A bit more live-action filming: Colonial measures and education in Early America
After learning about standardization in 1790s France in everything from measures to education, I became interested in what was taught in the American Colonies and early United States.... Read more
Celebrating World Metrology Day 2016!
There's little uncertainty that metrologists are enjoying their day! Here's a video I made to celebrate, Part 2 of "Build Your Own Watt Balance". After making Part 1, I received... Read more
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the cutest kilogram of all?
I am working on some stop-motion animation footage, to show what I call the "Migration of the Kilograms" — when in 1889 kilograms were assigned to the 17... Read more
NIST "SI Superheroes"
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This isn't my project, but I thought the measurement-minded Backers might like to hear about the animated series "SI Superheroes" from NIST.
In the... Read more
Fact-checking and Wikipedia
I'm double- and triple-checking facts these days, and while Wikipedia isn't a typical source for me, I find it a fun and handy sanity check. I was surprised... Read more
A little pre-take
Hope you are all doing well. Here are three short updates I want to mention:
1) In May I visited NIST to get an update on their progress,... Read more
Short piece on watt balances at NIST
Two weeks ago we went to NIST to see how several experiments are progressing. They are progressing well, and for fun I also filmed the LEGO watt balance... Read more
Going to NIST once more!
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Some developments have happened in the past months with the watt balance(s): adjustments of previously recorded numbers for Planck's constant, and some watt... Read more
Posted Robert Crease's talk from the APS (American Physical Society) meeting
Hope you are doing well. I have been working on the postage stamps and additional materials that go with them. That's coming along fine.
I also posted a... Read more
Relics of Decimal Time
I hope you're doing well. Things are going well with me and the project.
I did want to share some information about decimal time, which I learned about when... Read more
Some rewards: postage stamps!
The State of the Unit isn't finished yet, but coming along.
In the meantime, I wanted to send out some backer rewards: the postage stamps! Fun! If you... Read more
Still plugging along
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Regarding the film, it's not finished yet, but so far Michael has edited all the interviews to their key points and chosen... Read more
Working with an editor now - very happy!
I'm very, very happy to be working with an editor named Michael Meehan. I've known him since 2008, and am always impressed with his story sense, artistic judgement,... Read more
Where the most precise country is most precise
Last month, we visited METAS, the national metrology institute of Switzerland:
We visited Ali Eichenberger, who is building a watt balance. His watt balance is about 1.5 meters tall, much... Read more
The World’s Second-Oldest Profession?
I have often wondered how truck weighing stations work. To learn about the process, six weeks ago we went to Peoria (Illinois) to visit Matt Walz, of Walz... Read more
A Rock is a Clock
Hope your summer is going well.
Last week, we visited Holger Müller at UC Berkeley, to learn about his matter wave experiments (see A Clock Directly Linking Time... Read more
Next filming, and poll on American attitudes on the metric system
1) Linda Anderman is fellow Backer, and making a documentary on the history of the metric system in the United States. As part of her research for her... Read more
Losing weight: Science and Tourism in the City of Light
Today my local paper, the News-Gazette, published a travel piece I wrote about my visit Paris to research the kilogram.The article includes some stills from the footage. And the large... Read more
Celebrating World Metrology Day
Today is World Metrology Day, May 20, 2013.
To celebrate, expert puzzler Ed Pegg, Jr. created this word game for metrologists of all ages. Fill in the blanks with a... Read more
A big thanks to you all! I wasn't sure whether it would work out, but it did---thanks to your help. Beyond your generous pledges, I know several of... Read more
Measuring very large quantities
The excerpts I screened at an American Physical Society meeting included brief footage of corn fields. Some audience members were puzzled by the connection. Let me explain.
I... Read more
A little humor for you
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Music: Next week I meet with a local violinist about scored and improvised music for the film. I'm excited and pleased to find collaborators... Read more