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solarbird:


Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.
Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

"However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins."


THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME

solarbird:

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.

Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

"However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins."

THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME

(Source: archiemcphee, via fistfulofgammarays)

kellysue:

panovanator:

The Making of Captain Marvel - some assembly required 

Stained glass is a rather involved craft, and some of you may be interested in what the process looks like. You can see the end result in my previous post! :)

Drawing - pattern-cutting - glass-cutting - grinding - washing - foiling - assembling - soldering - wash - patina - wash - frame-sawing - frame-filing - frame-soldering - detail-painting - hanging! 

Incredible.

I swear, it felt like being in Jurassic Park.

Burro don’t care.

Burro don’t care.

SO FUZZY.

SO FUZZY.

So it turns out driving through the Black Hills and trying to see all the cool shit doesn’t leave you a lot of time (or wifi) to check tumblr.

And at the end of a day, if you’re regretting a post you made at four in the morning with a head full of snot and personal problems plus one heavy sleep debt? You kinda don’t want to.

But I spoke with some friends (who have the patience of saints). I’m working through at least some of the stuff that had been bothering me, with their help. My throat is clearing up, and I got some sleep last night.

And today I got to drive slowly through a herd of buffalo crossing the road before parking next to a visibly pregnant wild burro who let me pet her fuzzy ears a whole bunch, and goddamn it there’s nothing that could make that feel any less amazing.

I’m catching up on people’s replies when I can—cogent, thoughtful stuff—but since tumblr’s mobile app is shit and I’m too cheap to shell out for Xkit’s, carrying on a conversation is stupidly difficult and occasionally impossible. But I wanted you to know I’m listening, and I’m not ignoring anyone. (To my knowledge, anyway; the tumblr snake is often hungry for asks and mail.)

And now: pictures of burros.

kellysue:

panovanator:

Captain Marvel - some assembly required

People seemed to like the Hawkguy stained glass, so here is another piece with the wonderful Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel! Inspired by the powerful art of Jamie McKelvie that truly captured the strength and determination of one of my favorite heroes. 

It will also be hanging at Fantastic Comics :D

(The mesh behind it on the photos is a bug net I cannot remove from my windows… Living in grad housing has its advantages and inconveniences - sigh.)

The piece is 20 inches x 30 inches; 300$ worth of glass, 8$ worth of solder and 5$ worth of band-aids

Oh. My. God.

I love this so much.