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April 22, 2013 - Comments Off on Mother Moss

Mother Moss

Happy Earth Day! Take this day to think about the joy and beauty of our precious Mother Earth. See a piece of trash on the ground? Throw it in the trash for me...and for this lovely lady below!

A sketch of an nature nymph or Mother Nature as you please.

A sketch of a nature nymph or Mother Nature as you please.

I know it's been awhile, too long in fact, since you've heard anything from me but that only means business is booming. Sadly, Google Reader, the service through which I gathered most of the content for this blog, has been sentenced to death by Google. Thankfully I, along with many others, have jumped on board the life raft that is Feedly. Not only does it do everything Reader does, it does more and better.

Have a great day and enjoy the coming blue skies of spring. Shout to the heavens along with this wonderful animation of one of my favorite songs, Mr. Blue Sky!

http://vimeo.com/51041779

The Sketching Mechanism is a series of weekly posts, published on Mondays, containing the artistic musings of Mobile Designer/Developer Ben Chirlin during our Monday morning meeting at the NY Creative Bunker as well as his inspiring artistic finds of the week.

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February 25, 2013 - Comments Off on Nova: Ancient Computer

Nova: Ancient Computer

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PBS' Nova goes an a deep exploration of our favorite, the Antikythera Mechanism. Do not miss it, airing April 3, 2012 at 9pm on PBS.

In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000 year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship's cargo they hauled up was an unimpressive green lump of corroded bronze. Rusted remnants of gear wheels could be seen on its surface, suggesting some kind of intricate mechanism. The first X-ray studies confirmed that idea, but how it worked and what it was for puzzled scientists for decades. Recently, hi-tech imaging has revealed the extraordinary truth: this unique clockwork machine was the world's first computer. An array of 30 intricate bronze gear wheels, originally housed in a shoebox-size wooden case, was designed to predict the dates of lunar and solar eclipses, track the Moon's subtle motions through the sky, and calculate the dates of significant events such as the Olympic Games. No device of comparable technological sophistication is known from anywhere in the world for at least another 1,000 years. So who was the genius inventor behind it? And what happened to the advanced astronomical and engineering knowledge of its makers? NOVA follows the ingenious sleuthing that finally decoded the truth behind the amazing ancient Greek computer.

 

Watch Ancient Computer Preview on PBS. See more from NOVA.

Published by: antonioortiz in The Thinking Mechanism
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