The circles were meant to represent electron orbitals. And Tungsten’s atomic number is 74. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine. This is the sort of thing that happens when I stare at my computer for too long.

Steve Zissou: “Ned, how many fingers am I holding up?”

Ned Plimpton: “I don’t know. That’s not my job. Too many to tell. How many finger…”

Steve Zissou: “He’s gonna be just fine.”

Bill Murray & Owen Wilson – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified & embellishedΒ  in Adobe Photoshop


71 thoughts on “Tungsten

  1. Intriguing, SIG. Is the cord made of Tungsten perhaps. Or, maybe there are 74 curls in the cord. Fascinating. Or, there they have no relationship whatsoever. I’m sure there is a term for this but I can’t put my finger on it. You have me guessing. Well done!

    • Now you have me very curious about how many curls there are in the cord, B.F! I’m very tempted to start counting! Except I’d probably wind up with a bunch of marks on my computer monitor and inaccurate results! Still… so very tempting!
      One… two… three…

    • Thank you so much, Dishy!
      This was one of those things that was just kind of… kind of… yeah.
      But I figured… well… I’m not really sure what my thinking was here! Yeah.

    • Thank you, sir!
      I was okay at science when I was younger… well, the life-sciences / Biology, etc. I had a more difficult time with Chemistry and sciences that required more involved math.

  2. Interesting shot. Your mind works in mysterious ways.

    I was also admiring your choice of WordPress tags. I usually go for “humor” – rather cliche, so I’m always looking to expand my circle of readers. Do you find a lot of readers seeking to share your interest in the “filament” category?

    • Hahaha… ‘mysterious’ is a very kind way of putting it, Peg… I thank you for that!
      Well… you know… with stats like mine. It’s all an experiment, really. SCIENCE!

  3. I also like Syncopated Eyeball’s album cover idea. Go figure that tungsten was just the right thing for light bulbs, huh? I like the word tungsten but I also like its other name, wolfram. I’m not sure how you get two such different terms for the same thing, but whatever.

  4. I was never good at any of the sciences. I spent all my time thinkin’ but it wasn’t about what the teachers were teachin’.
    Can you make jewelry out of Tungsten?
    Great pic Robert.

    • I don’t know, Bo… I suspect you’re selling yourself far too short again!
      I was okay at Biology / Life Sciences… but the stuff that required heavy math was a bit brutal. And by a bit, I mean a LOT.
      Hmm… a very good question! I wish I had the answer for you! All I know is that if it can be done, you would be the guy who could do it!

    • I thank you, sir! This was one of those pieces I had about a million different versions of at one point…
      I really have to work at my graphic design (I’m afraid it often shows up with pieces like this feeling a bit labored), but I’m working on it!

  5. I like this one SIG
    but I was being careful
    as I expected a few
    arrows to whizz past
    as I was viewing it πŸ™‚

    Like the Strongbow ads…


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