Here's some information on claw, also called crane, machines. Did you ever play one of those games to try to win a plush toy, only for the prize to tumble out of the claw at first grasp, or even outright drop it halfway up? Think you just didn't play well enough? Maybe the machine just decided to make you lose by randomly reducing claw power. Here's more information. Via Dubious Quality, although I did page through a few manuals on my own.... [more inside]
Gambling For Kids: A How To Guide - a discussion of claw games, Panini sticker books, and in-app purchases in free-to-play games for kids.
There was the home-built Lego + Mac + felt tip pen printer and a 3D chocolate printer made out of LEGO bricks (and some other bits), and now: the MakerLegoBot, a 'bot that can build models out of 1×2, 2×2, 3×2, 4×2 and 8×2 Lego bricks. Want to give it a go yourself? Here are the instructions, in 447 easy steps. Or you can skip the tricky stuff, and watch a small Lego house be built in under 3 minutes* [more inside]
"From the moment the first kitty made shadow birds on the walls of a prehistoric cave, we have had theater." Claw Theater presents Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Robin Hood, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. [more inside]
We've talked about the Archimedes death ray, but it is not the only mysterious ancient war machine the Greek scientist constructed. A contemporary Greek historian describes a wide number of clever devices developed by Archimedes during the siege of Syracuse by Roman forces - most notably a mysterious "Claw" that destroyed invading ships. You can see animations and scale models that attempt to reconstruct the Claw. Other, less-warlike, Archimedes secrets are being revealed as the Archimedes Palimpset, an overwritten text of some of the scientist's mathematical writings, has been gradually recovered using new techniques. Among the suprises is the Stomachion, a mathematical puzzle (tangrams, anyone?) and early discussion of combanitorics.