Monday, March 17, 2014

Clockworks! AEther Salon (unedited transcript)

[13:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) activates the Salon clank
[13:59] Selena (selenaanansi) curtsies to Baronin "Good day"
[13:59] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Wild
[13:59] Dollianna (annamated) waves to Mr Beaumont
[13:59] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome, Admiral, Baronin.
[13:59] Wildstar Beaumont: good evening !
[13:59] Darlingmonster Ember: Hullo Admiral
[13:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) frowns at the airship
[13:59] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Greetings, Book
[14:00] Darlingmonster Ember: Oh that's a lovely dress Baronin.
[14:00] Selena (selenaanansi): Hullo, Admiral Beaumont
[14:00] Wildstar Beaumont nods at the Princess
[14:00] Jon Chen (jonchen) waves
[14:00] Jon Chen (jonchen): hallo all :)
[14:00] Bookworm Hienrichs: Hello, Jon!
[14:00] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Jon
[14:00] Dollianna (annamated) waves to Jon
[14:01] Jon Chen (jonchen): :)
[14:01] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies and blinks at the crowd, her eyes weak as they normally are "Good day, one and all.  I thank you for turning out today!"
[14:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) kisses Zanta in greeting once the airship is settled.
[14:01] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Before we begin, may I offer a few things?
[14:01] Dollianna (annamated) waves to Elara
[14:01] Bookworm Hienrichs: We usually wait a few minute before starting, Miss Thought-werk.
[14:02] ElaraGloriana (elaragloriana.scrabblebat): :D 'ello
[14:02] Dollianna (annamated) waves to bleue
[14:02] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Oh ... it is my nerves ...
[14:02] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Latecomers, Nika.
[14:02] Bookworm Hienrichs: Give people time to arrive from their previous engagements.
[14:02] Bookworm Hienrichs smiles.
[14:02] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) tries to clear her thoughts.
[14:02] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Thank you, DME
[14:02] Darlingmonster Ember: Be brave, Nika, we are all here to be a good audience today.
[14:02] Garnet Psaltery: Mr. Paperclip, how nice to see you
[14:02] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Hello!
[14:02] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Bleue
[14:02] Darlingmonster Ember: oh, M Paperclip...such joy you bring to these eyes.
[14:03] Darlingmonster Ember: Welcome!!
[14:03] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Ms. Ember. It's been ages :D
[14:03] Garnet Psaltery: Hoy Jimmy
[14:03] Dollianna (annamated) waves to Myrtil and Jimmy
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Hallo, Herr Jimmy.
[14:03] Wildstar Beaumont: Professor !
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Myrtil.
[14:03] Garnet Psaltery: Hey Myrtil - lovely lamps
[14:03] Jimmy Branagh: Hoy awl!
[14:03] Bodhisatva Paperclip waves at the Admiral
[14:03] Jimmy Branagh bows to the Baron
[14:03] Wildstar Beaumont: lovely to see you here !
[14:03] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Herr Jimmy, as you might infer, the lighting problem was sorted last night.
[14:03] Myrtil Igaly: 'ello Mister Baron, 'ello Miss Dollianna and Miss Garnet, thank you!
[14:03] bleue lacroix (bluelacroix): Hello Miss Garnet!
[14:03] Brother Riddler: Hi Jimmy!
[14:03] Myrtil Igaly: 'ello everyone
[14:03] Jon Chen (jonchen): Back, I hope
[14:04] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) smiles and curtsies to Mister Jimmy "You don't look like Clark Gable any more!"
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[14:04] Myrtil Igaly: Clark Gable?
[14:04] Myrtil Igaly: hehe
[14:04] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) is able to see, kisses her husband with a smile
[14:04] Jimmy Branagh: Naw Oy devolved Miss Nika!
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Heh.
[14:04] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Greetings all who arrived while I was blind.
[14:04] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Vernden
[14:04] Vernden Jervil: Hello!
[14:04] Jimmy Branagh: I dressed for the Seraph dance Myrtil
[14:04] Myrtil Igaly: 'ello Baronin!
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) nods at the Commander
[14:04] Myrtil Igaly: aaah
[14:04] Dollianna (annamated) waves
[14:04] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) blinkd and cocks her head "Devol-lalalalalalalalala?"
[14:04] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar): oh scary glowy floor!
[14:04] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Went backwards, Nika.
[14:04] Vernden Jervil: afternoon Baron
[14:05] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas): Greetings, Vernden *Smiles*
[14:05] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks at the Baron and nods.
[14:05] Vernden Jervil: Good to see you Zantabraxus
[14:05] Wildstar Beaumont: welcome back, Princess
[14:05] Selena (selenaanansi): thankyou
[14:05] Selena (selenaanansi): the realm needed me for a moment
[14:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Help yourself to refreshments while we wait for stragglers, bitte.
[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs: Realms are nearly as pesky as that Real Life place.
[14:06] Myrtil Igaly waves to Bleue in the back of the room
[14:06] Bookworm Hienrichs grins.
[14:06] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Herr Baro?
[14:06] Jimmy Branagh: Yes Oy can tell th' loights are fixed Herr Baron
[14:06] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Baron*
[14:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Almost, Herr Jimmy. I've a few tweaks.
[14:06] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Ja, Nika?
[14:06] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): May I have chocolate for my nerves?
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs grins.
[14:07] Jon Chen (jonchen) waves to Blue :)
[14:07] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) blinks.
[14:07] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): You may have cocoa-paper.
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs steps forward.
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs: Welcome to this month's Aether Salon! Today, Miss Nika Thought-werk will discuss a topic in which she certainly has experience - clockworks!
[14:07] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) shakes her head and watches Miss Bookworm.
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs: Before we proceed, some housekeeping reminders:
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs: 1) To ensure you can hear the speaker, stand or sit on the patterned carpet.
[14:07] Bookworm Hienrichs: 2) If you do not have a wearable chair and wish one, please contact Baron Wulfenbach.
[14:08] Bookworm Hienrichs: 3) Please remove all lag-feeding whats-its you might be wearing.
[14:08] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Random
[14:08] Bookworm Hienrichs: 4) A tip jar is out for our speaker. Do please show your appreciation!
[14:08] Bookworm Hienrichs: 5) Any tips to help support the establishment will also be welcome - just click on one of the support signs!
[14:09] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): (Or feed the little airship.)
[14:09] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:09] Jon Chen (jonchen) applauds
[14:09] Bookworm Hienrichs: 6) If you're not a member of the AEther Salon group, there are signs that will let you sign up. You'll be most heartily welcome!
[14:09] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) applauds
[14:09] Bookworm Hienrichs: 7) Edited and unedited transcripts of these proceedings will be posted at
[14:09] Bookworm Hienrichs: And now, to introduce our speaker, here is Baron Klaus Wulfenbach.
[14:10] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Nika has been around the Steamlands for some time, but we first became good friends when I bought her her first aeroplane for the Postal Service.
[14:10] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Stereo
[14:10] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks down as she remembers.
[14:10] Garnet Psaltery: Hello Jed
[14:10] Stereo Nacht: Good day Ms. Garnet!
[14:10] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Hello
[14:10] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): She has set up a remarkable network of event boards for everywhere in the Steamlands, and continues to develop the Postal Service into a remarkable unifying force.
[14:10] Stereo Nacht: And good day everyone! Sorry to be late!
[14:11] Jon Chen (jonchen): Well done! :)
[14:11] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Just recently, she also became the new Mayor-werk of Seraph City, and has grand plans for our far future.
[14:11] Jimmy Branagh applauds
[14:11] Myrtil Igaly applauds
[14:11] ElaraGloriana (elaragloriana.scrabblebat): APPLAUSE!!!!
[14:11] Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:11] Jon Chen (jonchen) applauds
[14:11] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:11] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Herren and Frauen, Fraulein Robotnika Thought-werk.
[14:11] Bookworm Hienrichs applauds.
[14:11] Jimmy Branagh: Yay!
[14:11] Darlingmonster Ember: Huzzah!
[14:11] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger) claps
[14:11] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks at the Baron "I begin now?"
[14:11] Garnet Psaltery claps
[14:12] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Bitte, if you would.
[14:12] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) nods quietly and grabs her notes.
[14:12] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): So ... first, my name is Nika ... and I am a clockwork.  If you like, you may touch the black box before me for a gift.  I cannot use words of more than two words ... so please bear with me?  Also, I do not think as well as you ... so I fear this will not be as good a talk as you are used to.  I will do my best.
[14:13] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies.
[14:13] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The word clockwork derives from two words – clock and works.  Works comes from “workings” - or the guts of a clock.  What about the word clock?  The word clock comes from the Celtic words clagan and clocca – which both mean “bell” … not “bella” - like some people call very pretty things.
[14:13] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): I think clocks are pretty, but bell does not mean “bella.”  The reason, I think, for clagan and clocca, is that early clocks often made noises, like bells, to mark the passage of one hour to the next.  Clocks are, most simply put, tools which measure time.
[14:14] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace) nods
[14:14] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The path from clocks to clockworks took many thousands of years.  The fathers of clocks which use gears, like I do, were sundials and ob'lisks.  These may have been used in Ancient Egypt over 5,500 years ago.
[14:14] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): These tools use the sun and their shadows to help men measure the passage of time during the day – but at night, their users were left in the dark.  Not only that, but even on cloudy days, these items were of little use at all if you wanted to tell the time.  Men faced this problem for hundreds of years before a new type of clock was designed.
[14:14] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): These new clocks also first seem to have arose in Egypt – and may have come about from man's attempt to escape the limits of the sundial.
[14:15] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): These new clocks were water clocks.  Water-clocks were first mentioned in records from     Ancient Egypt from about 3,500 years ago.  In its most basic form, a water-clock is little more     than a     cup with a hole in the bottom.
[14:15] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The cup is marked on the inside with a number of marks     that show the time it takes for water, which is draining out of the bottom of the cup at a steady rate, to reach a certain mark.  In time, water clocks went far beyond their humble start.  More on this in a moment.  Something that made the water clock stand out compared to the sundial is     that water-clocks could be used at any time of day to tell the time.  Just add water!
[14:16] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Can any of you tell me one drawback of measuring time using water dripping through a hole in a bowl?
[14:16] Jimmy Branagh: Instant toime!
[14:16] Darlingmonster Ember: evaporation?
[14:16] Jon Chen (jonchen): evaporation?
[14:16] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) waits.
[14:16] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): evaporation
[14:16] Darlingmonster Ember smiles
[14:16] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) cocks her head and blinks.
[14:17] Stereo Nacht: Spilling out the water?
[14:17] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): It is in a pretty arid place in spots
[14:17] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) nods.
[14:17] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): You two are very right indeed!
[14:17] Darlingmonster Ember: ...and dogs... they will drink from anything.
[14:17] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): the temple cat getting a drink?
[14:17] Stereo Nacht: (And evaporation is water turning into vapour, Miss Thought-Werk!
[14:17] Darlingmonster Ember: jinx
[14:18] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): So faced with that, water clocks had limits just like sundials ...
[14:18] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Man wanted something better!
[14:18] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): So ... he kept at work to master time ...
[14:18] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Candle clocks seem to have come next.  The oldest records for candle clocks are about 1,500     years old.  The candle clock consists of at least two parts.  The first is a candle.  The second is a     special plate that stands beside the candle.
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The candle is made to burn at an even rate.  The     plate has marks upon it to stand for the hours that the candle has been burning.   Like water     clocks, candle clocks could help you tell time at any time of night and in     any place that you     cannot use a sundial.  Can any of you tell me a major drawback of a candle clock compared to a water clock?
[14:19] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Wind
[14:19] Vernden Jervil: stiff winds
[14:19] Jon Chen (jonchen): yes.
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) nods.
[14:19] Vernden Jervil: drat
[14:19] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Summertime
[14:19] Selena (selenaanansi): candles burn out
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Any other things?
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Yes!
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): And ...
[14:19] Jon Chen (jonchen): candle burn rate
[14:19] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey): Wax or tallow quality.
[14:19] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): A knocked over candle ...
[14:19] Darlingmonster Ember: nods
[14:20] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Again with the cats
[14:20] Darlingmonster Ember: ...dogs... they will knock over anything.
[14:20] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) smiles.
[14:20] Darlingmonster Ember: grins
[14:20] Vernden Jervil: So what you are saying, is that none of these clocks work?
[14:20] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): They can cause fire ... they do ... but not well.
[14:20] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): standardization issues i would think too
[14:20] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Man wanted more!
[14:20] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Things we need drive us to create.  The ancients, in a quest to master time, sought to make time-pieces that would not suffer from the weakness of those that they had.  A safe machine, unlike     the candle clock.
[14:20] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): The tallow rendering guild has standards.
[14:21] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): A precise machine, unlike early candle and water clocks.  A device that was     not felled by the clouds, unlike the sundial.  This drove men to test and search for new methods,     and therein lay the birth of clockworks.  Therein lies the birth of me.
[14:21] Jimmy Branagh: 'appy Birthday Miss Nika!
[14:21] Darlingmonster Ember smiles
[14:22] Myrtil Igaly: Hey Tepic!
[14:22] Jimmy Branagh: Hoy Tep!
[14:22] Jon Chen: tepic :)
[14:22] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) adds "On to what makes a clock ... it's my ... oh!  Thank you!"
[14:22] Jimmy Branagh grins
[14:22] Bookworm Hienrichs chuckles.
[14:22] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): All clockwork systems, be they clocks or clockworks, run through the work or several parts.
[14:22] Tepic Harlequin: sorry i'm late... been at the factory....
[14:22] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): A key is the first part that most people will see of a clock ... old clocks at any rate.  The key is attached to a spring.  As the key is turned, it winds the spring and makes it very small.  That gives the spring lots of power ... power it is ready to use!
[14:23] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): A word of caution must be said.  Springs are like people.  Though they can be mighty if they are pressured ... a spring too-tightly wound may break.
[14:23] Jimmy Branagh: Oy know some folks 'round 'ere loike thet
[14:23] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Heh.
[14:23] Myrtil Igaly: hehe
[14:23] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): As you can guess, the main spring uses its power to unwind!  No one likes being too tightly wound.  By using gears and rods, the spring can turn other parts as it unwinds.  By making trains of gears, many different parts can move at the same time - all through the action of a simple key and spring.
[14:24] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Now, if the spring had its way, it would unwind quickly.  People would have to wind clocks all the time ... and they would be no more useful than a sundial at night.
[14:24] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The spring must be allowed to unwind at a steady rate, and this is done through the use of an escape device.  In big clocks, this escape device is also attached to a hanging pend'lam.
[14:25] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) adds "An escape device helps the spring deal with being wound up all the time ... again, just like people."
[14:26] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Now, how do we get from clocks to clockworks, you ask?  Let me tell you ...
[14:26] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Clockworks are almost old as man's quest to count time. In the Iliad, the poet Homer speaks of self-propelled carts in the halls of the god of smithing.  These carts were like tripods.  Unlike other bits of the Iliad, however, these carts may not have been a fairy tale.
[14:27] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The Greek craftsman Hero, who lived in Egypt from 10 AD to 70 AD, is noted for making such carts.  These carts could be programmed to take a given path though the use of rope and pegs.
[14:27] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): To view a modern version of such a device, please see:
[14:27] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The Greeks had numerous stories of such gear-driven wonders, both from myth and more real realms.  One of the most well-known of these in the present day is the Anti -
[14:28] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Anti-
[14:28] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar): Cythera
[14:28] Bookworm Hienrichs: Antikythera, I think.
[14:28] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) blinks "Device."
[14:28] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Antikythera, indeed.
[14:29] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): This device was most likely made in the first century BC.  What little is known of this device is that it came from Greece, and it uses clockwork gears to predict the movement of the Heavens.  When it was found, it was not in good shape ... and the scientists that now have it work very hard to preserve it.
[14:29] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): "the Greek Navigation Machine"
[14:29] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): With the fall of Rome, much of the beauty of Greek clockwork machines were lost to the Western world.  All was not so in the East, though!
[14:29] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Both the water clock and the candle clock reached their most wondrous ... and final height under the hands of a Muslim craftsman named  Badi'al-Zaman Abū al-'Izz Ismā'īl ibn al-Razāz al-Jazarī.  Al-Jazari lived in the Middle East from 1136 AD to 1206 AD.
[14:30] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): His most famous clock was and is known as "The El'phant Clock."  This was a water clock, and as you can guess, the main body of the clock was a giant el'phant.
[14:30] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): To see the clock in action, please refer to this address:
[14:31] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): In the late-1400's, a need for more accurate time-pieces and desire of men to create led Europe's brightest sons and daughters to embrace the heritage of Greece and take up gear-driven clockwork design.
[14:31] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): It is around 1500 AD when clockworks truly came home to the place of their birth ... or at least, the place of my birth. One of the most famed makers of fine human-like clockworks was Da Vinci.
[14:31] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): We know today through letters written of this event, that in 1515 AD, Da Vinci gave a clockwork lion to the King of France, King Francis I.  The gift occurred at Lyons, in France.  The machine could walk, stand, and open its chest to reveal the fleur-de-lis.  According to Da Vinci scholar Mark Rosheim, the controlling mechanism in the robot was probably a cam-and-lever cart.  The cart would have been spring-powered, and having cams and levers would have made it able to do certain tricks.
[14:32] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The cart, in itself, has been compared to an early analog device.  Among Da Vinci's other machines like this appear to be a knight that could sit up, move its arms and neck, and open and close its jaw.
[14:32] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Here, you may see the clockwork lion at work -
[14:33] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Once men of Da Vinci's stature began producing clockworks again, it was not long before other men did so as well.  Some of the most famous examples of devices from this golden age of clockwork design include Vaucanson's Duck in 1739, the Turk, which was built around 1770 AD, and Maillardet's Draughtsman-Writer, which came about around 1800 AD.  I will talk of the Turk last among these three.
[14:34] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Vaucanson's Duck was a clockwork model of a duck that could eat grain ... just like I eat grass.  After it ate the grain, it could ... empty itself ... just like me.  Maillardet's Writer was a clockwork that looked like a child.  It could write poems.  I often say clockworks cannot write poems ... but this one can.
[14:34] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[14:34] Nika Thought-werk mumbles "I wish I could write."
[14:34] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): I am much in awe of that.  What's even better, this little writer now lives under the safety of the Franklin Institute.  The Franklin Institute is named for Ben Franklin.  I am much in awe of Ben Franklin.
[14:35] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): To see this little wonder and how he works, please visit:
[14:35] Myrtil Igaly: Could he write many different poems or just one though?
[14:35] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): He wrote three, I believe.
[14:35] Myrtil Igaly: Oooh not bad
[14:35] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): He WAS just a boy, after all.
[14:35] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[14:36] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey) chuckles.
[14:36] Jimmy Branagh: hehe
[14:36] Bookworm Hienrichs grins.
[14:36] Jon Chen (jonchen): A major step in information storage...
[14:36] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): And some boys cannot write even at all, no?
[14:36] Dollianna (annamated): I write poems. Well, limericks *cough*
[14:36] Darlingmonster Ember smiles
[14:36] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) smiles at her sister of the key.
[14:36] Dollianna (annamated): ;)
[14:36] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Both of these machines were real ... or at least, they did what they appeared to do on their own.  The Turk was more famous than either of these in his day though, perhaps even now.
[14:37] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The Turk was a clockwork chess player, and he toured the world, playing against kings, queens, scholars, and even Ben Franklin himself.  This machine was a fraud ... not a clockwork ... but a person passing him or herself off as a clockwork!
[14:37] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar): Tut tut
[14:37] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Scandalous.
[14:37] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) appears to be just a wee-bit incensed "Truly!"
[14:38] Myrtil Igaly: I bet nowadays it could be done
[14:38] Jon Chen (jonchen): fascinating because it was possible!
[14:38] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) nods at Myrtil.
[14:38] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Yet, so complete was the Turk's power to capture the mind of Europe and the States, even now, his fame towers above us all!  He even has a comic book ... over one hundred and fifty years since he burned to death!
[14:38] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Pure envy, perhaps
[14:38] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) whispers "Serves him right ... "
[14:39] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): But ... do any of you like comic books?
[14:39] Myrtil Igaly: Yes!
[14:39] Bodhisatva Paperclip nods
[14:39] Jon Chen (jonchen) raises a hand
[14:39] Jimmy Branagh: Yeps
[14:39] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): If you want to read of this clockwork super-star ... you don't want to, do you?
[14:40] Jon Chen (jonchen): :)
[14:40] Myrtil Igaly: Sure
[14:40] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks around.  "Oh ... well, then go here ...
[14:40] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): To read the Turk's comic book, please visit here:
[14:40] Myrtil Igaly: Thank you!
[14:41] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): I know you will not wish to read this comic book though.  Who wants to read of a fraud when they might enjoy poems written by a nice clockwork boy?
[14:41] Bookworm Hienrichs smiles.
[14:41] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) pretends not to hear Myrtil's enthusiasm.
[14:41] Darlingmonster Ember: coughs
[14:41] Dollianna (annamated) skips to the part where it burns...
[14:41] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): At any rate, the Turk showed both the strength of clockworks ... and our greatest flaw.  I will get to that at present.
[14:42] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): From Da Vinci onwards, clockworks stood for the height of science in Europe.  More and more advanced clockworks were made, in tandem with a Europe that saw beauty in the order built into clockwork systems.
[14:42] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): As such systems had at first been designed to measure the movement of the Heavens, Man came to measure Heaven in terms of clockworks.
[14:43] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): In Europe, the 1600 - 1700s were known as the Age of Reason.  Methods of science were attached to every field of knowledge, and one of these fields was spir'tual worship.  As man sought to know his design through the design of clockworks, a new religion developed known as Deism.
[14:43] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Deism first truly came about in England in the early 1600s.  By the turn of that century, Deism had come to measure the world through what one can observe and test in nature.  The Deist god, rather than a god of mystery and mir'cles, was seen as a grand craftsman ... a wondrous clockmaker, whose machines were made to last the eons without his care.
[14:43] Darlingmonster Ember: aah
[14:44] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Rather than lose oneself to the hope of never directly seeing his maker, a Deist held that, to see God, all one had to do was observe the world God had made.
[14:44] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): So much was Deism in keeping with the spirit of its time that a vast number of English and French men of learning ascribed to it.  Many leaders of the 'mer'can War for Freedom, from 1776 to 1783, were Deist.  This includes Mister Franklin.
[14:45] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): So great was the idea of a world built by a supreme clockmaker, that in the States, in the 1800s, more mundane faiths attacked Deists over and over in debates and public gath'rings.  By the 1840s, the weary Deists, attacked from every side and corner, slipped into a quiet decline.
[14:45] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): For a brief time, though, in your history, those who came before you measured even their God in terms of us.
[14:45] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): As it is written, man was crafted in the image of his god.  If this is so, the same interest that god would feed within himself by making man, man feeds in himself by making us.  Yet, clockworks have limits.  Our actions have limits.  Our thoughts have limits.  We can never be as you intend.  We can never be just like you.
[14:46] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks down and holds her papers gently in shaking hands.
[14:46] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks up again.
[14:47] Bodhisatva Paperclip: :(
[14:47] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) continues.
[14:47] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): I think ... in the same way Man has left the water clock and candle clock behind to explore us ... when we reach our limits, Man will leave us too ... for steam, or oil ... or something else.  To that, I say only this ...
[14:47] Stereo Nacht: Nope! Not like us, but you'll show us what you can do, right? ;-)
[14:48] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika)'s eyes flare a bit.
[14:48] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Man has no limits.  As Miss Ereh, the Djinn, is wont to say "Be careful what you wish for."  Should man ever make HIS creature in HIS image ... a beast without bounds, it shall be at that point that Man seals his own fate.
[14:48] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): For as much as Man seeks to feed his feeling of worth by showing just what he can do ... someday he will create his most perfect tribute ... a creature made in Man's image that will someday walk away from him.
[14:49] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace) shivers
[14:49] Myrtil Igaly: I believe that is called children
[14:49] Stereo Nacht: X-D
[14:49] Jimmy Branagh: hehe
[14:49] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks down and folds away her papers "Miss, I think that is right."
[14:49] Myrtil Igaly: Clockworks are way better!
[14:49] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) applauds
[14:49] Bookworm Hienrichs smiles and applauds.
[14:49] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:49] Myrtil Igaly applauds
[14:49] SelenaAnansi Resident: Applause Applause!!!
[14:49] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:49] Jimmy Branagh applauds
[14:49] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) applauds
[14:49] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:49] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar) claps
[14:49] Jimmy Branagh: Yay Miss Nika!
[14:50] Darlingmonster Ember: well done
[14:50] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey):  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:50] Vernden Jervil cheers
[14:50] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace) applauds
[14:50] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): If you have questions, bitte, raise your hand and wait to be called upon.
[14:50] Jimmy Branagh: Good talk!
[14:50] Dollianna (annamated): Excellent. Absolutely
[14:50] Random Wezzog applauds
[14:50] Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:50] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies "I made my talk to also use the videos ... but we could not watch them here ... I am sorry it was short."
[14:50] Myrtil Igaly: Very interesting talk Miss Nika!
[14:50] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Well-timed, Nika - although that should not surprise.
[14:50] Darlingmonster Ember: Not at all short.
[14:50] Darlingmonster Ember: :D
[14:50] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): no, most escellent
[14:51] Selena (selenaanansi): perfect timing, you covered so much!
[14:51] Dollianna (annamated): Just right. And thank you for the wonderful links
[14:51] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies and bows her head "Thank you all for coming ... take a key if you so wish?"
[14:51] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Any questions?
[14:51] Darlingmonster Ember: I have a question... once we settle.
[14:51] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Fascinating!
[14:51] Myrtil Igaly hides her fraud Turk comic book
[14:51] Dollianna (annamated): XD
[14:51] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): hehe
[14:51] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks around "Miss Monster?"
[14:52] Darlingmonster Ember: Miss Nika... have you heard of clockwork designs that emulate birds or thinking aerocrafts?
[14:52] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Yes!
[14:52] Darlingmonster Ember: Ah... I shall have to study that.
[14:52] Darlingmonster Ember: Thank you
[14:52] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The most famed of these were from the Chinese hist'ries.
[14:53] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): The Chinese wrote at length of them ... though most of what they produced is now in texts which are fragments.
[14:53] Darlingmonster Ember: So interesting......
[14:54] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): I find ... given what the Greeks wrote versus what we know they produced ... there is perhaps more truth than not in the Chinese texts.
[14:55] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): The Chinese supposedly had a mechanism similar to the ones Hero used
[14:55] Bookworm Hienrichs: Any other questions for Miss Nika?
[14:55] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): And more ... there is a story of a clockwork Don Juan of which I am much amused.
[14:55] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey) eyebrows.
[14:55] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) lifts an eyebrow
[14:55] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): :)
[14:55] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) looks around.
[14:56] Jimmy Branagh: Don;t they calls them "pleasure units"?
[14:56] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): someone for everyone :)
[14:56] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Any more queries?
[14:56] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Oh, the king wished his head!
[14:56] Tepic Harlequin: can you play music, Miss, cus lots of clockworks seem to be made ter play....
[14:56] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): We have only four minutes left, so questions or donations or tips for our splendid Speaker, bitte.
[14:56] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Until its maker showed it was...
[14:56] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Oh!  I play music.
[14:57] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Want to hear?
[14:57] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): yes
[14:57] Darlingmonster Ember: They calls them 'cheapskates' Jimmy because they never pick up the check.
[14:57] Jimmy Branagh: Sure!
[14:57] Tepic Harlequin: yes please!
[14:57] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) smiles at Nika
[14:57] Jimmy Branagh chuckles
[14:57] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): You must listen close to my key, ok?
[14:57] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Lean in, her music is very soft.
[14:57] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Herr Baron, grab my key?
[14:57] Nika Thought-werk's Thought-werks Doll Key whispers: Sound on this key has now been turned on.
[14:57] Selena (selenaanansi) quietly clears her throat "Dear, Nika. Splendid presentation, I am sorry to say I have to depart"
[14:58] Stereo Nacht: Ah! A good day to you, Princess Selena!
[14:58] Jimmy Branagh: Noight Princess!
[14:58] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey): Good hunting, Your Highness.
[14:58] Selena (selenaanansi): Sorry!!!
[14:58] Bookworm Hienrichs strains, and hears a thread of a melody.
[14:58] Selena (selenaanansi): RL is screaming for me
[14:58] Myrtil Igaly: Good night Princess!
[14:58] Jon Chen (jonchen) waves
[14:58] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): A round of applause for our Speaker.
[14:58] Bookworm Hienrichs applauds.
[14:58] Jon Chen (jonchen) applauds :)
[14:58] Annechen Löwey (annechen.lowey):  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:59] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace) applauds
[14:59] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar) claps
[14:59] Myrtil Igaly applauds
[14:59] Vernden Jervil applauds
[14:59] Random Wezzog applauds
[14:59] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): tyvm
[14:59] Zantabraxus (zantabraxus.aristocarnas) applauds
[14:59] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Thank you all again.
[14:59] Darlingmonster Ember applauds
[14:59] Jimmy Branagh: Ah Oy 'ear it now
[14:59] Tepic Harlequin: there! knew yer could, an music is like poetry, cept with sounds stead of words!
[14:59] ElaraGloriana (elaragloriana.scrabblebat): APPLAUSE!!!!
[14:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Do not forget to pick up your Craft.
[14:59] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): That went much faster than I thought.
[14:59] Myrtil Igaly: That's true Tepic
[14:59] Dollianna (annamated): Very true, Master Tepic
[14:59] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Nika made these herself.
[14:59] Bookworm Hienrichs smiles at Nika.
[14:59] Ace Dupree (asua.vollmar): Thank you for your erudite talk, Miss Nika... goodnight
[14:59] Stereo Nacht:  `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[14:59] Jimmy Branagh: Whoa
[14:59] Jimmy Branagh applauds
[14:59] Darlingmonster Ember: well done Miss Nika
[14:59] Random Wezzog: Thank you, Miss Nika.
[14:59] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Delightful
[15:00] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Oh no ... I bought them from the Men of Old Cathay.
[15:00] Jimmy Branagh: Thenks Miss Nika!
[15:00] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika) curtsies.
[15:00] Darlingmonster Ember: Thank you all for sharing this.
[15:00] Bodhisatva Paperclip: Thank you, Miss Nika. That was an entertaining and informative presentation
[15:00] Darlingmonster Ember: waves and flits
[15:01] Nika Thought-werk (robotnika): Thank you!
[15:01] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): most enjoyable
[15:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Gute Nacht, those leaving.
[15:01] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): gute nacht Baron
[15:01] Jedburgh Dagger (jedburgh30.dagger): Good job little toaster
[15:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) chuckles
[15:01] Jon Chen (jonchen): fascinating, entirely; a prologue for the next age....
[15:01] Phineas Thrace (phineasthrace): Good night all
[15:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander): Last chance for the tipjar.
[15:01] Random Wezzog: Farewell, all.
[15:01] Jimmy Branagh: Noight awl!
[15:01] Myrtil Igaly: Good night!
[15:01] Jimmy Branagh bows to the Baron and Baronin
[15:01] Dollianna (annamated): Excellent work, Miss Thought-werk.
[15:01] Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (klauswulfenbach.outlander) bows
[15:01] Dollianna (annamated) waves to all
[15:01] Vernden Jervil: Good afternoon all

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