Showing posts from July, 2013

Leonardo Models by Hagman

"These models were researched and constructed for the "And there was Light" exhibition held in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2010. Recently, they have been on display in the "The Great Masters" exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. Working closely with a dedicated team of Italian experts, I was given free reins to make the models look like the actual Leonardo drawings rather than having the designs evaluated by engineers. This way, the inherent problems with many of the inventions, but also the beauty of the designs, were celebrated and preserved in the models. All too often, the temptation to "correct" the machines result in pretty, but not very scientifically and artistically correct models and replicas.
And no, sorry, Leonardo did NOT invent the bicycle...
Here's a small selection of the models:" Source

These are some random shots from the workshop. As always, it basically looks like crap at this stage, but I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to…

Prodigious Genius:

Prodigious Genius:  After over 8 years of re-searching Leonardo I've found it really difficult to label him appropriately. The closest I could come was to simply call him a "Genius" but he was in a league of his own. The only people who seem to rival him are people called "Prodigious savants" - but that also didn't quite fit him. He didn't seem to be a savant. "A prodigious savant is someone with a skill level equivalent to or greater than that of aprodigy, regardless of any cognitive disability. The most common trait of prodigious savants is their seemingly limitlessmnemonic skills, with many havingeidetic or photographic memories. Prodigious savants are extremely rare, with fewer than one hundred noted in more than a century of literature on the subject. Treffert estimates that fewer than fifty or so such individuals are alive today." He didn't seem to have an eidetic memory and even mentions in his notebooks that there are too many thi…

Anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci

"I reveal to men the origin of the first, or perhaps second cause of their existence." - Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo's studies on the human body were nothing short of amazing. Even today we are finding just how accurate he was in his sketches - by comparing them to MRI machines. He was the first to diagnose heart disease and dissected over 10 bodies. This was not acceptable during his life time and accounts for not publishing his studies and sketches. He was also an animal lover and vegetarian. His research where he compares the anatomy of human and animals borders on pre-Darwinian evolution, but were obscured and hidden for the same aforementioned reasons. That idea in particular will be described in it's own section and in a chapter in my book. His sketches and more information will be posted soon! -D

A bear's toe

Comparative anatomy between a human and bear foot.

"I wish to work miracles;

—it may be that I shall possess less than other men of more p…

Cut in Half Man Scary


re·cu·ler pour mieux sau·ter

"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett

I kneel in the nights  before tigers that will not let me be.
what you were  will not happen again. the tigers have found me and I do not care. 
Charles Bukowski

World's oldest Calendar

Archaeologists found what they believe to be the oldest ever lunar calendars - created around 10,000 years ago in Aberdeenshire Scotland. They found 12 holes that they believe used to have posts in them that when viewed correctly would predict the lunar cycles. You could think of it like a year long sun dial - but using the moon and multiple dials.

While this isn't anything "new" it does push back the first known use of such technology by thousands of years. My question is what is so special about Scotland and the ancient people there that they would need, or even envision a lunar calendar? I guess keeping track of the seasons is probably more of a big deal for those further from the equator - to prepare for harvest and such. They were probably like "Hey how many more moons until it starts to get really cold?" - so they figured out how to arrange some structures that could keep track of the seasons - year round.

Another thing that is interesting about this is …

Today you -tomorrow me.

"Today you -tomorrow me."

By Redditor: rhoner

"Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved to a big city and all that, my girlfriend wasn't too stoked on the practice. Then some shit happened to me that changed me and I am back to offering rides habitually. If you would indulge me, it is long story and has almost nothing to do with hitch hiking other than happening on a road.
This past year I have had 3 instances of car trouble. A blow out on a freeway, a bunch of blown fuses and an out of gas situation. All of them were while driving other people's cars which, for some reason, makes it worse on an emotional level. It makes it worse on a practical level as well, what with the fact that I carry things like a jack and extra fuses in my car, and know enough not to park, facing downhill, on a steep incline with less than a gallon of fuel.

Anyway, each of these times this shit happened I was DISGUSTED …

Long Lost Love

This video is about two people who used to be together a long time ago and broke up and never saw each other again - that is until this moment. Marina was doing a modern performance piece where she would sit in front of random people and just stare at them. Weird. What's even weirder is that she had absolutely no idea that he would be one of the random people that would be sitting in front of her. Reaction is really real. 
Apparently when they decided that they were not right for each other in the 70's they both walked from opposing ends of the Great wall of China and met in the middle - hugged, and then never saw each other again.

Man Powered Helicopter

Leonardo's dream of human-powered flight is now a reality thanks to AeroVelo's new human powered helicopter. While da Vinci's designs would have actually worked he didn't have light enough materials to use. This isn't something that will likely become anyone's way to work, but it is very cool and would be an amazing experience to pilot.

”I think there's a fascination with what humans can do and pushing the limits. This is really the competition that allowed humans to show that they could hover. That's Da Vinci's dream... and AeroVelo, they did it all right, and they put it all together.“

First called "Arial Screw" is a design from Leonardo for a devise capable of vertical flight. Today we call them Helicopters but they were not built until the 1900's. Leo designed it with human power being the "engine" but it's unlikely that one could be made to work with the materials available at the time. It's not that th…

Vitruvian Man of math

"What's so special about Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man? With arms outstretched, the man fills the irreconcilable spaces of a circle and a square -- symbolizing the Renaissance-era belief in the mutable nature of humankind. James Earle explains the geometric, religious and philosophical significance of this deceptively simple drawing." Source
More about the Vitruvian man on my site.

The Egg

The Egg By: Andy Weir
"You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. And that’s when you met me. “What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said. You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?” “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” You asked. “Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.” “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.” You looked at…

Preservation of the Extinct

Raphael’s Gioconda

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Title: Raphael’s Gioconda Author: Pezzutto, Donato Abstract:  The Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda, of Leonardo, seems to be the inspiration for two paintings attributed to Raphael. The two paintings, Isabella of Aragon and Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens, share similarities to each other. These strong similarities make the works practically interchangeable; they are referred to as Raphael’s Giocondae. Connections between Raphael’s Giocondae and Leonardo’s Gioconda are considered.

Mirrored grass

Look they mirrored the grass