June 09, 2009

A new use for old CDs George W. Hart, formerly artist in residence at MIT, explains the math behind his bizarre constructions. Many of them use traditional methods of fabrication, but the ones called Gonads of the Rich exemplify the hyperexpensive methods of stereolithography (like $13,000 for an 8" long object made that way, I was once told). Cheaper are the virtual objects like these AVI animations of George's structures growing forth...

Yet, for me, there is something especially satisfying about his more natural looking imaginary sand dollars. They lie somewhere between the virtual, the actual and the neonatural. More, they look like mutant crumpets! (But now I've got a swelling, itching brain, and I'm hungry again!)

  • Ooooh, these are pretty and more than a little psychedelic. I see serious cookie marketing possibilities. Nice DEVO reference too.
  • Thanks a lot, Dan. Now I have the most insane craving for Oatmeal Lace Cookies. How about these? Hope it makes you hungry.
  • Hmmm. Oatmeal Lace Cookies. We used to buy them as Florentine Pogens. That would be Frank Zappa's cookie. They too have the holes all the way through them. And you're right, George Hart's cookie constructions are thinner than a crumpet, more like a cookie, or possibly a pikelet really. But I only had good ones in Australia. I even sent for some, but they didn't ship well. Australian or New Zealander monkeys may be luckier that way.
  • mmmmmmathematical pikelets...
  • A neat party favor, flurker. Mobius lox, on the other hand, would have to waste some of the fish by first cutting a hole in the center. Not sure the fish would hold together so well either (heh):)