Minecraft players have used the platform to recreate Hyrule, map out King's Landing from Game of Thrones, and build in-game Rube Goldberg devices to explain updates. All of these things fly way over my head in terms of not only logistics, but creativity and patience as well.
The newest use of Minecraft to grace the interwebs is so beyond me that it actually makes my head hurt. Some creative, patient soul has created a functioning scientific/graphing calculator in Minecraft.
YouTube users SgtGodswordBerserker is the brain behind the operation.
Specs: 6 digit addition and subtraction, 3 digit multiplication, division and trigonometric/scientific functions. (The reason these are only 3 digits is because multiplication and division would take a long time to decode/complete/encode. Also, the fraction display is hard enough to build for 3 digits, let alone 6 - 6 digit RAM would not only be massive, but a bit pointless since the curves follow the same pattern surrounding the peaks.). Graphing y=mx+c functions, quadratic functions, and equation solving of the form mx+c=0.
Check it out:
Most YouTubers and redditors are pretty impressed - to say the least. The top YouTube comments, however, says "I watched it in 1080p but it still looks really blocky." Don't want the guy to get too proud of his accomplishment.
All I can think about is time. Just how long this took the guy to complete. You can say that people fritter and waste their hours on the interwebs, but don't you dare say that some of the denizens of the internet are anything less than brilliant.[via reddit]