Playing for (cuckoo) time
In an era of battery-operated everythings, a mechanical, hand-wound timepiece is a treasure. Which is why quartz mechanisms just won't do. Original cuckoo clocks, certified by the Black Forest Clock The most reputed cuckoo clock makers – August ...
October 3, 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
The Pentagon Now Considers Cyber Attacks Acts of War
What's the News: Cyber attacks undertaken by another nation can be considered an act of war, according to a new Pentagon policy to be released in the next month. If you mess with the US online, the Pentagon has decided, it may retaliate offline, in the ...
June 1, 2011
Jupiter and Ganymede in exquisite detail
If you go outside shortly after sunset and face east, you'll see a brilliant white "star" madly shining down on you. That's no star: it's Jupiter, king of the planets, the brightest object in the sky right now after the Sun and the Moon. Now is the ...
October 7, 2011
Irony Is a Survival Tactic
Unfortunately, the only places to get drinks back then were "off campus," in dumb bars where animals popped cuckoo-clock-style out of cabinets mounted on walls; other animals dropped from the ceiling. There was no peace from I survive the unknown ...
September 11, 2013
Study: Stephen Jay Gould, Crusader Against Scientific Bias, Was Guilty of It
The late Stephen Schneider discusses his falling out with his friend, Carl Sagan, over the nuclear winter issue in his book Science as a Contact Sport. Sagan ran with the nuclear winter idea even though evidence against it was very strong, and ...
June 15, 2011
How To Harvest Uranium from the Ocean
Nuclear power depends on a steady supply of uranium. The good news is that we have at least a hundred years worth of uranium. The bad news is that both demand for uranium and the price of production are rising—and a hundred years isn't all that long....
September 18, 2012
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Alternate title: The Mechanics of the Heart, Jack et la mécanique du cœur, The Boy With the Cuckoo Heart, Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart
February 12, 2016
Master clock doctor will speak in Washington Township
“When I was 13 years old, we had a clock that chimed 12 times at every hour. I had enough. I opened it up and I fixed it. It wasn’t a shock to people that I did it. I liked mechanical things ... grandfather clocks and cuckoo clocks these days, there ...
January 7, 2016
Antiques & Collecting: Every house should have at least one clock that ticks
or the rectangular carriage clock found after the 1820s. Children like German-carved wooden cuckoo clocks or even modern plastic versions. A late- Victorian home probably had a black mantel clock placed above the fireplace or an octagonal schoolhouse clock ...
December 27, 2015
Germany’s Black Forest clock route is full of surprises
“You can buy cars from everywhere, but cuckoo clocks come only from Germany, and every mechanical cuckoo clock comes from the Black Forest.” Despite the outrage, Haas’ striking designs were widely copied and now make up 80 percent of his business and ...
November 28, 2015
Practice bomb for sale is a relic of one man’s passion
Courtesy Carolee Stewart “Inactive practice bomb for sale” read a recent ad in The Martha’s Vineyard Times classifieds section ... model ship collections, and cuckoo clock parts stashed in the basement. Doug had been an avid collector and tinkerer ...
November 3, 2015
Interview: Producer Virginie Besson-Silla on “Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart”
Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart—now playing in limited release ... VIRGINIE: Well, because of the heart of Jack, which is a cuckoo clock, it is such a parallel with life. Everything is a bit mechanical, but the top thing you add on it is the emotions.
September 25, 2015