Friday, April 26, 2013

Two Cool Things

Hubert Duprat took caddis fly larvae and let them build their cocoons with precious materials.  What if dragon young weren't lizards but grub-like things that did this?   (via Boing Boing)

This is a triple gear designed by mathematicians Saul Schleimer, Henry Segerman.  All three gears actually rotate.  Maybe the hearts of constructs look like this.  (via Metafilter)


  1. Those larvae make great treasure.

  2. The larvae idea would explain why dragons like to sit on treasure.

  3. The larva itself is the basis for the pokemon Pineco / Forretress and Burmy / Wormadam - Mothim, so my mind was already on pokermanz - but then you talk about a dragon which starts in a larval form, which puts one in mind of Trapinch / Vibrava / Flygon (or, if one wants to look at it crosswise, Dratini / Dragonair / Dragonite).

    Pokemon aside, bagworms are awesome. :D

    I love the idea of a construct's heart being some impossible gear. I'm definitely yoinking it.

  4. I love both of these. I have also thought of making dragons as larvae. At that stage they have the natural ability to absorb things from their environment. So young dragons become dragons of the same type as their parents because they are raised around them, but if you stole a baby dragon you could raise it in any environment of your choosing and cultivate it into whatever dragon you like. This isn't just for breath weapon elements either, they can absorb weird things like emotions, dreams, and political intrigue.

  5. That's pretty cool. Song dragons, wind dragons. And you can have any weird variety you can think of and keep the old standbys. Thanks.