Distributed squirrel cage for parallel processing

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Distributed squirrel cage for parallel processing

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Doug sent in this cool project he did (partly) with a laser cutter! Distributed squirrel cage for parallel processing

Humans are invited to write obessive thoughts on scraps of paper, deposit them in squirrel cages, and turn the crank, thus offloading the actual work of obsessing to the mechanism. This cutting-edge apparatus applies the latest techniques in distributed, massively parallel processing to the age-old problem of broken human minds.

The squirrel cage designs are based on photos I took in the eastern Upper Peninsula in Michigan. The sources are: a grape arbor made from saplings, an unidentified tentacle fossil, seed pods, a waterfall, flowers, unidentified footprints in sand, a coral fossil.

Distributed Squirrel Cage for Parallel Processing was created for a show at the indomitable Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vermont. Pics and videos from the actual show coming in October!

Special thanks to Richard McMaster for his tireless cutting, gluing, and staining of the squirrel cages.

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