Da Vinci’s Machines

    Over the weekend, Nicole and I went to go see the da Vinci exhibit at the Buffalo Science Museum.  This was something we wanted to check out in New York City last year when it came but didn’t get a chance to.  Having lived here for almost 10 years, I had never been to the Science Museum before here in Buffalo, so this was going to be a fresh experience for me. 
    When we arrived, we thought it was closed.  The main entrance was completely closed off and the only reason we knew it was open was from the cars on the side of the building in front of another entrance that  was barely noticeable.   When we got inside, Nicole asked the people at the front desk why it was closed off.  Apparently were portions of it falling apart and it was rendered unsafe for people to use.   There was no mention that it was being repaired and no signs of any work being done on it.  Hopefully there is a plan in place to get it fixed soon because it is a beautiful entrance and a waste to have to use the side door.  It’s probably also effecting business because it really does look closed.

” I think they are closed…”

    The exhibit was pretty cool to see.  I wasn’t aware that we were able to work all of the machines that were displayed.  Some of the bigger machines had locks on them which meant that the museum worker had to show you how to use it and watch you to make sure it was done correctly. I took some pictures of some of the most interesting machines.

This was a crane that he created.  he didn’t invent the crane itself but he invented the plans to have the crane swivel 360 degrees at the base.  Also he invented the locking mechanism on the gear that was responsible for raising and lowering the crane.

This is the locking mechanism.  Pretty cool because its something I’ve seen on a bunch of modern devices even today.

I don’t remember what this does, but when you pulled the lever the big wheel would turn.

Dropping the hammer.

The da Vinci Machine Gun.

Nicole in the first ever designed battle tank.

This is the first ever designed battle tank.  It was pretty awesome.  They opened it up and allowed us to go inside.  The tank took 4 people to move it and they had to coordinate almost like multiple people paddling a boat.

    This exhibit has been all over the world and I would definitely try to see it if you can.   There were way more machines that I haven’t featured here.  Some of his designs that he created during his quest for flight were really out there, but awesome. Check back in tomorrow and I should have some stuff from the Taste of Buffalo!

Fish Friday And an Event or Two.

    This weekend was packed full of good things.  I wasn’t able to get much house work done, but then again, that was the goal this weekend.  We have been doing a ton of work around here, so this weekend we wanted to take a break, or at least cut down ( I caved in and did a little work).
    Friday I met some old friends out for a fish fry.  There are a lot of places that make fish frys in Buffalo, but none of them can even come close to making a fish fry better than Papa Jake’s on Elmwood.  They make a fish fry that is so far better than any other place I’ve been to, that it would be a waste of time and money to consider any other option.  It’s that good.  I hadn’t been there in over 3 years, so I was eager to see if theirs was still the best.  We arrived at around 6:30pm and were fortunate enough to be able to sit down immediately as a table was open in the back.  We could have waited to sit in their outside seating area if we really wanted to, but we were pretty hungry and decided against it.  One thing I noticed when we walked in  was that they increased the quality and the amount of beers they have on tap.  I think I counted over 25.  I was distracted when trying to count the taps when becoming overwhelmed by excitement from the sight of Ithaca’s “Hop Stash” IPA.   The “Hop Stash” is easily my favorite beer of the summer if I don’t consider any of the beer I had in San Francisco.  Ithaca brewed this beer in limited distribution to pay tribute to this year’s Phish tour.  This is the perfect summer IPA, hands down.  I ordered a pint and a fish fry.  They did an upgrade on the fish fry since I had last been there.  This time, the fish fry came with a crab mac salad that was out of this world.  It was the perfect companion.  As a whole the fish fry comes with a piece of rye bread, crab mac salad (I think you have a choice of another salad, but I was so excited when they mention the crab mac, that I didn’t hear the other option), cole slaw, and Papa Jakes fresh cut french fries.

Three pints of Hop Stash later, and a full stomach, I was more than satisfied and I can’t wait to get another fish fry on an future Friday.  If you like a good fish fry, and you haven’t been to Papa Jake’s, you are missing out.
    Saturday we went to the Echo Art Fair at the Central Terminal, one of the most beautiful old buildings in Buffalo.  They hold events there to help fund its ongoing restoration.  There was a decent turn out and the artists where very diverse from photography and paintings, to sculptures and modern art.  There were some artists doing live paintings which is always interesting.  And at every art show, there was always one artist that stands out either it be good or bad.  In this case it was the bad.  There was an artist that did paintings of computer desktops.  Oh no I’m serious.  A beautiful painting of an excel sheet here, a deep and thoughtful painting of solitaire there, this stuff was ridiculous but really funny to look at.  I was actually approached by the artist while looking at them, and thankfully he didn’t seem to take himself all that seriously.  At least I don’t think….

We were able to catch a quick lunch inside the art fair courtesy of Potts Deli.  They are a Polish deli on South Ogden St. in Buffalo.  They were cooking up some fresh pierogi that we smelled as soon as we walked in.  Nicole and I are like basset hounds when it comes to sniffing out pierogi.  Delicious.

    This weekend we also went to the Taste of Buffalo and the da Vinci exhibit at the science museum.  I have pictures and some thoughts on those two things that you can read here throughout the week!  Thanks for reading and thanks for making Super Sweet Shirts #7 on the top 35 Urban Spoon Buffalo Blogs!

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