Aaaaahh Victorian science and engineering are the best. Did you ever go to the Museum of Jurassic Technology?
No, I didn't, and I looked it up and I"m regretting that now. I'll definitely go on my next visit to SoCal. I'm assuming you've been - is there any particular exhibit or gallery that you'd recommend?
The museum's not that big and it's constantly in flux, so I enjoy the whole thing. When I went they had an exhibit on cat's cradle and other string games, complete with strings and demos so you could play on your own. Oh, don't miss the microminiatures.
The letters to Mt. Wilson exhibit was pretty cool, but I was suspicious as to its authenticity: They had a letter from Hale, I think, claiming some pseudo-scientific, quasi-religious discovery, among other things. Actually, the letters from kids addressed to "Mr. Wilson" were adorable.
i find the aesthetic of nineteenth century machinery and scientific apparatus to be very appealing in a way that hasn't really been matched in recent decades. it's a sort of timeless elegance that i imagine can only be achieved if the builder believes that the artifact will not become obsolete in a small number of years (or that such obsolescence is irrelevant to creating a thing of beauty). then again, perhaps it's because they look good when depicted on copperplate engravings.
I suspect this is why people like Apple products so much. There isn't really much point in making them so sleek and so pretty except that it makes them pleasant to look at and handle. I think you've hit on a trick they're missing, though: iPods with walnut casing and brass trim.
or, to elaborate upon an existing Apple design theme, a case/body carved out of a single flawless block of brass and augmented with intricate guilloché engraving...
perhaps i am being overly sentimental, but i feel that tools that are aesthetically pleasing allow the user to be more effective or creative while using them.
I don't think you're being overly sentimental. Being able to appreciate the implements that allow you deliver others is a core part of aesthetic experience. Otherwise we wouldn't have fine china and fancy glassware for different types of alcohol.
Thanks for the Reznor link!
You're welcome. What do you think? I'm only convinced by the first and the last songs myself.
I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, since I'm at work, but I definitely will tonight!
Picture 1 is a fright inducing sight. My head is beginning to ache.
Picture 2. I seriously thought that was going to be a submersible, due to all the brass color and rivets.
RE: Trent; don't you hate it when formerly good musicians/artists get laid on a regular basis and can't write/create anything.
anything approaching their former glory, I meant to say...
It's funny how similar the craft for space and deep sea exploration can look, isn't it?
RE: Trent: Or when they become convinced that their lovers can sing, too.
Best I can manage today is "ooo, pretty!" to the both of them (gorgeous colouring with both shots)
Yeah. That's all I can manage as well.
It all looks very steampunk from you photos!
The gallery is devoted to triumphs of engineering and science, and a number of those for Britain were in the "Era of Steam", so it's easy to get drawn into portraying the whole thing that way!