Monday, 26 July 2010

Beautiful things (in no particular order)


Moon vase

Manta Ray
Anyone know of an aquarium with one?

Bamboo dragonfly a.k.a. bamboo copter
Invented in China 2,200 years ago, I had a plastic one as a kid with only a slightly modified design

A mathematician named Klein
Thought the Möbius band was divine.
Said he: "If you glue
The edges of two,
You'll get a weird bottle like mine."


Barkeria naevosa, I had one that died through over-watering :-( but not before my wife, S, made a beautiful
painting (will scan it someday)

Fan vaulting

"Gothic is living form" William Blake

VacuVin WineMaster corkscrew
(perfect marriage of form and function)

Diatoms (because small is beautiful too)

Gibson SG Double neck (to unleash the Jimmy Page in you). Has to be in cherry red of course.

SR71-Blackbird (if my father was Warren Buffett, this will be on my Xmas list)


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    In case you are not the owner of the photo, I would be very grateful if you would give me a contact to a person who could help me with this problem.

    With kind regards,

    Filip Teplý
    Filip Teplý, PhD.
    Group Leader
    Helquat Chemistry and Biology
    Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the ASCR, v.v.i.
    Flemingovo n. 2
    166 10 Prague 6
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