Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #8 – Layout Line Visibility

Wine, wax, woad and yes, There Will Be Blood… all in an effort to discover the best ancient marking fluid. And Clickspring’ll let you decide how the blood supply issue might have been dealt with in the ancient shop – he’s guessing it might not have been much fun being the apprentice on the day the large dial was marked out — via Youtube

Art

Geometric Pattern: Pyramid: Light / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

History, Wildlife

Meet the cat that guards the Hagia Sophia

Gli is a cross-eyed adorable cat that has been living in Hagia Sophia for the past 15 years. The Hagia Sophia is more than 2,000 years old and is one of the most extraordinary structures ever built. It has been a temple, church, mosque and museum through its long history.

See the Hagia Sophia through the eyes of Gli, the cat who guides — via Youtube

Art, Wildlife

Mural + Flowers / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Pyramid: Flora / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Science

Scientists have trained rats to drive tiny cars to collect food

Rats have mastered the art of driving a tiny car, suggesting that their brains are more flexible than we thought. The finding could be used to understand how learning new skills relieves stress and how neurological and psychiatric conditions affect mental capabilities.

They constructed a tiny car out of a clear plastic food container on wheels, with an aluminium floor and three copper bars functioning as a steering wheel. When a rat stood on the aluminium floor and gripped the copper bars with their paws, they completed an electrical circuit that propelled the car forward. Touching the left, centre or right bar steered the car in different directions.

Six female and 11 male rats were trained to drive the car in rectangular arenas up to 4 square metres in size. They were rewarded with Froot Loop cereal pieces when they touched the steering bars and drove the car forward — via New Scientist

Entertainment

21 Levels of Skateboarding / Tony Hawk

Pro skater Tony Hawk explains ground and vert skateboarding in 21 levels of difficulty. From the ollie to the 900 and the heelflip 720, watch how Tony demonstrates and breaks down everything that goes into these tricks — via Youtube

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Flora / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 09 / Clickspring

Antikythera Mechanism Episode 9 – Making The Epicyclic Pin and Slot Gearing

In this video Clickspring makes what is arguably the most impressive section of the mechanism — the small pin-and-slot module that models the Ancient Greek theory of the variable motion of the #dearMoon — via Youtube

Art

Claire Foxton mural of Adi Holmes / Red Wolf

Claire Foxton, UOW alumna and renowned artist, captured the strength and determination of Adi Holmes, who is currently studying a Bachelor of International Studies and Laws, majoring in Human Rights, at the South Western Sydney Campus. The mural began on Thursday, 28 February on the building facade at Bigge Street in Liverpool. It took Claire just over a week to complete — originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Dark / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Wildlife

Yellow Gardenia + White Azalea / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Light / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 08 / Clickspring

Antikythera Mechanism Episode 8 – Making The Mean Lunar Sidereal Train

In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that calculates the mean sidereal period of the #dearMoon, and has a closer look at some of the mechanical limitations of the device — via Youtube

Wildlife

Hard at sleep + Not sharing the lounge / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Quarter Circle: Seasons / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: Bright / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: Light / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Wildlife

Ornamental Peach + Orange Pigface / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: Deco / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Design

The Men from Marrs crane / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Design

The Men from Marrs crane / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 07 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #7 – Precision Soft Soldering

Continuing on with the investigation of what it was like inside the ancient workshop, here’s a closer look at another of the demonstrated techniques: The precise joining of metal using soft solder — via Youtube

Wildlife

Little corellas + In Bed / Red Wolf

— originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Technology

How we make pencils / Faber-Castell

Producing 2.3 billion pencils a year and being in the business for over 257 years, Faber-Castell has a sound know-how of how quality pencils are made. Have a look behind the scenes of their manufacturing — via Youtube

Craft, History

Antikythera Mechanism 07 / Clickspring

The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 7 – Making The Saros & Exeligmos Train

In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that drives the eclipse prediction function of the mechanism. Be sure to check out the reference links below for more info on the Saros cycle, and other eclipse related stuff.

[EDIT: At 2:57 there is a typo – the final number in the denominator of the upper expression should be a 30 as per the sketch rather than 90 – Cheers 🙂 ] — via Youtube

Art

Geometric Pattern: Chevron: Dark / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Art

Geometric Pattern: Herringbone: Flowers / Red Wolf

— by Red Wolf

Craft, History

Antikythera Fragment 06 / Clickspring

Antikythera Fragment #6 – Making A Hand Powered Drill

The precision of the holes in the Antikythera mechanism is one of the most fascinating aspects of its construction. In this video Clickspring makes a tool that is capable of creating holes to the required standard, yet is consistent with the level of technology known to have existed in the period — via Youtube