Monday, April 09, 2012

zoopraxiscope

Oh sure, today there will many people rediscovering the zoopraxiscope.  I don't know the percentage of searchers that click on the google logo and dive into its underlying story.  Since google search is widely used I'm sure there are more than a zoopraxiscope disc full of people learning about Mr. Muybridge's invention.

If he had really seen the future he would applied for a trademark on I-scope and better yet I-pad.  Predicting 130 plus years into the future is never easy. 

A similar device, a zoetrope can be traced back to ancient China.  My take-away (I love Chinese carry-out) is that we have a common desire to watch things move.

I'm not sure but I suspect the world's first couch potatoes watched zoetropes.  They probably had their wives or girlfriends spin the device.

C'mon baby spin the zoetrope again.  I'm too tired.

a zoopraxiscope disc found on wikipedia

Warning: Zoopraxiscopes should never be viewed while operating a motor vehicle.
another circus 

10 comments:

OneStonedCrow said...

Hehehe ... when I saw the title I thought a  Zoopraxiscope is a medical probe-type instrument ... I was preparing to cringe ...

Is operating one while driving illegal in your country? ... I don't think we have a law against it ...

:)

lisleman said...

 I'm not sure what I thought the word reminded me of but it sounds very sophisticated and funny at the same time (like myself).  Everyone in the US sues one another so I thought I should add a warning just in case.  Does Namibia have many driving laws at all?
thanks

Bearmancartoons said...

I thought it was a probe you shot up animals rectums.

lisleman said...

yes it does sound like it could be that type of thing.
thanks

Barbara said...

"C'mon baby, spin the zoetrope again." Cracked me up!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Reminds me of making those little flip books with a slightly changing picture on each page.

lisleman said...

Yes it's the same optical trick.

lisleman said...

 thanks - they should add couch potatoes to that PBS show Downton Abbey.

oceangirl said...

Hello Bill, I thought this was your letter Z and thought I must really have fallen asleep and woke up a thousand years later.

lisleman said...

 very funny you experienced your own Rip Van Winkle moment.
Please use this for Z if you like.

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