MAKE Editor at Large David Pescovitz gave this wonderful talk at TEDxSoMA on “The world as a wunderkammer” (aka “cabinet of curiosities”). Hey, Mousey the Junkbot even makes a guest appearance. Woot!
From MAKE magazine:
Check out MAKE, Volume 17: The Lost Knowledge issue! Buy your copy in the Maker Shed, subscribe to MAKE, or access the Digital Edition (if you’re already a subscriber). In Volume 17, MAKE goes really old school with the Lost Knowledge issue, featuring projects and articles covering the steampunk scene — makers creating their own alternative Victorian world through modified computers, phones, cars, costumes, and other fantastic creations. Projects include an elegant Wimshurst Influence Machine (an electrostatic generator built entirely from Home Depot parts), a Florence Siphon coffee brewer, and a teacup-powered Stirling engine. This special section also covers wunderkammer, watchmaking, letterpress printing, the multimedia art of William Blake, and other wondrous and lost (or fading) pre-20th-century technologies.