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.

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Sunday Roast: Happy bins

And now for something completely different.  To me, anyway!

I wouldn’t mind having him paint my bins, but I think I’d rather have him paint my car.  Prolly not classy, but it would be neato.

This is our daily open thread — What do all y’all think?

Sunday Roast: Turbulence & Van Gogh

Wrap your head around this one!

Although it makes a weird sort of sense, to me anyway, that a mind in the midst of extreme suffering might perceive things in a different way than a calmer mind.  It is rather simplistic, but thinking about it that way feels good.

Let’s not neglect the gobbledygook math thing…on second thought, let’s do.

And now, a beautiful quote from one of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor.

The Doctor:  Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?

Curator:  Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Can anyone doubt that Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist?

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The Watering Hole: June 2 — Sculpture in South Dakota

Photos by Zooey

Imagine, if you will, that you’ve just begun driving across South Dakota, and you’re already cross-eyed because of the flatness.  Then, up ahead, you see a hill.  Wow!  This is interesting…cuz it’s a hill.

And on that hill you see something and think, “What the hell am I seeing?” Cuz you’re seeing this:

Yeah.  This!

Whatareyagonnado?  There’s an exit ahead, and you gotta take it, which leads you to Porter Sculpture Park.

He’s got fish…

He’s got snakey monsters…

He’s got flowers…

And he’s got vultures with bib, knife and fork…

I don’t know why, but I was smiling the whole time I was there.  🙂

We Survived Hurricane Irene

Every year, hornets find a tree limb to build their nests and every year, a heavy rain washes away their nest.  This year, the hornets chose a safer location.  They can buzz, “We survived hurricane Irene.”

I didn’t want to get closer to the nest because the tree next to the nest is dead and with wind gusts of 50 mph, I wasn’t taking any chances.  This nest is a real work of art.

The Watering Hole: August 26 — How to brew a controversy, Norman Rockwell edition

The Problem We All Live With, by Norman Rockwell


Politico seems to be trying stir up the rabid racists in this country, while pretending they’re doing no such thing.  President Obama has hung this painting outside his office, OMG!  Naturally, Politico doesn’t come right out and say it, but rather than discuss the ugly history behind the painting — actual history — they make it about the President’s motivations regarding race.

What do you think?  Is Politico just doing some reporting about the painting, or are they blowing on a dog whistle?

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All the Presidents’ Girls…

Ellen Romesch (John F Kennedy) 2009

I found this at The Daily Dish. It is a collection of ‘oil on paper’ paintings by Annie K. Evans, and this collection is titled “All The Presidents’ Girls“. It is a collection of 26 paintings of former presidents’ girlfriends – each being titled and attributed to which president of the U.S. they were connected to. It is interesting to note that 11 of the 30 women are connected to JFK…

Actually tally:

  • John F. Kennedy = 11
  • Martin Van Buren = 1
  • James Garfield = 1
  • Warren G. Harding = 2
  • James Buchanan = 1
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt = 3
  • George Washington = 2
  • Thomas Jefferson = 2
  • Lyndon B. Johnson = 2
  • Bill Clinton = 2
  • Woodrow Wilson = 1
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower = 1
  • Grover Cleveland = 1