Brandon's Notepad

February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014: Manila 777, Dos-à-dos, Kalashnikov, Marbles, Phytoplankton

Model 777 Project
I used to spend hours building model airplanes, but never did I think of constructing a highly detailed Boeing 777 jetliner out of manila folders. That’s exactly what Mr. Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been doing with his spare time. The project is documented on Flickr and it really is quite amazing. His model is branded as Air India, but wouldn’t Philippine Airlines have been more appropriate?

Sixfold Dos-à-dos Binding
It’s six books in one, thanks to back-to-back binding. This inspires me to do the same thing with a bunch of Nooks and Kindles.

Kalashnikov Repents!
The designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, died just before Christmas. Months before, he wrote to the head of the Russian Orthodox church expressing concern over the state of his soul and his responsibility for the deaths of untold thousands of people because of his invention. He designed the AK-47 as a defensive weapon for the protection of Russia, though it (and its derivatives and clones) have been used by military personnel and terrorists in other eastern countries for decades.

How to Play Marbles
I needed to find the rules to marbles after some showed up in a Christmas stocking. There are tons of pages, but I like the classic cartoon look of this one.

Bioluminescent Phytoplankton on Maldive Beach
This is pretty. I’d love to visit the Maldives someday.

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