In the early 20th Century, divers found a complex analog computer designed by the Greeks. This computer contains more than 30 gears, something unseen of until this discovery.
People often assume that the ancient people were of less intelligence than people today, I personally believe the opposite when I see the great accomplishments and achievements that the people of the ancient world accomplished.
In English-speaking cultures, the distinction between rivers and streams is one of size.
The Mississippi and the Missouri are both rivers.
However, in the French language, the difference between fleuves (rivers) and riviére (streams) is one of endpoint. Fleuves flow into a large body of water (lake, ocean), and riviéres flow into another riviére or a fleuve.
So what’s the difference between a floor and a table?
In some cultures, there really is no difference.
This talk actually inspired me in designing my table. I wanted to see if the line between ‘floor’ and ‘table’ could be blurred. If table was just an elevated floor, or if the floor was a table you walked on.
Something I have given some thought to recently is the idea of the internet and technology augmenting, assisting, and perhaps automating our reality. Apple’s iPhone changed how people interact on a day-to-day basis with the internet. As this article points out, if technology continues to follow the path of ‘mini-fication,’ as it has in the past, we will inevitably see a day where technology will not be held, but attached to us.
Why have I not been posting enough recently? I’ve been working on a coffee table design among many other things. I also helped organize two school events where we invited designers: Mike McCoy and August de los Reyes.