What I hope readers take away from my book that captures the Sydney Opera House as a living thing is a David Attenbourghian sense of discovery. Of encountering an ecosystem, being thrilled and amazed by the behaviour of the creatures you find there, the complexity of their reliance upon one another, and surprised by the … Continue reading Being David Attenborough in my Sydney Opera House Book.
James Dyson's autobiography Against the Odds It was written in 1997. Before airblades & bladeless fans & hairdryers & longlife lights & robot vacuum cleaners. “It must have been some time in 1979 that I first heard the words. ‘But James, if there were a better kind of vacuum cleaner Hoover or Electrolux would have invented … Continue reading Engineering a book on Dyson’s Robots
Thank god for Visionaire they’ve so thoroughly and regularly re-invented the form of a book, and what the activity of reading is, that they’ve provided a reference point for any unusual publishing project. They might well have become a noun. To publish inventively is to Visionaire, as in “I’m Visionairing a book on how industrial robots … Continue reading Visionaireing a book on robotics
Its handle is PopMech on Instagram and Twitter and every so often Popular Mechanics Magazine does put the Pop in Mechanics. Beyond the obsessive nerdfan chronicling of Elon Musk’s spaceflights, and frankly alarming survival guides … “How to Survive a Nuclear Attack” in the front of the current issue and ads for survival kits and … Continue reading Building a U2 concert and Walt Disney Concert Hall
Get Smart Season 1. Wile E Coyote. Experiments with Simple Machines by Mark Weakland. Wile E Coyote and the engineers in the C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Laboratory that created the devices that backfired so spectacularly on Agent 86 Maxwell Smart may not be the engineers to emulate but just thinking back to them makes me remember how much … Continue reading Engineering in Art, Engineering as Art