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July 12, 2018

Klava

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It's a replica, in concrete, of an IBM keyboard.

It's called Klava (the Russian version of Claudia), which itself is a shortened form of "klaviatura" — the word for keyboard.

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Made in 2005 by artist Anatoly Vyatkin, it's about 30 times larger than the original.

There are 86 letters, ranging in weight from 180 to 1,000 pounds (space bar).

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You can find it in Yekaterinburg, Russia, by the side of the Iset River.

New York Times story here.

July 12, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Captain Einstein: Relativity in VR

Res ipsa loquitur.

"You can watch the 360° movie directly on a smartphone (full screen, high resolution, move your phone to look around) — best view via YouTube. You can also use a  VR viewer. Plug in your headphones for the full immersive experience."

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The theory of relativity is a beautiful theory that is fundamental to our understanding of nature at many different length and energy scales.  Yet it's not like we see much of it in everyday life. Enter Captain Maja Einstein! She takes you on a tourist boat trip in the city center of Ghent, in a dream world with a slow speed of light. This brings relativity to a human scale, allowing for a direct experience of all its mind-bending effects.

After this trip your view on space, time, and all in between will probably not be quite the same any more.  You might want to check out our science section to alleviate some of the resulting confusion and learn more about what you have actually seen. For the die hard relativistas we also have a more technical paper. The rest of the site for more information on the project.

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Fair warning: hold on to your hat.

July 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balispoon

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The balisong — better known as the "butterfly knife" —was a popular blade until laws and regulations made it almost obsolete.

While you can't carry that concealed knife in many places these days, you can carry a concealed spoon, one you can dramatically flip out before attacking a bowl of Cheerios.

The Balispoon is such a utensil.

Designed to act just like a butterfly knife, the Balispoon flips open to reveal a sturdy spoon you can keep at the ready.

• Stainless Steel

• 8.75"L open

• 4.2 oz.

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$23.95.

July 12, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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