Sunday, January 25, 2015

AEther Salon: Inventors! (Unedited transcript)

2015-01-18 [13:57:52] Vernden Jervil: Afternoon all
2015-01-18 [13:58:03] Lady Sumoku waves
2015-01-18 [13:58:19] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Heh, a languid pose for the sofa.
2015-01-18 [13:58:27] Lady Sumoku laughs.
2015-01-18 [13:58:55] Lady Sumoku: This isn't that salon!
2015-01-18 [13:59:02] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): Oh!
2015-01-18 [13:59:06] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): uhhh, I gotta go.
2015-01-18 [13:59:19] Lady Sumoku rolls up a notecard and swats him.
2015-01-18 [13:59:25] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) snickers
2015-01-18 [13:59:25] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): ow!
2015-01-18 [13:59:36] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Nice to see you again Mr. Snow *grins*
2015-01-18 [13:59:42] Zanya Resident waves to Selena.
2015-01-18 [13:59:54] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): Hello, Miss Blitzen! I eagerly await your presentation! :D
2015-01-18 [14:00:02] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) laughs
2015-01-18 [14:01:29] Lady Sumoku waves back, invisibly
2015-01-18 [14:01:29] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves to those who made the journey
2015-01-18 [14:01:30] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Do not listen to her, Princess. She is really making faces invisibly.
2015-01-18 [14:01:37] Lady Sumoku: Not invisibly enough, it seems.
2015-01-18 [14:01:38] Blackberry Harvey: Good day all
2015-01-18 [14:01:47] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): :-o
2015-01-18 [14:02:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gräfin, are you ready?
2015-01-18 [14:02:08] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) nods
2015-01-18 [14:02:47] Zanya greets the Baron and Baronin.
2015-01-18 [14:02:58] promiscute Resident waves
2015-01-18 [14:03:47] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Welcome, everyone, to January's Æther Salon. Please remove any lag-enhancing devices you might be wearing; ensure you are inside the maze pattern to be able to hear our excellent speaker; consider joining the group using the convenient signs around the walls.
2015-01-18 [14:04:35] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Please consider showing your appreciation both to the Salon in general and our speaker in specific by tipping - the small airship overhead will support Salon properties, and the tipjar on the stage is for the Gräfin.
2015-01-18 [14:05:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): We have wearable chairs. If you need one, IM me and I will send one.
2015-01-18 [14:05:44] Zanya: Hey Beryl!
2015-01-18 [14:06:27] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Now, without wasting any more time - Wulfrithe Blitzen is an excellent builder and a citizen of multiple Steamlands. She has generously provided time today to talk about Inventors, as she is of a like mind with those creative individuals. Shall we all greet her appropriately?
2015-01-18 [14:06:28] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
2015-01-18 [14:06:35] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you all for coming, I hope if nothing else tonight's talk will inspire to investigate further with Mr. Google
2015-01-18 [14:06:40] Lady Sumoku claps
2015-01-18 [14:06:43] Blackberry Harvey applauds
2015-01-18 [14:06:43] Zanya: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
2015-01-18 [14:06:46] SelenaAnansi Resident claps
2015-01-18 [14:06:53] Garnet Psaltery claps
2015-01-18 [14:07:02] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow) applauds vigorously
2015-01-18 [14:07:05] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Tonight's topic will cover a passion of mine, early engineers, scientists and inventors, and I will be in particular discussing one man because I feel I need to right a wrong with conceptions about inventions and history. I promise there will be Steam! Explosions! And beer! First, some scientists and inventors of note. I have placed out some portraits for you behind me that you can take with you if you want to celebrate any of them in your home. (If you want a copy of any other textures I use tonight, drop me an IM at the end).
2015-01-18 [14:07:07] AlasAndAlack Resident applauds
2015-01-18 [14:07:38] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I'll start with the English Quaker, John Dalton. Some of you may take him to heart - being classified as a 'Dessenter' (a Christian opposed to a state religion and mandatory membership in the Church of England) he was barred from attending Oxford and Cambridge, so taught Mathematics at Manchester where a recently installed Dissenter university had just been funded. Of a humble background, his rise in science was partly caused by his known intelligence, and respect from other scientists in his research. He was the first scientist to research and publish a paper on colour blindness.
2015-01-18 [14:07:50] Podruly Peccable peers.. is old Isambard there?
2015-01-18 [14:08:16] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Not tonight alas.
2015-01-18 [14:08:25] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): So why do I mention him? He was also a meteorologist. At that time they were sent up mountains to measure them through atmospheric pressure. It was on these trips in the English Lake district that lead to a discovery that now has profound implications in our modern society: He discovered, wrote about and researched Atomic science. He realised that pressure around the world were caused at an atomic level, a term he apparently coined. He also invented the table of the Elements in 1808/9. You can also see his imagery of atoms from his book.
2015-01-18 [14:08:53] Zanya: Hey Nika. :)
2015-01-18 [14:09:21] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Also if you peer at his Periodic table, you can see the number system still in use tofay
2015-01-18 [14:09:21] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): *today
2015-01-18 [14:09:22] Beryl Strifeclaw (gager): Sadly Book will not be here to take pictures or get a transcript
2015-01-18 [14:09:41] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) waves quietly, hugs a cat, and finds a seat.
2015-01-18 [14:09:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gospodin Osterham will be photographing the session today.
2015-01-18 [14:10:00] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Moving on, next we have Mary Anning, a lady who put 1890's female explorers to shame by her sheer determination of climbing dangerous cliff faces in Lyme Regis back in the late Regency period, for science. On one such trip in 1833 a landslide killed her pet dog that always accompanied her, and nearly took her life too. She was the pioneer of the new science of Palaeontology, and even Darwin was rumoured to have consulted her writings before he wrote The Origin of the Species. The locals supported their meagre income collecting and selling fossils from the cliffs to the wealthy Regency visitors which they called 'Snake Stones', attributing them to mystical properties. It was during this time that Mary was given a book urging the study of the relatively new discipline of Geology.
2015-01-18 [14:10:03] Zanya waves at Darlingmonster.
2015-01-18 [14:10:52] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Mary rose to fame when a fossil collector, disturbed at her poverty, offered to sell her finds and collections to raise money. The auction drew scientists and collectors from all over Europe who became increasingly impressed at her knowledge of fossil types. Eventually setting up a shop, collectors from as far away as America would visit to purchase pieces and 'pick her brains'. Her knowledge astounded them so much they often wrote about her in letters, but sadly they also took the same fossil pieces she discovered and attributed the finds to themselves, which she resented greatly. Mary recorded each find scientifically, and some fossil species today still bear the name she gave them. She made many powerful friends by the last decade of her life, and a Lithograph was published showing all the important fossil species she discovered to raise money for her shop. She was eventually awarded the highest honour for a woman at the time, a scientific pension of £25 a year. After her early death of breast cancer,
2015-01-18 [14:10:52] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta):  Dickens admired her so much he wrote an article about her in 1865, reminding the science community that some of their great works were rooted in the research of Mary's finds.
2015-01-18 [14:11:24] Garnet Psaltery smiles at River
2015-01-18 [14:11:25] RiverFalcon: happy new year t you all
2015-01-18 [14:11:33] RiverFalcon: hello miss garnet ㋡
2015-01-18 [14:11:35] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies.
2015-01-18 [14:11:44] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): ((Due to lag, Dickens appears at the top of the paragraph))
2015-01-18 [14:12:06] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The Lithographs in the middle some of you have seen in your travels.
2015-01-18 [14:12:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Every creature in it was discovered by her, and recorded.
2015-01-18 [14:12:41] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): On the right, you can see one of her original reports. She took great steps to also note the location of the bones.
2015-01-18 [14:13:51] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I'm sure some of you recognize this fellow *smiles*
2015-01-18 [14:14:24] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Last in the introductory Trio, we have of course Charles Babbage. A member of the same societies that John Dalton was a member of, we know him mostly for his Difference Engine. The Science Museum in London has more recently built a working replica from his plants, and then helped the American Computer Museum built their working copy. Both are fascinating to watch in action. Contrary to popular belief, a surviving piece, a sample if you will, that Babbage built himself is on show in the Science Museum in London. You can see in the image the beautifully engraved numbers on the calculating spools. What is less known is that Babbage was a prolific inventor of other things, chiefly one of a more obscure object that still saves lives today around the world. Anyone guess what it was?
2015-01-18 [14:15:11] Garnet Psaltery: Pacemaker?
2015-01-18 [14:15:12] Steadman Kondor: blood pressure machine?
2015-01-18 [14:15:15] RiverFalcon scratches his head and wonders
2015-01-18 [14:15:18] Lady Sumoku: Cheese grater!
2015-01-18 [14:15:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) grins
2015-01-18 [14:15:23] Steadman Kondor: the steampunk iron lung!
2015-01-18 [14:15:45] Wildstar Beaumont waves
2015-01-18 [14:15:46] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): You can see it in the middle, it is of a nautical nature
2015-01-18 [14:15:59] Steadman Kondor: diving suit
2015-01-18 [14:16:00] RiverFalcon: hyrdometer?
2015-01-18 [14:16:06] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I was going to build one for the Oiling Festival and never got round to it
2015-01-18 [14:16:11] Darlingmonster Ember: Buoy
2015-01-18 [14:16:13] Podruly Peccable: Barometer
2015-01-18 [14:16:15] Garnet Psaltery: Ohhh
2015-01-18 [14:16:26] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Darlingmonster is correct!
2015-01-18 [14:16:29] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): I was typing that as you said it, DME ^^
2015-01-18 [14:16:34] Darlingmonster Ember smiles
2015-01-18 [14:16:37] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): In the 1850's America and Britain were developing their navy, and both wanted to increase safety in various harbours and bays. Babbage wrote a paper on the revolutionary concept of putting port and starboard lights on buoys, and also discussed briefly the idea of whistles activated by water action for foggy days. It took 20 years before someone was able to fulfill this concept. Like all of Babbage's inventions, they were advanced for their time.
2015-01-18 [14:17:16] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The image shows the theory of how the whistling buoy works, the sound is quite haunting when you hear it
2015-01-18 [14:17:40] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): On the right is the only piece of the Difference Engine Babbage built
2015-01-18 [14:18:41] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Now we move on to a hero of mine, an obscure inventor from Cornwall, England. To those who don't know him, let me introduce to you Richard Trevithick. Born in 1771 he had a poor start. School reports say of him that he was 'a disobedient, slow, obstinate, spoiled boy, frequently absent and very inattentive'. Growing up in the Cornish mine industry and having a fascination with engineering works, he began to take a keen interest in the workings of machinery, and in particular the use of steam engines then in use to pump water out of mines.
2015-01-18 [14:19:30] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): He realised quite early on that with some work, steam could be converted to become what he called 'Strong Steam', able to create massive forces. 'strong steam' enabled steam engines to be made small and compact. Instead of being housed in brick buildings, steam engines could be made small and powerful enough to propel themselves on roads or railways. Trevithick began his research by making models that could run on his kitchen floor. In 1801 Trevithick made a full-size road-going steam carriage in Camborne, Cornwall, but it only made one short journey before breaking down. He patented it in 1802, and here we can see a modern replica of a fully working Steam Carriage.
2015-01-18 [14:20:19] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): In original illustrations, the Steam Carriage is painted yellow, but the replica is red
2015-01-18 [14:20:21] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): very cool! but, such a climb to get in!
2015-01-18 [14:20:27] Blackberry Harvey: Riding high
2015-01-18 [14:20:37] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Yes! Imagine if you're in corsets and long skirts.
2015-01-18 [14:20:50] Lady Sumoku: You don't want to sit too close to the stove underneath.
2015-01-18 [14:21:06] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The replica work very well.
2015-01-18 [14:21:32] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): When driving however, it has to stop every so often for a man to leap off the front seat and throw more coal into the fire.
2015-01-18 [14:21:42] Steadman Kondor: oh like an early car
2015-01-18 [14:21:53] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Yes, exactly.
2015-01-18 [14:21:57] Steadman Kondor smacks his head. "Car... Carriage.."
2015-01-18 [14:22:08] Zanya: Hehehe.
2015-01-18 [14:22:33] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): It was heralded as a new revolutionary way to travel. but it was too slow.
2015-01-18 [14:22:49] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): And with no suspension, passengers were thrown about in the back
2015-01-18 [14:23:01] Lady Sumoku: Like a carnival ride
2015-01-18 [14:23:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Yes, it was essentially a gimmick.
2015-01-18 [14:23:46] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): It naturally didn't last, and no engineers took interest in developing the concept.
2015-01-18 [14:24:08] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Also in 1801 he built the Puffing Devil, a road going vehicle that had locals both astounded and horrified. On Christmas Eve he took himself, six passengers with his cousin steering and proceeded to demonstrate it going up and down the steep hills of Cornwall. After three days it broke down after passing heavily over a bad gully in the road. Sending for help, he decided to take himself and his passengers to wait in a nearby pub, as you do, and celebrated by ordering goose and several rounds of beer. He made the fateful decision to move it under a nearby awning to protect it from snow and leave the fire running. I'm sure you'll know what happened next - the water boiled off under high pressure, the boiler overheated and the engine exploded, showering metal and boiler pipes into the surrounding area. No one recorded what the locals thought of this, while he put it down to 'operator error'. Another of his engines exploded in 1803 killing 4 men, which was still a common fate to steam engine operators 20 years
2015-01-18 [14:24:08] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta):  later. Here is a film of a replica in action on the same road in Cornwall, 200 years later. As you can see the man steering it has to use a tremendous amount of force to steer it:
2015-01-18 [14:25:28] Garnet Psaltery: :o)
2015-01-18 [14:25:46] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I'd certainly give it a go, it looks fun!
2015-01-18 [14:25:53] LadyJayd Resident: NEAT!
2015-01-18 [14:26:14] Darlingmonster Ember: "step aside everyone... I have Large Wheels."
2015-01-18 [14:26:28] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Rush hour traffic would never be a problem again
2015-01-18 [14:27:07] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Moving on, he persuaded his father's mine owning friends to try out a new machine on rails, creating the world's first steam powered locomotive. On 21 February 1804 this locomotive successfully hauled a load along the Merthyr Tramroad in Wales. This was the first steam-hauled train in the world. In Trevithick's own words, 'we have plenty of steam and power'. Here is an image, and there is a working replica:
2015-01-18 [14:27:09] Lady Sumoku: More cars need whistles.
2015-01-18 [14:27:23] Steadman Kondor: it'd be faster if they all cycled
2015-01-18 [14:27:49] Garnet Psaltery: Oh I've seen that one
2015-01-18 [14:28:01] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The image on the right is from the original plans - if any of you fancy building it I would love to see it in action.
2015-01-18 [14:28:39] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Note in the film the second man has to launch the wheel to create the movement.
2015-01-18 [14:28:41] Steadman Kondor: was this before the steam train?
2015-01-18 [14:28:45] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Yes
2015-01-18 [14:28:52] Steadman Kondor: wow so the precursor...
2015-01-18 [14:29:07] Lady Sumoku: It basically was the steam train.
2015-01-18 [14:29:07] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): We shall come to that later.
2015-01-18 [14:29:31] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Trevithick's restless nature turned to using steam for dredging and tunnelling. In 1806 he built a steam dredger for use on the River Thames, then became involved in building a Thames tunnel at Limehouse. He used steam engines to ventilate the workings and pump out water, but the venture failed after several years' work to to poor soil conditions causing regular collapses. Interestingly in New York they used his techniques to much success to build their own tunnels.
2015-01-18 [14:30:28] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): In 1808 to publicise his skills as an engineer, he built the famous 'Catch Me Who Can' engine, which became the world's first rail running passenger train. For one Shilling (expensive!) passengers could ride the steam horse, sited in London near what is now Euston train station. However success was limited as he was using early railway sleepers that used single stones that due to weight began to part and rendered the track useless.
2015-01-18 [14:31:15] Lady Sumoku: Before railway ties
2015-01-18 [14:31:35] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): If you glance to the image on the right, you can see that such a track is more suited to be sunk into the grounds of mines and quarries, not laid onto a flat surface
2015-01-18 [14:32:24] Stereo Nacht: Ah! Yes, now that it has rezzed, I can see why!
2015-01-18 [14:32:41] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The very early versions of railway lines were ruts carved into stones, a throwback to Roman ruts. Some countries had active horse drawn services using these ruts to speed things up away from muddy bumpy roads.
2015-01-18 [14:33:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Sometimes the stones were laid in a diamond formation, but it remains unknown why they did this
2015-01-18 [14:34:21] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The image in the middle shows his 'Steam circus'
2015-01-18 [14:34:40] Lady Sumoku: A chariot deathrace of one.
2015-01-18 [14:34:44] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I have seen a replica built on a *cough*not second life* *cough* grid, to great affect
2015-01-18 [14:35:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Once again, engineers responded in the Regency version of 'Meh', and the idea was mothballed.
2015-01-18 [14:35:48] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): In 1808, Trevithick entered a partnership with Robert Dickinson, a West India merchant. Dickinson supported several of Trevithick's patents. The first of these was the 'Nautical Labourer'; a steam tug with a floating crane propelled by paddle wheels. However, it did not meet the fire regulations for the docks, and the Society of Coal Whippers, worried about losing their livelihood, even threatened the life of Trevithick.
2015-01-18 [14:36:40] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Great title for a society *grins*
2015-01-18 [14:36:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Another patent was for the installation of iron tanks in ships for storage of cargo and water instead of in wooden casks. A small works was set up at Limehouse to manufacture them, employing 3 men. The tanks were also used to raise sunken wrecks by placing them under the wreck and creating buoyancy by pumping them full of air. In 1810 a wreck near Margate was raised in this way but there was a dispute over payment and Trevithick was driven to cut the lashings loose and let it sink again. In 1809, Trevithick worked on various ideas on improvements for ships: iron floating docks, iron ships, telescopic iron masts, improved ship structures, iron buoys and using heat from the ships boilers for cooking.
2015-01-18 [14:36:51] AlasAndAlack: Lol
2015-01-18 [14:36:54] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
2015-01-18 [14:36:54] Lady Sumoku: Give me the coal, I throw you the whip!
2015-01-18 [14:37:15] Princess Selena (selenaanansi) laughs
2015-01-18 [14:37:34] Steadman Kondor: future societies will outlaw the whipping of miners
2015-01-18 [14:37:41] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) laughs
2015-01-18 [14:37:53] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Trevithick's pioneered the use of high-pressure steam in agriculture. In 1812 he built a machine for thrashing corn for Sir Christopher Hawkins of Trewithen in Cornwall. It was so successful that it continued to work until 1879, when it was presented to the Science Museum. His engines were also used to drive sugar mills in the West Indies.
2015-01-18 [14:38:23] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Being an argumentative fellow, he had a habit of first charming, then annoying, his sponsors wherever he went. Hearing about the problems with Peruvian silver mines, he decided to make his fortune there and offer his expertise to the owners. At first being hailed as a saviour, relations soon soured and he was forced to flee, abandoning a large fortune in ore he was planning on shipping to England. Engaging in further failed adventures he forgot about his wife and 6 children back in England, and she filed for parish relief and divorce on grounds of desertion.
2015-01-18 [14:39:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Finally arriving in Costa Rica, he bumped into none other than Robert Stephenson who was on his way back to England. Trevithick had by now nothing left but the clothes he was wearing and borrowed money off Stephenson to gain passage back to England. During the voyage home he shared all his ideas with Stephenson on his engine designs.
Returning to the land of his birth, he continued to invent and build innovative designs, many of them never gaining funding and sadly remaining on the drawing board. In 1830 he was working on a vertical boiler engine when he was commissioned by a shipping company in Dartfort, Kent, to build a steam powered ship. A year into the project he caught Pneumonia, and died in the hotel he was lodging in.
2015-01-18 [14:40:04] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): :(
2015-01-18 [14:40:08] Lunea Alena: How sad.
2015-01-18 [14:40:16] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) nods
2015-01-18 [14:40:28] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Also sad, none of his family came to see him as he lay dying.
2015-01-18 [14:41:10] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): When it was time to bury him, his former company did a whip round to raise money for his funeral, and a man to stand guard for a week to prevent his body being dug up for Science.
2015-01-18 [14:41:30] Lady Sumoku: As one does.
2015-01-18 [14:41:31] Zanya: What an unenviable fate.
2015-01-18 [14:41:42] Stereo Nacht: Bah. By the sound of it, he would have *loved* to be used for SCIENCE! ;-)
2015-01-18 [14:41:53] Lunea Alena: I'm inclined to agree there.
2015-01-18 [14:41:58] Darlingmonster Ember: I was thinking the same, Stereo
2015-01-18 [14:41:58] Steadman Kondor laughs and high fives miss nacht
2015-01-18 [14:42:02] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) laughs
2015-01-18 [14:42:16] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Stevenson learned much from Trevitic. He was wise enough to spot a weakness in the original Catch Me Who Can engine. When he built the Rocket for the now famous contest, he moved two of the pistons to a 45 degree angle, instantly increasing the power to the drive wheels. The rest as we say, is history.
2015-01-18 [14:42:28] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): ((excuse spelling error there))
2015-01-18 [14:43:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): He also invented and built: The Cornish boiler
2015-01-18 [14:43:25] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Containerisation of shipping
2015-01-18 [14:43:32] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): A ships propeller
2015-01-18 [14:43:39] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Refrigeration
2015-01-18 [14:43:45] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Domestic heating boilers - portable room heater
2015-01-18 [14:43:52] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): A rock boring machine
2015-01-18 [14:43:58] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Water-jet propulsion
2015-01-18 [14:44:05] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): A busy man.
2015-01-18 [14:44:19] Podruly Peccable: Indeed!
2015-01-18 [14:44:23] AlasAndAlack: My goodness! He was so busy, no wonder he forgot he had a wife and 6 children!
2015-01-18 [14:44:37] Lady Sumoku: I wonder how he came about the 6 children, now.
2015-01-18 [14:44:38] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) nods.
2015-01-18 [14:44:51] Garnet Psaltery: Probably invented them
2015-01-18 [14:44:51] Ceirwyn (ladyjayd) agrees with Lady Sumoku
2015-01-18 [14:44:53] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Yes, at least Brunel made time for his family
2015-01-18 [14:44:53] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): I could tell you, but not in public.
2015-01-18 [14:44:54] AlasAndAlack: That is something of a puzzler, I admit.
2015-01-18 [14:45:08] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) laughs
2015-01-18 [14:45:44] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): That brings to an end my ramblings about 19thc pioneers, as we have some time left do you have any questions or observations?
2015-01-18 [14:45:54] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
2015-01-18 [14:45:59] Zanya:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
2015-01-18 [14:45:59] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
2015-01-18 [14:46:00] Lunea Alena claps excitedly
2015-01-18 [14:46:01] Ceirwyn (ladyjayd) appluades
2015-01-18 [14:46:01] Lady Sumoku cheers and blows a kiss
2015-01-18 [14:46:03] RiverFalcon: thank you ma'am
2015-01-18 [14:46:05] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow) applauds!
2015-01-18 [14:46:05] Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
2015-01-18 [14:46:05] Vic Mornington (victor1st.mornington) cheers
2015-01-18 [14:46:07] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you very much *blushes*
2015-01-18 [14:46:09] Podruly Peccable: Fascinating
2015-01-18 [14:46:10] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): wonderful presentation!!!
2015-01-18 [14:46:11] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
2015-01-18 [14:46:13] Garnet Psaltery: Fascinating session
2015-01-18 [14:46:14] Podruly Peccable applauds
2015-01-18 [14:46:17] Steadman Kondor: wonderful :) thank yoU!
2015-01-18 [14:46:21] Ceirwyn (ladyjayd): Thank you for the awesome presentation!
2015-01-18 [14:46:28] Dee Wells (promiscute): Excellent! A great deal of information well packaged
2015-01-18 [14:46:29] RiverFalcon: well done miss wulfroie ㋡ very awesome indeed
2015-01-18 [14:46:31] Elleon Bergamasco applauds
2015-01-18 [14:46:31] Dee Wells (promiscute): Well done
2015-01-18 [14:46:40] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) is humbled by your generosity
2015-01-18 [14:46:46] AlasAndAlack applauds heartily!
2015-01-18 [14:46:56] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): How did you happen to take particular interest in Trevithic?
2015-01-18 [14:47:23] Lady Sumoku: Well, he is the true father of steam engines.
2015-01-18 [14:47:23] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I came across him while I was working on an early beam engine excavation site in the Lake District
2015-01-18 [14:47:25] Beryl Strifeclaw (gager): Good talk
2015-01-18 [14:47:30] Beryl Strifeclaw (gager): =^_^=
2015-01-18 [14:47:31] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Well, not in person, but his story
2015-01-18 [14:47:31] Dee Wells (promiscute): His high-pressure steam was pivotal
2015-01-18 [14:47:33] Beryl Strifeclaw (gager) purrs
2015-01-18 [14:47:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) grins
2015-01-18 [14:48:02] Steadman Kondor: are there any future (( read current)) acknowledgement of Ms Anning?
2015-01-18 [14:48:15] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): The mines in the north briefly borrowed Cornish technology and know how to kick start their copper industry before they discovered the better income from coal mines
2015-01-18 [14:49:05] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): She is the only woman to have had a Eulogy read out about her at the London Science societies.
2015-01-18 [14:49:12] RiverFalcon: good night from the UK - River waves and disappears
2015-01-18 [14:49:20] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you for coming!
2015-01-18 [14:49:21] Dee Wells (promiscute): Tc, River :)
2015-01-18 [14:49:32] Garnet Psaltery: Bye River
2015-01-18 [14:49:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Sadly all that survives from her work are fragments of her papers.
2015-01-18 [14:49:58] Steadman Kondor: good to see you all :) what a fabulous event. well done to miss wulfride and the organisers
2015-01-18 [14:50:08] Dee Wells (promiscute): And as you say, many of her nomenclature
2015-01-18 [14:50:08] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you Mr. Kondor
2015-01-18 [14:50:20] Garnet Psaltery: Must go but it's been fascinating, thank you, Wulfride
2015-01-18 [14:50:25] Lunea Alena: Indeed, this was very enlightening, thank you so much!
2015-01-18 [14:50:36] Stereo Nacht: Have a great day, Mr. Kondor!
2015-01-18 [14:50:38] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Some of her fossil finds are still on display too, at the fossil museum. Every year they have a festival.
2015-01-18 [14:50:46] Elleon Bergamasco: excellent!
2015-01-18 [14:50:51] Garnet Psaltery: Night Dee, Vic. Lia :o)
2015-01-18 [14:50:57] Stereo Nacht: Good night Ms. Garnet!
2015-01-18 [14:50:58] Dee Wells (promiscute): Tc, Garnet :)
2015-01-18 [14:51:02] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Good night, and thank you for coming.
2015-01-18 [14:51:26] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gute Nacht, those leaving. We still have a few more minutes for questions, however.
2015-01-18 [14:51:32] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) nods
2015-01-18 [14:51:40] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): good night everyone
2015-01-18 [14:51:41] Bixyl Shuftan finishes taking some notes
2015-01-18 [14:51:42] Lady Sumoku hopes she can wrangle a set of pictures from her better half.
2015-01-18 [14:51:45] Podruly Peccable: THat was very interesting, I must find out more about the Cornish fellow... goodnight all!
2015-01-18 [14:51:53] Bixyl Shuftan: night Selena :-)
2015-01-18 [14:51:55] Stereo Nacht: Good night Princess!
2015-01-18 [14:51:59] Princess Selena (selenaanansi): :D
2015-01-18 [14:52:04] Bixyl Shuftan: Night Podruly
2015-01-18 [14:52:13] Stereo Nacht: And good night Mr. Peccable!
2015-01-18 [14:52:17] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Here is the link to the fossil festival
2015-01-18 [14:52:18] Lady Sumoku waves to those leaving.
2015-01-18 [14:52:20] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta):
2015-01-18 [14:52:30] Dee Wells (promiscute): Ah, thank you
2015-01-18 [14:52:33] AlasAndAlack: Thank you, Miss Wulfride. So good of you to direct our attention to these inventors who deserve more attention.!
2015-01-18 [14:52:42] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): And here is a link to a new reproduction, the Puffing Devil
2015-01-18 [14:52:45] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta):
2015-01-18 [14:52:45] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) smiles.
2015-01-18 [14:53:02] Darlingmonster Ember: Wonderful session. Thank you all for sharing.
2015-01-18 [14:53:04] Darlingmonster Ember curtsies
2015-01-18 [14:53:07] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I mean Catch me who can, heh
2015-01-18 [14:53:32] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies and skips off into the snow.
2015-01-18 [14:53:41] Beryl Strifeclaw (gager): Good night everyone
2015-01-18 [14:53:44] Lady Sumoku: Wear mittens!
2015-01-18 [14:53:48] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Those who have enquiring minds, here is a link to the concept of Strong Steam
2015-01-18 [14:53:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gute Nacht, those leaving.
2015-01-18 [14:53:58] Dee Wells (promiscute): Tc, Nika :)
2015-01-18 [14:54:06] Stereo Nacht: Good night Ms. Ember!
2015-01-18 [14:54:21] Elleon Bergamasco: I do love these presentations
2015-01-18 [14:54:33] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): I am glad you came, Fraulein Bergamasco.
2015-01-18 [14:54:38] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) smiles
2015-01-18 [14:54:58] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Yes.  *smiles at Elleon*
2015-01-18 [14:55:04] Elleon Bergamasco: oh thank you!
2015-01-18 [14:55:18] Stereo Nacht: Dobrii dien Gospodin Osterham!
2015-01-18 [14:55:18] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): I'm glad to have introduced some little known names to you all, my aim is simply to encourage folks to explore these people and find other things of interest.
2015-01-18 [14:55:37] Bixyl Shuftan: Welcome Wulfride
2015-01-18 [14:55:42] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Any further tips for our excellent speaker?
2015-01-18 [14:55:44] Elleon Bergamasco: It's lovely to see the two of you in Babbage
2015-01-18 [14:56:06] Elleon Bergamasco: we need more friendly faces  like yours
2015-01-18 [14:56:08] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): We are all lucky to have them both, ja?
2015-01-18 [14:56:20] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) smiles at Wulfie  "It was an exceptional talk."
2015-01-18 [14:56:34] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) smiles
2015-01-18 [14:57:02] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you.
2015-01-18 [14:57:08] Stereo Nacht: I should be heading out, and make sure all is set for Ms. Kamenev/Ms. Keeba's show in Caledon... Sorry I missed half of your talk, Ms. Blitzen, I will catch up on the transcript.
2015-01-18 [14:57:22] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke for the reminder, Fraulein Stereo.
2015-01-18 [14:57:27] Lady Sumoku waves some more.
2015-01-18 [14:57:29] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): A shame lag did some odd things with my text, but that couldn't be helped
2015-01-18 [14:57:29] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Thank you, Elleon. It is my hope we can both visit more often.
2015-01-18 [14:57:39] Lunea Alena: Good day all, I hope to see you again next time.
2015-01-18 [14:57:42] Lunea Alena waves
2015-01-18 [14:57:42] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you, Frl. Nacht
2015-01-18 [14:57:45] Lia Venuto (venra.aries): =D
2015-01-18 [14:57:45] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gute Nacht.
2015-01-18 [14:57:59] Elleon Bergamasco: such a busy day in the steam lands
2015-01-18 [14:58:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): All right, I am picking up the tip jar. One more round of applause, bitte.
2015-01-18 [14:58:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
2015-01-18 [14:58:13] Lady Sumoku cheers one more time.
2015-01-18 [14:58:16] Stereo Nacht: Good night Herr Baron, Queen Zantabraxus, Ms. Blitzen, Ms. Sumoku, Mr. Shuftan, Ms. Venuto, Ms Alack, Ms. Well,s Mr. Lapis, Mr. Mornington, Ms. Shadow, Gospodin Osterham, Ms. Brgamasco, and everyone!
2015-01-18 [14:58:20] Lady Sumoku waves
2015-01-18 [14:58:32] Bixyl Shuftan: Night Stero
2015-01-18 [14:58:42] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Farewell, Captain
2015-01-18 [14:58:44] Dee Wells (promiscute): Have a good day, everyone :)
2015-01-18 [14:58:48] Dee Wells (promiscute) waves
2015-01-18 [14:58:56] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, everyone, for attending and I hope to see you next month.
2015-01-18 [14:59:12] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you everyone for your generosity
2015-01-18 [14:59:28] Lady Sumoku: You earned it!
2015-01-18 [15:00:25] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): There are some excellent talks coming up over the next few months too, and I'm looking forward to those
2015-01-18 [15:00:40] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Frau Gräfin, might you send a set of those pictures you used to Fraulein Bookworm?
2015-01-18 [15:00:45] Lady Sumoku kisses her missus
2015-01-18 [15:00:54] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Of course, the textures on the boards?
2015-01-18 [15:00:57] Mr. Snow (tehckisnow): Thank you so much, Miss Blitzen! Good to see you all here!
2015-01-18 [15:01:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Ja.
2015-01-18 [15:01:50] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Thank you Mr. Snow
2015-01-18 [15:01:53] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) grins
2015-01-18 [15:03:18] Lia Venuto (venra.aries): night all!
2015-01-18 [15:03:23] Lady Sumoku waves
2015-01-18 [15:03:32] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta) waves. Thanks for coming
2015-01-18 [15:04:24] Lady Sumoku: That went well.
2015-01-18 [15:04:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): It went quite well, indeed.
2015-01-18 [15:05:17] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): A shame the Clockwinder could not attend.
2015-01-18 [15:05:29] Bixyl Shuftan: Guess he was busy
2015-01-18 [15:06:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Sometimes he is not able to get inworld when he wishes. Fraulein Bergamasco, might you step in a little? I wish to close the doors.
2015-01-18 [15:06:43] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Hm, should be all right.
2015-01-18 [15:06:57] AlasAndAlack smiles at Baron Klaus. "So good of you to organize these. I wish I could come to more of them."
2015-01-18 [15:07:12] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Why do people keep leaving my doors open?
2015-01-18 [15:07:16] Wulfriðe Blitzen  (ancasta): Some of the topics are utterly facinating
2015-01-18 [15:07:19] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Danke, Fraulein.
2015-01-18 [15:07:26] Lady Sumoku: They're fun to play with?
2015-01-18 [15:07:41] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Drafty enough as it is.
2015-01-18 [15:08:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): There.
2015-01-18 [15:09:18] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) looks up and shuts down the clank airship

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