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the various and sundry creations of sylvus tarn
Continuing with yesterday's theme, Wintergarten has dozens of videos documenting the various improvements he's made to the marble machine, which, if I wanted to build my own musical instrument would be fascinating; grateful as I am that he's sharing all this learning process, I tended to watch the ones featuring actual music, which soon led down some interesting rabbit holes, such as the marble machine theme song played on a clock tower —part of a series on the museum of mechanical instruments that in fact inspired his own efforts. Pretty sweet: playing an organ is impressive enough, but a multi-story clock tower? Amazing!
Well, today's mouse is from the archives (though I believe the current incarnation is still working—pretty amazing if so, because that would make it three years old!)
I know I've featured the marble machine (musical instrument) before, but its creator has been busy since the original post came out, and is busy doing a major upgrade that involves a lot of metal parts. What particularly struck me was the similarity (to my extremely untrained eyes) of the metal components this maker is incorporating in his piece to the ones that Roman Booteen (whom I've also featured before) is making.
One is learning clockworks to make a musical instrument with many moving parts; the other is learning clockworks to make ...small, jewel-sized engraved metal art—hobo nickels—with moving parts. Both, it seems to me, started with more modern sensibilities in design and execution (Booteen did a lot of Disney figures to start, frex) and as they become more in tune with their mediums’ history, are harking back to a Victorian aesthetic—curved spokes in flywheels, acanthas leaf engraving—that truly warms the cockles of my heart.
(I actually have enough to do two more weeks of dead mice, but the plan is to offer a bit of variety after finishing off this week:) Though since I strung two more yesterday, p'raps it will be another fortnight of the same ole same ole...
In the meantime, I do think today's, featuring a zebra head, is kinda cute.
Via FTB a podcast recces called Deepminds by the physicist Sean Carroll. The first ep features Carol Tavris, who wrote the very entertaining (& entertainingly titled) Mistakes were made (but not by me) ...The links have kinda been piling up, so here's a rather fugly mishmash of ’em—some read, some started, others to be read (but they looked interesting...):
Hey, so many of these intros may be interesting but darned depressing. Here's one that's utterly charming, and I feel a bit connected, because I more or less let the milkweed grow where it will, to provide food for those beautiful orange and black butterflies—and, anecdotally, enough other folks in my town are doing the same thing that it seemed there were significantly more monarchs this year—I even had two on one joe pye weed flower at once! Don't remember that happening before... Next year, I'll have to add more food plants for swallowtails, my other fave, in addition to the queen anne's lace growing everywhere.
And speaking of orange and flowers, today's mouse combines the two in the focal (though not, alas, in the form of butterfly weed—which btw bloomed this year. Hurray.)
We have a housemate for a bit, and he's much better about fixing a real meal for dinnertime, and that's probably contributed to a mild resurgence in kitchen-type info—so yes, I clicked on this click-baity list and concluded that, yes, having everything lined up and ready to go, even if it makes for a few more dirty dishes, is worthwhile, and much as I like using a knife and cutting board whenever possible, perhaps, given the success I've had with the zester on a handle, I would like having a mandoline—bonus that it's a) small b) looks relatively easy to clean and even c) you have to be a bit careful with it—hey, I know all about that, being a metalworker and flameworker.
But first, I have to decide where I would store it. Though I have to say, I'd buy this knife in a heartbeat...