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Sam Jacoby
Sam Jacoby committed Dec 8, 2012
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keywords: high-low tech, mit, glass lab, cane, virtual glass
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A venture-some crew headed off the [MIT Glass Lab](http://web.mit.edu/glasslab/) last week. In the basement, off've of the Infinite--or more accurately, directly below the Infinite, the Glass Lab is an odd corner of things. I'd assumed that it was a hold-over from the days when chemistry departments blew their own glass and the like, but it's apparently not. I forget the details, but it's folded into the materials science department, I believe. There is a much coveted lottery every semester, where a lucky dozen or-so get a chance to learn the craft. I've missed every opportunity, unfortunately.
A venture-some crew headed off the [MIT Glass Lab](http://web.mit.edu/glasslab/) last week. In the basement, off've of the Infinite--or more accurately, directly below the Infinite, the Glass Lab is an odd corner of things over here. I'd assumed that it was a hold-over from the days when chemistry departments blew their own glass and the like, but it's apparently not. I forget the details, but it's folded into the materials science department, I believe. There is a much coveted lottery every semester, where a lucky dozen or-so get a chance to learn the craft. I've missed every opportunity, unfortunately.
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At any rate, the Team Glass Lab decided to made it happen. There was only about a half-hour, but somehow, they made it happen. It was quite a show. In corner one, we've got dual furnaces, each heating a white-hot pool of glass. In the corner, a glory-hole -- an insanely-hot furnace in which dabs of glass are reheated and heated when on the end of an uh...punty? I may have made that up--a long metal rod, at any rate. A blowtorch is off in the corner, braying its firey mess. (For some additional anthropological thoughts on the subject, please see: _[Conner, Erin, Embodied Knowledge in Glassblowing: the experience of meaning and the struggle towards proficiency](http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scasss.uu.se%2FIIS2005%2Ftotal_webb%2Ftot_html%2Fpapers%2Fembodied_knowledge.pdf&ei=mR7CUPSeOLGG0QHL0IHICA&usg=AFQjCNEurTuRIijIgxjSkvYBr88V9uoA7g&sig2=OtTGICr3kqIYG77wUhMrdQ)_. I read this paper for a class on qualitative ethnography last year. Smutty stuff.)
At any rate, Team Glass Lab decided to make it happen. There was only about a half-hour, so time was tight. It was quite a show. In corner one, we've got dual furnaces, each heating a white-hot pool of glass. In corner two, a glory-hole, an insanely-hot furnace in which dabs of glass are reheated and heated when on the end of an uh...punty? I may have made that term up--a long metal rod, at any rate. A blowtorch is off in the corner, braying its firey mess. (For some additional anthropological thoughts on the subject, please see: _[Conner, Erin, Embodied Knowledge in Glassblowing: the experience of meaning and the struggle towards proficiency](http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scasss.uu.se%2FIIS2005%2Ftotal_webb%2Ftot_html%2Fpapers%2Fembodied_knowledge.pdf&ei=mR7CUPSeOLGG0QHL0IHICA&usg=AFQjCNEurTuRIijIgxjSkvYBr88V9uoA7g&sig2=OtTGICr3kqIYG77wUhMrdQ)_. I read this paper for a class on qualitative ethnography last year. Smutty stuff.)
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Watching Peter, Eric, & Marty work was impressive. They zipped around, waving flaming gobs of glass, while we gawked and generally got in the way. In the end, they managed to make the design that we came up with. It was intricate, involving bonding together several different pieces of cane in a variety of ways, and then dousing the resultant mess in yet more more glass. Something like making an elaborate, deadly, pastry.
Watching Peter, Eric, & Marty work was impressive. They zipped around, waving flaming gobs of glass, while we gawked and generally got in the way. In the end, they managed to make the design that we came up with. It was intricate, involving bonding together several different pieces of cane in a variety of ways, and then dousing the resultant mess in yet more glass. Something like making an elaborate, deadly, pastry.
I really wish this was in focus, but alas. This is molten glass being stretched out. Peter's on one end, Marty the other. By the time it hardened, they'd gotten it up to probably 30 feet long.
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The finished board, bristling with muxes and PGAs and all the rest. Looks pretty good.
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Now, some of the savvier among you may note that there are substantial errors in this circuit. To you, I tip my hat. But such a realiziation is still ahead of me. The train rushes forward, splitting the night. The misthrown switch is still miles ahead in the darkness, its discovery yet to come.
At the moment, our hero is plugging the board into his computer, ready to bask in the mild radiance of its green, power LED.
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title: Touch Tiny v.1
date: 2012-08-21 20:49:40
date: 2012-08-22 20:49:40
summary: Playing w/ capacitive sensing.
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title: Easter Week
summary: A new translation of Chekhov shorts with accompanying engravings.
thumbnail: easter-10.jpg
weight: 100
weight: 80
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Two Chekhov stories--"The Student," and "On Easter Eve"--in new translation--courtesty of [Michael Henry Heim](http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/slavic/faculty/heim_m.html). These stories are two favorites of mine--and I even read [somewhere][1] that "The Student" was Chekhov's own favorite. It's a spectacular update on the standard [Constance Garnett](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Garnett) translations. Handprinted on a Vandercook Universal I from mint Dante types. The paper was smuggled in from Germany.
The stories are flanked by [Barry Moser's](http://www.moser-pennyroyal.com/) dark engravings. Published in two editions, both bound by [Sarah Creighton](http://www.sarahcreighton.com/).
[1]: <http://books.google.com/books?id=Vk8XRRYl938C&printsec=frontcover&dq=heim+karlinksy++chekhov+life+thought&hl=en&ei=OwgFTbXnBs2r8AaUv8HnAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false>
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