March 24th, 2014
|04:20 pm - So THAT'S how they do that!|
I am unable to pin down exactly why I find this weirdly cool.
I know exactly why I think this is damn cool: Because it's DAMN COOL, and also before today I had never considered how to mass-produce spiral pasta. I learned both that I didn't know something AND I learned the something, both at once!
That is awesome.
It's one of those "looks like the obvious way to do it when you see it" things that you'd never think to think about. Brilliant.
|Date:||March 25th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)|| |
I feel like the big "Aha!" there is that you expect, if something's being mass-produced, for it to happen in a synchronized way. But here, each piece of pasta is being cut at a different time by a single swinging blade, and that is unintuitive even though it totally works.
At a different time, but on an identical time interval!
(It only fails consistency on the first and last pass, presumably.)
THAT'S IT. Learning something I didn't know I didn't know.
Coupled with the thing being brilliantly elegant.
|Date:||March 24th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)|| |
This is incredibly hypnotic. 0_0
Yeah, I could watch it all day!
|Date:||March 26th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)|| |
What is a Spacewhale?
The Mormon Space Whale Rape Story. "That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made" by Eric Stone. Nominated for a Hugo, and nobody who read it could figure out why.
It's about sentient space whales, who rape each other and that's just how their culture and biology work, and the (human) Mormon missionaries trying to convert them to Mormonism.
It's about as good as it sounds.
Is this about to go existential? If so, I want a bowl of petunias.
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