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Has Lego Sold Out?

C A S S I E L Re:Lego was not the ultimate do-it-yourself playth (425 comments)

Moreover, Meccano taught important lessons that Lego could not: understanding engineering tolerances. Lego bricks just snap together, and unless you are building something pretty infeasible that's generally the end of it. Meccano was all about lining up plates and brackets by eye (the holes were bigger than the screws), making sure things weren't too loose or too tight, ensuring that load-bearing parts were properly cross-braced, and so on.

On the other hand, Meccano was pretty perishable. It didn't take long to scrape the paint off the parts and permanently mangle the so-called flexible plates.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

C A S S I E L Re:Stay Put (772 comments)

Age: 50. Current status: learning OpenGL and Clojure.

I very much doubt I'd get good shot at a commercial programming gig, but I'm really not interested in that game any more, and yes, 25-year-olds have much more enthusiasm for the agencies' screening questions than I do. (So, I also have the "bad attitude.")

My advice is to both specialise and diversify. Identify particular skills that set you apart from the crowd, but also identify as many of those skills as you can. I'm holding down gigs as composer/sound artist, workshop tutor, media artist and writer: the OpenGL is for large-scale outdoor video artworks while the Clojure is for thread-safe audio/visual performance systems in MaxMSP.

more than 3 years ago
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CmdrTaco Watches Atlantis Liftoff

C A S S I E L Re:As a child [...] (130 comments)

I'm too young to remember the Mercury missions, but do remember the Mercury capsule as an iconic feature of something I'd just missed...

more than 3 years ago
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CmdrTaco Watches Atlantis Liftoff

C A S S I E L As a child [...] (130 comments)

"[...] As a child I assembled a puzzle of the Challenger [...]"

Huh - as a child, *I* watched Neil Armstrong walking on the moon...

more than 3 years ago
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Osborne 1 vs. IPad 2

C A S S I E L Re:Progress... (249 comments)

I'll half-grant you the webpages point, although you need a server to run your "program", and I wouldn't want a software system that wouldn't work in a train tunnel, or in a theatre space, or cost an arm and a leg when overseas.

Apps have to be approved by Apple unless you have a developer licence or a jailbroken machine - that's hardly a convenient programming environment.

more than 3 years ago
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Osborne 1 vs. IPad 2

C A S S I E L Progress... (249 comments)

Users were allowed to program the Osborne - it had a built-in programming language interpreter. iPad? Verboten.

more than 3 years ago
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The 305 RAMAC — First Commercial Hard Drive

C A S S I E L Somewhere in my spare room... (244 comments)

...I have a disk platter from (I think) an ICL 475, mid-70's vintage. I remember that the motors for the drive heads were the size of cylinders in a medium-size car. This technology was, compared to the IBM, a marvel of miniaturisation: one platter held a full ten megabytes. The platter is, however, about 2.5 feet in diameter.

more than 6 years ago

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Yamaha launch Toshio Iwai's TENORI-ON Instrument

C A S S I E L C A S S I E L writes  |  more than 7 years ago

C A S S I E L writes "Last week saw the UK launch of the TENORI-ON electronic music instrument designed by video and sound installation artist Toshio Iwai. A magnesium frame with 256 LEDs per side, the TENORI-ON is part video toy, part interactive algorithmic step sequencer which plays samples from SD cards and has a comprehensive MIDI implementation. It is currently being test marketed in the UK, and sold through a limited number of record stores for £599. The TENORI-ON has been blogged here and here (where it's compared with the Monome controller)."
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