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SPECIAL   SNOWFLAKES

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posted by Toekneesan (25 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
https://gist.github.com/1508912
posted by cj_ at 7:20 PM on December 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


So if I post first, am I a special snowflake?
posted by BlueHorse at 7:20 PM on December 23, 2011


Curses!

*fist shake in general direction of cj*
posted by BlueHorse at 7:21 PM on December 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


HA HA.

/nelsonfilter
posted by Skygazer at 7:21 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


... be?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:25 PM on December 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Matty, can I get you a nog? Come, sit by the fire. We'll warm that chill right out of you.
posted by Toekneesan at 7:29 PM on December 23, 2011




Oh, alright. Jeez! Maybe I'd feel better if it would finally SNOW here in DC! Just make sure there's some 'kick' in that nog, mmmkay?

(also, I've never seen an actual snowflake... just those little tufts of white mush)
posted by matty at 7:31 PM on December 23, 2011


I was all ready to make borax snowflakes like in that first link, then the guvmint ruined it for me.
posted by mittens at 7:33 PM on December 23, 2011


Let it alone.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:34 PM on December 23, 2011


little tufts of white mush
that turn into slush
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:34 PM on December 23, 2011


What I do get when I click the last two links.
posted by francesca too at 7:35 PM on December 23, 2011


So then I can add a splash of this oak mellowed 20 year old Bourbon? Anyone else need anything?
posted by Toekneesan at 7:36 PM on December 23, 2011


Yes, that's right.
posted by mittens at 7:36 PM on December 23, 2011


I am a special snowflake
posted by adamrice at 7:39 PM on December 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃☃
posted by 1970s Antihero at 7:43 PM on December 23, 2011


have to favorite it for the way it's put together...
posted by blue shadows at 8:57 PM on December 23, 2011


Snowflake 0787 is exactly the same as Snowflake 0780.
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:38 PM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Really a cool post. Not that I am doing any Christmas craftyness, but some of this stuff is lovely!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 2:06 AM on December 24, 2011


The short film White by Vitùc (the 'A' of 'SPECIAL') was really good. Just some kids playing in the snow, but beautiful.
posted by cincinnatus c at 2:34 AM on December 24, 2011


I LOVE the snowflake cookies. They are so pretty.

(It's the snowflake link between "O" and "W" for anyone else who wants to check it out.)
posted by marsha56 at 3:59 AM on December 24, 2011


campaign for real snowflakes

Fuck, now I have to re-do my nails.
posted by odinsdream at 7:10 AM on December 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


From page 5 of the National Geographic link:

Interesting snowflake patterns require cold weather. Temperatures 50 Fahrenheit (minus 150 Celsius) or colder produce particularly interesting results, according to snowflake expert and Caltech physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht.

I really doubt that whopper of a mistake (both temperatures are dead wrong for snowflake formation; one too warm and way too cold) was made by Caltech physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht.

Really, NatGeo? Can't afford editors anymore?
posted by IAmBroom at 7:26 AM on December 24, 2011


Snowflake Field Guide
for those who don't like little surprises
Little Kairi will teach you how to make a crystal snowflake using Borax and boiling water, and then she will explain just how and why that worked.
The pioneering snow photography work of Wilson A. Bentley who once said: "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."
This National Geographic Article features the micrographs of Patricia Rasmussen.
Many of the remaining flakes feature the work of Caltech physicist Kenneth Libbrecht. This is a recent interview of him in the LA Times.
This is Professor Libbrecht's own site.
Here his work is featured on a Science Friday piece about snow.
If you just click one, click this one. It's a wonderous little film called White by Vimeo user Vitùc
Jim Reeves delightful little Country ditty called Snowflake.
Everything you need to know about making paper snowflakes.
Snowflake cookies!
A flash toy that makes pretty little virtual snowflakes you can email to friends.
Unicef's Snowflake project. An opportunity to help kids.
A story about the new snowflake button that's on YouTube frames through the holidays. It will make it snow in your movie.
The town of Snowflake, Arizona.
This is about the Snowflake crosses that adorn some of the churches of Eastern Europe.
This one was accidentally the same as the next. It's supposed to link to Kenneth Libbrect's book The Snowflake. I blame the Wassail.
This one is specialsnowflake.com (What?) but it could be the Web site for Specials Now F. Lake.
posted by Toekneesan at 7:58 AM on December 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm slightly disappointed that Every Snowflake's Different (Just Like You) didn't end up on this list.
posted by Katemonkey at 9:25 AM on December 24, 2011


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