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Radially symmetric self-organizing behavior in juvenile canids
January 26, 2013 8:58 AM   Subscribe

Puppy pinwheel [SLYT]
posted by moonmilk (29 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interestingly, they circle the other way in the southern hemisphere.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:08 AM on January 26, 2013 [11 favorites]


We need to reproduce this experiment with Australian terriers.
posted by moonmilk at 9:12 AM on January 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Emergent properties are Sqeee!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:17 AM on January 26, 2013 [7 favorites]


I don't know why this is so funny, but it is.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:19 AM on January 26, 2013


Honestly this video wins dog videos. It would be up there if it were a bunch of Scottie puppies just drinking milk in a totally mundane, rotationally neutral way, but this is unstoppable.
posted by invitapriore at 9:25 AM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's fractal scotties all the way down!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:26 AM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


An excellent visualization of the theory that if everyone gets a fair chance, things work.
posted by uncaken at 9:27 AM on January 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


I can't get past the weird naming scheme of these completely adorable puppies.
posted by jeather at 9:37 AM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


The best part is the mostly-synchronous tail wags.
posted by COBRA! at 9:39 AM on January 26, 2013


Mandatory viewing for all cat people. Self included.
posted by DoubleLune at 9:42 AM on January 26, 2013


Dog moves in mysterious ways.
posted by MuffinMan at 9:48 AM on January 26, 2013 [8 favorites]


It's Busby Berkely, with dogs!
posted by mudpuppie at 10:01 AM on January 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


She canna' go any faster, cap'n!
posted by dhartung at 10:09 AM on January 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yeah, jeather, they almost had a theme going there.
posted by moonmilk at 10:14 AM on January 26, 2013


WAGGY PUPPY BUTTS
posted by elizardbits at 10:23 AM on January 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Where can I get a copy if this "Gospel of Nigel" see implicitly refers to? Sounds gnostic.
posted by rh at 10:35 AM on January 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have completed my frame-by-frame analysis of this video, and believe I can set forth the cause of this phenomenon. The Scottie Pinwheel starts out in a relatively stable formation, until at 0:15, we see a laggard Scottie puppy approach the pinwheel from the southwest and push his way in, causing the puppy to his left to move leftward, which causes the puppy to HIS left to move leftward, thereby setting off a Scottie Puppy Chain Reaction.
posted by HotToddy at 11:10 AM on January 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Busby Barkley.
posted by zippy at 11:12 AM on January 26, 2013 [8 favorites]


Am watching this with the Nichelle Nichols disco cover of the Star Trek theme song, from a few links up the front page, as a soundtrack. Oddly hypnotic. I recommend.

p.s. PLEASE CAN I HAVE A SCOTTIE NOW
posted by gusandrews at 11:53 AM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


For some reason, I thought it would go better like this
posted by evilangela at 12:35 PM on January 26, 2013


Wonder how much the shape of the bowl influenced the self-organizing. Further experiments needed.
posted by Soliloquy at 1:23 PM on January 26, 2013


I tried this with a mobius strip-shaped bowl of goat milk, but my puppies ended up with inverted chirality and now I have to have their dog food synthesized in a bioreactor. It's very expensive.
posted by moonmilk at 1:44 PM on January 26, 2013 [6 favorites]


On the plus side, their poops smell like hot asphalt now.
posted by moonmilk at 1:45 PM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


tc;dw ...Okay, I did watch it. And, yea, it was too cute. Nice. Get the feeling that those dogs are in good hands.
posted by Bartonius at 2:58 PM on January 26, 2013


so um, do they go the opposite way on the other half of the hemisphere?

:)
posted by fuzzypantalones at 3:56 PM on January 26, 2013


Where can I get one of these bonsai Scotties?
posted by arcticseal at 6:13 PM on January 26, 2013


If you only had four of them, the video would be illegal in Germany.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:31 PM on January 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Squee! Scotties!
posted by SisterHavana at 7:05 PM on January 27, 2013


Squotties.
posted by moonmilk at 6:51 AM on January 28, 2013


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