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4,000-Year-Old Game Board Carved into the Earth Shows How Nomads Had Fun
"Archaeologists say that the rock shelter and it's ancient game board were used by nomadic cattle herders during the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago."
games  board  history  stone 
5 weeks ago by kevan
Swiss startup Energy Vault is stacking concrete blocks to store energy — Quartz
"The system is “fully charged” when the crane has created a tower of concrete blocks around it. The total energy that can be stored in the tower is 20 megawatt-hours (MWh), enough to power 2,000 Swiss homes for a whole day."
electricity  architecture  stone 
august 2018 by kevan
KBNNO: Mineral turns sunlight, heat and movement into electricity all at once
"[KBNNO] may be considered a proper and capable candidate to trigger developments of all-in-one hybrid energy harvesting and multi-functional sensing devices based on only a single piece of material."
science  stone  electricity  light 
february 2017 by kevan
Pietra Paesina’s Ruined Facades | Dataisnature
"The patterns of fractured light and dark within these rocks gives the impression of ruined cubist cityscapes, disjointed mountainous terrains with foliage and vividly etched tautozonal landscapes near the moment of sunset."
stone  cities  illusions 
november 2016 by kevan
Glowing statue eyes - Instructables
"[A]dding red LED's in the eyes of statues makes them look diabolical, and brings the focus back to statues after the sun goes down."
eyes  light  stone  monsters 
october 2016 by kevan
Wild monkeys throw curve at stone-tool making's origins | Science News
"Without the intention of making a stone tool, and with the right rock types, capuchins produce objects that are shaped like stone tools. [The capuchins] did not use fractured pieces of sharp stone to cut, scrape or dig up anything."
monkeys  stone  history  illusions 
october 2016 by kevan
Artist who took 1in rock off Scafell Pike's summit 'vandalised' England's highest mountain - Telegraph
"The artist has taken the uppermost inch of the highest mountain in England. An entire nation's height is modified and its landscape redefined by means of a single precise action."
stone  art  via:viv 
march 2015 by kevan
Mystery Solved: “Sailing Stones” of Death Valley Seen in Action for the First Time | Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
"On sunny days, the ice begins to melt and break up into large floating panels, which light winds drive across the playa, pushing rocks in front of them and leaving trails in the soft mud below the surface."
stone  ice  mysteries 
august 2014 by kevan
Monument to ‘god of chaos’ mysteriously appears in front of Oklahoma City restaurant - NY Daily News
"The bizarre concrete block weighs several hundred pounds. A bronze plaque attached to the monument bears these words, 'In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth.'"
art  mysteries  stone 
september 2013 by kevan
"On Normandy beaches where D-Day landings took place, you will find sand-sized fragments of steel [...] an artificial landscape of eroded machines still detectable, albeit with specialty instruments, in the coastal dunes."
history  stone  metal  war  via:linkmachinego 
august 2012 by kevan
novastructura.Stone Fields
"I love the work by Richard Long, the way he fills lonely landscapes with arcaic stones patterns. [...] The virtual stones created by several fractal subdivision strategies, find their proper position within the circle, with a trial and error hierarchical algorithm."
emergence  art  stone  via:zarba 
july 2011 by kevan
Shapeways | 3D printing buildings: interview with Enrico Dini of D_Shape
"In 2004 he invented and patented a full scale 3D printing method that used epoxy to bind sand. Enrico could now 3D print buildings."
construction  architecture  stone  via:bateleur 
may 2009 by kevan
World Beach Project - Victoria and Albert Museum
"The World Beach Project is a global art project open to anybody, anywhere, of any age. [This] project combines the simplicity of making patterns with stones with the complexities of shape, size, colour, tone, composition, similarity and difference."
art  stone 
january 2008 by kevan
UbuWeb - The Great Stalacpipe Organ
"Leland W. Sprinkle roamed three and a half acres of stalactite formations, tapping thousands to discover a lucky thirty-seven. [...] He affixed rubber-tipped plungers to the rocks and strung electrical cables back to his organ console."
music  stone  mp3s  via:mcios 
september 2007 by kevan
Digital Humanities Quarterly: Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will Crowther's Original "Adventure" in Code and in Kentucky
Revisiting the caves. "Instead of the horizontal 3x3 horizontal grate described in 'Adventure', the Bedquilt entrance to Colossal Cave is now protected by a vertical gate, which in this photograph lies open on the ground (away from the camera)."
if  history  stone  via:zarba 
august 2007 by kevan
Digital Humanities Quarterly: Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will Crowther's Original "Adventure" in Code and in Kentucky
Revisiting the caves. "Instead of the horizontal 3x3 horizontal grate described in 'Adventure', the Bedquilt entrance to Colossal Cave is now protected by a vertical gate, which in this photograph lies open on the ground (away from the camera)."
if  history  stone  via:zarba 
august 2007 by kevan
New Scientist - Earth rocks could have taken life to Titan
"Boulders blasted away from the Earth's surface after a major impact could have travelled all the way to the outer solar system, new calculations reveal."
space  stone  science  history  aliens 
march 2006 by kevan
Science Project: Antigravity "Boulder" Levitates in your Room
"Cover the whole thing with duct tape so the counterweight is distributed completely evenly. There would be no single weight at the bottom. That way it would behave like a boulder in free fall: it would remain in whatever orientation I put it in."
stone  air  science  via:leonard 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Architecture: This was once a tower block ...
Recycling stark East-German housing. "We just come here and say, 'We want this one, this one and this one'; and then we cut them to shape right here and take them away to put up on site. The only thing we have to do is take the wallpaper off them."
architecture  germany  stone 
november 2005 by kevan
Rock On, Rock ON : The Rock Balancing Art of Bill Dan
The art of casually and improbably balancing differently-shaped rocks on top of one another, Road-Runner-scenery-style.
stone  art  via:webb 
october 2005 by kevan
Crystal Caste: Icehouse Pyramids
Stackable Icehouse pyramids made from solid obsidian, hematite, aventurine or jasper. $120 a set. (They also sell d6s made from meteorite metals.)
games  metal  stone  dice 
october 2005 by kevan
RPS - 15
Roshambo with fifteen elements, and a nice diagram. "Rock pounds out fire, crushes scissors, snake, human, wolf, sponge, blocks (growth of) tree."
games  paper  stone  fire  air  water  electricity 
september 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > Rock, Paper, Payoff: Child's Play Wins Auction House an Art Sale
Japanese businessman can't decide between Sotheby's and Christie's. "As both companies were equally good and I just could not choose one, I asked them to please decide between themselves and suggested to use such methods as rock, paper, scissors."
games  art  paper  via:holly  stone 
april 2005 by kevan
Dolphin Bay Hotel: Cooking With Lava
"With a shovel you don't plan on using again, gather a good amount of 2000°F lava."
food  stone  fire  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
Zen Puzzle Garden: The Japanese Rock Garden Game
Relaxing and infuriating Ricochet-Robot-style surface-covering; download for PC or Mac. "The monk can not walk over sand he has already raked, so be careful not to rake yourself into a corner!"
games  religion  puzzles  download  stone  japan 
february 2005 by kevan
LiTraCon homepage
Concrete blocks with glass fibres embedded through them. Wonderful that a shadow cast on the outside of a wall also appears on the inside.
glass  light  stone 
october 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Concrete evidence
Stonehenge has been tidied up and concreted a lot, on the quiet. "Even many of the local people in Avebury weren't aware that a lot of the stones were put up in the 1930s."
cheating  history  stone 
october 2004 by kevan
Intriguing hybrid of chess and rock-paper-scissors.
board  chess  games  paper  stone 
august 2004 by kevan
News24: Stones 'Follow' Woman
"A Limpopo woman says she is being plagued by a hail of stones that follows her wherever she stays." - What would Murray Lachlan Young do?
religion  stone  weather 
august 2004 by kevan
The New York Times > When Technology Imitates Art
Chisel-based version of laser sculpting technology, "equipped with a scanner and 30 interchangeable diamond-tipped bits and blades". (NYT login: "stupid/stupid".)
art  stone  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
Deutsche Welle: Purple Mountain Majesties
Milka plan to turn a mountain purple, with lights. "We wish as much rain and fog as possible on this event." says someone. Bring on the SEP Field.
advertising  light  stone 
july 2004 by kevan
Rock Paper Saddam
Recaptioned courtroom photos. Should have been an interactive game, though.
cheating  games  paper  photos  stone 
july 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia - Loaded Dice
" the case of a wooden die, this can be done by carving the die around a heavy inclusion, like a pebble around which a tree has grown."
cheating  dice  games  stone  wood 
may 2004 by kevan
Rock art hints at whaling origins
Stone Age people may have started hunting whales as early as 6,000 BC, new evidence from South Korea suggests.
art  food  history  stone 
april 2004 by kevan

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