Hey everyone, here is a recent image I posted on other sites of my Flamboyant Wyvern, also including the process on how I created it. I hope you all enjoy!
In-development online app for designing, generating and exporting your own customized fonts:
Type design is a discipline of hard work that requires a lot of time and knowledge.
Say hello to prototypo!
Start a font by tweaking all glyphs at once. With more than twenty parameters, design custom classical or experimental shapes. Once prototyping of the font is done, each point and curve of a glyph can be easily modified.
Explore, modify, compare, export with infinite variations.
The app isn’t available as yet, but there will be a campaign next month for funding - it will be online and open-source:
Our plan is to release a first beta in Oct. 2013, with the features of the processing-based prototype demonstrated in the video: a-Z glyphs exportable as .ttx (convertible to .otf using fonttools).
We will launch a crowdfunding campaign at the same time to fund the development of all the features we have in mind for a 1.0: more parameters, more glyphs, built-in .otf export, drag&dropable points and unicorns.
A potential essential design tool - more can be found at prototypo.io here
“Deep in one of the deepest caves in the world, a cave that reaches more than 4,500 feet below ground, scientists made a startling discovery: a new species of snail with a near-transparent shell.
Zospeum tholussum, an air-breathing land snail, is a brand-new entry in the Ellobiidae family of hollow-shelled snails. It’s very tiny, with a swirled, translucent dome-shaped shell.”
3D Printed Mathematical Sculptures by Bathsheba Sculpture LLC
In order of appearance: the tesseract or hypercube, a Voronoi network wrapped onto a Möbius toroid, the Klein bottle, the hyperdodecahedron, and the Menger sponge. All of these objects are very cool, so feel free to click the links to learn more about them!
Actually, you can’t 3D print a tesseract or a hyperdodecahedron, since those are 4D objects. What you get are 3D projections of those 4D objects.
If you want to show a 4D object in its true shape, you need animation, using time as the 4th dimension. And it would need to be a 3D animation - although you can get a rough idea even from a 2D animation, the additional spatial dimension that can’t be show on a flat computer screen would provide a lot of information for our brains to work out the structure of the 4th dimension.
Look at that tesseract. It’s the 4D analogon of a cube, just like the cube is a 3D analogon of a square. In the image, you can actually see eight cubes - the inner and the outer one are actually cube shaped, although the inner one appears smaller than the outer due to foreshortening. The six cubes connecting the inner cube to the outer appear as pyramid stumps due to the projection from 4D into 3D space. Actually, all eight cubes are the same size and shape as the outer one, and they form the 3D “surface” of a 4D hypervolume.
In this YouTube video you can see 6 different rotations of the hypercube. Some of them only involve the x, y, and z axes we know from the 3D space we live in, but some also involve the w axis, and those are the really interesting ones, that’s why they are given a minute each instead of only 20 seconds.
Ancient Pazuzu Statue
Pazuzu is the Assyrian king of the demons of the wind. Though an evil spirit himself, he wards off many other evil spirits so was thought to be beneficial to mankind. The original was made to resemble a common representation of the demon, such as the one in the Louvre. Pazuzu has a dog-like head, human body, wings, eagle-talon feet and snake penis.
So everyone knows the equation e=mc^2, but most people have no idea what it means. So I’m going to explain what Einstein’s (and arguably physics) most famous equation means in plain and simple English. Energy = mass * the speed of light squared
The equation basically displays the idea of mass-energy equivalence. This states that every object has an equivalent proportion of energy to mass, that proportion is equal to the speed of light squared. (Energy/mass=speed of light squared)
This means that the amount of energy (Joules) in a system is equal to the mass of the object*the speed of light*the speed of light. Now we know the speed of light is a huge, huge, huge measurement— now imagine it squared. That means even a really small amount of mass gives off huge amounts of energy.
This simple concept stems off onto multiple complicated concepts such as the fact that we could convert energy to mass (which lead to the discovery of antimatter,) the fact that when stars and other nuclear substances emit energy they are converting their mass into energy, therefore destroying their mass. This equation is simple to understand, and can be applied to so many aspects of physics and gives us a much greater understanding of the workings of our universe.
Someone Has All the Aces
Size: 24″ x 16″
Signed and numbered
by JP Valderrama - (The Fresh Doodle)
Science is so cool.