http://staff.science.uva.nl/~erikv/ ) article from earlier this year which explains all these pictures.
His recent and brilliant paper "On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton" (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1001.0785) is horrific in scope, and utterly original, yet building on predecessor's work!
Google him as well to see positive and negative reactions. It is fascinating! And (of course, given the topic) heavy reading!
I don't realy understand how his theory of information/data density and grouping has anything to do with these pictues. If anything, that theorie should prove the earth actualy is a 'ball' :/
Unfortunately, falling water, like in those pictures, has everything to do with gravity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floods_in_the_Netherlands).
Still, Verlinde's theory is just so cool. Gravity is not an effect, just a side effect, much like inertia, IIRC.
Thank you for that paper! ^^,
However my dad said to me "Have you read this?" and so I read it :')
And I am no cheesehead -_-