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Two old favorites

An article about the Antikythera mechanism came across my Twitter feed today. I’m sure you’ve heard of it and I’ve posted about it before because I think it’s really neat.

Over time, they’ve learned more and more about it and what it originally looked at. The surviving bits represent about a third of the original mechanism. They’ve managed to recreate it, both in computer simulation and for reals. (I think the illustration above is a 3D model).

Interesting stuff.

The thing about this is, I’m not sure why, I overheard Uncle B have a conversation about the Antikythera mechanism on the phone last night. And then the article today. And that, friends, is the Baader-Meinhof Effect, and I’ve posted about that before, too. (Scroll down; it’s a discussion in the comments).

Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 14, 2022, 9:15 pm

Eh? Baader-Meinkampf? What’s Justice Ginsberg got to do with this! I mean, I know she was a machine for the last few years and all, but still.

See what I done there? I think that’s one of them French double entrance things.

(Just doin my job as your resident Emily Litella.)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 14, 2022, 9:17 pm

I’ve experienced the “super-Baader-Meinhoff effect”: where an obscure topic comes up in discussion and one knows about it, impressing the others – and it’s something one learned about just before, in a very different context.

If it happens two or three times, one gets a reputation for omniscience.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: January 14, 2022, 10:43 pm

I have always been fascinated by the Antikythera mechanism. Now I have to go waste an hour in Wikipedia again. Darn you, Madam Weasel !

Comment from Ben
Time: January 14, 2022, 11:01 pm

Check out the fantastic y YT channel of a guy building:

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 14, 2022, 11:31 pm

Oh, shoot – I didn’t post the new link:


They try too hard to connect it to Aristotle, and then the rest of the article is on a “click to continue”

Comment from drew458
Time: January 16, 2022, 1:17 am

Arrgh, I lost all my bookmarks, so I had to look this place up. I can’t believe how many old versions of this blog you still have out there, some untouched since 2007.

But I finally found the right one.

Comment from Drew458
Time: January 16, 2022, 1:27 am

Wonder whatever happened to that squirrel under your bathtub, or your black Miata named Adolph? Perhaps both got shot with those wadcutters you used to write about.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: January 16, 2022, 4:04 am

I suggested Adolph for our first born.

When I regained consciousness ‘we’ decided on something else.

Everyone else enjoying our latest bout of ‘weather’ because of course when it gets freezin ass cold like this, it’s NEVER related to climate change.
And I’m waiting now for the “Climate Change caused the tsunami that hit California” articles due out tomorrow or next week.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 16, 2022, 6:23 pm

Climate change (well, a cold front really) brought waterspouts and tornadoes a bit south of me this am. https://twitter.com/ZachMalochWX/status/1482703784908312579
But the sun is out now is sunny and free south desantis land. It’s 70 outside and the pool is heated to a lovely 94. It’s pool time here!

Comment from Pupster
Time: January 17, 2022, 9:08 pm

Man, that Bader Meinhoff link was Back In The DAY.

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