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|We Hold These Things to Be Self-Effluent|
The technology is old hat but the interface is nice: Streamlets by
Moren Vi. The tool is a flattened grey ellipsoid, palm-sized, with
water intake slots on the bottom. It comes with a bucket. You drop the
ellipsoid into a pool or pond -- it looks like a stone on the bottom.
Then you grab a bucketful of water, walk uphill, and pour it out;
anywhere that will flow downhill to the pool. The bucket leaves
short-life persistent fields in the water, which track the flow. The
tool then propagates a narrow, non-visible field tube up to the point
of origin -- the point where the bucketful of water hit the ground.
That's all you need. When activated, the tool pumps water up the tube. Since it's following a path of least resistance, the water will pour downhill along the same path; the tube is covered and hidden, entirely unnoticeable unless you feel for it. The effect is water bubbling up out of nowhere and flowing down into your pond. If you poured the water into a depression, it will fill and smoothly overflow -- the source won't even be a visible disturbance.
You can have any number of flow-tubes. Control points on the ends of the tubes let you change the flow rate. The logic is fairly good; we were able to fling bucketfuls of water high onto a wall, or even onto the ceiling, although such waterfalls required a high flow rate to look natural. Altogether, a handy and flexible architectural tool.
|Fads of the Weather|
Umbraqua -- an umbrella-handle containing a tool which projects a
disc-shaped field, a meter wide, with a low rim. The disc is adjusted to
remain horizontal, regardless of the orientation of the handle -- except
that if you move the handle sideways, the disc tilts. What's the point?
The point is, you can pour water into the field, and it will stay there.
An inch-deep disc of water above your head, which can't slosh out no
matter how you yank it around; the tilt of the field always compensates
Press a control point on the handle, and a delicate, cooling mist spills down through the field.
|Less than Explicable|
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There has not, to date, been any further explanation.
All together now:
Solarrery is a new sculpture in Eastedge Park. The artwork consists
of narrow columns, all through the vale at the park's center, and
lining the hill-rims around it. At the top of each column is a glass
sphere -- half transparent, half dark glass, with a mirrored disc at
the interface. Each sphere rotates slowly.
The spheres do not all rotate at the same rate, nor on a common axis. But they are synchronized to all reach a common facing at exactly noon each day. The resulting reflections converge on a ten-meter-wide stone plaza at the bottom of the vale. The momentary bright spot burns a permanent mark into the plaza. (Not, of course, with unaided solar heat. The mirrors are decorative, not elements of a solar oven! The plaza detects the bright light and discolors itself. Actually, the sculpture's logic can mark the spot even on a cloudy day -- although it uses a visibly different color for the burn.)
Thus, the plaza will form a solar lemniscate, over the course of the year (even showing the weather, to some extent). At the end of the year, the sculpture will be concluded and the pillars and mirrors removed.
Lesser reflection-conjuctions occur every hour, although these leave no permanent trace.
|Life of the Mind|
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