Monday, July 31, 2006

The wine machine


One of the big advantages of living in a city like Paris is that there is always something going on, even in the middle of the summer. Precisely, today I went to this incredible exhibition in Le Grand Palais in which you can see in action about 100 of the weirdest machines I have ever seen: a piano catapult (with real pianos!), a motorized bathroom, an automatic chocolate spray spreader, a pouring wine automated arm (this photo) and so on and so forth. Needless to say that all these machines have no point except bringing to life what François Delarozière and his team (Association La Machine) have on their mind...

35 comments:

  1. Nice shot! Great interview from the last post.

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  2. But can it decant the wine and recork it just so? And can it tell you what vintage it is!

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  3. This shot draws me to the background and the colorful structure of the building.

    There is a strange satisfaction in watching the piano flying through the air and smashing to the ground. Who knew there were such inventions?

    Thank you for sharing..

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  4. must be a great event for a good laugh and lots of photos, the piano video is funny.

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  5. Although his ideas are ancient, and in some countries discarded, I think Corbusier also imagined a somewhat mechanized society...I wouldn't write it off just yet, very cool!!

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  6. Never mind the piano catapult... is there a COMPUTER catapult?! Just kidding. I agree with Freckled, for some reason watching that piano hit the ground a few times tickles my funny bone!

    And the Grand Palais ... sigh... what a place!... Just can't wait until they finish the facade completely!

    By the way,Eric, if you ever feel like posting a couple of pictures of the ceiling of the Grand Palais from the inside, euh... don't hesitate! :-D

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  7. Well, somehow cow catapults come to mind instead of pianos for some reason . . .:-)

    The human mind and all it can conceive of and build is a weird thing to think about.

    I love the yellow green of the bottle compared to the copper green patina color behind.
    -Kim

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  8. Hello from India Eric. Great article in the Blog Reader!

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  9. Hi Eric and congrats for the interview in The Blog Reader, you are going at full power, keep the formula.
    About this machines, i'm thinking in build one to Point-Shot-Post, especially to DP:)

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  10. Very "Royal de Luxe", that exhibition, isn't it ?

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  11. The piano catapult is priceless. Michael must be really busy in India, because he did not even bother to ask or speculate how a motorized bathroom would work (maybe that would be his answer to the "how do those Tour de France racers go to the bathroom during the race?")

    Great article in The Blog Reader, by the way. Congratulations! And I love your blog just the way it is. Don't change a thing.

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  12. Now that sounds like they have something for everyone! =)

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  13. This spectacle holds not a candle to the annual Punkin Chunkin' in Delaware. Besides, the trebuchet that launched the upright in the television series "Northern Exposure" got a lot more air under the musical instrument.

    Paris is one of the world's great cities, but to witness pointless waste of energy and property on a grand scale, you gotta go to America.

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  14. Aw, Michael's in India? I guess the bait about cow catapults was wasted on him for lack of time. . . ;^)
    But Pumpkin Chunkin', now that's funny, too!
    -Kim

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  15. Kim: I think Michael just decided to "run away! run away!" As for other comparisons such as pumpkins, remember that the French just "fart in your general direction". If you're not a Monty Python afficianado, you'll have no idea...
    I love the piano launch, and I haven't even seen the Grand Palais after three visits!! We thought it was closed last time. Alas.

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  16. I love these useless albeit entertaining gadgets. Congrats on the article.

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  23. Wednesday, May 12, 2009

    Messages on Paris Daily Photo ~
    You could say I fell in love in Paris.

    I want to thank Eric for not deleting messages I have been leaving on his site. You may have noticed them under comments over the last ten months. These message were written for a very special man that I am in love with that visits this site. Now I know you may all get a kick out of this. Undoubtedly you will make a game of trying to guess who this mystery man is. I will tell you now he a real gentlemen . He will not be the one claiming these message were for him. Paris Daily Photo is a lovely website and wonderful place to fall in love. As we all know love is not always easy and you can not make someone stay in love with you. It is a choice that the heart makes or does not make. Having my heart broken in Paris seems oh so just and right. C'est la vie. Again, I way to thank Eric as only a true Frenchmen can under love. Since this is my last visit to PDP, please indulge me this final message. I will love you forever S. {KOTL}
    Au revoir ~ Z

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  24. Wednesday May 12, 2009 {continue}

    Je suis désolé...

    I want to thank Eric as only a true Frenchmen can understand love.

    Emotion is not the best proof reader. ~ Z

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