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2016/09/28 Munich's Deutsches Museum
π 2016-09-28 00:00 in Germany2016, Sciencemuseums
Because we spent quite a bit of time at the BMW Factory and Museum, we only had about 2H left, which for a huge museum like the Munich Deutsches Museum, is totally not enough time, even running through it, but I figured 2H there was better than nothing at all, so we gave it our best shot :)
To make matters worse, it had lots of interesting displays that I started reading, so that slow me down further :) It's a huge collection of lots of things that are science related in one way or another, from planes to transportation, to mining, to medicine, biotech, to early computers, calculators and measuring instruments, telescopes, and many many more...

In the end, I probably got to see about 1/3rd of it well enough and another few bits with fast walking, before I got cornered and tackled by the museum guards and thrown out ;)

A few pictures:













a rand tube computer, I've only seen another one at the computer history museum in Mountain View
a rand tube computer, I've only seen another one at the computer history museum in Mountain View







nice display showing how many transistors you have in an early micro processor
nice display showing how many transistors you have in an early micro processor



There was much more to see, but no time. Hopefully I'll be able to go back another day for a full day this time.

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2016/08/22 Ontario Science Museum in Toronto
π 2016-08-22 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
We then found our way to the Ontario Science Museum, a bit far away, but in a very nice facility on multiple levels following a hill down:








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2016/07/12 Tokyo Science Museum
π 2016-07-12 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
This cience museum in a non descript building in Tokyo was actually well worth the visit:






Demo on how to limit the effect of earthquakes in buildings:

Watch the demo with the balloons in the video, it's super "cool" :)


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2016/05/15 South Korea's Jeju Island's Nexon Computer Museum
π 2016-05-15 00:00 in Sciencemuseums, Southkorea2016, Trips
So when we flew to Jeju Island, supposed to be South Korea's Hawaii for honeymooners, and nature enthusiasts who hike around the island, or to the Island's 2000m-ish peak, I had not exactly plannned to stumbled on a computer history museum, let along a good one...

I was impressed with artifacts they had,


nice lockers
nice lockers

original apple 1
original apple 1


the original CGA graphics card was huge
the original CGA graphics card was huge








they actually designed and built an original Apple 1 replica
they actually designed and built an original Apple 1 replica

and had it signed by Woz
and had it signed by Woz


impressive what we could 'draw' with just a few colored pixels back in the day
impressive what we could 'draw' with just a few colored pixels back in the day


nice collection of gaming portable computers
nice collection of gaming portable computers





very nice mouse prototype
very nice mouse prototype

I remember those mice, cleaning the rollers and the ball
I remember those mice, cleaning the rollers and the ball

I almost forgot when we switched to optical mice, they are actually pretty impressive
I almost forgot when we switched to optical mice, they are actually pretty impressive


more computers on the wall
more computers on the wall

my old Amstrad CPC 464 was there
my old Amstrad CPC 464 was there


more
more

and more
and more

I totally forgot about that Amstrad Pen Pad
I totally forgot about that Amstrad Pen Pad

more portables
more portables


they even had google glass
they even had google glass

very nice arduino collection
very nice arduino collection

During that time, Jennifer went to study arcade games :)
During that time, Jennifer went to study arcade games :)

All in all, a very nice and fairly complete computer museum in a very unexpected place. Glad I got the chance to visit it.

2016/04/23 Singapore Science Museum
π 2016-04-23 00:00 in Sciencemuseums, Singapore2016, Trips
Since we had just finished the Japanese and Chinese gardens during our 4th day in Singapore, and we were sweating like pigs already, instead of going to the bird park under heavy rain, I elected to go to the science museum next door. I figured we'd only spend an hour or so while the rain subsided, but it was actually a good science museum and we spent closer to 3H there:

Jennifer is not sure what happened to her arm :)
Jennifer is not sure what happened to her arm :)





human body exhibit
human body exhibit


coming out of the butt in the end :)
coming out of the butt in the end :)

The rest of our 4th day in Singapore is on this page

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2016/02/27 Albuquerque Museum of Nuclear Science and History
π 2016-02-27 00:00 in Flying, Sciencemuseums, Trips
After landing in Albuquerque, Arturo came to pick me up, and we went to the Museum of Nuclear Science and History closeby and made full use of the 2H we had before it was going to close. It's a very interesting museum that's a mix of airplanes involved in nuclear delivery, cruise missiles and rockets all the way to ICBMs. The other part was about nuclear energy.



The part on nuclear energy was very well done, and included a fair amount of French nuclear reactors, France probably being the leading country in nuclear energy, and interestingly, I learned that France, and in turn most of Europe, recycles and reuses most nuclear waste to further get energy from it and reduce the waste to much smaller amounts. In the meantime, the US doesn't recycle waste, and has huge amounts sitting in what were supposed to be temporary cooling ponds, where it's more vulnerable to attack, while politicians are still fighting over whether that waste can be transported to its supposed final storage location in the middle of a mountain in Nevada. Go USA!







french poster selling radioactive cream, supposedly to make women prettier. Ooops...
french poster selling radioactive cream, supposedly to make women prettier. Ooops...

let's not forget radium water you can make at home :)
let's not forget radium water you can make at home :)

I didn't get an atomic energy lab kit when I was a kid :)
I didn't get an atomic energy lab kit when I was a kid :)

But outside of nuclear energy, they had quite a good collection of planes and rockets:






atomic cannon, never had seen one before
atomic cannon, never had seen one before



The collection of cruise missiles and ICBMs was very good:














Hello! :)
Hello! :)

the list of broken arrows, lost nuclear missiles, was 'interesting'
the list of broken arrows, lost nuclear missiles, was 'interesting'

ICBMs have multiple nuclear warheads that get ejected on multiple targets
ICBMs have multiple nuclear warheads that get ejected on multiple targets


The first nuclear bomb, named "gadget", tried at the Trinity site in New Mexico


this was used to create fat man
this was used to create fat man

and sadly ended up in Japan
and sadly ended up in Japan

2016/01/18 Vancouver Science Museum
π 2016-01-18 00:00 in Sciencemuseums
Nice little Science Museum in Vancouver:


I have big hands :)
I have big hands :)

this will keep jennifer up at night :)
this will keep jennifer up at night :)






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2015/08/17 Seattle Museum of Communication and Living Computer Museum
π 2015-08-17 00:00 in Sciencemuseums, Trips
As soon as we landed in Seattle, we went directly to the Museum of Communication, which is only open a mere 5 hours per week (10:00 to 15:00 on sundays). Yes, it's not easy to get to, but it's well worth it: it's an old telco facility that was turned into a nonprofit museum where volunteers who used to work there, give you tours and explain the old technology that used to run our phone systems.

The mechanical switches and relays that route a phone call digit by digit were quite impressive to see, including manual switchboards where an operator would patch in your call with a physical banana plug. Here's a quick video summary:

Our great personal tour guide:





they used microwave links for point to point connections to other COs
they used microwave links for point to point connections to other COs





an old AT&T video phone that worked over phone lines (with a slow bad picture due to line limitations)
an old AT&T video phone that worked over phone lines (with a slow bad picture due to line limitations)








check out the thousand+ amp switch with heavy copper
check out the thousand+ amp switch with heavy copper


later semi electronic phone switches used boards like these, but they are impossible to fix or replace
later semi electronic phone switches used boards like these, but they are impossible to fix or replace

it's fun to hand connect a thousand+ phone lines by hand in a conduit
it's fun to hand connect a thousand+ phone lines by hand in a conduit

before
before


after
after

Next, we went to the living computer museum, which also was quite good and gets credit for having many computers online you can interact with:





a 68k based Sun3, sweet (although it was slow)
a 68k based Sun3, sweet (although it was slow)







the CDC 6600 was the first supercomputer before the Cray1
the CDC 6600 was the first supercomputer before the Cray1




we had a Amstrad PC1512 at home
we had a Amstrad PC1512 at home

and an Amstrad CPC-464 too
and an Amstrad CPC-464 too

we also had an Atari STF and later STE
we also had an Atari STF and later STE

Dongeon Master, I remember spending so many hours with this game
Dongeon Master, I remember spending so many hours with this game

Both museums were quite interesting and worth the visit.

2015/07/31 Natural History Museum in Houston
π 2015-07-31 00:00 in Sciencemuseums, Trips
Since we stopped in Houston to see the Johnson's Space Center, we had some time left over on the 2nd day and stopped at the Natural History Museum, which is actually quite good.

We started with a Butterfly and insect exhibit:





bad ass stick insect, I'm impressed it can fly
bad ass stick insect, I'm impressed it can fly





Then, we went to a China history and Egypt exhibit, the 2nd one being quite good:









The other displays were good too:











Their dinosaur display was extremely good:








Time well spent, not worth going to Houston just for that, but well worth stopping if you are there.

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2015/06/14 Osaka Science Museum
π 2015-06-14 00:00 in Japan, Japan2015, Sciencemuseums, Trips
While in Osaka with my dad, we went to the science museum. While it had almost no English, the exhibits were very nice:





nice demo showing that a shadow does not have to be black
nice demo showing that a shadow does not have to be black




very nice slice of DSLR
very nice slice of DSLR





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