Sunday Roast: Mesmerize me, Fibonacci


I found this on facebook, which found it on The San Francisco Globe.  Never heard of it before, but I haven’t heard of everything yet.  Heh.

I watched this video until my eyeballs went googley, and then I watched it some more the next day.  Here’s the info:

John Edmark is an inventor, designer and artist who teaches design at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. One of his latest creations is a series of 3D-printed sculptures designed with proportions corresponding to the Fibonacci Sequence. When Edmark’s sculptures are spun at just the right frequency under a strobe light, a rather magical effect occurs: the sculptures seem to be animated or alive! The rotation speed is set to match the strobe flashes such that every time the sculpture rotates 137.5º, there is one corresponding flash from the strobe light.

These masterful illusions are the result of a marriage between art and mathematics. Fibonacci’s Sequence is defined as a recurrent relationship that can be expressed as  F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2}…  where the first two digits of the sequence can be defined as F_1=1, and F_2=1. What this means is that the sequence starts with two 1’s, and each following digit is determined by adding together the previous two. Therefore, Fibonacci’s Sequence begins: {1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…} etc.

What does all that mean?  No seriously, I’m asking — what does all that mean?  I dunno, but it creates some pretty cool designs and amazingly mesmerizing video.  Or a dude in Palo Alto has way too much time on his hands — could be that.

This is our daily open thread — Watch the video over and over…

Sunday Roast: Spider!


Photo by Zooey

This beautiful spider has set up an abattoir on a huge web outside my kitchen window.  He’s got about five of these little “packets” in his web at any given time, and just goes from one to another, stabbing in his sippy straw and chugging away.

It’s really rather disgusting, but fascinating at the same time — and as long as he stays on his side of the window, we will remain the best of friends.

This is our daily open thread — Anyone know what kind of spider this is?

The Watering Hole; Friday September 25 2015; Pope v. Wingnuts

So. Pope Francis is in the US, and he spoke to Congress. In case anyone missed it, here’s a transcript of his interesting and compelling speech:

Pope Francis’ address to Congress

From the Washington Post, this first reaction:

Pope Francis implores Congress to accept immigrants as their own

And here’s what is probably just a preview of the tone (and the intellectual desolation) the Wingnut reaction will ultimately embrace:

And then there’s this: the more-than-elegant-and-appropriate reaction to the Wingnut reaction(s) by critters who (mostly) reside “out there.” Curiously, I couldn’t agree more, nor could I have said (or portrayed) it better. Fascinating that geese and bugs both understand the problem AND are perfectly willing to toss the proper salute to each and all of the intellectually challenged hominids (aka Wingnuts).

Reminds me of an old song. Lessee: How’d go? Something like

Birds do it . . .

Sep 19 goose dive 1893Sep 19 geese dive 1888Bees do it . . .Bee in cactus bloom 2aEven educated – ummm – bugs(?) do it . . .

Bug on Sunflower 352aLet’s do it, let’s fall . . . Something like that

Glenn Beck definitely earned that standard ‘salute’ when, following Pope Francis’ speech, he tweeted:

The Popes speech was a “Mr Gorbachev tear down this wall” moment. Unfortunately, the “wall” is capitalism.

Do we dare hope? I mean, if “capitalism” is to ultimately be defined by the radical right wing in this country, then I, for one (E Pluribus Unum?), could most assuredly agree with Beck’s nonsensical ‘conclusion.’ Meanwhile, to Beck and all the others of his mental ilk,  I do hereby toss to each and all of them the ‘intelligent’ species’ version of the “signals” portrayed above — as demonstrated via George Bush’s “eloquent” (sotospeak) ass-ignation (sotospeak):

Der FingerMany of us may not agree with every one of the premises advanced by Pope Francis in his speech before Congress, but hopefully disagreement with the crapola advanced by the Wingnuttistanians will be manifest to the point where their influence on the nation’s politic will be permanently dismissed by the electorate — ASAP. Because, should those nutcases EVER gain full power of the state, the operative words will soon become those that traditionally signal the termination of a given tale: The End.

Or, stated another way,

Sep 6 Shadow in the flowers cr 1814GRRRRR!! (sort of)


Sunday Roast: Democrats do it, too. Neener, neener!!!


As if the GOP “debates” aren’t enough of a clusterfuck, the DNC has decided to put their own brand of screws to the democratic process.  Because Hillary Clinton.  And big money in politics, of course.

*head banging on desk*

This is our daily open thread — Happy Sunday!!

The Watering Hole; Friday September 18 2015; “O wad some Power the giftie gie us . . .”

HA! whaur ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie?
Your impudence protects you sairly . . .
Robert Burns in “To a Louse”

No verbosity today, just a handful of links to what could easily be grouped into a collective website named, or something similar if that name’s already taken. So here they are, eight of the week’s Nutcasearrhea highlights (not counting the R-Debate):

Steve Deace Links The Kim Davis Saga And Gay Marriage To 9/11

Tony Perkins: ‘Lawlessness’ Under Obama Paving The Way For The Antichrist

Tony Perkins: ‘I Fear For The Country And What May Occur’ If Congress Doesn’t Defund Planned Parenthood

Beck: America Will See Riots, Chaos And Assassinations In 2016

Linda Harvey: US Must Fight Gay Rights, Not Climate Change

Ann Corcoran: Syrian Refugees Will Establish A Muslim Caliphate In America

Michael Savage Likens Pope Francis And Bernie Sanders To Pol Pot

And finally, the week’s pinnacle of Teh Stupid:

Ted Nugent: Only Donald Trump Can Save Us!

That stuff is so completely nutso that I feel obligated to toss in some evidences of calm sanity — concepts NOT based on the Republican / Fundamentalist-Christer mantra of hate, fear, war, and greed, some more peaceful images of the real world,  that vast arena “out there” that the insane among us have completely dismissed and abandoned. Like this first one — a fly on a wildflower.

Sep 6 bug on wildflower 1806

Or how about a pair of unidentified bugs attending to their daily wildflower duties:

Sep 7 Bug on wildflower 1823Sep 6 Bug on Wildflower 1811And this, a pair of itty-bitty flies hanging onto what will likely prove to be the Last (yellow) Rose of Summer:

Sep 10 Bugs on yellow rose 1835And finally this one. A goose doing something not even Donald Trump can manage — taking an afternoon snooze while standing on one leg on a mostly submerged rock a hundred yards offshore!

Sep 15 Beckwith goose 1879I’d sure like to see most any one of the nutcases cited above try that!

There you have it, proof positive that wildflowers, flies, bugs, roses, geese, and even submerged rocks “out there” are superior in virtually every way to those insanity-driven human hordes “in here” that have come to haunt the planet!

Robert Burns concluded “To a Louse” with this great idea:

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
an’ foolish notion
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
an’ ev’n devotion!

Yep. That about sums it!