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Water Flows Uphill

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the now-you-see-it dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 437

An anonymous reader writes "The BBC are reporting James Dyson's new garden feature, a waterfall with water flowing uphill. Apparently, he wanted to recreate an Escher drawing."

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ESR's Match.com Love-letter (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013324)

I do the club scene a lot, some say I am a good dancer. I enjoy having a few drinks, usually ale or mead, and I have been known to cause a scene now and then...
Eric paused, breathing heavily. He'd never done this before and he wanted to make sure all of his best qualities were included in this email...
I am a geek, to be frank, and I enjoy hacking UNIX and maintaining Open Source programs such as Felchmale^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HFetchmail and a bevy of FAQs regarding 386 sound internals and role-playing games. I've been doing this for 15 years though I've never held a job in my life.
Eric wondered if this woman he had found on match.com would be impressed with his talents. He decided to put more detail into the message.
I recently drove 24 hours straight, with but two stops for gasoline, from Pennsylvania to Kansas City in an effort to destroy my two arch-nemeses. I would have succeeded except that I blew a head gasket as I was about to shoot one of them from my moving car on Route 69. I am an excellent shot and love guns in general.
ESR pondered for a moment, wringing out his soaked handkerchief, and continued with his typing.
"So what languages do you know? I fancy myself quite an accomplished amateur linguist and know Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic inside and out. I often compose little riddles in them for fun and mental exercise. In fact, I'll include one for you now!"
Chewing on his tongue and squinting, Eric pushed his mind into overdrive and produced a beauty of a riddle on the spot:
"Windeth I / Towarde the skye
I haveth an eye / But blinde am I"
Pleased with his linguistic talents, undoubtedly matched by no one, Eric then asked his potential love-conquest:
Can you get the answer to that? In case you can not, the correct answer is "my erect penis." I hope you enjoyed that; I do this sort of thing all the time."
Eric exhaled slowly and rubbed his belly. It was growling and no doubt wanted its nightly bottle of Jgermeister. He decided to finish up the email in anticipation of the coming alcoholic stupor.
Well I don't want to make this email too long -- I have a lot of responsibilities in real life to deal with. My role-playing group is coming over and we are spending the next week holed up in the forest near my home in character playing out a possible scenario from Beowulf. I need to get dressed up and I can not find my bear-claw mittens
Eric wondered how to wrap up the email, something that would hook the lady on him and make her want more...
I hope we can meet and have sex. Despite my cerebral palsy, I am a monster in the sack! Maybe you'll get to see for yourself, LOLOLOL! ;-)

Love,

Eric S. Raymond

Troll 129 of 211 from the annals of the Troll Library [slashdot.org] .

I was wondering if you, you know, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013522)

want to do something together sometime.

firstish? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013326)

In other news dogs and cats are now really friends!

Can I make it four in one day?

First post story regarding my other first post posts [slashdot.org]

AC

Re:firstish? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013374)

If cats and dogs can be friends, can virtual cats and virtual dogs be friends as well? Can an Aibo sit down and smoke some virtual dope? [druglordsgame.com]

It's not a waterfall then, is it? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013330)

It's a water elevator, or something.

MOD PARENT UP INSIGHTFUL (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013451)

Or Obvious, but there's no Obvious mod, is there now, bitchez?

Re:It's not a waterfall then, is it? (1, Funny)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013469)

If it's the opposite of a waterfall he could call it a water spring. Sadly, that name is taken.

fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013334)

probably not but still worth a try

That can be really useful (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013336)

Especially for some illicit [druglordsgame.com] applications.

Water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013337)

Whats he plan to add next to this garden, a never ending looping stair case?

Simple... it's antiwater (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013341)

Antiwater (two part antihydrogen and one part antioxygen) is repelled by the force of gravity.

Re:Simple... it's antiwater (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013475)

If only antimatter was repelled by gravity. Antimatter is just normal matter with reverse charge and spin, so it obeys all normal physical laws. So-called "negative matter" would be repelled by gravity, but we don't know if it even exists or can be made.

Re:Simple... it's antiwater (2, Funny)

hdparm (575302) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013477)

Nothing new here - we've got plenty of those...

...In Soviet Russia.

Re:Simple... it's antiwater (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013510)

If you drink anti-water, do you become thirsty?

Re:Simple... it's antiwater (1)

HiQ (159108) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013544)

In normal circumstances you can pass water, but with anti-water.... ** his mind boggles **

Interesting... (5, Informative)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013344)

Quite an elaborate optical illusion. The original drawing [worldofescher.com] is also worth looking at.

(-:Stephonovich:-)

Re:Interesting... (0)

localghost (659616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013372)

Escher makes my brain hurt. It's so obvious something is wrong, but it's impossible to focus on it. Argh, this makes me want to gouge out my eyes.

Re:Interesting... (1)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013385)

That's the bloody point... It confuses you beyond compare. Like eternity. Whether or not you believe in heaven, hell, an after-life, whatever, close your eyes, and try imagining living forever. Your brain continually attempts to make you die in your fantasy.

(-:Stephonovich:-)

Re:Interesting... (5, Funny)

Amiga Trombone (592952) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013492)

Escher makes my brain hurt. It's so obvious something is wrong, but it's impossible to focus on it. Argh, this makes me want to gouge out my eyes.

Indeed. It reminds me of a few companies I've worked for.

Re:Interesting... (1)

Servants (587312) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013435)

I've never understood this particular drawing of Escher's. To me it just looks like the top of the waterfall is... the top, and none of the water looks like it's flowing up in that direction. The support pillars make the top of the drawing look higher, and the stepped bricks don't have that much effect because I see the whole channel as tilted.

Anyone have advice on how to "see" this illusion?

Re:Interesting... (2, Interesting)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013446)

none of the water looks like it's flowing up in that direction.

If it looked like it's flowing up then it wouldn't "work." You follow the water from the waterfall down, then as it flows horizontally for a while, and everything seems normal, except that you've somehow gotten back to the top. At that point you get the standard "WTF?" Escher moment.

Here's the image I think (4, Informative)

friedegg (96310) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013345)

Waterfall [syol.com] .

Nope (1)

dh003i (203189) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013351)

Wrong image. He's thinking of the image where there are soldiers walking up a set of stairs which never gets higher, and cycles around, on top of a tower.

Re:Nope (2, Informative)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013376)

Wrong image. He's thinking of the image where there are soldiers walking up a set of stairs.

RTFAWC:

"One of these is an optical illusion that shows water going uphill and round and round the four sides of a square perpetually," [Dyson] says.

The WC is for 'With Care' - the BBC write-up mentions the marching soldiers in an aside. Dyson himself mentions no such work directly (as quoted).

Re:Here's the image I think (3, Informative)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013356)

Yes, that's the one. The BBC piece actually links to another representation of the same [mcescher.nl] . Their link is in the righthand sidebar adjacent to the article - not hard to miss.

This is.. (5, Funny)

CptChipJew (301983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013347)

really going to screw things up for the salmon.

"Wait, we swim upstr..dow...wtf?"

Poor fish =(

Oops... (3, Funny)

Black_Logic (79637) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013349)

"I've had a few architects coming up to me asking me about it. But I'm not telling exactly how I achieve the effect."

Wonder if he knows that the BBC gave away his secret. :)

Although, Maybe the explanation in the article was oversimplified?

It's not a new phenomenon (-1, Redundant)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013350)

This "uphill" waterfall uses capillary action, the same phenomenon that takes place when you dip a napkin into a mug of water, and the water flows up through the napkin.

it's actually a confirmation of the laws of gravity and conservation of momentum, although the demonstration looks anything but. Still, quite a fun thing to discuss at parties and impress the chicks with ;)

I also like asking them which side of the spoon is a concave mirror, and which side is complex.

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (3, Informative)

pXgray (464284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013366)

RTFA, dude, it's just an optical illusion produced by a thin layer of water flowing DOWN the glass and bubbles on the inside moving upward. It produces the impression that the water is flowing up, even though it isn't. No laws of physics broken here.

Re:"thin later of water" (1)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013474)

maybe you should RTFA

If you read the article you would have noticed it was a " thin later of water " .. that's what really makes the illusion.. the "thin later of water"
ok ok, i'm a spelling nazi but geez bbc news get with the program..

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013368)

Hey, your name isn't Eric S Raymond [slashdot.org] is it?

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (0)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013379)

Actually, you're completely, totally wrong. RTFA.

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013384)

I also like asking them which side of the spoon is a concave mirror, and which side is complex.

Do they laugh at you and tell you the other side is really convex, not complex, mister smarty pants? I think you're another "Physics Professor" troll.

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013473)

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if he was a physics professor. I once had an English teacher who thought "anecdote" was pronounced "antidote."

dude. RTFA. (-1, Troll)

coed.jpg (538272) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013405)

"Feed my Ass (Jack in the Box)"
(To the tune of "Man in the Box" by Alice in Chains)

Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.

I like Jack in the Box
Orderin' some shit
Won't you Jumbo-size it?
(Fries, yeah...)

Feed my ass!
(Potato wedges!)
Jumbo seasoned curly fries!
(Deny the veggies!)
Eat anything that's fried!
(The greasy dredges!)
Feed my ass!
(My veins are closing!)
SHUT!

Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.

I'm a dog who eats meat.
Meat that's mixed with shit!
Enchirito Grande!

Graaaaaa-ayayayde K meat!
(Fecal soy-beef!)
Crap that even dogs won't eat!
(Nachos BellGrande!)
Makes your heart no longer beat!
(Cardio-Rito)
Feed my ass!
(My fucking huge-ass)
BUTT!

Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ow.

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (4, Insightful)

mrklin (608689) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013411)

No, it's not capillary action. What a typical Slashdot reader response, had you read the article before commenting you would know that he used pumps.

Futhermore, this is not meant as a confirmation of laws of gravity and conservation of momentum (as if they need further confirmation - in case if one still doesn't believe in this thing called gravity?). I mean, you think someone who does not believe in gravity would change his mind after he sees this!?

Oh, lastly, I am 100% sure this really does not impresses the chicks at the parties when you say "hey, here is a fun thing to discuss..."

Mods on crack (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013484)

Since the parent is so completely and utterly wrong, and since NO ONE else in this entire article made a similar, idiotic statement, the parent cannot possibly, under any circumstances, be considered redundant. See you in meta-mod.

Posts flowing uphill to the wrong topic... (-1)

Solo-Malee (618168) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013545)

Seems to me like something is reversing content flow and causing apparently irrelevant OT posts to seemingly flowing up hill into an entirely different subject...

Re:It's not a new phenomenon (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013554)

I also like asking them which side of the spoon is a concave mirror, and which side is complex.

You're one lonely guy aren't you?

England's Dean Kamen (5, Informative)

SYFer (617415) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013352)

Dyson inventions truly suck!

I think James Dyson belongs in the permanent Nerd Hall of Fame. His vacuum cleaner is one of the hands-down coolest devices I have ever owned. It represents the most significant advance in vacuum-cleaner technology in decades. See it at www.dyson.com. I would sooner downgrade my Mac than give up my Dyson. Well... maybe not, but I DO love my Dyson (in a geeky way, of course).

I demonstrate that sucker by turning it on (with the reservoir half full, mind?it uses no bags yet maintains consistent suction even when nearly full?the bane of most vacuums) and inviting the victim to insert a finger in the nozzle. The amount of suction is astounding. On top of that, he wound up having to defend his patent is court for years and finally won out against the big boys of the vacuum universe.

Dyson is a true genius and he?s a quirky Englishman to boot which is cool in my book. I have a funny feeling he?s not a /.?er, yet I consider him one of the all-time great inventors.

He is Englands Dean Kamen, methinks.

Re:England's Dean Kamen (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013430)

His vacuum cleaner is one of the hands-down coolest devices I have ever owned.

Cool. Finally something for the female geeks.

Re:England's Dean Kamen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013454)

"Well... maybe not, but I DO love my Dyson (in a geeky way, of course)."


Just watch that fan blades don't mangle your member.

Re:England's Dean Kamen (2, Funny)

Currawong (563634) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013551)

Dyson inventions truly suck!

And now he's made one that really blows!

(The air in the water feater...geddit? oh never mind)

I want one on my desk :-) (4, Interesting)

newsdee (629448) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013354)

That would look really cool if it was a small widget-type zen thing, so I can have one on my desk to contemplate while trying to be inspired. :-)

Uphill water flow at Disneyworld since 1971.. (5, Informative)

droopus (33472) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013355)

Since the 70's, there has been a cave [hiddenmickeys.org] on Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyworld in which water appears to flow uphill.

The Imagineers did it cleverly with a slanted room and no point of reference. Not as geeky, but a really cool effect nonetheless which amazed me back in the day.

Re:Uphill water flow at Disneyworld since 1971.. (1)

Merovign (557032) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013536)


I followed this link, and what do I find?

Cheat codes and Easter Eggs for The Real World! That is Way Cool. Cuspy, even.

I don't suppose you have any links to money and employment-related cheat codes, would you? :)

Much peace and satisfaction to the one who pointed me at this Really Cool Thing. Thanks, droopus!

Re:Uphill water flow at Disneyworld since 1971.. (5, Interesting)

anethema (99553) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013542)

I always thought the most famous of these things was at the bay of Fundy. The level of the tide rises higher than the river level and causes REAL uphill rapids, and a semi illusionary uphill waterfall.

I havent seen it myself, but I understand its quite a mind bender to see.

There is also an optical illusion near there in..Moncton i think? You go to the base of the hill, put your car in neutral, and your car will roll up the hill. Its an optical illusion, you are actually rolling downhill, but you look and it looks uphill, no amount of thinking its downhill dispells that.

Some very neet stuff, and example of an Eschery world in real life.

More MC Escher drawing (5, Informative)

Michael's a Jerk! (668185) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013357)

are at the World of Escher [worldofescher.com] . The man was a genius.

Re:More MC Escher drawing (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013503)

That he was indeed. Without a doubt, the works of Escher can be considered art by nearly everyone. It's good to see his works in times where anyone who can jam on a piano and/or playback is a mucisian and that throwing a bucket of paint on some cloth makes you an artist.

And referring to your sig, what the hell is wrong with being a Seth? :o(

Re:More MC Escher drawing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013559)

And referring to your sig, what the hell is wrong with being a Seth? :o(

nothing. But some idiot AC is replying to all my posts, accusing me of being seth finkelstein. I then get modbombed.

I'm now gonna get modded offtopic, but what the hey... /me shrugs.

Ogg Vorbis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013358)

I don't really see what all the fuss is about. I won't buy one until it supports Ogg.

Obviously (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013378)

You nerds have to get with the program: MP3 is the STANDARD.
Stop your bitching and CONFORM, damn it

Linux? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013389)

In Soviet Russia, Dyson patents YOU!!

i have previously achieved this same illusion (5, Interesting)

Miguel de Icaza (660439) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013359)

but using a different technique. I used a strobe on a small waterfall in a dark room- this works in the same way you can sometimes see car wheels spinning in the wrong dirrection.

When i saw dysons outdoor version while touring the flower show I hoped he had somehow used lasers to implement the strobe technique outdoors in full daylight - that would be cool. But no he is just using pumped air - no surprise really considering hes a vacuum genius :^)

Sigh... (5, Insightful)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013360)

Before someone tries to market their own uphill water feature, they had better be warned. James Dyson - no stranger to court battles over patents - has presumably taken care of the necessary legal business.

Now, why would he do that? I know it might be a rhetorical question, but honestly though - all he would do, I presume, is to limit this neat but useless (admit it - this is as useless as your lava-lamp and plasma-ball (no seminal jokes please)) thing out of mainstream for a long time - instead of giving him eternal fame, etc.

Now - an interesting question to think about is what part of our pattern-recognizing brain is responsible for *falling* for such a visual illusion? Research like this can shed light on the workings of the mind, I think.

Re:Sigh... (3, Insightful)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013429)

Forget about the usefulness of the invention for a moment (patents have never been concerned with the merits of the invention), this guy created something new and unique, and something which, to some, could be pretty valuable. After all, the exact things you list as examples (lava lamps and plasma balls) have made tons of cash (hell, I have a lava lamp on my desk). So why shouldn't Dyson be allowed exclusive rights to his invention and any monetary rewards it generates for a time? That's exactly what patents were created for! To allow the "little guy" to innovate, and benefit from those innovations.

Slashthink (2, Funny)

miu (626917) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013465)

That's exactly what patents were created for! To allow the "little guy" to innovate, and benefit from those innovations.

No!!! IP laws are evil! They are outdated and wrong! There is no purpose to them other than giving the man a tool to keep his jackboot on my neck!

Anti-Slashthink (-1, Troll)

D+iz+a+n+k+Meister (609493) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013526)

That's exactly what patents were created for! To allow the "little guy" to innovate, and benefit from those innovations.

No!!! IP laws are evil! They are outdated and wrong! There is no purpose to them other than giving the man a tool to keep his jackboot on my neck!


If you don't believe that IP laws are good, you are advocating slavery.

Bush in 2004!!!!

Re:Sigh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013519)

From the pictures in the article, it seems like the bubbles are created in horizontal lines which then appear as travelling waves.. so it is the appearance of moving waves/ripples which tricks the brain into thinking the water is moving uphill.

Re:Sigh... (1)

elbobo (28495) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013574)

all he would do, I presume, is to limit this neat but useless [snip] thing out of mainstream for a long time

no offense, but i call bullshit. this idea gets overused far too much on slashdot.

people patent their ideas to protect their possible income. whilst frivolous and trivial patents are undoubtably a bad thing, patenting something truely unique and new is a perfectly valid protective measure to take. and i'm sure most inventors would much rather license their patents out at reasonable rates than to hold them forever without gaining any income from them at all.

although whether this is a valid patent or not, i'm not going to touch on. that's an argument that should be happening at the patent offices.

360 deg view of the waterfall here... (4, Informative)

mrklin (608689) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013362)

A video would be much better but there is the iPix version [bbc.co.uk] .

The house at Disneyland... (-1, Redundant)

antispamist (653732) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013364)

Anyone remember the house at Disneyland where the walls slant in, etc etc. Wasn't there a little creek or something that flows [what appears to be] upwards?

Anyone remember that?

Re:The house at Disneyland... (2, Informative)

ahecht (567934) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013387)

Actually, that was the Haunted Shack at Knott's Berry Farm, just down the road from Disneyland. It was torn down about a couple of years ago to make way for a thrill ride, which was also quickly torn down because it was unsafe. It is now a picnic area.

An identical copy of the Haunted Shack was built at the Calico Ghost Town where it was called the Mystery Shack, but it burned down in 2001 and is currently being rebuilt.

The house at Disneyland... (1)

antispamist (653732) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013428)

They tore down that house? That was one of the best memories...:( Damn you Knott's Berry Farm DAMN U.

hey faggots (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013365)

I do the club scene a lot, some say I am a good dancer. I enjoy having a few drinks, usually ale or mead, and I have been known to cause a scene now and then...
Eric paused, breathing heavily. He'd never done this before and he wanted to make sure all of his best qualities were included in this email...
I am a geek, to be frank, and I enjoy hacking UNIX and maintaining Open Source programs such as Felchmale^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HFetchmail and a bevy of FAQs regarding 386 sound internals and role-playing games. I've been doing this for 15 years though I've never held a job in my life.
Eric wondered if this woman he had found on match.com would be impressed with his talents. He decided to put more detail into the message.
I recently drove 24 hours straight, with but two stops for gasoline, from Pennsylvania to Kansas City in an effort to destroy my two arch-nemeses. I would have succeeded except that I blew a head gasket as I was about to shoot one of them from my moving car on Route 69. I am an excellent shot and love guns in general.
ESR pondered for a moment, wringing out his soaked handkerchief, and continued with his typing.
"So what languages do you know? I fancy myself quite an accomplished amateur linguist and know Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic inside and out. I often compose little riddles in them for fun and mental exercise. In fact, I'll include one for you now!"
Chewing on his tongue and squinting, Eric pushed his mind into overdrive and produced a beauty of a riddle on the spot:
"Windeth I / Towarde the skye
I haveth an eye / But blinde am I"
Pleased with his linguistic talents, undoubtedly matched by no one, Eric then asked his potential love-conquest:
Can you get the answer to that? In case you can not, the correct answer is "my erect penis." I hope you enjoyed that; I do this sort of thing all the time."
Eric exhaled slowly and rubbed his belly. It was growling and no doubt wanted its nightly bottle of Jgermeister. He decided to finish up the email in anticipation of the coming alcoholic stupor.
Well I don't want to make this email too long -- I have a lot of responsibilities in real life to deal with. My role-playing group is coming over and we are spending the next week holed up in the forest near my home in character playing out a possible scenario from Beowulf. I need to get dressed up and I can not find my bear-claw mittens
Eric wondered how to wrap up the email, something that would hook the lady on him and make her want more...
I hope we can meet and have sex. Despite my cerebral palsy, I am a monster in the sack! Maybe you'll get to see for yourself, LOLOLOL! ;-)
Love,

Eric S. Raymond

Troll 129 of 211 from the annals of the Troll Library [slashdot.org].

[ Reply to This ]

firstish? (Score:0)
by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 22, @01:39AM (#6013326)
In other news dogs and cats are now really friends!

Can I make it four in one day?
I do the club scene a lot, some say I am a good dancer. I enjoy having a few drinks, usually ale or mead, and I have been known to cause a scene now and then...
Eric paused, breathing heavily. He'd never done this before and he wanted to make sure all of his best qualities were included in this email...
I am a geek, to be frank, and I enjoy hacking UNIX and maintaining Open Source programs such as Felchmale^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HFetchmail and a bevy of FAQs regarding 386 sound internals and role-playing games. I've been doing this for 15 years though I've never held a job in my life.
Eric wondered if this woman he had found on match.com would be impressed with his talents. He decided to put more detail into the message.
I recently drove 24 hours straight, with but two stops for gasoline, from Pennsylvania to Kansas City in an effort to destroy my two arch-nemeses. I would have succeeded except that I blew a head gasket as I was about to shoot one of them from my moving car on Route 69. I am an excellent shot and love guns in general.
ESR pondered for a moment, wringing out his soaked handkerchief, and continued with his typing.
"So what languages do you know? I fancy myself quite an accomplished amateur linguist and know Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic inside and out. I often compose little riddles in them for fun and mental exercise. In fact, I'll include one for you now!"
Chewing on his tongue and squinting, Eric pushed his mind into overdrive and produced a beauty of a riddle on the spot:
"Windeth I / Towarde the skye
I haveth an eye / But blinde am I"
Pleased with his linguistic talents, undoubtedly matched by no one, Eric then asked his potential love-conquest:
Can you get the answer to that? In case you can not, the correct answer is "my erect penis." I hope you enjoyed that; I do this sort of thing all the time."
Eric exhaled slowly and rubbed his belly. It was growling and no doubt wanted its nightly bottle of Jgermeister. He decided to finish up the email in anticipation of the coming alcoholic stupor.
Well I don't want to make this email too long -- I have a lot of responsibilities in real life to deal with. My role-playing group is coming over and we are spending the next week holed up in the forest near my home in character playing out a possible scenario from Beowulf. I need to get dressed up and I can not find my bear-claw mittens
Eric wondered how to wrap up the email, something that would hook the lady on him and make her want more...
I hope we can meet and have sex. Despite my cerebral palsy, I am a monster in the sack! Maybe you'll get to see for yourself, LOLOLOL! ;-)
Love,

Eric S. Raymond

Troll 129 of 211 from the annals of the Troll Library [slashdot.org].

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firstish? (Score:0)
by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 22, @01:39AM (#6013326)
In other news dogs and cats are now really friends!

Can I make it four in one day?

And for his next trick... (2, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013367)

... a toilet whose water rotates clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere!

(don't bother replying with a debunk of the "Coriolis force" - I already know)

Immediate dissapointment (4, Informative)

Malicious (567158) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013380)

The first thing i would do having this invention in front of me, is to put a small floatation device (leaf, paper boat, etc...) at the bottom of the hill, to watch it float uphill.
Sadly, I would be completely dissapointed.

Re:Immediate dissapointment (2, Insightful)

D+iz+a+n+k+Meister (609493) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013409)

Yeah, I would have dipped my finger into the "upward" flowing water to see which side the water ebs on. :-(

Re:Immediate dissapointment (2, Insightful)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013529)

They have uphill waterslides that just shoot the water uphill. Why couldn't you build an uphill waterfall that way.. which would allow your boat to flow uphill.

Obligatory POV-Ray Reference! (4, Interesting)

PovRayMan (31900) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013383)

Check this animation out from an old IRTC round.

http://www.irtc.org/ftp/pub/anims/2000-07-15/h20fa ll.mpg [irtc.org]

(setting up a BT would nice for this so IRTC.ORG doesn't get bandwidth destroyed. I'd do it, but I should be really studying for final exams :-) )

Notes
http://www.irtc.org/ftp/pub/anims/2000-07-15/h20fa ll.txt [irtc.org]
Comments
http://www.irtc.org/ftp/pub/anims/2000-07-15/comme nts/h20fall.comments [irtc.org]

From here

http://www.irtc.org/anims/2000-07-15.html [irtc.org]

All credit for the animation goes to Joe Wise.

Re:Obligatory POV-Ray Reference! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013509)

MOD PARENT UP

this is a very cool video!

This Oracle ad is pissing me off (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013396)

That penguin drawing sucks cock. Why couldn't they just use the real logo? They're obviously anti-lunix, and should be removed from slashdot.
Oh wait, Micro$haft advertises here too.
Way to sell out to the almighty dollar, fools.

Re:This Oracle ad is pissing me off (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013433)

The al ighty ollar???

Oh I get it. Hahahahahah.

urinals (5, Funny)

scubacuda (411898) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013399)

Maybe he could make a urinal that does that.

Perhaps some sort of spinoff of Marcel Duchamp's 1917 work of "art" [the-artfile.com] .

Those crazy dadaists! [bbc.co.uk]

Re:urinals (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013456)

I'm guessing from your use of "quotes" that you have no appreciation for fine porcelain. And obviously you have no respect for the gentle stroke of a master urinating on fine porcelain.

You need to spend more time learning about high society and culture.

duh! (-1, Flamebait)

inviagrated_amnesiac (455650) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013407)

and I thought he had developed a holographic projection system in his garden! looks lame.

Wow! Can you just imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

ScottGant (642590) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013415)

a Beowulf cluster of these badboys!

Maybe... (-1, Offtopic)

RdsArts (667685) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013431)

But only in Soviet Russia, you insensative clod!

This is really neat. (0)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013418)

I always was fascinated by Escher when I was a kid and I still love to just stare at his works for long periods.
It's the only exercise my brain gets outside of /.

I will be building one of these in my backyard..
Totally cool..

Re:This is really neat. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013437)

It's the only exercise my brain gets outside of /.

My sympathies, really...

that's pretty damned cool... (3)

Machine9 (627913) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013438)

Just to counter-balance the usual array of cynical and downright unfriendly Slashdot responses, I'm gonna say:

That's pretty well done! of course it's a trick, but it's one I haven't seen before, AND it's a *good* trick!

Obvious... (1)

Echnin (607099) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013440)

I want to be floating upstreeeeeeeam.

Yes, I know that's impossible with this mechanism, but it'd be cool.

This Bring Back Fond Memories... (4, Interesting)

istartedi (132515) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013441)

This brings back fond memories of an illusion I first saw when I was a kid. I saw it in Springfield Mall. It was put on by a plumbing contractor, or a hot tub installer, or somebody like that.

It was a faucet, seemingly suspended in mid-air, with an endless supply of water coming from it.

I marvelled at it for several minutes, pondering how it could be done, yet my child's mind, while knowing it wasn't real, was beyond fathoming any art or science that could accomplish this.

Leaning closer to inspect it, my suspicions were aroused by the strange apparatus in the catch basin, but I still needed a full explanation from an adult:

All you do is run a pipe up to the faucet. The pipe supports the faucet. The faucent contains a concavity that directs the water to flow in a hollow cylinder that hides the pipe and completes the illusion.

You can buy table-top models of this, with yellow-dyed water flowing into a mug of beer.

Kudos to this guy though, for taking the concept and wedding it to Escher in a novel way.

Re:This Bring Back Fond Memories... (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013481)

I recall seeing a gas company booth at a local fair, that had a flame burning from a horizontal ring suspended in a clear plexi box.

The ring was suspended by 4 small clotheshanger-diameter sized wire bars that had the ends running through the walls of the box.

The walls were freely accessible, and the top was open so you could see inside. No other tubes or wires were evident. As a kid, I suspected trickery.

Now, after years of drinking and drugging, trying to escape the unfathomable mystery of the unsolvable corundrum haunting my every waking moment, I know what it was.

THE DEBIL! IT'S THE DEBIL! YER THE DEBIL!

Another cool idea... (1)

dh003i (203189) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013449)

How about a statue of two hands molding eachother, demonstrating the wonderful concept that we all mold our own fate? You know, like Escher's picture of two hands drawing eachother [stif2.mhn.de] ?

Or what about a room of relativity, where one person's stares going up are another person's stares going down? [ex-cult.org]

Nope. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013464)

How about not, mkay?

Slashdot = Apple advertisement (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013460)

Why is there 2 iPods stories a day here?

Water Flowing Upward??? (1, Funny)

NeoMoose (626691) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013476)

In other backwards news: Duke Nukem Forever will be released next month!!!

BBC Slashdotted? (1)

statusbar (314703) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013498)

Very impressive!

--jeff++

Sure makes.. (0)

[cx] (181186) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013499)

Canoeing up river easier, when can we incorporate this model into our new age WonderCanoe that will take us beyond the milky way??

Cease and Desist (4, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013502)

Dear Mr. Dyson, We, the FBI, have become aware of your projects. We understand that you have been reverse-engineering water, and this is in violation of the DMCA, PATRIOT, and PATRIOT II acts. You have been flagged for interrogation as a potential terrorist. Until you can be brought in, you are asked to cease all water reverse-engineering. Sincerely, Agent J. Mehoff

Probably just another hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013518)

iLoo with water flushing uphill? nah.....

Dyson didnt invent this , Derek Phillips did ! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013546)


If you RTFA

Derek Phillips, the Dyson engineer who spent 12 months building the feature, told BBC News Online that his head was spinning when he was given his brief.
"James came up to me and said he wanted this idea to make water go uphill. My initial reaction was to look for Paul Daniels' phone number. But I've had to become a bit of an illusionist myself."

so i think the credit goes to Mr Phillips for actually pulling it off, Dyson loves taking credit for other peoples work

Not to be a grammer nazi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013550)

but should it be "is reporting" instead of "are reporting"? Something about matching singular/plural? I only ask because I have an english test coming up and if I'm wrong could someone explain why?

Nice for your home garden (2, Interesting)

MikeyNg (88437) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013557)

That thing would look awesome in your garden. I'd buy one. (If I had the money, and if I had a garden to put it in.)


I'd also want to put one of those non-linear water wheels. You have buckets on a wheel and they get filled up by a source of water. As they fill, they begin to rotate the wheel. However, the buckets have holes on the bottom. This causes the water in the buckets to flow out. What results is a wheel that moves in a decidedly non-linear fashion. That'd be a nice companion to the Escher waterfall. :)

Water Bongs (3, Funny)

RightInTheNeck (667426) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013564)

The story leaves out that after the reporters were done taking pictures for the day, he put the big glass bowl centerpiece back in the middle and he showed them what it was really built for. Its rumored that everyone lost thier lighter.

Re:Water Bongs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6013575)

Reverse Gravity Bong???

Unfortunatly... (1, Funny)

Zep1a (632445) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013568)

According to my supervisor, shit still does, in fact, flow down hill. Zep--

And for his next trick... (3, Funny)

arpy (587497) | more than 11 years ago | (#6013573)

And for his next trick, maybe he could do a mini "hell freezing over".

Hey, then we'd all get laid! Quick, where's his phone number?

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