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Jonty Hurwitz - Anamorphic Sculpture

Anamorphosis is an artistic technique that requires the viewer to use a specific perspective to see an image correctly. It was pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci over 500 years ago. He drew a smiley face that could only be seen properly when viewed in a mirror. 
I have never seen this done with a sculpture! Very, very cool. 

Previous Posts about Anamorphic Illusions:

Anamorphic Illusion Thursday, January 10, 20132d look 3d - AnamorphosisWednesday, September 5, 2012All skewed up. Leo self portrait? Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hidden Door found at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an city Located in Peru built around 1450 by the Incas. It's remarkable for it's elevation and sophistication in it's design. How did they get the rocks up there? How did they carve them so perfectly? Why build it in such a difficult location? What purpose did it really serve?

It seems like it was built as almost a 'vacation house' or temple for the royalty at the time. This new article is about how archaeologists have found a hidden door that they are about to open. They had already scanned it and found that there is gold, silver, multiple rooms, and a staircase. What else they can find will be fascinating - could there be lost writings? Art? Records? Why did they abandon it and what exactly does it contain?

Previous Posts about Archaeology: 

Derinkuyu Underground City: Saturday, January 22, 2011Geopolymerization and Megalithic Structures: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Machu Picchu was built around 1450, at the height of the Inca EmpireIt was abandoned…



Adventures in Giftedness & Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper (my Hero!) or, 'Jim Parsons' is producing this new series about Gifted people. He stars in one of my favorite shows "Big Bang Theory." His character Sheldon is a prime example of someone with autistic characteristics. Super smart and eccentric but socially retarded. He has won an Emmy for his performance - which was definitely deserved!

Red vs. Blue Pill

"The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are pop culture symbols representing the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red)."
"The terms, popularized in science fiction culture, derive from the 1999 film The Matrix. In the movie, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix. The red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the "real world"

"Taking the blue pill only made you cry. All that the red pill did was make you forget why. There is no right there is no wrong. You only see what you want, when you're out with the birds of prey. The watch and they feed, they take what they need, they bite as you plead. " - Birds of Prey

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake u…
This is a newly authenticated Leonardo sketch. It's called "La Bella Principessa" and is supposedly of a 13 yo Bianca Sforza - daughter of the Duke of Milan. I think the sketch is by Leonardo or based off of a Lost Leonardo - but it has either been preserved remarkably well or someone else seems to have restored or enhanced the colors. Its one of the only Leo sketches that has been colored. Although since it was for a Sforza he may have spent more time and effort. Either way it's surprisingly preserved for being over 500 years old!

Mona Lisa's Expressionistic Smile

This new article is about how these art experts have figured out why Mona Lisa's smile is so mysterious. They studied the smile of La Bella Principessa, (which is a newly authenticated Leonardo work.) They realized that both of their expressions seem to change depending on the observers point of view. They still aren't sure if this effect was intentional or coincidental: 
"Although it remains a question whether the illusion was intended, given Leonardo’s mastery of the technique and its subsequent use in the Mona Lisa, it is quite conceivable that the ambiguity of the effect was intentional"  People have been arguing about what Mona's Smile/ expression really was since she was born. Is she happy? Is she sad? Is she angry? Why can't people agree? They have even had computers analyze her smile and it says she is mostly happy. So what they have realized is that her expression actually seems to change depending on the angle and distance you are viewing her. 
In …

Da Vinci: and Mirrors | srorrim dna

“Why are paintings seen more correctly in a mirror than out of it?” -Leonardo Da Vinci

Painters often fall into despair of imitating nature when they see their pictures fail in that relief and vividness which objects have that are seen in a mirror; while they allege that they have colours which for brightness or depth far exceed the strength of light and shade in the reflections in the mirror, thus displaying their own ignorance rather than the real cause, because they do not know it. It is impossible that painted objects should appear in such relief as to resemble those reflected in the mirror, although both are seen on a flat surface, unless they are seen with only one eye; and the reason is that two eyes see one object behind another as _a_ and _b_ see _m_ and _n_. _m_ cannot exactly occupy [the space of] _n_ because the base of the visual lines is so broad that the second body is seen beyond the first. But if you close…

Nylah, it's me!

This is so funny!

NASA beams Mona to the Moon

As if she wasn't famous enough Mona Lisa is now the first "woman" to be to the moon and back! Scientists broke the image of the Mona Lisa into 200 x 152 pixel groups that had each individual pixel "converted into a shade of gray, represented by a number between zero and 4,095" then in a way similar to Morse code the laser communicated how bring each pixel should be. After being constructed together with filters to account for atmospheric distortion - the image was then sent back.

Using lasers to communicate is definitely futuristic - almost as futuristic as the Mona Lisa herself. It's both interesting and ironic to use the Mona Lisa as the first test image. One, she is the most famous face and work of art in the world. Second - the image they sent was only black and white and not high definition.

This is similar to what they sent. Each square would be a single pixel of a different brightness. When they are put together in order - it would show a black and…

Tesla Model S Performance - Dyno - 386HP

Wow an electric car on a Dyno sounds crazzzy. Any excuses or reasons there were for almost all cars not going electric are null after this Tesla Model S. Pretty, fast, and doesn't use any gas.

The great bird will take its first flight;-- on the back of his great swan,--filling the universe with wonders; filling all writings with his fame and bringing eternal glory to his birthplace.

Age Process ssecorP egA

We've been able to replace organs for a while now - even after growing them in other living things and our own bodies. That could soon be a thing of the past as we start to understand how our organs actually age and accumulate damage. 
This would mean that if you have a bad heart and need a transplant to survive - (and be dependent on drugs to keep your body from rejecting it) - you could instead just tell your heart to repair and regrow itself to how it used to be. 
If they could do this in mice it's not a far step to do it in humans. The implications being that we could continually renew and de-age any parts of our bodies and essentially stop death due to old age. The implications of that are a lot more intriguing.. How would we live our lives if we knew we didn't have a particular time line? Your body could stay in your 30's and your mind could just keep improving and get smarter and smarter. 
I'm down.

Similar Post: The Benjamin Button Jellyfish and Immortality


C7 2014 Corvette

One of my, if not my, favorite car the Corvette is about to reveal it's newest iteration for the first time... so excited!

Even cooler than I was expecting! 

The 2014 Stingray exemplifies stunning exterior design. Distinct aeronautical lines. Intricate ventilation systems. A sleek, sculpted finish. See how purposeful aerodynamic design yields a fully functional exterior and a totally new breathing experience.

Self Valletying Car

This Audi can not only park itself into a parking spot - you can get out of it where you want and then it not only goes and parks itself - it comes back and picks you up when you are ready.. The future is now!

More DaVinci

"Tell me.
My most beloved."
“Dimmi. Mente. Amantissima mia.”

Leonardo would frequently write “Dimmi” (Tell me) in his notebooks which gives the impression that he was literally talking to his mind as if it were a separate entity. Or that he was “writing to himself” and then answering his own questions through himself and his notebooks. This particular “Dimmi” is quite funny - he is saying that he loves his mind more than anything else, basically.

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Anamorphic Illusion

Anamorphosisis a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. The word "anamorphosis" is derived from the Greek prefix ana-, meaning back or again, and the word morphe, meaning shape or form.

Anamorphosis is a type of art that rely's on the viewers perspective to be seen properly. This video explains it easier than words or diagrams could!

Leonardo da Vinci is the first person known to implement it specifically in his art - 500 years ago. In my book I'm going to present another angle to this technique that he used that will really warp your mind!

Previous Posts about AnamorphosisAll skewed up. Leo self portrait?Tuesday, February 7, 20122d look 3d - AnamorphosisWednesday, September 5, 2012

"Leidenfrost effect" Hot balls and Force Fields

"Leidenfrost effect"

"The Leidenfrost effect is a phenomenon in which a liquid, in near contact with a mass significantly hotter than the liquid's boiling point, produces an insulating vapor layer which keeps that liquid from boiling rapidly. This is most commonly seen when cooking; one sprinkles drops of water in a pan to gauge its temperature—if the pan's temperature is at or above the Leidenfrost point, the water skitters across the metal and takes longer to evaporate than it would in a pan that is above boiling temperature, but below the temperature of the Leidenfrost point. The effect is also responsible for the ability of liquid nitrogen to skitter across floors. It has also been used in some potentially dangerous demonstrations, such as dipping a wet finger in molten lead[1] or blowing out a mouthful of liquid nitrogen, both enacted without injury to the demonstrator.[2] The latter is potentially lethal, particularly should one accidentally swallow the liq…

Willow Smith - "Sugar and Spice"

Jada and Will Smith's daughter Willow is growing up. She is also the perfect example of a "combo baby" you can see her dad and mom at the same time in the same face!

I try to be sugar and spice But I’m melancholic and can’t do anything right The monsters under my bed keep making noise and I I just want silence, silence Why can’t try this
I sat in front of the TV screen Sad he’s always screaming at me They wanna puncture me and then wonder why I bleed The big city everyone is looking for Step on my ladder and bathe in glory Inject my soul with darkness And take my heart and go mark it The past is like a … I’m in the dark, pain on the wall But I don’t see a thing I write circles in the sky while I’m drowning While I’m drowning
I try to be sugar and spice, But I’m melancholic and can’t do anything right The monsters under my bed keep making noise and I I just want silence, silence Why can’t try this
I’ll bet you think you know but you’re so close Now you’re miles away, I can hear you fall Predicti…

"See into infinity as I have seen and you will be a god."

#DAVINCIDEMONS preview just came on randomly when i was channel surfing and it showed da Vinci's self portrait sketch superimposing into Tom Riley's and a voice said:

""See into infinity as I have seen and you will be a god."  @DaVincis_Starz 

“The part always has a tendency to unite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection. The Soul’s desire is to remain with its body, because without the organic instruments of that body it can neither act nor feel.”

Da Vinci's Demon's News! Trailer & Release Date

We have a new trailer and release date for Da Vinci's Demons! The video is below and the release date is April 12th. Almost on Leonardo's real birthday - April 15th.

This trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect and it's a lot different than what I was expecting. It seems to be more fun and magical than historically accurate. I definitely like the idea of approaching Leonardo in a more modern and fantasy way. That was how he experienced his world - but this show will bring the world of his mind to life around him. 
The present re-imagining the past with content from our future. I'm excited!

Previous Post: Da Vinci's Demons Teaser Trailer

This is a link to an interview with David about the show and how they are handling Leonardo's sexuality. It's been controversial not if he was gay but how that would be dealt with in today's terms. It's also noteworthy that there isn't a debate if da Vinci was gay, the producer not only accepts that…

The General by Buster Keaton vs. Avatar

The "Avatar" from the 1920's. It was the most expensive scene of the silent movie era. Today someone could make the same thing on a computer for relatively nothing. Back then it was a masterpiece. Imagine what would have to happen for us to look back and consider Avatar how we see this film...

“This shot is the most expensive shot in silent film history. It was filmed in a single take, that had to be perfect, with a real train and a ‘dummy’ engineer (notice the white arm hanging out the conductors window). Some of the locals who came to watch the filming, thought the dummy was a real person and screamed in horror; supposedly, one person even fainted.”