Please don’t give me a CURTA!

Designed by Curt Karzstark while held in Buchenwald concentration camp. This wonderful cross between a dalek and pepper mill is one of the the most powerfully compact mechanical computers in the world! This four-banger pepper mill can also perform square root calculation with some finessing. To add two numbers together, each must be entered on the […]

Escpaments: the various kinds

Galileo Escapement Verge Escapement Cross-beat Escapement Anchor Escapement Deadbeat Escapement crown wheel with deadbeat Pin wheel Escapement Detent Escapement Side Oscillating Escapement Cylinder Escapement Duplex Escapement Lever Escapement Grasshopper Escapement: spring, twin and single pivot Gravity Escapement Co-axial Escapement Constant Escapement Sources Escapments — Wikipedia Escapments —

How to Repair a Steam Locomotive

Nothing more amazing than the combination of skill and process. At 0:50 & again at 4:22 you see a man hammering a section of the locomotive, listening and observing each blow to determine the hidden qualities and strength. These technicians are the bridge between the medieval master artisan and the modern worker. While they are […]

Turning Machine

In 1936 Alan Turing invented a machine that could manipulate symbols on a strip of paper/tape according to a set of rules. This seemingly simple accomplishment (by today’s standard) set the groundwork for all future computer processing and algorithms. Turing never built the machine as the importance of this achievement was in conceiving the theoretical […]

Antikythera Mechanism

Travel back in time 21 centuries and create a machine that not only shows the position of the sun & moon as well as the other planets in the sky for centuries to come, but also predicts solar eclipses as well. And do that before before the invention of the modern gear. More info: World’s […]

Kinetic Sculpture Videos

Todd Dunning’s ‘Mount Rainier’ is welded steel creation with a heart. Bob Potts – Cosmographic Voyager Bob Potts – Avian Persuit Tom Shannon’s TED Lecture about his latest sculpture. The Famous Theo Jansen’s walking Strandbeest (and another TED lecture). Wired recently did an article about William Bondin’s kinetic sculpture called Morphs (mobile reconfigurable polyhedra). LINK Unlike […]