Any kid knows NERF guns are a source of endless fun. Whether in a play room or a college dorm, you’re never far from a NERF battle. But have you ever stopped to think how those guns might work? Bill Hammack, a professor from the University of Illinois, is here to answer that question for you.
As Bill demonstrates, NERF guns depend entirely on air restriction to fire its foam bullets. With the help of a cleverly designed plastic trigger and a small spring, air inside the gun is compressed and then released. This compressed air shoots the NERF bullet out towards siblings and coworkers everywhere. So next time you find yourself caught in the middle of a NERF war you can take a moment or two to thank the wonders of engineering.
Labor Day has come and gone, and despite our best efforts to increase the temperature of the Earth, it’s only a matter of time before the thermometer starts dropping and people start getting pasty again.
For some, September represents the beginning of fall, but people in the know only recognize one season that matters: cuffing season — the time of year when certain people shift their focus from sleeping with as many people as possible to sleeping with one person as much as possible.
Unfortunately, locking down a long-term relationship is easier said than done, and if you’re serious about having someone to have sex with during the year’s colder months, you’re going to have to put in a little bit of effort.
This Cuffing Season Application is exactly the kind of innovation that I’m talking about. It might be a little blunt, but at least the guy soliciting potential partners is being upfront about his intentions.
I wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
“Myoung Ho Lee photographs solitary trees framed against white canvas backdrops in the middle of natural landscapes. To install the large canvases, which span approximately 60 by 45 feet, the artist enlists a production crew and heavy cranes. Minor components of the canvas support system, such as ropes or bars, are later removed from the photograph through minimal digital retouching, creating the illusion that the backdrop is floating behind the tree.
The series includes diverse species of trees photographed with a 4×5 camera in a variety of seasons and at different times of day. Mr. Lee allows the tree’s natural surroundings to fill the frame around the canvas, transforming the backdrop into an integral part of the subject. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s ‘portraits’ of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.”
What’s most intriguing about Lee’s Tree series is the way a simple white canvas backdrop isolates the subject from the rest of the landscape. Characteristics of the tree become more apparent and it appears flat and 2 dimensional, foregrounding what is normally background.