Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.
Tripedal to the Metal
That’s some loco motion, huh? Found this neat little GIF showing how an ant’s legs move at a full gallop. While calmly strolling though the picnic grounds, ants have five of their six legs at a time in contact with the ground. But when it’s time to put the (tiny) pedal to the metal, they change their gait to this alternating tripod motion.
This pattern isn’t controlled by the insect’s brain, but rather by bundles of neurons in the leg called central pattern generators. While moving at such a clip, it just so happens that three legs is the minimum number it needs on the ground at a time to balance its rigid exoskeleton without toppling over.
Is that part of the reason that insects have six legs and not another number like four or eight? Or did the gait evolve to match the hardware? My guess is the latter, but I am not sure. What say you, insect folks?
(GIF via NC State University)
directinghector & Alex —
Fans will have the opportunity to build Westeros from the ground up, starting with a first layer of 1000+ jigsaw pieces. The second layer features 200+ jigsaw pieces that replicate the 3D landscape from the show’s opening credits, while the third and most exciting layer is the multiple painted miniature 3D replica models of the famous cities and castles, including King’s Landing, Winterfell, Eyrie, the Wall and many more. This puzzle comes loaded with information and fun facts about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
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