Osaka students use 10,000 Lego bricks to build Nintoku’s tomb:The Asahi Shimbun

as20170216002689_commUsing Lego bricks, students from Osaka University built a 1:560-scale model of the Nintoku-ryo burial mound.

The Osaka University Lego Club members used 3-D computer graphics to faithfully reproduce the moat around, and the slopes of, the giant keyhole-shaped burial mound in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.The project required 10,000 Lego bricks.

It took them two weeks to work out the design by using modeling software that is distributed by the Lego Group.

It took about a month to assemble and the project was completed in December. The cost of the bricks was 300,000 ¥ ($2,700).japan-lego-tomb

The resulting Lego burial mound is 150 cm (5 ft) long by 100 cm (3 ft) wide and 8 cm (4″) tall. White bricks were used for the left half of the model, where miniature “haniwa” clay figurines were placed, to show what the burial mound probably looked like after it had been built. The right half was modeled after the current, thickly wooded mound.

The club members were such perfectionists they placed a stone coffin, swords and glassware in chambers within the square and circular parts of the mound.

Source: Osaka students use 10,000 Lego bricks to build Nintoku’s tomb:The Asahi Shimbun

And here’s some more fun with bricks:

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After the Quake and Fire of ’06

Two views I’ve never seen of the aftermath of the Quake and Fire of 1906.

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“Russian and Telegraph hills from roof of Ferry P.O., San Francisco.”

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“Palace Hotel, Market Street, San Francisco.” After the Earthquake and Fire the hotel was razed to make way for the “New” Palace, which opened in 1909.

Just over 103 years later:

Below is the same view from September of 2009.

The same view from September of 2009.

The Monadnock Building at far right was still under construction when the 1906 earthquake hit. It not only survived that and the fire, but 2 separate attempts by the US Army to dynamite it in order to create a firebreak to protect the Palace Hotel.

The Monadnock Building at far right was still under construction when the 1906 earthquake hit. It not only survived that and the fire, but 2 separate attempts by the US Army to dynamite it in order to create a firebreak to protect the Palace Hotel.

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At the left edge, the 1889 De Young Building survives, or at least its restored façade does, and also the historic Lotta’s Fountain, both seen in this photo taken on March 1, 2015.

Source: Shorpy Historic Picture Archive

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Mesmerizing Ice Bridge Collapse

Unfortunately there is nothing in this video that provides a scale to judge the size of, or distance to, this iceberg. Using the speed of sound (343 mps/1125 fps) and the YouTube counter, it appears to be about 300 meters of 1000 feet away.

That still doesn’t reveal how big it is but given the echoing boom of the ice hitting the water is must be huge.

And here’s an album of images from the lovely blue orb we inhabit:

 

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Galactic Lens Shows Quad-Quasar View

Four Quasar Images Surround a Galaxy Lens Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, Sherry Suyu et al.

Explanation: An odd thing about the group of lights near the center is that four of them are the same distant quasar. This is because the foreground galaxy — in the center of the quasar images and the featured image — is acting like a choppy gravitational lens.

A perhaps even odder thing is that by watching these background quasars flicker, you can estimate the expansion rate of the universe. That is because the flicker timing increases as the expansion rate increases. But to some astronomers, the oddest thing of all is that these multiply imaged quasars indicate a universe that is expanding a bit faster than has been estimated by different methods that apply to the early universe.

And that is because … well, no one is sure why.

Reasons might include an unexpected distribution of dark matter, some unexpected effect of gravity, or something completely different. Perhaps future observations and analyses of this and similarly lensed quasar images will remove these oddities.

Source: APOD: 2017 February 27 – Four Quasar Images Surround a Galaxy Lens

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Yarn Bombing Pachyderms!

Okay, not really ‘yarn bombing’ since it’s not done surreptitiously but from a practical standpoint I’d still say that wrapping Asian elephants in knitted wool sure comes close to it for its inherent coolness.
Below is a short video showing elephants being given beautiful sweaters because of a winter cold snap in Uttar Pradesh, India where their sanctuary is located and for whom the cold weather might be dangerous.
These are elephants, mostly old and weak, who were rescued from their brutal captivity.(<-hard to watch) Most were used to beg for alms, to perform stupid tricks, or used in religious festivals. They are lauded in religious rituals but the rest of their time they were kept chained to posts or penned and poorly fed and cared for and have been cruelly treated and, perhaps worst for such a social animal, kept away from other elephants for their entire lives.
I just bought three, one for each member of my family. You can
do so too if you’ve a mind to, they’re not expensive.
And here’s a jumbo collection of elephantine imagery:
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‘Curmudgeons’ ~by Danny Devito

I just finished watching this exquisite little movie and want to share it with the world. I imagine you will too:


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/159449591″>Curmudgeons</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/jersey2ndave”>Jersey 2nd Avenue</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Scariest Non-Trump News Story of the Week

I dare you to click this:

https://goo.gl/vtla3j

When you’ve recovered from that enjoy these readers’ Photoplasty submissions from Cracked: 29 Pieces Of Good News That Got Choked Out By Trump Stories

Source: 29 Pieces Of Good News That Got Choked Out By Trump Stories

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Science vs. Fanaticism

I love the use of 21st century technology to repair 2nd or 3rd century artifacts that were destroyed by 20th century fanatics who worship a 6th century prophet whose words were not written down until the 8th century.

Source: Art Daily

Though not a believer, I have no problem with religion in general. But when someone decides that their beliefs are the only true way and all others must be put to the sword, that is fanaticism and it sucks.
Here’s an album of religious (and sacrilegious) images to enjoy:

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“We’re running like a fine-tuned machine.” ~Drumpf

ftmYeah, just like these equally fine-tuned machines:

Compiled by YouTube user 4feitDgam3 (Forfeit The Game)

 

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DO Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

It’s an interesting question, famously posed by the great Philip K Dick. But despite a novel and a movie it is not easily answered. And certainly not with a circle of leather and a web of woven string.

Capturing modern dreams calls for modern thinking and modern designs. To this end I have created an Android’s Dream Catcher shown below.dream-catcher-in-window

Its wireless interface maintains a constant connection between their central processing unit and the SkynetCloud™ during their REM (Resting Electronic Mode) periods.

It is much more advanced than the analogue model upon which it is based:

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