Steampunk Exhibition

October 29, 2011

Wired has a photo gallery article  from an amusing exhibition, Steampunk: Form and Function: An Exhibition of Innovation, Invention and Gadgetry, described as “the Jules-Verne-meets-Bill-Gates school of contraption art”, being shown at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

The Steampunk Time Machine Antique Master Bathroom Computer Workstation, designed by Bruce Rosenbaum and Walter Parker, melds a modern computer with antique plumbing components, including a ribcage shower, toilet and pipes.

I don’t think the plumbing components are intended to be functional.  There is also a computer desk built from an Eastman Kodak Century No. 1 Studio Camera.  I particularly like the Victorian “Sojourner” Keyboard, by Rich Nagy, and the Waterproof USB Drives by Derrick Culligan.

The show includes more than 30 digitally rejiggered antiques, including clocks, coffeemakers, humidifiers, workstations and grand pianos. It’s all displayed, appropriately enough, in a former textile factory built in 1814.

The exhibit runs through January 15, 2012.


Another Chrome Update

October 29, 2011

Google has released a new version, 15.0.874.106, of its Chrome browser, for all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Chrome Frame).  This release fixes a specific login problem (issue 101274) that affected Dow-Jones sites (Barrons and the Wall Street Journal).  Unless you are experiencing the problem, I don’t think there’s any urgency to update your system.  The release announcement is here.

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