Category: Rants

New technology, new approaches to accessibility

New technology, new approaches to accessibility

I'm pleased to report a marked improvement in the way those with hearing difficulties are catered for in major exhibitions at both the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian National Museum in Canberra. We attended the Love and Desire - Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate, and Rome : City and Empire exhibitions during the … Continue reading New technology, new approaches to accessibility

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Rocket again

Only a couple of weeks after I'd posted my Rocket Rant, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has made their archive available on line. There's a section for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which contains a number of letters by George Stephenson and  lovely set of tinted prints by T.T Bury in 1831. While it's well … Continue reading Rocket again

When is a Rocket not a Rocket?

I must have been a precocious child. When small my heroes were the great engineers, men like Watt, Trevethick and Hackworth being held in similar esteem to that reserved by my peers for Superman, Batman and Rocket Robin Hood. The collective company of Stephensons or kingdom of Brunells were the gods themselves having taken on mortal … Continue reading When is a Rocket not a Rocket?

Rethinking Dominos

Rethinking Dominos

At the start of chapter 3 of a once forthcoming second edition of the Routier Gaming Manual[1], I pontificate: There are no references to dominos in western sources before the middle of the 18th century, when domino games appear to have been played in Italy and France. They are kept in this volume mainly so the … Continue reading Rethinking Dominos

In a spin about fletch wrapping

At most find-sites that have arrows there will be a non-equal mix of S- and Z-wrap on the bindings. The dig report will assert that left-handed fletchers were responsible for those that aren't the majority direction arrow binding, probably without mentioning whether it's the Z- or S- that they are talking about. I can't find where it … Continue reading In a spin about fletch wrapping

A specific case of discrimination in the arts in Australia

By way of background, I'm told that I'm disabled, but I don't see it that way. I have moderately severe hearing loss. 80% on one side and 60% on the other when compared to 'normal' people of my age, gender and eye colour. It's been that way for a long time, and I've always had … Continue reading A specific case of discrimination in the arts in Australia