Hypnotic: Mechanical Principles

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Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock ... Lots Of Mechanical Fun!

This mesmerizing and yet hugely educational video simply has to experienced in our day and age. Ralph Steiner is considered by many to be not just a groundbreaking photographer but one of the key figures in avant-garde filmmaking. His Mechanical Principles, made in 1930 is as beautiful as it is hypnotic.


Today's pictures & links:

Awesome, somewhat horrifying photograph of a solar eclipse

(image credit: copyright 2009 Miloslav Druckmüller, Peter Aniol, Vojtech Rušin, Lubomír Klocok, Karel Martišek, Martin Dietzel, via)

See more images of this exceptional 2009 total solar eclipse on this site: photo taken by Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic.


Beautiful Actress from 1924: Lillian Gish

(image credit: Picturegoer Magazine, 1924)

She was called "The First Lady of American Cinema", "The First Lady of the Silent Screen"; her acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987... more info.


Extreme kayakers look over the brink of Victoria Falls in Zambia

(image credit: Desre Tate, via DailyMail UK)

A lot more pictures and a full story are here.


Mixed fresh links for today:

Extracting Audio from Pictures - [fascinating]
Some of the first sounds ever recorded - [listen here]
Vertical Horizon: Hong Kong Photography - [wow pics]
You gotta see the gallery of this Japanese mecha artist - [sci-fi]
Eye-Tracking Technology Revolution - [exciting?]
"Into the Wild": Some Myths Debunked - [interesting]
Most Lavish Private Pools, Spectacular Beach Homes - [architecture]
How to Make Balloon Chocolate Bowls - [cool video]
Mechanical Woman Walking - [wow video]
Neat Roller Coaster Made from Cans - [wow video]
Totally Ridiculous Backflips! - [wow video]
Can You Follow the Storm Trooper? - [addictive? video]
Tongue Caught In Zipper (Prank) - [crazy video]
America's Famous Serial Killers - [creepy info]
Great Office Architecture and Vehicle Yarn Bombs! - [compilations]


This is a 3-D Printed Dress

Question is, is it comfortable? Somehow we doubt it. However, it looks pretty rad, and is likely to please the steampunk crowd:

(image credit: Iris Van Herpen)

This dress was designed by Iris Van Herpen using a stereolithography method, see more of his creations here, including some done for Bjork.


Inventor of Time Travel Lived Here... When?!

The brilliantly playful Dave Askwith and Alex Normanton have been putting plaques like this all over London. Hopefully they’ll inspire the same amount of whimsy and fun in other countries and cities as well:

(image via)


Sex in Space: a view from the year 1961

(image credit: illustration from Adam magazine, 1961)


Bye-Bye Winter

See you next year! - in this madcap knitted ski mask hat, for sure!

(images credit: Australian Women’s Weekly, 1967, via; right - via)

The hilarious boy's knitted ski mask on the right is from McCall’s Needlework & Crafts, Fall-Winter 1965-66.



And this is where the winter goes to dwell... Angband, inspired by Tolkien's Legendarium - check out this epic sobering landscape, painted by Sergey Musin:

(image credit: Sergey Musin)


Wooden Levels: Automatons and Sculptures

Automaton: on the left is the handmade wooden creation of Paul Spooner that playfully demonstrates the British healthcare system: "Doctors and nurses are shown carrying out health checks on infants, children and pregnant women." -

(image credit: Science Museum Library, Ward Kimball)

The Apartment, By Ward Kimball - shown on the right, is this great sculpture created by Ward Kimball, a model train enthusiast par excellence, one of Disney's "nine Old Men" animators, and a brilliant artist.


Dalek Latte Art

Yes. This is yummy in many different ways.

(original unknown)


Paul Heijnen's Walking Lights

Paul Heijnen was clearly frustrated by lighting that didn't go where it was supposed to – so he created these whimsical lamps that look like they are about to stroll off to playfully illuminate some darkness.

(image credit: Paul Heijnen)

See more in this video on the artist's site.


Did you know about this?

We were blissfully ignorant... and would like to remain that way.

(original unknown)



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Blogger Harley said...

If you'd like to see an actual Lillian Gish silent film with an actual live performing band:

I ran across this today by coincidence.


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