By clicking magnetic rods and steel balls together. For as long as it takes.
Holy crap, very cool. Not to be ungrateful, but do you have any larger images so we can see better detail? 1024x768 or bigger?
oh man.. i have a small set of those.. i wish i had the jwz-size set.. :envy:
I too have a small set of those... as in, six (now I've lost one and it's 5) - just enough to make one small triangle. they also have some drug name printed on them. Oh how I wish I had the Big Kids Model.
For those of you wondering about scale, if these are indeed the same as the ones I have, they are about 5 inches long and each have a magnet in each end. They are connected with metal balls the size of a small marble.
Very cool. Reminds me of the old tetra kites.
What's the non-fractal looking thing on the left tetrahedron? And while I'm prying, what's that in the background (the collagey looking wall hanging)?
If I had to guess, I'd say it's the beginning of the "back" tetrahedron. It will be amazing to see if the shape will hold solidly for the "top" tetrahedron. I guess the bowing would be diminished by all of the other structure, but it seems optimistic to me to expect all that weight to rest on three points.
Actually, that's an even bigger question: how will he add the top one?
That question will remain unanswered, because I'm out of parts. I'd need around 350 more sticks to build the top pyramid; probably 450 when factoring in the necessary temporary supports, since the level 4 tetrahedrons are very unstable until they're almost complete.
I'm assuming you're using the SuperMag kits. Long rods? Short rods? I'm trying to guesstimate how efficiently you're able to use the materials given the packages available.
Roger's Connection, 5" sticks. Please don't ever use the word "guesstimate" again.
what's that in the background (the collagey looking wall hanging)?
It's a bunch of photos of friends and whatnot. It's what he did with his time before he discovered the magnets...
Is that The CD Rack in the background?
What the heck is the scale on that? Forgive my ignorance - if I knew the size of your naked metal people I wouldn't have to ask. :)
um, about naked-metal-people-sized!!!
If they're Geomags, each stick is about 1" long.
A giant magnetic media erazer? I see.
No, silly! It combines fractal mathematics, pyramid power, and magnetic fields to grant its user immortality!
Damn, I'm starting to sound like Alex Chiu.
I was going to relate it to Futurama's A Pharaoh to Remember, but then I realized that no bending is involved.
A large scale 3D Sierpinski gasket. Excellent! :)
Ordinarily i'd be all like 'ooh, glow in the dark thingies, ooh' but i just found out that RevCo and Ministry are touring together in the summer so i'm bouncing up and down and not paying attention to anything else....
oh great... a summer of drug overdoses.
by the way, those things look like doozer buildings.
I thought RevCo *was* Ministry. Well, Ministry plus Heroin. Sounds good either way.
It is. As Al put it "we're our own opening band."
I will now join in the bouncing.
I hear it's much more profitable than running a night club.
Imagine if you could see the magnetic field lines!
"A king whose power is unlimited, and whose treasures surmount all real and imaginary wants, is compelled to solace, by the erection of a Pyramid, the satiety of dominion and tastelessness of pleasures, and to amuse the tediousness of declining life, by seeing thousands labouring without end, and one stone, for no purpose, laid upon another."
Well, I guess at least you only take it out on yourself.
I want to see a Koch Snowflake.
this is what you do instead of going to lunch with me??
oh and I got laid off, more time for my own leisure pursuits.oh joy.
I have several of those GeoMag kits, though all total I think I've got maybe 100 rods and the associated metal balls. The kits are expensive, so I have to moderate my acquisition of them, darn it. They are great fun to build with, though the magnets can affect a monitor from close to a foot away!