Thursday, September 29, 2005


Scientists at Work

That’s Uncle Phil on the left, me on the right, monkeying with the Kingly Gift he presented me last week when he came to visit.

The Kingly Gift is a 1920’s-vintage Ernst Leitz binocular microscope. Made by the same people who created the Leica camera, it’s constructed of huge chunks of precision-machined Solid Brass, weighing about 20 pounds. (Oof!) And it’s in gorgeous condition, just needing a little metal polish to make it look like a Work of Technological Art.

And maybe a whack or two with the Big Cartoony Rubber Mallet to unfreeze some of the large moving parts.

Science: it’s what’s for dinner!

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