Friday, August 27, 2010

Quote of the Week: Technology

Quote of of the summer, at this point? It's been a while!
My hypodermic syringe is of the simplest. It consists of a little glass tube, tapering sharply at one end. By drawing in my breath, I fill it with the liquid to be tested; I expel the contents by blowing. Its point is almost as fine as a hair and enables me to regulate the dose to the degree which I want. A cubic millimetre is the usual charge. The injection has to be made at parts that are generally covered with horn. So as not to break the point of my fragile instrument, I prepare the way with a needle, with which I prick the victim at the spot required. I insert the tip of the loaded injector in the hole thus made and I blow. The thing is done in a moment, very neatly and in an orthodox fashion, favourable to delicate experiments. I am delighted with my modest apparatus.
from The Life of the Fly by J.H. Fabre, translated by A. Teixeira de Mattos
(1913, Dodd, Mead & Co., NY)

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