The designer (http://zelfkoelman.com/) is Dutch, and the name is actually a pun in Dutch. The word 'Ferrolic' is pronounced almost the same as the Dutch word 'vrolijk', which means 'happy' or 'joyful'.
As the site says, the device can only withstand a few months of sustained use - which is a pity.
EDIT: Thanks, jpatokal, that cleared things up.
As a practical demonstration of this, there's an ancient ferrofluid exhibit (80's?) at a local science museum. While the fluid itself kinda-sorta "works" in that you get the pretty spiky shapes when zapped with an electromagnet, the edges and bottom of the glass case are thickly coated in viscous black gunk.
I think that the ferrous particles in ferrofluids are mere particles. They'd have to be very, very small to be classified as nano, and we've seen before that making particles of an ordinary material that small can change its properties, ala "transparent titanium dioxide".
I think it's a pretty useless expensive gimmick created out of toxic materials to excite the numb neurons of the bored inhabitants of the digital realm for 2 minutes or so.
Then we'll all forget about it and move on to the next thing.
I'm already looking for something else :).
I go through this phase after a startup or project that I've been working on is over. Without a project to focus on, I see the world as it is - a sharade of people bullshitting each other and hiding from who they are.
I need a new project :).
That is no more as it is than anyone else's way of seeing the world.
You're simply seeing the world through the lens of your own discontent.
Go sailing. Learn how to carve wood. Make out with another human on a beach. Go take pictures in a foreign country. Learn how to play an instrument. Grow some vegetables. Volunteer in your local community. Go to a bookstore/library, pick a completely random fiction book, and force yourself to read it from cover to cover.
It gets better.
(I am experiencing a somewhat similar "phase" with codeshaman)
You gotta eat your vegetables.
(Damn, I sound so lost! :D)
P.S: Your comment on the Tinder topic a couple of days ago (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10019527) was spot on, you really nailed it. Thanks for sharing all these thoughts.
You are right again, it's a self fulfilling prophecy - the more you dwell on it, the more pointless the whole thing becomes.
But as sebkomianos said, it's like a vicious circle: In order to engage and find meaning I need to find meaning so I get inspired to engage.
The solution is, I guess, to pretend for a while and just do something and then it will start making sense again.
I'm doing that, trying to produce sparks to ignite the fire, I'm almost there....
What a boring philosophy.
Check out "Machine with Oil": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__GhJl_UQg0
"In the front, the display has a basin comparable to an acquarium in which Ferro Fluid can move freely. Behind the scenes powerful electromagnets enable Ferollic to influence the fluid’s shape, to pick it up and move it around. Both modules, the basin and the electronics, sit secure in an aluminium frame."
7500 EUR is what it currently costs: http://www.ferrolic.com/inquiries/
Try 'Tycho'. Samples:
Also check out 'Epic 45' and 'M83'
Boards of Canada: Dayvan Cowboy
Solar Fields: Reborn
Brian Eno: Music for Airports
And so forth, I have something of an incomplete playlist of similar 'ambient' http://audiosplitter.fm/playlists/ambient/2289864
* the game of life
* someone blowing smoke rings
* Robert Patrick from Terminator 2
* maybe a waterfall
Maybe this will be my next weekend project.
It would also keep the cats amused; like watching a fishtank for them.
(It might eat a cat or two.)