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 on: October 15, 2018, 01:27:36 PM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by paxl13
Would be cool to explore what could be done with asymetric thowable tops.. My late father did sent me that link a long time ago. I never made the connection that it could be use to have some fun. The other thing could also be to create closed top with different density...

Anyway so much fun to have If I had a 3d printer... Maybe one day:)

 on: October 15, 2018, 01:19:54 PM 
Started by Larry D. - Last post by jim in paris
Dear Don
i wish you a happy birthday and hope to meet you in the future


 on: October 15, 2018, 01:06:39 PM 
Started by mailman - Last post by mailman
Is it possible to create a virtual bibliography of top-related books to post on the forum, perhaps as a sticky?

I've enjoyed reading about several such books in recent posts, and would be interested to know about others.  Having a convenient reading list would make the search for these things easier....

 on: October 15, 2018, 01:03:13 PM 
Started by Larry D. - Last post by mailman
Happy Birthday, Don!

 on: October 15, 2018, 12:36:42 PM 
Started by Larry D. - Last post by ta0

 on: October 15, 2018, 12:33:48 PM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by ta0
Thanks for posting this Mike. Although I had read somewhere that Kafka had written a story named The Top (Der Kreisel) I never came around to reading it.

The philosopher should have learned Big Scoop if he wanted to hold the knowledge without destroying it  ;D

 on: October 15, 2018, 12:13:34 PM 
Started by Larry D. - Last post by Larry D.

Happy Birthday Don!

Wishing you many more to come! 8)

 on: October 15, 2018, 11:25:30 AM 
Started by ta0 - Last post by Renee
[Admin Edit: merged with previous thread]

Interesting video and short article about spinning asymmetric shapes. 

 on: October 15, 2018, 11:13:32 AM 
Started by Jeremy McCreary - Last post by Renee
John Perry's book is available free as an ebook at the Gutenberg Press website.

 on: October 15, 2018, 11:05:25 AM 
Started by the Earl of Whirl - Last post by Renee
Here's the text of the story.

The Top, by Frantz Kafka

A CERTAIN PHILOSOPHER used to hang about wherever children were at play. And whenever he saw a boy with a top, he would lie in wait. As soon as the top began to spin the philosopher went in pursuit and tried to catch it. He was not perturbed when the children noisily protested and tried to keep him away from their toy; so long as he could catch the top while it was still spinning, he was happy, but only for a moment; then he threw it to the ground and walked away. For he believed that the understanding of any detail, that of a spinning top, for instance, was sufficient for the understanding of all things. For this reason he did not busy himself with great problems, it seemed to him uneconomical. Once the smallest detail was understood, then everything was understood, which was why he busied himself only with the spinning top. And whenever preparations were being made for the spinning of the top, he hoped that this time it would succeed: as soon as the top began to spin and he was running breathlessly after it, the hope would turn to certainty, but when he held the silly piece of wood in his hand, he felt nauseated. The screaming of the children, which hitherto he had not heard and which now suddenly pierced his ears, chased him away, and he tottered like a top under a clumsy whip.

Translated by Tania and ]ames Stern

Taken from The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka

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