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Am letzten Mittwoch erreichte mich folgender Brief, in dem mein schmerzlich-vermisster USB-Stick enthalten war. Die Freude war unbeschreiblich! Vielen Dank an Finlay!

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Von Jutta Südbeck (http://www.juttasuedbeck.de)

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Jonathan Swift, „Gulliver’s Travels“.

Excerpt of the visit to the grand academy of Lagado.

Found and submitted by Paul Steen.

We crossed a walk to the other part of the academy, where, as I have already said, the projectors in speculative learning resided.

The first professor I saw, was in a very large room, with forty pupils about him.  After salutation, observing me to look earnestly upon a frame, which took up the greatest part of both the length and breadth of the room, he said, „Perhaps I might wonder to see him employed in a project for improving speculative knowledge, by practical and mechanical operations.  But the world would soon be sensible of its usefulness; and he flattered himself, that a more noble, exalted thought never sprang in any other man’s head.  Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.“  He then led me to the frame, about the sides, whereof all his pupils stood in ranks.  It was twenty feet square, placed in the middle of the room.  The superfices was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others.  They were all linked together by slender wires.  These bits of wood were covered, on every square, with paper pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language, in their several moods, tenses, and declensions; but without any order.  The professor then desired me „to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work.“  The pupils, at his command, took each of them hold of an iron handle, whereof there were forty fixed round the edges of the frame; and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.  He then commanded six-and-thirty of the lads, to read the several lines softly, as they appeared upon the frame; and where they found three or four words together that might make part of a sentence, they dictated to the four remaining boys, who were scribes.  This work was repeated three or four times, and at every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down.

Six hours a day the young students were employed in this labour; and the professor showed me several volumes in large folio, already collected, of broken sentences, which he intended to piece together, and out of those rich materials, to give the world a complete body of all arts and sciences; which, however, might be still improved, and much expedited, if the public would raise a fund for making and employing five hundred such frames in Lagado, and oblige the managers to contribute in common their several collections.

He assured me „that this invention had employed all his thoughts from his youth;  that he had emptied the whole vocabulary into his frame, and made the strictest computation of the general proportion there is in books between the numbers of particles, nouns, and verbs, and other parts of speech.“

I made my humblest acknowledgment to this illustrious person, for his great communicativeness; and promised, „if ever I had the good fortune to return to my native country, that I would do him justice, as the sole inventor of this wonderful machine;“ the form and contrivance of which I desired leave to delineate on paper, as in the figure here annexed.  I told him, „although it were the custom of our learned in Europe to steal inventions from each other, who had thereby at least this advantage, that it became a controversy which was the right owner; yet I would take such caution, that he should have the honour entire, without a rival.“

Am 9.7.2010 etwa gegen 20h war es dann endlich soweit: Die erste digitale Flaschenpost der Welt wurde mit einem Katapult in die Elbe geschossen und auf die große Reise geschickt!

Der STRANDLER, die 2. Ausgabe des WANDLER-Magazins, war etwas ganz besonderes. Die diesmal digitale Ausgabe zum Thema „Erfinderlohn“ wurde auf USB-Sticks kopiert, die man dann samt einer Flasche käuflich erwerben konnte – nur um sie gleich wieder loszuwerden! Zusammen mit den Sticks kamen eine persönliche Nachricht an den potenziellen Finder, Kontaktdaten, ein Rückumschlag, dazu ein Knicklicht für den Show-Effekt in die eigens hergestellten WANDLER-Flaschen, die sorgfältig verkorkt und versiegelt wurden. Danach konnte man voll freudiger Erwartung hinunter  zu dem beeindruckenden Katapult gehen, das an der Wasserkante auf Flaschenpostsender wartete. Das von Steffen Rottenkolber und Lars Kasten gebaute Katapult verfügt über einen knapp zweieinhalb Meter langen Wurfarm, an dem eine Gewicht in Form eines Sandsacks befestigt ist. Nach dem mitteralterlichen Trebuchetprinzip wurden damit die STRANDLER-Flaschenposten in einem beeindruckenden Bogen etwa 50m weit hinaus in die Elbe geschleudert – auf eine Reise mit ungewisser Wiederkehr.

Danach konnte man gepflegt am Strand abhängen, knospigen Klängen lauschen, in alle Ruhe seiner Flaschenpost nachschauen und dabei sinnieren, warum man gerade etwas (v)erstanden hatte, das man sofort wieder losgeworden ist, und sich fragen, ob jemand erst etwas verlieren muss, damit ein anderer etwas finden kann…

von Steffen Rottenkolber und Lars Kastenvon Steffen Rottenkolber und Lars Kasten

Wandler Logo 2

Endlich, endlich. Die langersehnte zweite Ausgabe des WANDLER Magazins wird grandios in eine Lücke des allgegenwärtigen Fussballgottes grätschen. Der STRANDLER ist der WANDLER in neuem GeWANDler: Eine digitale Flaschenpost, furios vom Elbstrand in die große weite Welt hinausgeschleudert! Ein Launch, der seinen Namen auch wirklich verdient! Darf man nicht verpassen.

Thema diesmal: „Erfinderlohn“

Wir leben in kreativen Zeiten, sagt man.  Ideen sind die Zukunft, sagt man. Aber was ist kreativ? Erfinden? Finden? Oder beides? Kann man überhaupt Neues denken? Und was ist das Ganze (noch) wert? Der STRANDLER hat die Antworten auf diese Fragen durch konsequentes Entdenken verfunden!

Wann, wie, wo?

Am 9.7.2010 ab 18h am Elbstrand zwischen Elbkate (Oevelgönne) und Teufelsbrück. Geokoordinaten: Longitude +53° 32’ 43’’, Latitude +9° 52’ 50’’.

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