About Technica"A true revelation, it seems to me, will only emerge from stubborn concentration on a solitary problem. The surest - also the quickest - way to awake the sense of wonder in ourselves is to look intently, undeterred, at a single object. Suddenly, miraculously, it will reveal itself as something we have never seen before."
- Cesare Pavese, Dialoghi con Leuco, 1947
"Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing."
- Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989)
This site attempts to track the evolution of the Technic theme over its first 25 years in as much detail as I can. With so many excellent Lego set and part references now available online your support of this static site has been appreciated. What the site lacks in breath I hope it makes up for, at least in some part, in depth.
Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback and additional information over the last 8 years, especially Maico Arts, Martin Bruun, Richard Dee and Huw Millington for generously providing European materials, to Eirik Eng for the Automatic Binding Bricks, to Micah Mabelitini for the home page image, to Clark Stephens for his assistance and support with setting up v4.2 and finally to Dan and Jennifer Boger who have generously provided server space for this version.
As always comments, suggestions and corrections are welcome.
[jhughes at fuse dot net]
1 March 2005
version 5.0 [r2]
last update: 04.01.05
|One of the first Lego sites I bookmarked when I began using the internet in 1995 was Joe Lauhers
Construction Toy Homepage. I though it would be cool to do a Technic page myself. So when I first
started this site in 1996 it was to learn HTML and showcase some of my historical Technic models,
resulting in The History of Transportation (April 1996). It was as an afterthought that I added a
list of Technic elements that I scanned on my flatbed scanner. It soon became the most visited
part of the site.
I finally had a critical mass of set images and Joe - I guess we should now call him the Dean Emeritus of Technic - stopped updating his site. This resulted in the first Technica (June 1997).
As my ideas about site design got better and I finally had images of all the sets I did Technica v2 (November 1998).
I started playing around with a new design in the summer of 1999 and decided not just to update v2 but to completely research all of the material from scratch. This resulted in Technica v3, code named 'Atlas' (January 2000).
Version 4, code named 'Genki' or 'Love Monster' started out as an attempt to put my Technic information into MySQL and dynamically generate content via PHP; yeah, that would be really cool. But, alas, it became clear that I would never have the time to finish that project. So version 4 (February 2002) is what I salvaged from the exercise.
After my evil (and now former) ISP pulled the site off of its server I thought that Technica had come to the end of its life, but there has been enough continued interest that I began to reevaluate. After Clark Stephens assisted in the reconstitution of the site and Dan Boger generously offered space on Peeron.com I put together all of my miscellaneous materials and created version 4.2 (January 2004) and now, 5.0.
|Technica v5 copyright © 1997-2005, Jim Hughes. All rights reserved.
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