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The Fantastic Gravity Well Marble Machines of Larry Marley

Since 2016, artist and woodworker Larry Marley has been building and designing an annual ‘Gravity Well Marble Machine’. With each successive version, the design gets more ambitious and elaborate. From the satisfying sound of metal on wood to the hypnotizing path from start to finish, these wonderful contraptions are a delight to watch. Most works begin as a series of thumbnail sketches. Once a design is clear, a full size mechanical drawing is made. Then critical dimensions can be measured and entered into a software application he created to process…

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When You Realize the Concert Crowd is a Cotton Harvester at Night

Photograph by @micah.b.horn on Instagram At first glance you might think you’re looking at a huge concert crowd but it’s actually a photo of several industrial cotton harvesting machines at night. The photo was taken by @micah.b.horn on Instagram and the image quickly went viral after being posted on reddit. Don’t feel too bad, a programmer had the brilliant idea of running the photo through Google’s Cloud Vision API and even the machines were fooled! The top three results were ‘crowd’, ‘festival’ and ‘stage’. Ran the image through Google Cloud…

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