Origami-Styled Envelopes

Probably one of the coolest origami-styled envelopes I have ever seen.
It uses one sheet of paper, and allows for one to write a message
inside, and then fold it up, or to insert a message just before
completing the last steps. There is some argument that due to postal
service limitations in different countries, one is not able to legally
post a letter that results in the size using an a4 sheet of paper,
however, there has been other comment saying that despite the strict
limitations some postal services outline, they do not always adhere to
their own rules. I suppose that if there is real issue, one could just
use a somewhat bigger piece of paper, or just slide it into a regular
sized envelope (I know it defeats the purpose…). Either way, it is
such an awesome and fun idea, whether one uses it for decorative
purposes/for fun, or to actually use as an envelope. (link found by
Swift, pictures of front and back by me)
 
http://www.instructables.com/id/Folding-your-own-envelope–Origami-style/

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The Petaminx – The New Rubik’s Cube

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“The Petaminx is what a Rubik’s cube would look like if designed by
twelve-dimensional aliens intent on destroying humanity. Featuring 975
individual pieces, with 1,212 stickers on its faces, and apparently
has 3.16 x 10996 different possible rearrangements. That’s a three,
then a one and a six, and then 994 zeroes.
 
The Petaminx was built recently by puzzle enthusiast Jason Smith,
working from a design by fellow puzzler Andrew Cormier that was posted
in the TwistyPuzzles.com forums – a site devoted to increasingly
complicated polyhedral mindbenders.” (text from:
http://theridiculant.metro.co.uk/2009/03/the-petaminx-will-break-your-brain.h…
 
For images of the making of the Pentaminx:
http://www.puzzleforge.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article…
 
All images below are from:
http://www.puzzleforge.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article…
 
 





Tweenbots

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Robot/People art by Katie Kinzer
 
“In New York, we are very occupied with getting from one place to
another. I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and
streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our
relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we
find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a
larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of
the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.” (text
from http://www.tweenbots.com) (link found by Jess Manim)
 
http://www.tweenbots.com/

The World’s Smallest Postal Service

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“The World’s Smallest Postal Service (WSPS) is a teeny tiny
transcription service and roaming post office based in the San
Francisco Bay Area and also available online.
 
 Lea Redmond is the Postmaster, setting up her tiny mobile office in
cafes and shops where passers-by can write a letter and have it turned
into a “world’s smallest letter.” The letter is transcribed on a
miniature desk in the tiniest of script, sealed with a minuscule wax
seal with the sender’s intial pressed into it, packaged up with a
magnifying glass in a glassine envelope, and finished off with a large
wax seal (see above). It is a double delight: for both the sender and
the recipient, and the WSPS is very happy to provide this important
service to the world.” (text from
http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop/wsps/about.html)
 
http://www.leafcutterdesigns.com/shop/wsps.html

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