This is the most amazing thing on the Internet today.
In “Millefiori” artist Fabian Oefner mixes watercolors with ferrofluids to create bright fluid microcosms. Each photograph represents an area about the size of a thumbnail. Ferrofluids contain iron-based nanoparticles suspended in a carrier fluid and thus respond to magnetic fields. They can form sharp points, labyrinthine mazes, or even brain-like patterns depending on the magnetic field and the substances surrounding them. For more on this art project, see this interview with the artist. (Photo credit: Fabian Oefner)
Luckily for us there are things like fuckyeahfluiddynamics.tumblr.com. I mean SRSLY, what would we do without it. It’s actually quite beautiful and just goes to show us that not EVERYTHING can be photographed with my iPhone. ( More on that sooner or later. )
But I have a soft spot for the “fuck yeah” blogs. It’s sort of a genius hack of tumblr as a curatorial platform. Similar to Pinterest’s “boards” which have their own spirit of collecting/curating, it’s just high level categorization. You can put whatever you want before the .tumblr.com part, and thats sort of like your first pass at organizing your thoughts.
Don’t forget, you can make as many blogs as you want on tumblr, so long as the one you want isn’t taken already. Not only that, but you can also allow others to contribute to your tumblr in a number of ways which makes them not unlike Pinterest boards if you really think about it.
Albeit, I found this image in my Tumblr Dashboard, which I don’t look at too often, unless I’ve been really thinking about or missing tumblr for some reason. But it’s that customization of viewports that I think is really interesting.
When I first joined tumblr, like five minutes ago ( jk ) I spent most of my time reblogging stuff I found in my stream. I realized this was kinda odd. It’s like you go through the process of following all the things you find interesting, and then when you are ready, you click like or reblog on all the things you are comfortable letting other people know you’re interested in. As if to say “hey, I’m in to this kinda stuff, how about you?” But at the same time you’re hiding away all the stuff you’re REALLY in to. You know… in your stream.
I call this “like button pressure.” You really think about what to like, what to ignore, what you wish you could “dislike.” This is all relevant to you when you are living on the web. I find it incredible stressful.
What will Joe-Blogger think if I click “like” when he posts about his dad passing away? Is it more appropriate to “share” or “reblog” sad news? Ugh, here we go again.
And, as I’m typing this, I’m looking up at these amazing images from fuckyeahfluiddynamics and just remembering why I started writing about them in the first place. You HAVE to click like, you HAVE to reblog that shit! You just have to. It’s right there for you, featured in tumblr’s sidebar. It’s so whimsical and fascinating, and unbelievably, all by itself, unlocking the mysteries of the universe.
Tumblr did that for us, and then all of us just helped, and now, it’s part of me, part of my own cultural currency, sitting there, just waiting to be re-blogged again.