What are Automata?
Because of their diversity, automata are difficult to define. Here is our loose definition of them: “Machines that replicate human, animal, or inanimate objects’ motions, capabilities, and/or everyday tasks. These can be hand cranked, motor driven, or computer controlled.” This definition may be expanded as time flows. (Automata Magazine Group Forum)
My name is Giuseppe Civitarese (aka Pino), from Visintini, Italy. I am an oceanographer, and in my second life I am a card models builder and designer. My passion for paper modelling began in 2000, when I decided to build a paper castle for my little nephew Matteo. Later, Matteo never built any paper model. On the other hand, since then I've never abandoned this hobby. My specific interest is in designing paper automata, and terrestrial and celestial globes from digital replicas of antique maps.
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Do you need a castle to be 3D printed or, much better, to be printed on paper, cutout, and assembled? No matter how many towers, walls, crenellated ramparts you need: with Grand Castle Generator, you and your princess (or prince) … Continue reading
Direction/Set Design/Animation/Post Production DADOMANI Studio Director of Photography: Patrizio Saccò Graphics: Dadomani, Carlo Gazzi Set Building: Dadomani, Linda Vallone Music: Ramin Djawadi Sound Fx: Dadomani Client: Moleskine
Rudolph is waiting for you!
Vincenzo Coronelli (August 16, 1650 – December 9, 1718) was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer, cartographer, publisher, and encyclopedist known in particular for his atlases and globes. He spent most of his life in Venice. He produced celestial and terrestrial globes … Continue reading
I’m proud to announce that my project of Cassini’s Celestial paper Globe (Christmas Ball version) has just been published in a nice hard copy version by AstroMedia, specialized in cardboard kits of scientific instruments and models.
Almost two years already passed since I published my first (and last) post on “Remaking the Heavens”. Well, I worked on it, but not enough… The first thing I did was to scan the pages of the “Libro dei Globi”. … Continue reading
Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect – showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. See the research article by M. Burrows and … Continue reading
Note: texture modified from the original by 3DTaxi A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are … Continue reading