The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

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When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]

Hypnotic Yet Appalling

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It’s not quite a Beautiful Machine, but it is arresting, isn’t it? It’s hard to look away while the fruit*-like clots are extruded into the pastry*-like sleeves to make a food-like product: in this case, a tasty Hostess Fruit Pie. More evidence that our machines have a kind of awful poetry to them. *No fruit [Read More...]

Hear Leonardo’s Incredible Music Machine for the First Time

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Leonardo da Vinci sketched, but never built, this mechanical marvel, blending elements of harpsichord and viola to create something so far ahead of its time it was never built. Until now: Called a “viola organista”’ and looking like a steampunk baby grand, it’s been built by a Polish pianist and mechanic named Slawomir Zubrzycki. As [Read More...]

Why I Like My Keurig Coffee Maker

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When I first saw a Keurig K-cup single cup coffee machine, I thought it was awful. Let me count the ways it bothered me: It’s trendy. It’s expensive to buy. It’s expensive to operate. It’s wasteful. It’s a solution in search of a problem. I thought the coffee would be crap. Some of those objections [Read More...]

A Drawing Machine Drawing Drawing Machines

Very meta. by Pablo Garcia. More here. [Read more...]


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