Columbia professor Douglas Irving Repetto designed this crazy looking project which allows humans to write obsessive thoughts on scraps of paper, deposit them in one of seven squirrel cages, and spin them round and round to let the machine obsess for them. Made with grape arbor, glue, rubber bands and a laser cutter, the apparatus utilizes "parallel processing to the age-old problem of broken human minds." Yeah, I'm not sure I quite get it either, but it sure is pretty. Check out Repetto's site to see a video of his Distributed Squirrel Cage for Parallel Processing in action! [Douglas Repetto via MAKE]
i had some friends who were really worried about a bunch of stuff they had no control over. so i had them write all the things they were worried about down, and put them in a sealed envelope. i then took the envelopes, and told them i would worry about the stuff for them. and they could have their worries back whenever they wanted them. no one ever wanted them back, oddly enough.
i like this version because it is more visual.