Yesterday The Curtain Raiser has reminded that a well-versed blogger should celebrate the first blogging anniversary.
I hit the Publish button first on March 2012, 24, so I should consider writing something pivotal in three days.
But I am not there yet, rather the opposite. Having just announced on Twitter and Google+ that my posts might gravitate around cybersecurity and hacking infrastructure … I need to digress before I even get started(*), that is: I need to post something that deserves being tagged with the label ‘weird’.
(*)Meta-digression: This is semi-conscious plagiarism or an homage to the intro paragraph of Mark Sackler’s post – accidentally that post was about the pleasures of analyzing searches. Yet, this post of mine is NOT about search term poetry.
It is about the meaning of life – in order to provide you with more spiritual content after some of my brave readers have waded through two previous posts on gyroscopes, Coriolis force and toilet flushes. Today the elkement blog was already hit by the search term:
to flush the toilet
Before my official bloggiversary, I should seriously ponder about why I am blogging at all. My brain is stuffed with hacked smart meters and forces acting on kitchen sinks, so I cannot come up with an insightful explanation of my own.
Thus I am really happy that somebody else has put the answer into a drawing already – note the nice icon at the top of the pyramid:
[Comment from the future – 2019: This has aged well. The link is broken, and I cannot recall what it was about exactly. I think something about WLAN being at the top of needs. It was a flickr link I captioned with: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, & the Social Media that Fulfill ‘Em. Shared on Flickr by Erica Glasier (Licensed under CC). But funny Maslow hierarchies have become a genre of memes – so leave this blog and google!]
Adding some more serious comment: The hierarchy of icons depicted resembles my personal ranking of social media sites, with the notable exception of Google+ missing.
Browsing and skimming websites and social media has re-wired my brain that is now subject to all kinds of strange associations and connections, similar to random hyperlinks. Search terms do inspire me, too. The second best search term of today was
patent perpetuum mobile
Musing about the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything – and about impossible machines – I cannot help but remember a particular, fascinating machine that has no purpose whatsoever. A story that needs to be shared with my global audience.
I had seen this machine live a few years ago. The Austrian creator / artist – Franz Gsellmann was a farmer who had been fascinated by machinery ever since. Having read a report on the Atomium presented at the World Exhibition 1958 he started crafting a this machine – basically anything you can find in a typical home and that can be made moving, sparkling or tinkling when connected to electrical power.
Here is the machine in action – Gsellmann called it the “Weltmaschine”, World’s Machine (?). I am not not sure if there really is a translation that has the same connotations.
There is no version with English subtitles so you miss the explanations on the origins of all the parts integrated into this machine. But I think images speak for themselves. The creator tinkered with the machine for 23 years.
Of course the title was an allusion to Needless Things by Stephen King.