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Desc:It demonstrates an astronomical clockwork dated approx. 150-100 BC
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:greeks, Antikythera mechanism, avant garde technology
Submitted:Dib
Date:12/18/08
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allcaps
Shouldn't this be retro garde technology?
Big Beef Burritos Supreme
No, this is steam punk. If steam punk didn't suck cocks and was actually functional.

For ultimate steam punk style and power, place a orrery next to a PS3.

Dib
In the context of the original device (and the terms I was intending), people are fond of stating it is avant garde for the fact that it employs a precise clockwork mechanic that isn't seen again for centuries.

Here's the informative Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_device Sadly, as of this writing the pop culture references are bereft of Sonic the Hedgehog.

cognitivedissonance
I bet he is really, really, REALLY into Tolkien.
mouser
Nice that they finally figured out how it worked.

I'd buy a copy of this if it was mass-produced.
Ersatz
Mine's still flashing ιβ:00ʹ.
allcaps
I laughed.

Tuan Jim
Cool. I'm reminded by Sagen's contention that if things had worked out differently, the descendants of the Ionian greeks would've been exploring other planets by the middle ages.
Syd Midnight
That was a killer Sagan riff from "Cosmos".. imagining if knowledge was always preserved and not lost, like the library of Alexandria. The beginning of the 21st century as being when humanity launches its first interstellar space arks, with big ole Greek letters and numbers. Eh, woulda, coulda, shoulda

fluffy
DUPE
Pie Boy
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