Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
I keep impulsively scrolling the mouse wheel to zoom in.
Waiting for a turtles fractal
it's gears all the way down.
At first I was blown away by this, and then I noticed that the gears change shape as they turn. Now I'm conflicted, and can't figure out if that's cheating or not. Could this be done in a way that's physically plausible?
No in Euclidean space, as far as I'm aware.
The many-angled ones who dwell at the bottom of the Mandelbrot set got no time for your Cartesian jibba-jabba.
If you view it as a 2D representation of a 3D arrangement, then it seems possible. The gears aren't deforming, they're sloped away from the camera. The gear train is getting progressively further away with the greatest distance at the sigmoid.
I don't think that works. Multiple vanishing points.
Clearly then we can conclude that the animator drew it wrong, not that my theory is incorrect.
how many gears?
All of them.