Whooo! The Amaaaaazing Steampunk Exhibit at the Museum of the History of Science is now open! Behold (good thing I went for the 600dpi..):
There’s 3, count ‘em, 3! ways to see the comic.
1.The best way to see the comic online is at Tor.com, the Sci Fi Supersite! which has kindly up it up in a way that you can, like, actually see it clearly.
2. Also, until Saturday, you can download the print resolution here (it’s 600dpi, so seriously, they’re big files). Get it while it’s hot! I was going to keep it up there, but that turns out to be expensive..
3. Last but not least! you can download the PDF of the Broadsheet from the Museum (link at the bottom), which includes the comic in the context for which it was drawn and also comes with beautiful photographs of the exhibits.
With all these viewing options, surely we need a gadget to go with this. Here at 2D Goggles we like to keep up with the very latest technology, and we hear there is a great deal of excitement over the ‘3D experience’. I fail to see the thrill of this, as our mundane existence is already carried out in 3 dimensions. If you really want a Journey Into the Unknown-
KIDS! INSTANT 2D VISION with our exclusive 2D cut-out-and-keep FLATTENING GOGGLES!!* Enter a world you have NEVER SEEN! Requires no steam power! Click to download the PDF! (hirez tiff available at Drop.io until Saturday)
Merely fold down the Dimensional Occluder for INCREDIBLE 2D EFFECT! You won’t believe your eye!
Cheers to old war-buddy Duncan, who suggested, “how about a pair of cut-out-and-keep 2d goggles?”
A few footnotes on the comic..
— In her early teens Ada had an obsession with flying machines, her ambition at 13 being to produce a ‘book of Flyology, illustrated with Plates’. She always loved machines– the first thing she did when she saw the Difference Engine when she was 17, was ask Babbage if she could borrow the diagrams to study!
– My bouncing-off point for the comic (other than just basically cramming as many steampunk tropes into two pages as I could), was Babbage’s reaction the the not-very-prominent placing of the Difference Engine prototype in the Exhibition of 1862:
This is UNCANNILY similar to the way the same fragments of the Engine are normally displayed in the MHS, and I would like to take this opportunity to suggest how much the Old Ashmolean would be Ennobled by the building of a separate wing for their proper display, along with the 800 square feet of diagrams.
By the way, my exhaustive searches of Punch have failed turn up an undisputed Babbage caricature, but this just might possibly be him! Babbage was pretty mad that the Difference Engine wasn’t displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and it does bear some resemblance to this portrait.
Anyways, thanks so much to the AWESOME curators at the Museum of the History of Science, hope to meet again soon!
After all this visual, if you’d like a little audio: BBC coverage of the Exhibit! And, my Better Half interviews super-cool Museum Director Jim Bennett! With cute accents!
*’2D effect’ is illusory; ink and paper contain some microns of depth.E