Meccano

19 Feb 19
THE PLAY'S THE THING

“I’ve got two dads. The only thing the black one gave me was ethnicity”. David Judge grew up on the Wythenshawe council estate in Manchester as a mixed race kid with two white parents. SparkPlug is his autobiographical monologue, wherein he moves the narrative up a generation, telling his story from the perspective of his […]

18 Feb 19
The England Project

On the outskirts of Bolton is an amazing site.  The term ‘post-industrial’ might conjure images of derelict factories, exposed and rusting girders through broken concrete, weed-strewn and cluttered with debris.  No landscape can remain like that but to imagine Nob End during its industrial heyday is to pass through that state.  There are places – […]

16 Feb 19
trollheaven

Cybernetics provides a very good explanation about systems. The starting point of cybernetics is the so called governor which is a machine part of a steam engine. This part is important because it defines the connection of a machine to a higher purpose. But let us go a step back. Normal working machines have no […]

16 Feb 19
WGEH

Spin Master’s unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation and delivering fun to children around the world has created a legacy of industry recognition. This year marked a monumental milestone for Spin Master, surpassing 100 TOTY nominations to date. In 2019, Spin Master received a total of seven TOTY nominations across six categories:  License of […]

20 Feb 19

Bouw een geweldige Cabriolet voor te gekke races met de Meccano 5 Model set Roadster. Met de inbegrepen motor kan je Cabriolet echt rijden. Trek het voertuig naar achter, laat het los en het zal in volle snelheid vooruitrijden. Wil je toch een ander voertuig bouwen? Dat kan! Bouw met behulp van het instructieboekje 5 […]

15 Feb 19
famousinfamousbirthsdeathsblog

We start today’s posting with astronomer/physicist/ general know all – Galileo Galilei had his ‘Big Bang’ moment in 1564. Dandy looking future King of France, Louis XV was Louis the Beloved with his folks from 1710. Having mentioned Toulouse-Lautrec looky likey and piano maker Heinrich Englehard Steinweg/Henry Englehard Steinway a few days ago, here he […]

15 Feb 19
David M Cameron

I was trying to think about  some of games that we played when we were little in the late 1950s early 60s and one that came to mind that I have not mentioned was bagatelle. For those who are unsure what this is, I suppose it was the non-electronic origin of the pinball machine. It […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

Most people are not aware, that technology has resulted into two different machines types. Both are driving with electric current but they are used for a different social context. The best way to make it clear is the Meccano kit which allows to build these machines without large costs. With a standard Meccano kit it […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

LyX Document With the same all-mechanic technology two different kind of machines can be built. In the standard-literature only the serious one are explained. And in the official Meccano magazine which was published from 1900 until 1960 the same type of machines are explained in detail. We are talking about cranes, production lines, steam engines […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

LyX Document Tracing back the origins of the computer is a hard task. There are many literature given and many inventions were needed until the first computer was built. To make things more easier to grasp we have to focus not on technology but on a social context. Humans are interested in two different kind […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

LyX Document … shows at concrete example what the pros and cons of mechanical engineering are. It is dedicated to animation of humans and animals. The technology used in the theatre is similar to what is known as Meccano. That means the machine doesn’t have software but only hardware components. On the first look the […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

LyX Document Meccano is basically the industrial revolution in small. With the different parts it is possible to build all the important machines from the 16th century to the 19th century, which are looms, steam engines, cars, airplanes and even production lines. The advantage of the industrial revolution over the time before that age is […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

[mobile.png] screenshot In the screenshot I’ve tried to combine two separate things: a mechanical design plus a movable robot. What is new in the image is the small box on bottom of the device. That means, the rotating motor which is a steam engine is not placed relative to the ground but relative to the […]

14 Feb 19
trollheaven

The so called “AI takeover” is a hypothetical scenario in which super-human-AI is able to enslave humans. And put himself into the role of a god. According to the plot this is realized with Artificial Intelligence which can evolve by itself. That is in short the story told by Terminator and other famous stories, for […]