post thanksgiving hanging-out with family and odin decides he wants to build a card house. he’s pretty good at building them as we’ve been doing it for many years, but i was skeptical he could build one sturdy enough to stay standing after stacking magazines and books on top of it.
i thought it would topple after the first magazine. nope. ok, but surely it wouldn’t remain standing under a thin book and a magazine? it stood. how about a magazine, a thin book and several hundred pages of theodore roosevelt’s “the wilderness hunter”? IT STILL STOOD!
at this point everyone was so amazed that the dogs had to come check out what was going on. it did not still stand.
( he’s looking a serious here because it’s the fourth shot i’ve taken and he’s a little Over IT. )
no, i’m not talking about the new netflix “house of cards” “television” series. i mean the old school house of cards build from playing cards. odin has been building them for years and for the most part the design have been somewhat traditional.
but today dreamed up a whole new design for card house. visually it’s quite a stunning design and, truth be told, i have no idea how he built it.
i’m not sure how functional it would be to actually live in, but that’s besides the point. think of it as card house art with a modernist architectural inspiration 🙂
if you’re really, really old, you might recall life before video game consoles. a simpler slower, time when on gray, cold mornings you might see a deck of cards and spend hours finding different things to do with it, like building a house of cards.
i can actually recall spending many such mornings in my youth toiling away at building card houses so amusing to see odin has developed a similar interest.
this design by Odin the Engineer might look a look slap-dashed together but it’s remarkably sturdy and, most importantly, resistant to having a small collapse bring down the entire structure.
next, Odin the Engineer went on to experiment with multilevel structures which are quite challenging but no match for odin’s patience and persistence. it really is a great way to test your fine motor skills!
after hours of building card houses, Odin the Engineer invented a way to demonstrate the domino effect with cards by figuring out how to line the cards up so that they would stay standing until he tipped the first one over which would tranfer it’s energy to the next one would would tip over and transfer it’s energy to the next one and so on and so forth.
it’s quite a clever design – i think we’ll have to buy a few more decks of cards to see how long a chain reaction he can make.