Category: Technology

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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Would you believe… two spectacles?

Would you believe… two spectacles?

Another from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. This is from the same photo as the one I copied my case made by Lienhardt Fraischlich from. I did make a tool for setting the ends of the wire hinges, the finish on these is better than on mine. That's two of us that now no longer have excessively short arms. 

Making a spectacle…

Making a spectacle…

It all began with a Geneva Bible at St Ives last year. The 1560 edition, to be precise. That's the first one with the numbered verses and the Roman typeface and wonderfully seditious marginal notes. You may know of it as the “Breeches Bible”. I was holding out for a “Wicked Bible”, but the price was too … Continue reading Making a spectacle…

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?

Why MCA?

We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city on Saturday. The main exhibition was by a couple of local artists from the Blue Mountains, combining smell, sight, sound and parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that we don't usually experience. Unfortunately, it's precisely what I spent 6 years working on removing - we … Continue reading Why MCA?

Those pesky eagle feather mites again.

I spent much of last weekend at the St Ives Medieval Fair, we were set up near the falconry group and when I had a little time and they were quiet, I wandered over and started chatting about eagles and feather mites to see if my crackpot theories stood the test of the Experienced Professional. … Continue reading Those pesky eagle feather mites again.

Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 4 – Binary Numbers

Published on internationalroutier.wordpress.com on June 6, 2010 While attributed to many including Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) and the Chinese, John Napier was the first to propose a binary number system and the accompanying arithmetic. Napier used a system of the letters of the alphabet to represent ascending powers of two. Whilst mucking around with powers … Continue reading Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 4 – Binary Numbers