By Cory Doctorow at 12:18 pm Sat, Apr 28, 2012
Make's Meg Allan Cole recorded her first attempt at assembling a papercraft mechanical automaton, choosing a handsome Mario Bros number. The short video gives you a flavor for what's involved. Here's the files if you want to try it yourself.
Mario Brothers Papercraft Automaton
The voice-over discusses something ‘self-moving’, a ‘robot’, an ‘automaton’. The video, however, shows something that moves when you crank it by hand.
Agreed; these are not really automatons, despite her (re-)definition at the beginning.
And while I’m here kvetching, I’d like to finally mention something that’s been bugging me for too long: Poor agreement in grammatical number.
A usage like “Here’s the files” shouldn’t ever appear on BB as it does above, but I keep seeing it here, and it’s jarring and distracting. It’s particularly bad because I see it so often from Cory and Maggie, two professional writers whom I particularly admire. Except, you know, for this.
I will almost certainly have misspelled something above or left out some word necessary for grammatical clarity. I am prepared to pay the pedant’s penance.
Yeah, sure, now you taught me how to make my first one but how do I make my second one? Way to leave me high and dry!
The one that drives me batty is using “comprise” with the syntax meant for “compose.” And I just discovered yesterday that even Carl Sagan is guilty of that grammatical transgression on Cosmos!
Is it just me or was the cam mounted the wrong way ? It would make more sense for the coin motion to be a little behind mario’s, rather than the other way
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