Happy Hexaflexagon Month
- Blog Post by: James Lileks
- October 1, 2012 - 11:57 AM
Happy October! It’s the Month of the Hexaflexagon:
That’s Vi Hart, who’s apparently incapable of sounding anything but charming and delightful. If you’re not a geometry person, this will make you wish you were.
Okay, I can’t resist. Here's her video on the annoying mathematical impossibility of Spongebob’s pineapple home, as proved by Fibonacci numbers and masking tape:
Her analysis of Spongebob’s domicile was so devastating that the designer himself responded.
OK, I guess the jig is up. It only took 14 years, 8 months, and about 16 days since I designed SpongeBob's house before I was called out on its fraudulence. And, to be honest with you, I'm tired of living a lie. It's time to come clean and make some changes for the better.
Which he did, here.
NERD Star Wars Yoga.
Let me note: nicely done. Let me also note: WHY? Will there come a time when the application Star Wars does not automatically make something the internet feels compelled to gush over, or at least pretend to enjoy? Can that time come soon?
TIME WASTER Go ahead. Draw a stickman. It’s like your own little XKCD adventure without the wit or science.
Speaking of which, did anyone ever go to the bottom of the Mario tunnels in this famous Click and Drag cartoon? Those tunnels were the equivalent of Desert Bus, and after I while I really got tired of clicking and dragging.
A scrollable version is here, so you can experience the entire thing - zoomed in or out - without clicking and dragging.
DISNEY It’s the 30th anniversary of EPCOT, Walt’s utopian vision of urban life. Didn’t turn out the way he intended, but it’s hard to argue with what the ended up building: it’s the third most visited park in the country. Here’s a very 1982 promo video:
And here’s the man himself, describing the dream.
Even though it’s constantly updated and improved - the new Test Track ride looks great, although the only thing that really matters is that moment where you accelerate towards the wall, burst outside and do a lap that feels like you’re pulling 2 Gs - the bones and soul of the place have a retrofuture feel that reveals its 70s roots. And for once that’s not a bad thing.
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