, here’s a link to the official website of these artificial beasts. Theo has been working on these animals since almost thirty years, and there are already quite a few videos and photos to be found on the internet. It’s good to see that people – be they artists or engineers or whatever – still think about the absolute simplest way of getting things to work, especially in these times of electronic devices.

Thanks for reminding me, BoingBoing!

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If you like light shows, you may want to have a look at this record-breaking show of drones in China: “EHang Egret’s 1374 drones dancing over the City Wall of Xi’an, achieving the Guinness World Records“.

(Click on the picture to watch the video on YouTube)

This is probably just the beginning of what will be possible with drones in the near future.

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In 2015 my wife and I happened to be in Sydney (Australia) at the start of the Vivid light festival, early in the evening. The weather was bad then – it rained heavily by moments – and since we were on a ferry coming from Parramatta we only got a glimpse of what the festival has to offer. But even so it was a great event, something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives – we have a few photos of that evening to keep the memory alive.

And now there is an extensive video on the 2018 version of Vivid on Youtube – it’s enough to make us want to go back there again! The projections onto the Sydney Opera House seem to have gotten even better…

(Click on the picture to see the whole video on YouTube)

Thanks Cory, for pointing us to this video.

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It’s been a while since I recommended a link to a site with “just” graphical content. Being fond of non-figurative (or less figurative) images means that I simply have to mention the Cool Backgrounds site. In its words:

Cool Backgrounds is a collection of tools to create compelling, colorful images for blogs, social media, and websites. Beyond backgrounds, the images generated can be used as desktop wallpapers or cropped for mobile wallpapers.

When you’re done using the tools provided, you can start hacking away with your own paint or photo utilities – and get all your devices a new desktop background of your own making, without having to be a designer.

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