Zoetropia

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Now for something different: Recently, the website Colossal highlighted a new form of zoetrope, the centuries-old animation toy. Rather than using a flickering light, this zoetrope consists of a single 3D-printed shape that displays animation when light hits it from the side.

If that wasn’t strange enough, this illusion featured on Gizmodo consists of cutouts outside a cylinder that appear to be inside.

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32 thoughts on “Zoetropia

  1. Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    I always loved zoetropes and thaumatropes – all kinds of illusionary toys – thanks, Mike.

    • Phred's Mom July 15, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks for teaching me a new word.
      The English language is so rich, having
      been a word sponge for centuries. My
      favorite class in high school was philology,
      great fun. My teacher spoke Anglo-Saxon
      to us one morning and I fell in love.

  2. Duckie July 15, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Beautiful. Now I’m seasick.
    Is there an emoji for seasick?

    • allein July 15, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      🤢

      • Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 9:12 pm

        Allein, you are, as they used to say way back when, a panic.

        • allein 🌼 July 15, 2016 / 9:44 pm

  3. allein July 15, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Beautiful!

    • 6rabbits July 15, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      EXACTLY!!

    • Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      What’s “woah”? I know “whoa” but not “woah”.

      • Phred's Mom July 16, 2016 / 6:49 am

        There for while, “woah” replaced “wow” in popular usage.
        It has faded a bit. You’ll hear it out there among them English.

        • Murray C. July 16, 2016 / 11:15 am

          Thank you, Phred’s Mom, for enlightening me.😊

          • Phred's Mom July 16, 2016 / 11:26 am

            As you did me with “thaumatropes”.
            Your turn . . .

            • Murray C. July 16, 2016 / 11:36 am

              Oooh, a slapdown. I don’t really have tons of unusual words at my fingertips, tho’ I do love them. I have one that is particularly germain to me as a water instructor, from Old Scottish. It’s “curglaff”, meaning the “frisson” one feels as you enter cold water.

              • Murray C. July 16, 2016 / 11:40 am

                I think it should be “germane” – sorry. Didn’t give me time to edit! Waah!

  4. fkaWaldenPond July 15, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Magic! 🙂

    • murkle46 July 15, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      She’s a witch!Burn her!Burn her!

      • fkaWaldenPond July 15, 2016 / 8:41 pm

        But does she weigh the same as a duck?!

        • Kar July 15, 2016 / 9:07 pm

          She turned me into a newt!!

          I got better.

          • Muppet2171 July 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

            We did do the nose…and the hat. She has got a wart!

        • Duckie July 15, 2016 / 10:21 pm

          Huh?

          • Muppet2171 July 15, 2016 / 10:34 pm

            Go watch Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

          • Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 10:48 pm

            Yeah, me, too, Duckie. Wha’???? thanks, Muppet, I guess you’ve explained it. I even saw that movie and don’t know what’s going on. It has been a long time.

            • Muppet2171 July 15, 2016 / 11:02 pm
              • Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 11:18 pm

                Merci. In your general direction.😜

              • fkaWaldenPond July 15, 2016 / 11:25 pm

                It’s still magic though. 🙂

                • murkle46 July 16, 2016 / 3:08 pm

                  It is a wonderful effect,I agree.

        • Duckie July 19, 2016 / 1:48 pm

          Great. I’m a duck.

  5. Kar July 15, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Nerds are fun.

    I resemble that remark.

    • Murray C. July 15, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Oh, yeah. Me too.

      • fkaWaldenPond July 15, 2016 / 11:26 pm

        🙂

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