Clique-y

This is kind of creepy, when you think about it:

Miss Cellania’s explanation:

Thirty-two metronomes are started off in pretty much random beats. Over time, they sync up with each other, sort of like the positive feedback resonance people on a walking bridge experience, which has caused troubles in the past. See, the surface they sit on is suspended, so that each device’s “bounce” affects the others. Watch the pink metronome on the right, second row from the front. It tries to maintain its individuality, but even he eventually bows to the pressure of the sympathetic vibration on the suspended surface and falls in line with the horde.

Obvious metaphor is obvious.

(Via The Daily What Geek.)







5 comments

  1. Joan of Argghh! »

    29 September 2012 · 4:33 pm

    Nah. All the mets are set with their weights at the same center of gravity. I’d like to see the same experiment done with truly individual settings for each one.

  2. CGHill »

    29 September 2012 · 5:17 pm

    But.. but that’s inequality! You can’t do that!

  3. Brett »

    29 September 2012 · 11:26 pm

    I played with this idea as it relates to relativism and absolute truth:

    http://friarsfires.blogspot.com/2012/09/synchronicity.html

  4. Bayou Renaissance Man »

    30 September 2012 · 11:56 am

    Around the blogs…

    Dustbury demonstrates (in video form) what happens when clicks form a clique…

  5. Jennifer »

    30 September 2012 · 9:47 pm

    I see how that happened, and yet, still ominous.

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