This week, we'll be giving out two prizes in our contest -- one to the first person to supply the correct answer, and one for the most creative (and wrong) answer. But we're getting ahead of ourselves, seeing as how we haven't told you the question yet. The question, obviously, is:

What is that thing?

The... thing at left is a small portion of a picture we like. Every day this week, we'll be posting a different piece of the image. For the correct answer, we'll need to know (a) what object the image depicts, (b) how the image was made, and (c) who made it. For the most creative answer... go wild! The prize is our new book, Scatterbrained. You've got until Friday night at 9 EDT.