My Dinky Toys' Space 1999 Eagle restoration project

Giovedì 24 Marzo 2016, 22:06

Space 1999 Eagle by Dinky Toys

Last months were particularly demanding, with a lot of work to be done, my academic research to be developed and a lot of BIM vocational training courses in which I taught. So I decided to take a little rest for my mind during the Easter break, in order to relax with some handcrafted diversions.

A couple of days ago I won, during an eBay auction, this amazing Space 1999's Eagle made in the early 70's by Dinky Toys / Meccano, in the United Kingdom. This toy was fabricated in plenty of different flavours over the years, using various colors and materials: there are five original existing versions of the Dinky's Eagles, in different packages.

This is the chronicle of my restoration...


The history of the lazy frog

Sabato 14 Novembre 2015, 14:15

My name in katakana, thanks to Sato-san!
My name in katakana, thanks to Sato-san!

I learned that there's a way of saying in Japanese that is 井の中の蛙大海を知らず。 (I no naka no kawazu taikai wo shirazu); more or less it does mean literally that a frog in a well does not know the great sea. The meaning could be that people judge things by their own little experience, never knowing of the boundless world outside.

Here I came just like that frog, leaping out of the well to reach a wider place. For the first time, in Japan I experienced how different cultures can be amazing and how they should be respected and respectful of others. That is why I find completely unacceptable what happened in Beirut and Paris these days.


The way of the 外人 (Gaijin)

Mercoledì 11 Novembre 2015, 06:35

Tokyo is an amazing city and Japanese people are lovely. Despite I had a very little time to visit the city (my schedule at Keio is very tight), what I saw so far is very nice. Shibuya and Shinjuku were such an experience for me, with their chaotic scenario.


Konichiwa from Tokyo!

Domenica 08 Novembre 2015, 10:11

Good afternoon from Tokyo, eight hours ahead in the future! :) !

I decided to write down some notes just like I did in 2012 when I was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley in California, so my blog is the right place again to share this wonderful experience.

Only a few lines, hopefully a short note per day, during my business trip in Tokyo, invited by Prof. Radovich to join the Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory Co+Labo Radovich at the eminent Keio University.

Following this link you can find news about the first of my lectures here. Tomorrow I'll start my activities, even if I am still a little bit numb due to the jet lag. But hey, we are in Tokyo now and nobody sleeps here!


GreenSpider r2.1 real time presentation in Marseille

Lunedì 28 Ottobre 2013, 12:05

Simultaneously to the talk given by Simone Garagnani in Marseille at Digital Heritage 2013 in these minutes (12.10 CET), this is the HD video showing the brand new installation process and some complex geometries used as test case studies, which contributed to GreenSpider further algorithm developments.

GreenSpider is copyrighted under a Creative Commons License. The background clip soundtrack is "Deep Haze" by K. MacLeod, embedded for personal use only in the Youtube free video clip.



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