Electromechanical Pong

From: Dan Wright <dtwright_at_uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue Sep 28 10:18:46 2004

On Friday 24 September 2004 15:15, Tom Jennings wrote:
> Same (and more) goes to jacquard loom programming. Clearly that's known,
> because there are still such things in use, though I imagine techniques
> have improved, but I bet textile historians would know where to look for
> that.

Speaking of which, the Rare Books room at the library here here (Univ. of
Illinois) has a book that was not printed, but each page was woven from very
fine silk threads on a Jacquard loom in the 1800s. The thing is about 100
pages. It's absolutely amazing, and must have taken thousands (and
thousands...) of punched cards to program the loom.
- Dan Wright

"we are content if we can describe a multitude of other things in terms of...
fundamental incomprehensibilities. science is an activity that takes place on
the shore of an infinite sea of mystery."

chet raymo, "doctor seuss and doctor einstein"
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