Saturday, 31 May 2014

UPDATE

Just returned from two weeks in Spain - wonderful place, wonderful people!  I would buy a villa there if I got the wheel working and go there whenever I liked, especially when it rains here - which is almost every other day it seems!

I'm itching to get back to work on the wheel. I am kind of reluctant to make any promises or predictions, given the embarrassing fiasco promulgated by the un-put-downable Trevor!  However I will just say that things are looking good and I really hope I can back up my self-confidence with a runner, but time will tell and I wouldn't wish to give anyone the impression that I had it all within my grasp, only to fall at the next fence....again!

I have, rather foolishly, responded to my family's requests for a finishing date for the current wheel of six weeks - none of them believe in it, except for my lovely granddaughter, now just 21, and who should know better, being as she's at Uni learning to be teacher!  Time has a nasty habit of shrinking as it passes and what seems like a reasonable period to achieve everything is now looking a little small.

Before I left I acquired four MDF discs to act as a base - why four?  Because I have to allow for errors of measurement and corrections despite having it all down in black and white and I intend (hope) that when it is finished and running I will quickly construct a cleaner, nicer model with paint and things to make it look more exciting.  Four seems excessive but it is as well to be prepared.  All I need to do now is to find several lengths of aluminum or mild steel, cropped to the right sizes to act as the levers.  Yes there are levers but I can say no more.  Aluminum will be better as it is easier to drill the holes in the right places.  There's nothing more annoying than using a rather blunt drill bit and achieving an elongated hole which isn't quite right but probably works.  The mild steel just gives a better finish in my opinion.

I know I originally suggested 6th June would be a suitable date for an announcement but it was just a wish not a decision and somewhere around then or shortly after that time seems more likely.  The announcement will, of course possibly be one of a failure, but I'm going to give it my best shot, and if it fails I guess it'll be time to try to explain my thinking and what principle it was based on.  What I can say is that the whole thing is extra-ordinarily simple but the leverage itself is a pretty damned ingenious design

I cannot take credit for the design, that is all Bessler's but I would like to be recognised for having deciphered his remarkably simple but obscure clues.  If this works I shall be able to point to the clues and explain each one which will prove beyond doubt that this is the precise design concept that Bessler used - on the other hand if doesn't work I am convinced that people will see what I have deciphered as still bearing the hall marks of truth and that I have either applied them wrongly or I have missed something.

June 7th - 12th Sheffield DocFest is one of the world's longest documentary film festivals and following an interview I did for a small documentary maker, a pitch for funding is being presented for a full length documentary.  Fingers crossed it gets a sponsor.  Anyway I am open-minded about this as it will require considerable input and I'm not sure I'm the most photogenic personality for the job, but it will cost nothing but time! Entries from USA, Japan, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Germany, France, Chine, Denmark and Norway.  I could go on, it would probably be quicker to mention who won't be there!

A German publisher has taken my original book and plans to publish a German language version in October this year and has just told me that the translation is finished and all he needs are some better illustrations to include in it.  I've sent some to him so now all I can do is wait.

That's it for today - nice to be back.

JC

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22 comments:

  1. Good to have you back John, good luck!

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  2. I have already tried everything with levers years ago and nothing I built worked, you are wasting your materials and time . IMO.

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  3. Yeah John, I tried everything to breath under water without gills and nothing I tried worked, so, you know, that's a dead end as well.

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  4. Just try holding your breath Ed, works for me!

    Got that Ealadha, you've tried everything so I should just give up, right?

    JC

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    1. I have tried everything with levers, but I do not believe that is the only principle , he said it was one of three , that is three principles .

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  5. Fortunately, Johann Bessler never gave up! Otherwise, would he have been successful?

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  6. I doubt it Michel, you have to be really hungry for something before you get it, whether it is through your sub-conscious brain or though supernatural revelation.

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  7. Pretty cool scale model of bessler wheel exterior/action
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnKjv9hnepE

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    1. That's a brilliant model, Chris. Thanks for finding that link.

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  8. Yes it's an excellent representation of Bessler's wheel.

    JC

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  9. RAR is a mechanism with a lot of links which one might regard as levers.
    I believe that their machine will be shown to work.
    So I don't see why John shouldn't have something which works too.

    Unfortunately unless John demonstrates something that works before RAR does, then even if John's device does work it will be overshadowed - not completely of course because John has the huge advantage of having written the definitive work on Bessler.

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  10. I remain unconvinced about RAR and yet I can't imagine anyone spending so much money without knowing that it will work because they have seen a working model. How long 'til its finished? It seems to be taking for ever.

    JC

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    1. We should see some public revelation by the end of June, apparently. But as you know, these things do tend to drag on. ;-)

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  11. So if I just put enough levers into the wheel it should work.
    How did Bessler fit all those levers into his wheel !

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    1. I think the secret is simply to take a mass around a closed path which does not enclose the axis of the wheel - but I can't prove it - yet - so it's only what you might call a hypothesis.

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    2. I agree entirely with that hypothesis. Dare I say that the path of the mass could be the shortest one?

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  12. Yes, welcome back, John.

    So, the big push is on; the matter's truth will soon reveal it's self. The best of the best sort of luck to you, John.

    In Heaven's name, what might have been "the embarrassing fiasco promulgated by the un-put-downable Trevor!"?

    I must have missed this excitement. An embarrassing fiasco sounds serious. Where should I first look for clues on this likely juicy matter?

    "All the bests"

    -J.

    "The Iconoclast, like the other mills of God, grinds slowly, but it grinds exceedingly small." - Brann

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    1. Surely you are aware of Trevor's prophecy that, 'A working Wheel is only days away!' posted May 15th 2013

      JC

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    2. John, I'm aware of the long-on-going thread over at BWF, but not of any prophecy, formal or not. Maybe I missed the special moment as I only check in there occasionally. (I hear that, for some, it is their very way-of-life! Egads, perish the thought!)

      I believe Trevor to be correct. It is only that his dating might be just a tad off, that's all. Better to be upbeat (which I am always despite my supposed sometime cynic's ways and self-titling as to class) rather than down.

      All things in due-time, and PM will happen when it's time has become finally right - the stars dictating such, no doubt.

      As my now dear departed Grand Mum used to tell me, and rather often: "Every day is a NEW day, Jimmy!" When but four this pristine truth never occurred to me, as I suppose I thought each to be but a dreary continuation of the last.

      She was right. Today may be THE day, John, it's being new.

      Trevor's right too but with perhaps a bit of necessary tweaking to be done on that date, that's all.

      (Now I remember something. Not too long ago I banged his cage about the "days away" thing in my typical pseudo Brann style. I probably should not have done it but, I felt bold on that day and I daresay a little miffed too, that the Event Itself had not quite yet transpired. (Due transpiration awaits . . . any day now.)

      "Patience, Jimmy; the World was not created in a day!" Another correct, wise advisement as originated from that same, proven reliable source.

      Cheers!

      James

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  13. Thank you James - wise words as always.

    JC

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