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(My Fox DC)   The first photographs of snowflakes, taken by a farmer in 1885 when he rigged up a microscope with a bellows camera, are up or sale   (myfoxdc.com) divider line 60
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2010-01-21 08:10:57 AM
"...he did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years"

With a nickname like "Snowflake Bentley" you pretty much have set the bar pretty high.
 
2010-01-21 08:30:08 AM
"Bentley's photos don't meet modern standards because he was "working with crude equipment," said Kenneth G. Libbrecht, who has written seven books on snowflakes "

Not just two or three. Seven books. On snowflakes.
 
2010-01-21 08:32:59 AM
Are they precious?
 
2010-01-21 10:13:07 AM
ElPresidente: Are they precious?

I'm guessing they're going to sell for quite a bit.
 
2010-01-21 10:15:20 AM
John Paul Jones: "Bentley's photos don't meet modern standards because he was "working with crude equipment," said Kenneth G. Libbrecht, who has written seven books on snowflakes "

Not just two or three. Seven books. On snowflakes.


The Inuits have over 250 words for books on snowflakes. Meetleoh, gnueelicaya, boring, useless, tinder, wipage, doorstop, garbage, yawner, addum to naseum ... well, you get the point.
 
2010-01-21 11:03:55 AM
benlonghair: ElPresidente: Are they precious?

I'm guessing they're going to sell for quite a bit.


*facepalm*

Precious snowflakes. (See numerous Fark headlines passim.)
 
2010-01-21 11:44:48 AM
That headline needed more work subby. Have the corrections on my desk in the morning.
 
2010-01-21 11:45:08 AM
Why are they all hexagons?
 
2010-01-21 11:45:53 AM
FredaDeStilleto: "
With a nickname like "Snowflake Bentley" you pretty much have set the bar pretty high.


www.tvland.com

He's just as God made him.
 
2010-01-21 11:47:17 AM
Or are they?
 
2010-01-21 11:48:22 AM
KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?
 
2010-01-21 11:48:30 AM
Moar pictures of snowflakes coming right up!

i.zdnet.com

Oh, wait...

/hot like fry grease
 
2010-01-21 11:54:28 AM
How precious!
 
2010-01-21 11:54:29 AM
zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?


Maybe we should send this over to Fark Politics. Even if nobody knew I'm sure it would quickly spark a fierce debate about something.
 
2010-01-21 11:54:50 AM
Looks Shopped.
 
2010-01-21 11:55:14 AM
Anyone notice the star of David in the 7th one? Coincidence, or conspiracy?
 
2010-01-21 11:57:23 AM
zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?


The water molecules in an ice crystal form a hexagonal lattice due to the atomic makeup (H2O).

Those pictures are pretty cool.
 
2010-01-21 11:57:45 AM
Great Scott!
 
2010-01-21 11:58:21 AM
KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I think it has something to do with the shape of a water molecule. One oxygen and two hydrogens joined at a certain angle. When they form a water crystal, they arrange into a hexagon, with an oxygen at each corner. In three dimensions, they pile up into the shape of a hexagonal crystal.
 
2010-01-21 11:59:37 AM
RIP Snowflake

www.corinaharold.com
 
2010-01-21 12:00:08 PM
zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?


Try this (new window).
 
2010-01-21 12:01:27 PM
vodka: zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?

The water molecules in an ice crystal form a hexagonal lattice due to the atomic makeup (H2O).

Those pictures are pretty cool.


No I actually think those are Jewish snowflakes
 
2010-01-21 12:01:46 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-01-21 12:02:46 PM
Attention Whore of Babylon: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I think it has something to do with the shape of a water molecule. One oxygen and two hydrogens joined at a certain angle. When they form a water crystal, they arrange into a hexagon, with an oxygen at each corner. In three dimensions, they pile up into the shape of a hexagonal crystal.


Why are they all flat (2-dimensional)?
 
2010-01-21 12:02:55 PM
Attention Whore of Babylon: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I think it has something to do with the shape of a water molecule. One oxygen and two hydrogens joined at a certain angle. When they form a water crystal, they arrange into a hexagon, with an oxygen at each corner. In three dimensions, they pile up into the shape of a hexagonal crystal.



That makes sense. What I've always wondered is why they're symmetrical. Once the snowflake starts growing, how does the "left" side of the flake know what the "right" side of the flake is doing?
 
2010-01-21 12:03:02 PM
If I was a snowflake I'd be an inverted pentagram, because Satan and shiat.
 
2010-01-21 12:04:55 PM
siyuntz: Attention Whore of Babylon: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I think it has something to do with the shape of a water molecule. One oxygen and two hydrogens joined at a certain angle. When they form a water crystal, they arrange into a hexagon, with an oxygen at each corner. In three dimensions, they pile up into the shape of a hexagonal crystal.

Why are they all flat (2-dimensional)?


They aren't. While the basic shape is hexagonal, the overall shape of the snowflake depends on the temperature at which it forms.
See the "Snowflake Primer" I linked to, above.
 
2010-01-21 12:06:06 PM
ScottRiqui: Once the snowflake starts growing, how does the "left" side of the flake know what the "right" side of the flake is doing?

SNA
Snowflake Nucleic Acid.
/lives in Jericho, VT.
 
2010-01-21 12:06:08 PM
ScottRiqui: What I've always wondered is why they're symmetrical.

They aren't. This guy only photographed the pretty ones.
 
2010-01-21 12:08:05 PM
ScottRiqui: That makes sense. What I've always wondered is why they're symmetrical. Once the snowflake starts growing, how does the "left" side of the flake know what the "right" side of the flake is doing?

He photoshopped it.
 
2010-01-21 12:08:14 PM
This man was lucky he lived in his time instead of ours.

Today, if a parents group got word that he was taking photos of snowflakes... well, you can just imagine the lawsuits.
 
2010-01-21 12:08:56 PM
Zootsuit: anybody know?

Usually different crystaline compounds will have reasonably unique and reproducible crystal shapes based on how the molecules like to stack together. The molecules making most crystals have a tendency to fit together in a very specific way to get the most out of bonding interactions and minimize unfavorable ones, and as they grow while repeating this pattern a certain shape for the overall crystal will result. You could think of it as using differently shaped bricks to make differently shaped houses. For instance, some compounds repeatedly make squareish crystals (table salt), some make crystals that look like like diamonds, others are like long needles. An inorganic chemist or googler could probably ramble off a list of specific examples.
 
2010-01-21 12:11:50 PM
KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

Ancient Jewish Sectret.
 
2010-01-21 12:12:25 PM
So tragic....like grampa used to say,"Live by the snowflake, die by the blizzard"

That's how he rolled.
 
2010-01-21 12:12:50 PM
burgle23: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

Ancient Jewish Sectret.


/derp
 
2010-01-21 12:16:55 PM
theoneontheleft: Zootsuit: anybody know?

Usually different crystaline compounds will have reasonably unique and reproducible crystal shapes based on how the molecules like to stack together. The molecules making most crystals have a tendency to fit together in a very specific way to get the most out of bonding interactions and minimize unfavorable ones, and as they grow while repeating this pattern a certain shape for the overall crystal will result. You could think of it as using differently shaped bricks to make differently shaped houses. For instance, some compounds repeatedly make squareish crystals (table salt), some make crystals that look like like diamonds, others are like long needles. An inorganic chemist or googler could probably ramble off a list of specific examples.


Google "Herkimer diamond."
 
2010-01-21 12:28:11 PM
give me doughnuts: zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?

Try this (new window).




This is why I read Fark every day. Wonderful obscurity.
 
2010-01-21 12:29:14 PM
"Weeks after the book's publication, Bentley, walking through a blizzard, caught pneumonia and died. "

In the end . . . the snowflakes got their revenge, and the old bastard got what he had coming.
 
2010-01-21 12:30:06 PM
shirtsbyeric: vodka: zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?

The water molecules in an ice crystal form a hexagonal lattice due to the atomic makeup (H2O).

Those pictures are pretty cool.

No I actually think those are Jewish snowflakes


Are you sure? I'm no expert, but it looks like they all have all their tips to me.
 
2010-01-21 12:30:32 PM
FTA:

"By jury-rigging a microscope with a bellows camera, Bentley was able to capture for the first time the exquisite delicacy of a snowflake."

Jury-rigging? What, he was in court?

Or just trying to find a PC way to state "Gerry-rigging," which once the Germans lost their loathsome status in the US was changed in most lexicons to "N-word-rigging" or something like that
 
2010-01-21 12:33:00 PM
mrgromit: FTA:

"By jury-rigging a microscope with a bellows camera, Bentley was able to capture for the first time the exquisite delicacy of a snowflake."

Jury-rigging? What, he was in court?

Or just trying to find a PC way to state "Gerry-rigging," which once the Germans lost their loathsome status in the US was changed in most lexicons to "N-word-rigging" or something like that


Wait.. the Germans lost their loathsomeness?
 
2010-01-21 12:34:34 PM
Perducci: This man was lucky he lived in his time instead of ours.

Today, if a parents group got word that he was taking photos of snowflakes... well, you can just imagine the lawsuits.


Lewis Carroll got away with it...
 
2010-01-21 12:40:09 PM
i649.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-21 12:49:57 PM
mrgromit: FTA:

"By jury-rigging a microscope with a bellows camera, Bentley was able to capture for the first time the exquisite delicacy of a snowflake."

Jury-rigging? What, he was in court?

Or just trying to find a PC way to state "Gerry-rigging," which once the Germans lost their loathsome status in the US was changed in most lexicons to "N-word-rigging" or something like that


The construction "jury-rigging" predates "jerry-rigging" by at least a century, and thus would be the more correctest one to usify.
 
2010-01-21 12:53:09 PM
dittybopper: mrgromit: FTA:

"By jury-rigging a microscope with a bellows camera, Bentley was able to capture for the first time the exquisite delicacy of a snowflake."

Jury-rigging? What, he was in court?

Or just trying to find a PC way to state "Gerry-rigging," which once the Germans lost their loathsome status in the US was changed in most lexicons to "N-word-rigging" or something like that

The construction "jury-rigging" predates "jerry-rigging" by at least a century, and thus would be the more correctest correctamungustist one to usify.


pet peeve
 
2010-01-21 01:00:03 PM
I believe Jury-rigging is an old nautical term for a makeshift sail.
 
2010-01-21 01:04:12 PM
Jury mast FTW. From the early 1600s. Maybe from the Old French aujurie meaning "aid".
 
2010-01-21 01:10:14 PM
vodka: zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?

The water molecules in an ice crystal form a hexagonal lattice due to the atomic makeup (H2O).

Those pictures are pretty cool.




But,But, I thought they were the tears of the ice goddess, as the sun melts her away!
 
2010-01-21 01:14:57 PM
KudaMuda "Why are they all hexagons?"

There are three answers to that question:
1. Ancient Chinese Secret
2. Sacred Geometry
3. because I said so
 
2010-01-21 01:33:10 PM
zootsuit: KudaMuda: Why are they all hexagons?

I was wondering the same thing. Anybody know?



Intelligent Design.


/snicker
 
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