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Superplexus Circles, 24"
posted by Blazecock Pileon (30 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by leotrotsky at 12:21 PM on April 30, 2011


construction details
posted by leotrotsky at 12:21 PM on April 30, 2011


Gobsmacked.
posted by bonobothegreat at 12:22 PM on April 30, 2011


I own one of the original superplexii. It's pretty awesome and hard. Although I noticed one of my kids seems to have broken some of the internal bits. Grr.
posted by DU at 12:34 PM on April 30, 2011


OMG, he's selling them again now? With multiple skill levels? Yay!!!
posted by DU at 12:39 PM on April 30, 2011


That's freakin' cool.
posted by fartknocker at 12:40 PM on April 30, 2011


Wow. Consider me hooked. Just ordered an original Perplexus.. very much looking forward to the new difficult one.
posted by ReeMonster at 12:41 PM on April 30, 2011


Just watching the demo gave me a few very cool Escher moments... I'd love to play one myself. Lucky DU, lucky ReeMonster!
posted by likeso at 12:46 PM on April 30, 2011


It would be cooler if he made it out of toothpicks.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:58 PM on April 30, 2011


Difficulty Level: posted by lemuring at 1:02 PM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


So if I solve the superplexus at difficult setting, does this qualify as achievement porn?

Don't remind me of all the time I wasted solving the Rubik's Cube. Just don't.
posted by localroger at 1:11 PM on April 30, 2011


This is a very cool thing I knew nothing about.
posted by killdevil at 1:23 PM on April 30, 2011


He talks about gimbal lock but what he SHOULD be worried about is a problem with the Main Bus B undervolt.
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 1:31 PM on April 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


A Main Bus B undervolt? That's really serious. That could lead to a temporal decoherence on the primary injection beamlines causing a manifold feedback loop to the oscillation overthruster, which as you know is very bad.
posted by loquacious at 1:47 PM on April 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


Another cool thing you can do with gimbals; build a witches' cradle. Profoundly altered states of consciousness.
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:48 PM on April 30, 2011


gyre and gymble in ye wabe
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:56 PM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think he should make a puzzlebox.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:59 PM on April 30, 2011


I admit I was expecting something about wrestling.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 2:07 PM on April 30, 2011


It would be cooler if he made it out of toothpicks.
posted by DaddyNewt at 2:40 PM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's really, really cool.
(I expected wresting too)
posted by friendlyjuan at 2:41 PM on April 30, 2011


loquacious: "A Main Bus B undervolt? That's really serious. That could lead to a temporal decoherence on the primary injection beamlines causing a manifold feedback loop to the oscillation overthruster, which as you know is very bad."

Horsehockey. Old women like you are holding things back.

If you can stabilize things at an n-complexity feedback loop, you get a 97% increase in particle cascade strength from the overthruster, which we should ALL know means a substantial reduction in the energy usage for brane penetration.
posted by Samizdata at 3:03 PM on April 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


One can be yours for only $30,000 ! We have one of the plastic ones and it is pretty cool; I would love to buy a giant one for my daughter no matter how much I got chastised for spoiling her. Of course I would have together to play with it too. I guess I'd better start playing the lottery.
posted by TedW at 7:05 PM on April 30, 2011


I have an original superplexus, and wrote this article about them when a Chinese knock-off appeared on the market. I've heard that there's now a new version sans electronics for sale at Target, and looking at the creators website it looks like he's involved in its production! Hooray!
posted by luvcraft at 7:06 PM on April 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


looks like they're also available on Amazon.
posted by luvcraft at 7:08 PM on April 30, 2011


What's the Target version called? The one thing I don't like about the Superplexus is the superfluous electronics, plus, as mentioned, the kids seem to have broken some pieces. I could order from Amazon, but if I can get it without shipping (and maybe on clearance) more the better.
posted by DU at 7:12 PM on April 30, 2011


luvcraft: Yes, it appears they are. And yes, I just one-clicked. My sons and I thank you, BP. I had no idea this existed.
posted by The Bellman at 7:13 PM on April 30, 2011


@DU: same name: Perplexus. here's a giant list of vendors from the designer's website.
posted by luvcraft at 8:05 PM on April 30, 2011


I am not doing well. That was supposed to be a link to here.
posted by luvcraft at 8:07 PM on April 30, 2011


If you can stabilize things at an n-complexity feedback loop, you get a 97% increase in particle cascade strength from the overthruster, which we should ALL know means a substantial reduction in the energy usage for brane penetration.

Right, but as was dramatically proven during the demonstration by Johnny Rhode Island at the 1972 World Modular Synthesizer Conference in Vienna that's a really fantastically efficient way to attract the attention of Red Lectroids since the sawtooth of the sampled digital waveform required to control the loop at that scale causes severe aliasing and harmonic distortion of the brane construct. It's too much friction, man. It's like fingers on a blackboard to the Red Lectroid's graviton and tachyon detectors. They could pick it upon the edge of a black hole because they're looking for those kind of transients.

There's a reason for that massive pure analog power tap with capacitors the size of a really fat baby in Buckaroo's original schematic. You can't actually synthesize an analog circuit with a digital one. Even his targeting laser used a whopping old rectifier-and-diode-and-coil analog power supply because he didn't want any digital noise at all tainting the residual photons entangling with the brane penetration when the jet car broke through. "Nice and smooth," he said, "mellow."
posted by loquacious at 10:53 PM on April 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


loquacious: "If you can stabilize things at an n-complexity feedback loop, you get a 97% increase in particle cascade strength from the overthruster, which we should ALL know means a substantial reduction in the energy usage for brane penetration.

Right, but as was dramatically proven during the demonstration by Johnny Rhode Island at the 1972 World Modular Synthesizer Conference in Vienna that's a really fantastically efficient way to attract the attention of Red Lectroids since the sawtooth of the sampled digital waveform required to control the loop at that scale causes severe aliasing and harmonic distortion of the brane construct. It's too much friction, man. It's like fingers on a blackboard to the Red Lectroid's graviton and tachyon detectors. They could pick it upon the edge of a black hole because they're looking for those kind of transients.

There's a reason for that massive pure analog power tap with capacitors the size of a really fat baby in Buckaroo's original schematic. You can't actually synthesize an analog circuit with a digital one. Even his targeting laser used a whopping old rectifier-and-diode-and-coil analog power supply because he didn't want any digital noise at all tainting the residual photons entangling with the brane penetration when the jet car broke through. "Nice and smooth," he said, "mellow."
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Of course not. He needed a certain level of analog noise to factor in to allow for entropy. And I will agree the harmonic distortion is an issue. What I wonder is whether or not anyone allowed for the possibility of shifting the laser's bandwidth to reduce that. Of course, you could try synthesizing excited bromide in an argon matrix. Yes, it's an excimer frozen in its excited state, but you do start running into power and portability issues, not to mention the need for ongoing cooling.
posted by Samizdata at 1:42 AM on May 4, 2011


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