Weirdly Wonderful Upcycled Mechanical Clock Relying on Ball Bearings to Tick

Pendulum rolling ball clock by Turnvater Janosch.  Material: – Wood (mainly remains) – Plastic gear wheels – Brass wire (1.3mm, 3mm) – Steel wire (bicycle strokes) – Old flat iron.

Turnvater Janosch’s website welcomes you to his wonderful world of  “handcrafting and weird machinery”, and if this pendulum clock is anything to go by, the description’s pretty apt.

The clock runs for 12 hours, driven by a weight of 2.5 kg sinking approx. 1 meter during that time..Every minute a marble is lifted up and goes down a marble run with three flipping traps that count marbles for minutes, five-minute-steps and hours. The timekeeping element is a second-pendulum with a pinwheel escapement. The clock achieves a drift of less than 1 second per day.

via Hackaday

Rappers sorted by size of vocabulary

Matt Daniels, designer, coder, and data scientist sets out to find the largest vocabulary in hip hop.

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He explains “Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5,000 words).

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.”

Check out his interactive visualisation here.

The redditor‘s past works include the Etymology of “Shorty” and Outkast, in graphs and charts.

‘Disrupted Christmas’ honoured at the 18th Annual Webby Awards

Our  “Disrupted Xmas” has been honoured for best Online Guerilla & Innovation for Interactive Ads in the 18th Annual Webby Awards.

The idea: Advertising prides itself on disruption. But what if you could disrupt advertising? For Christmas 2013 we gave the public, and a local children’s charity a very special present:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and Creator of the Jif Steve Wilhite.

“Honorees like Disrupt Christmas are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.”


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OrCam – Wearable Technology for the Visually Impaired

OrCam camera device is one of Israel’s Top 10 advances in vision. Hebrew University Prof. Amnon Shashua created this device that attaches to eyeglasses and is wired to a portable computer in the wearer’s pocket. Using bone conduction technology, it “speaks” text (menus, street signs, grocery labels, newspapers) as well as bus numbers and other objects that the user points to. It can even recognize faces and monitor traffic lights.

Crosswind Difficulties

Some landing and take-off highlights in awkward wind conditions at BHX this winter (a record winter for stormy conditions in the UK). Note the frequent flexing of the planes’ wings in response to the turbulence.

Of the five “missed approaches” shown, three diverted to other airports, two were “go arounds” and landed successfully on second attempt.

The Secret of an Abandoned Mall in Old Town Bangkok

Jesse Rockwell,professional cook, photographer and writer, takes a trip down down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok only to discover a relatively unknown gem. “Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography” he says, “one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate”:


What lies behind the gate stating “strictly no entrance beyond this point”? Only an abandoned mall turned urban aquarium! Blimey Charlie:


Read the fascinating story behind the creation of this Urban Intervention on Rockwell’s blog A Taste Of The Road.

The Egg and Michigan Central Train Station 2007-2013 by SCOTT HOCKING


THE EGG AND MICHIGAN CENTRAL TRAIN STATION is a site-specific sculptural installation and photography project created within Detroit’s 100 year old former train depot, vacant for over 20 years. The installation is made from thousands of sheet marble fragments that litter most of the 17 story structure’s upper floors – remnants of the once marble-lined corridor walls.


As stumbled upon by halfway through by u/DrGonzo927 on the r/urbanexploration subreddit:


Exploring City Caves And Catacombs

Steve Duncan lives dangerously. The urban explorer goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world — their tunnels, subways, sewers.

In New York City, his favorite underground adventure, he could drown when the tide comes in or succumb to toxic gases in the sewers. He could be hit by a train or step on the third rail. And if he gets caught, he would be so under arrest.

New York Underground: Exploring City Caves And Catacombs : NPR.

urban bender monologue

Irwan Ahmett ( and Tita Salina ( refer to themselves as urban interventionists who uses the art of approaching issues and social problems, in general and personal scale, with humorous and interactive methods. ” Play ” is probably the most appropriate word to describe their works. For Ahmett and Salina, play is a mode to engage people, build social relationships, discussing an issue and creating possibility for change. Play also offers a fresh perspective in discussing complex issues in a provocative way. Ahmett and Salina using the concept of ‘commonness’ as an open platform that enables collaboration that offers equality in the production of knowledge as well as provide an opportunity to share and exchange ideas.