a/k/a Show and Tell: Week 34
A paper wad sets off a Rube Goldberg machine which, according to the behind-the-scenes featurette, required 98 takes. Something I Didn't Know Yesterday But Which Makes Perfect Sense Today: in a Rube Goldberg machine, you want to schedule your most reliable elements at the end of the sequence so that failure comes swiftly and inexpensively.
- Creme That Egg!
Another Rube Goldberg machine, half as expensive, twice as impressive. We're almost to the point in my classes, here at the end of the year, where no one snipes, "Huh dude has no life huh" at the end of these videos. I have cajoled, encouraged, and begged them at various times throughout the year to recognize that this is practice. Rather than dumping his cognitive surplus into something passive, Joseph Herscher performed a feat which is — yeah — merely diverting, but which is practice, which will keep his intellectual/creative muscles limber and toned for the rest of his life. Most of my students know nothing of this. How many adults know anything of this?1
- Sightseeing In Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City adapts itself strictly from New York City. A photographer has compared sights and landmarks between the original and the clone. The results are mostly astonishing.
- Malaysian Sky Bridge
I learned a new word today: gephyrophobiac. Which I am now, thank you, internets.