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This is a metaphor for how cultural, technological, and scientific changes happen

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 01, 2017

Advances in culture, technology, and science depend on past innovations and advances. Humans become capable of more and more as the momentum of knowledge grows. Lined up correctly, a tiny domino results the toppling of a massive domino further down the line.

Endless robotic loop of a toy train

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 26, 2017

This video of robot continuously building a looped track in front of a toy train is definitely a metaphor for something. Procrastination? Living paycheck to paycheck? Life with small children? I don’t know, but it makes me SO ANXIOUS! Why does it wait so long to place the next section of track?!! I couldn’t watch for more than 10 seconds or so.

See also the chase scene from The Wrong Trousers. (via @MachinePix)

Snooooooow! Traaaiiiinnnnnn!

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 16, 2017

When the first train rolls into the station after a big snowstorm, you’d best stand well clear. This was the Rhinecliff Amtrak station in New York.

Darth Vader opens Wall Street

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 22, 2009

Darth Vader and a number of Storm Troopers from the Star Wars Saga rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

(via @kngofwrld)

Mark Twain, illuminated

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 03, 2009

From a 1895 article called Tesla’s Osillator and Other Inventions, a photo of Mark Twain with one of Tesla’s marvelous contraptions.

Twain in Tesla's lab

Overloaded truck

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 30, 2009

Speaking of, here’s another good one:

It's full of people. People!

Took me awhile to realize that truck is carrying more than just baggage.

On their way

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 30, 2009

This is a good image to formalize a new kottke.org tag: this is a metaphor for something.

Donkey Car

(via shorpy)

Another photo analogy

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 20, 2002

Inspired by the photo I posted the other day about the state of the Web, a reader sent me this photo summing up how he currently feels about software development as an industry.


How I feel about the Web

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 18, 2002

This photo sums up how I feel about the Web right now.