Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cruentus Ervum Stella Martis Vulgaris

Or, the Common Martian Red Weed:

Found nestling in the rotting hulk of an ancient oak over on the local common, not far from where one of the Martian Cylinders landed just over a century ago.

It's very rare to find a specimen, as our microbes tend to attack them as much as their spores attack our flora, so I've had to build a filtration system and bellows to keep it going:



And the mechanism in action:

(it's a bit noisy, but I've got a replacement motor and gearbox on the way)


Doctor Grymm said...

Ha HA! That is amazing sir! good show as usual!!

Unknown said...

Your stuff is amazing, I take my hat off to you, Herr Doktor

Paul Eric et Sophie said...

i'be been trying to include bellows in a brain project now you have shown me how it might look and how it would be built.

Unknown said...

Hi Herr Doktor -- my companies, Modvic and Steampuffin are putting on a Steampunk Form & Function Design Competition in partnership with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham MA. I'd like to see if you'd be interested in entering pieces in the competition. Please visit to find out more. Please call 781.784.0250 when you have a chance to catch up. I would also like to get your email address so I can email updates on what we are doing. Thanks! Bruce Rosenbaum