Ralph Jimenez: Multifaceted Stewart Brand wants to alter our perception of ...
The 200-foot-tall clock, which will be installed inside a hollowed-out chamber in Nevada's Mount Washington, is designed to run for 10,000 years. It will tick once per year. Every 1,000 years, a cuckoo will pop out and call. Only in California, I thought....
March 19, 2015
Plucky outsiders take on Swiss giants at Baselworld
“I decided to invest all of our innovation and creativity into the watch dials as we cannot hope to compete with Swiss-made mechanical movements,” he explains. China is his target market but the world's second Swiss watchmakers is to not make ...
March 24, 2015
The Lebanese designers now gaining global recognition
The duo's comparatively pared-down cuckoo clock is made of Lebanese cedar, and so riffs on their native country's national emblem, despite looking resolutely modern. Beirut has a tight-knit design network. “Over the past 15 years, there has been a ...
March 13, 2015
Editorial: Price of not being early bird
I am not one of those birds. I am of the cuckoo clock variety which mechanically emerges from her office every 120 minutes to swap parking spaces with some other stranger, in silent solidarity against parking fees. I once tried something different ...
March 23, 2015
Luxuries: Designer cuckoo clocks, red clothes, accessories
One-day-movement Anton Schneider Bears German cuckoo clock, $730.80 at blackforestgifts.com. • Carved owls and birds eight-day mechanical German Black Forest cuckoo clock, $474.58 at clockrite.com. • Auckland 1055 wall clock is made of PVC, wood ...
October 26, 2014
Portland Cuckoo Clock Stays Local Through March 2015
Weighing in at 7,000 pounds, the clock is the tallest, freestanding cuckoo clock in the country. Fittingly for all the urban farmers in Portland, a carved chicken will pop out each hour in place of a cuckoo bird. The clock was created by mechanical ...
December 19, 2014
Giant cuckoo clock lands at Portland International Airport
Created by sculptor and mechanical designer Nicolas (Nico) Gros, the almost 7,000-pound clock is fully functioning, with wooden gears and chainsaw-carved adornments by Oregon wood sculptor Chester Armstrong representing more than a dozen Portland ...
December 29, 2014
Dum-Dum , the imp who worked as doorman closed the gate with a slam, missing just for a mite to catch and rip the glorious train of the dress of Day going out to a earned rest till next dawn. After walking two steps away, Dum-Dum , remembered he had not locked the gate and got back, gave two whole turns to the old key, mumbling, which was not odd for him, who was always mumbling. We do not know what he mumbled, but most of us suspect he just tried to look threatening, as if he were casting a spell. After a few moments, while Sky seemed undecided what to do, the imp wobbled toward the other gate and unlocking it opened the gap widely, letting Night introduce her first tendrils and making Sky decide to cover itself with a dense indigo colour. The mechanical Cuckoo appeared at the door of the old clock, telling the working sprites they were on time, as it was the right thing to do. Meanwhile, Night has covered Sky completely, and Litty, the Lit , the small fairy flew up towards the old... Cuckoo opened the clock door again, and sang forlornly, as is usual of him, giving cue to the next step. Everybody looked up. Where is Moon.
Micaela commented that she couldn't wait to hear all about my trip to Germany this summer. Most of the time, I'm staying home with the kids and not working very much, but every once in a while, I travel a few days on business (once or twice a year). This year, I had the opportunity to travel to Mannheim, Germany. The contract/work paid for my ticket, so we bought a second ticket and extended our trip. Overall, we spent 10 days in Germany and traveling to/from. The jet lag was more than I expected and it took Hubby and I a few days to get decompressed from his crazy work schedule, but after the work part of my trip was over, we did some sight-seeing. We saw castles, took a trolley ride up a mountain, visited the world's largest cuckoo clock and other fun adventures. The two things that stick out the most to me were seeing a Roman aqueduct and a piece of the Berlin wall. The Roman aqueduct powered a tram up the mountainside and the piece of the Berlin wall was just sitting on a street corner. I loved a lot of things that Hubby rolled his eyes at me about - but it was fun :). Now, I'll take a moment to explain this next picture.