Robot birds of the past


7 Responses to “Robot birds of the past”

  1. Christopher says:

    Before me floats an image, man or shade,

    Shade more than man, more image than a shade;

    For Hades’ bobbin bound in mummy-cloth

    May unwind the winding path;

    A mouth that has no moisture and no breath

    Breathless mouths may summon;

    I hail the superhuman;

    I call it death-in-life and life-in-death.
    -W.B. Yeats, “Byzantium”

  2. Medievalist says:

    That wasn’t flying, that was falling with style!

  3. Ah, Bubo! The most unrealistic thing about you isn’t that you are a robotic owl in Ancient Mycenaean Greece No, it’s that you are a robotic owl in Ancient Greece who is named “Bubo”, which means owl in Latin, centuries before there were any Latin speaking people.

    • Joseph Francis says:

       But when they did finally exist, that’s where they got the word for owl from.

    • chenille says:

      As it happens, though, “buzo” is a related Greek word meaning “I hoot”. I’d rather imagine it as a pet name from that.

  4. retchdog says:

    Must be expensive.

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