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"We turn the cube and it twists us."

Today's Google Doodle, in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube. — a fully functional, animated Rubik's Cube. [Click here for the interactive version.] [Related]
posted by Fizz on May 19, 2014 - 27 comments

Now we just need to put a mime in there...

This is what happens when you build a cube out of one-way mirrors. From an industrial design collective called Numen/For Use.
posted by jacquilynne on Mar 28, 2014 - 14 comments

Cube

Cube: A Video About Video Game Graphics
posted by flatluigi on Feb 8, 2014 - 19 comments

Jim Henson's lost Tale of Sand, in graphic novel form by Ramon Perez

Let's think back to the 1960s, when more people were writing surreal, paranoid themes. Now place Jim Henson in that context, and you get Time Piece (YouTube, excerpt; behind the scenes clip, YT). Add in collaboration with writer (and puppeteer) Jerry Juhl and you have The Cube (YT, full film), as well as the setting for the hypnagogic story of a man pursued in the desert, called Tale of Sand. This was first written up as a screenplay and pitched as a movie in the late 1960s, then revised and re-pitched in 1974. But no one bit, so the screenplay was shelved, and then Jim gained fame for Sesame Street and The Muppets. Elements of Tale of Sand appeared in The Muppet Movie (YT, full movie) and other places since then, but the work was largely unseen and forgotten. Jump ahead three decades, and the Henson Company teams up with Archaia, first releasing Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal comics, then digging in the Henson Company vault to bring Tale of Sand to light with cartoonist Ramón Pérez. You can see a preview of the graphic novel on Graphicly (including a nice dynamic display) and Amazon (static images, but more pages in the preview). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2013 - 8 comments

To die for

Behold Jennifer Asperheim's dice collection.
Look at Joe Barberchecheck's dice collection.
Ogle Justin Michell's dice collection.
[WARNING pictures of thousands of dice, I wouldn't visit on anything other than a desktop machine.]
Bonus: World’s Oldest d20.
posted by unliteral on Feb 28, 2013 - 20 comments

Lego beats Man

CubeStormer II solves the Rubik's Cube puzzle faster than the human world record. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Nov 30, 2011 - 30 comments

MagicCube5D

In the spirit of taking things too far, here is a fully functional 5-dimensional analogue of Rubik's cube.
posted by Trurl on Sep 12, 2011 - 50 comments

Big Kids Will Love Them Too

"Cubelets is a robot construction kit; by combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex behavior." Watch the Cubelets Engineering Prototypes demo (1.01) on Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 24, 2011 - 14 comments

Feeling a little...claustrophobic?

"Elevated" (part 1, 2), a short film about three people trapped in an elevator, by Vincenzo Natali, director of Cube and Splice. With bonus Spanish subtitles.
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 comments

"But to want to repeat the Cube - that is not the way to live." - Erno Rubik

Every position of Rubik's Cube™ can be solved in twenty moves or less.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Aug 9, 2010 - 50 comments

Meet the Intimidator

The Intimidator was created by Michigan machinist GarE Maxton. Here's his portfolio. (Previously.) [Via MAKEblog.]
posted by GrammarMoses on Jul 28, 2010 - 21 comments

If you watched PBS as a kid, Al Jarnow's animations blew your mind.

Al Jarnow had been exploring time and space in his panoramic paintings when a friend suggested he try animation. From experimental films (Cubits) he went on to create shorts for Children's Television Workshop that were seen by millions on Sesame Street (Yak, Orange, Floor Tiles, Block City, Perpectives, Put Your Litter in the Can, Real Cats Drink Milk) and 3-2-1 Contact (Facial Recognition). One standout is Cosmic Clock, which speeds us through time much the way the Eames' Powers of Ten speeds us through space. Along with his collected works on DVD, Numero Group has released the half-hour documentary Asymmetric Cycles: The Work Of Al Jarnow. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on May 18, 2010 - 8 comments

Rubik's Cube Solver

Is this the first ever LEGO/Nokia Rubik's Cube solver?
posted by nam3d on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 comments

Rubik's Cube Puzzle

Already solved the Rubik's Cube? Try to solve a rubik's cube mosaic puzzle then!
posted by Smaaz on Mar 8, 2009 - 18 comments

2222 Holes

Jared Tarbell is a computer artist whose Gallery of Computation has been previously featured on Metafilter . Several years ago he began working with the Epilog Mini 24 laser cutter, cutting out flat cardboard pieces and assembling them into complex geometric shapes. His Flickr set “lased” documents his work. Recently he made the transition to a more traditional artistic medium; oiled walnut , for his stunning piece 2222 holes.
posted by Tube on Feb 19, 2009 - 23 comments

The Cubic Permutations of Curtis Steiner

Curtis Steiner is a Seattle businessman and artist who operates a local gift shop. Both his home and his shop have garnered positive press, but his greatest artistic achievement may be his piece entitled 1,000 blocks, which explores the permutations of the six facets of the cube.
posted by Tube on Dec 21, 2008 - 30 comments

Gleaming the Cube

Dave Bollinger is a computer artist that specializes in geometry. He creates both still images and short videos. Some videos are silent, like this unusual Pac-Man homage, and some have soundtracks. Some are in black and white and some are in color. His Flickr photostream categorizes still images by style. His current fascination seems to be with cubes and cubic lattices.
posted by Tube on Nov 27, 2008 - 5 comments

Keep your cool

levelHead is a spacial memory game by artist Julian Oliver, using a hand-held solid-plastic cube as its only interface. On-screen each face of the cube contains a little room, each of which are logically connected by doors through which you guide your character. Take a look at a demonstration or build your own levelHead setup.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 10, 2008 - 6 comments

Online Virtual Rubik's Cube.

Bored? Here's an online virtual Rubiks cube for you to play with. Stumped? Here's a step by step guide to solving the damn thing. And here's two more, previously.
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 7, 2007 - 8 comments

And she doesn't even get out of her baby chair.

114 seconds.
posted by phaedon on Apr 13, 2007 - 31 comments

Postcards from Gitmo

Gitmo in Black and White. Some great photography with narration and chilling stories from the Gulag at Guantanamo Bay. (Has sound. Maybe NSFW, if your workplace is squeamish about our foreign policy)
posted by nevercalm on Mar 22, 2007 - 15 comments

Burning the Cube

Dear Dan, I am writing this memo to explain what happened to the case our NeXTCube Computer, Serial Number AA001032....
posted by casarkos on Jan 11, 2005 - 20 comments

COW! CUBE! COWUUUBE!

The Zoology Dragon. "Rather than, as has previously been thought, a slow process of evolution, we now know that all animals were created by the Zoology Dragon. Unfortunately, we also know that the current Zoology Dragon is a bit shit." [Flash.]
posted by homunculus on Feb 9, 2004 - 10 comments

Rubik's Rubicon

I'm starting to think I was only one to ever buy a Rubik's Clock. The hours I spent trying to work it out, the effort I put in, whilst all along there's a simple solution to the infernal thing. While we're on Rubik's games, this man with an audiacious mullet has lots of tips on solving them, and another man can solve the Rubik's Cube in 16 seconds (.mpg file). Impressive, although his social life must have suffered...
posted by wibbler on Sep 28, 2003 - 16 comments

Astor Place Rubik's Cube

Astor Place Rubik's Cube.....for those that have been to Cooper Square in NYC you've surely seen the mysterious cube (scroll down). well, these guys turned that mysterious cube into a Rubik's cube in a prank much like something we've seen on cockeyed.
posted by oliver_crunk on Sep 13, 2003 - 10 comments

Aardappel's tiny game engine

Aardappel's tiny game engine Cube is a tiny game engine (8 Mb) hosting a singleplayer/multiplayer first person shooter game.
Note well: the engine is still in beta stages, and also VERY different from any fps engine you have seen before. Failure to read the documentation in its entirety may cause you to: Coolest feature: the ability to "edit" the world, to add or remove architectural features and power-ups, on the fly, in the middle of a multi-player game.
posted by otherchaz on Jan 31, 2002 - 4 comments

I guess this cube wasn't sufficiently assimilated.

I guess this cube wasn't sufficiently assimilated. . . . and I was just about to break down and buy one to replace my old 300/G3.
posted by fpatrick on Jul 3, 2001 - 30 comments

Woah.

Woah. Apple dropped the price of the Cube to $1300, released iTunes 1.1, and just started selling the strangest looking iMac you've ever seen.

Now I want a Cube, a G4 Powerbook, a G4 tower, *and* an iMac.
posted by jragon on Feb 21, 2001 - 43 comments

Cube Co-lo

Cube Co-lo I have no idea how I came across this but, does anyone else find this as amusing as I do? I am just imagining rows of racked cubes.
posted by brian on Oct 27, 2000 - 1 comment

AT LAST!

AT LAST! Someone found a practical use for the new Apple Cube.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Sep 4, 2000 - 8 comments

Anyone want to see the inside of a Power Mac G4 Cube?

Anyone want to see the inside of a Power Mac G4 Cube? Look at the size of that heat sink! (Scroll down a bit.) I guess that's what you have to do in order to avoid fans.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Aug 22, 2000 - 4 comments

The Borg have sent a gift to Earth

The Borg have sent a gift to Earth The much rumored Apple cube seems to be real. Apple Insiders has just posted what looks to be a promotional photo of the new computer. Looks pretty cool. Not sure why there are vents on top but still, I wouldn't mind having one.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Jul 18, 2000 - 22 comments

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