The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Just leaving it here… as, well, it is Star Wars… and it looks pretty radical.
I loved reading about the Antikythera Mechanism years ago in the flawed but interesting Fingerprints Of The Gods written by Graham Hancock. A recent post from the Smithsonian piqued my interest and suggests that the clock had gears which represented all the visible planets. Check out the article over at the Smithsonian Online.
Many moons ago, a young technologist would have perhaps seen the odd sci-fi movie, stared in wonder at a robot of some kind and pondered, “how can I make that?” A short conversation with an elder later, they might have found themselves entrusted with a copy of the Maplin’s catalogue, marvelled at the future hinted at on the cover and leafed through it to be assailed by myriad arcane serial numbers to byzantine artefacts whose purpose could only be guessed. If that young person were very lucky they would have someone to show them at least the first steps on a path towards creating an electronic automaton. The vast majority would however have none of this, as shown by the dearth of Engineers Britain is creating, electronic or otherwise. Fast forward twenty or so years, and the conversation becomes:
Here is an Arduino, contained in this box is everything that you need to know to start creating electronics which could help you understand the world.
From Hard Ticket To Hawaii… not sure what I just saw…
I love the fact that we still have the Deep Level Shelters in London. Amazing engineering, would have been cool to look around.
Currently in the process of putting some modular synth noises together, was browsing some ring modulator sites and found this. Another reason to love the BBC!