Make Your Own Dodecahedral Calendar

Found this cool site today that allows you to select an download a PDF of a dodecahedral calendar. Obviously you have to print it and build the dodecahedral yourself. I thought what the heck I can do that, so I did.

There are two types of dodecahedron that you can choose from; the regular or the rhombic. I just chose the regular. Then you can select the year you want, the language (anything you care to name here) and the day the week starts on and hit the download button.

Download the PDF and print it out onto regular A4 paper (not letter – it does not fit). It is recommended that you use regular 80gsm paper. But for the extra challenge I printed it out on 110gsm Parchment Paper. It added a nice touch and I don’t think it made it more difficult.

Once printed cut it out, the instructions are on the print out.

Now the tricky part, fold it and glue it. Stapling just won’t cut the mustard so don’t attempt that. Now there a a couple of tricks here that will help you out.

  1. When you fold the tags in make sure they stick out not in. That way it makes it easier to press them in, especially considering the next tip.
  2. There is one “side” or “face” that you will notice has no folded tabs on it. Leave it till last. The reason being is that you need to stick your finger through it to press on the last few sides.

Once the glue dries, set it on your desk and admire it. I was surprised at the strength of it. I would guess that a lot of that lies in the actual structure and not much on the glue, but pretty cool.

Okay so that’s the art lesson for today and a great way to waste 1/2 hour. You could always get creative and edit the PDF to create something other than a calendar; here are a few suggestions:

  • Print some photo’s on the sides
  • Make your own RPG dice
  • Get the kids involved and have them “decorate” them before you make the dodecahedral
  • Make about 5000 of them and line a room to make your own studio
  • Attach pins from the inside to make a lethal office warfare weapon

Here is my effort, now go make your own!

odecahedral calendar

Artwork of Leonardo da Vinci: All in One Place

I think that this  is absolutely brilliant. I have only ever seen drawings by Leonardo da Vinci here and there, maybe a book cover in recent years, or on a DVD case, a textbook cover and such. I have never seen a whole collection of his drawings in one place.

I am not sure if this is a definitive collection. It seems rather small if it is. But then again considering my exposure it could well be! But it is a very nice collection of drawings. You can click on images for a larger version. Or if you are so inclined you can download the whole lot as a .zip or .tar file. Not sure about copyright there so be cautious as to how you use them. The site also looks to be regularly updated with an update as recent as the 25th of February 2007.

I know that there a few here that I have never seen. I have an keen interest in the medical drawings, they are super, and very accurate considering the period they were drawn. Leonardo was a true genius and this is a window into that mind. A very nice diversion indeed.

Has anyone thought of making a website devoted to the works of our greatest historical geniuses? I can see a possible niche there for a social network or site of devotees, something. Whatever it was could be as cool as.

Leonardo da Vinci Drawings Screenshot

Wikipedia for Your Desktop

Here’s something I did not know about the wonderful Wikipedia. I might be talking about something that is as old as last years news. But it is news to me.

Wikipedia as you may or may not know is a top source of reliable information and facts, a free on-line encyclopedia. But did you know that they also have a category entitled: Wikipedia featured desktop backgrounds? Well they do and while not the definitive source of desktop backgrounds, they are fairly good and one or two might be your taste and it is cool that it is Wikipedia.

For the pictures to get into this catagory they have to have three qualities:

  1. Wikipedia Featured Pictures or Commons Featured Pictures
  2. They are big enough to be used as wallpaper
  3. They have an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 5:4

There are currently 96 files listed for use. Covering all tastes and genres there are some interesting science based ones and arty type ones for those inclined. Something for everyone.

By the way something else I noticed is that Wikipedia has cracked the 1 million dollar mark and some in their fund-raising! Amazing.

Wikipedia 1 million

 

Wikipedia Featured Desktop Backgrounds Screenshot