Archive for September, 2008

Riding the mechanical tiger Shiva

Sunday, September 28th, 2008




Belgian artist Kezanti has created a stunning mechanical tiger, Shiva.

Shiva has a 50 horsepower,4 stroke Rotax
liquid cooled engine,with 6 gears.
Walking on grass,Shiva reaches around 6 km/h

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Beautiful typewriter tins

Friday, September 26th, 2008

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Janine Vangool of Uppercase Gallery has posted a wonderful flickr set of her collection of vintage typewriter ribbon tins.

Poppytalk has a Q&A with Janine on her collection.

(thanks Susan!)

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The Corpus Clock & Chronophage (Time Eater)

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

The Corpus clock was unveiled friday by Stephen Hawking at the Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.




The clock features a beautiful “grasshopper escapement” styled as the Chronophage (Time Eater)

Dr Taylor, an inventor and horologist, has put 500,000 pounds of his own money and seven years into developing the clock, which has been inspired from a design by a clock made by the legendary John Harrison, the pioneer of longitude.

Of John Harrison’s many innovations, he came up with the ‘grasshopper escapement, explained Dr Taylor, referring to the device used by Harrison to turn rotational motion into a pendulum motion for timekeeping.

“No one knows how a grasshopper escapement works, so I decided to turn the clock inside out and, instead of making the escapement 35 mm across, it is 1.5 m across.”

He calls the new version of the escapement a Chronophage (time-eater) a fearsome beast which drives the clock, literally eating away time.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Vacuum tubes made by hand

Friday, September 19th, 2008

I love vacuum tubes. I since my mid 20s I’ve collected and used many different tube amplifiers from a vintage McIntosh MC240, a Dynaco ST-70 to newer Golden Tube Audio and Audio Electronic Supply amps. Even my CD player has a tube preamp built into it and I also have a nixie clock and even a hand blown custom light bulb.

To see all the steps in their manufacture and how easily one person preforms all the highly skilled operations is amazing.

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Alan Kay presenting Ivan Sutherland’s 1963′s Sketchpad

Sunday, September 14th, 2008


Alan Kay presenting in 1987 Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad – one of the most influential software programs in the history of user interface design. Entire video here

“I once asked Ivan Sutherland how could you have possibly done the first interactive graphics program, the first non-procedural programming language and first object oriented software system all in one year. He said, ‘Well, I didn’t know it was hard’”

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