Tuesday, 2 June 2015

My fame (or notoriety) has spread!

This is a slight diversion from the usual, but it is connected somewhat fraily.

My eldest grand daughter Amy, has bought a puppy, well he is almost full grown now at 17 weeks! He is a Vizsla - not a dog I'd ever heard of before, but a beauty - but she has called him 'Bessler'!  She has done this because out of all of our family she is really the only one who has consistently supported me and my strange obsession with Johann Bessler, (apart from my wife of course).

at 8 weeks

at 14 weeks!

17 weeks.


These dogs are rare, but there is a Vizsla community and coincidentally they meet once a week not far from where my granddaughter lives, so they all meet in the local park, and of course the question arises, 'why do you call your dog Bessler?' Amy then explains all about me and Bessler and his perpetual motion machine - and they are really interested, (according to Amy) and are spreading the word!  What a strange way to get known!

They are known as velcro dogs because they stick like velcro to their master (or mistress).  It has to be seen to be believed.  Any way Amy has just finished 4 years at Uni and starts her first post as a teacher at a school near here.. How good is that, for us to have a qualified teacher who believes in Bessler?

JC

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6 comments:

  1. Ahhhh...what a cute little pooch. I think the name "Bessler" is quite appropriate because he has a sort of sad, forlorn look to him. Bessler probably had a similar look because of the depression he must have suffered from by not being able to obtain the just compensation he deserved for the wheels he constructed.

    That breed was developed to be a hunting dog and up until the year 1920 if was illegal for anyone but European royalty to own one! Times have really changed. They are supposed to be virtually odorless and excellent for anyone allergic to doggie "effluvium". For more info, see this site:

    http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/sporting/vizsla.html

    Well, today was a very good day for my Bessler research and resulted in what I consider to be a genuine breakthrough which was long overdue. I now believe that I have the exact spring constants of the two types of springs Bessler had to attach to the weighted levers in his wheels to get them to shift properly so as to maintain the center of mass of the system on a wheel's descending side during rotation. Of course, the design I've modified to use these new values still needs to be thoroughly tested and I'll get to that in the next few days. Meanwhile, remember that quote of Bessler's about his wheels needing a "special material" in order to operate? Well, I think I know what it was and where he got it. The answer is actually given in the second DT portrait.

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    1. One of the reasons a vizsla was chosen is because my son-in-law is allergic to pet hair and these dogs don't shed at all. They have wonderful velvet fur very very short.

      JC

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  2. Ok, at the risk of someone else saying it first, .... "Bessler Wheel research has officially gone to the dogs!!!" (I know, ......... major groan alert.)

    He's a beautiful pooch, John. I bet he just loves to be petted.

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    1. Yes he's lovely, Hutch and everyone wants him. I love puns!

      JC

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  3. Beautiful, look at those big doe eyes! So wish i could have a dog, think about it every day but my lifestyle won't alllow it, until i retire.. Heart's set on a Collie, or maybe a Boxer or German Shepherd, but the 'velcro' description also sounds appealing...

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  4. Originally "vizsla" is a Hungarian species bred for hunting assistance. (Delivering shot ducks, pheasants, rabbits. Fetching those from places which are inconvenient for man.- river, pond, bush etc.)
    Although vizsla is very lovable and permanently demands the attention of the love of his or her owner he or she easily can escape for ever. Bessler will be able to jump high over fence so take care not give him or her chance to do it particularly in the breeding season. ( Unfortunately once we lost a vizsla many years ago.)

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