Welcome to the new Silicon Age!

OK, we have had several ages up till now. The Golden Age, Silver Age, Iron Age…. and now we have a NEW AGE and I am going to call it the Silicon Age. There may be objections, some will want to go for Germanium, Diamond, Indium Antimonide, and all sorts of other stuff, but Silicon is much more abundant in the Earths crust, we know lots about it, and it is almost ubiquitous in electronic equipment these days. I will say at this point though everything is up for edit once the normal review procedure has been considered and the site administration informed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_Man

So, before we fully embrace the Silicon Age, and we already seem fairly attached to it, we better celebrate, salute, and give due honour to the passing age that will still be with us in many ways. Iron, just like gold and silver will be still with us, but not quite so prominent in influence on our lives. As a retired semiconductor process engineer, I can say I loved working with Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Aluminium, and many other materials, not just silicon. However Iron was kept at arms length at least, and the only love of Iron I have is from usual metalworking. I would call myself a wood worker rather then a metal worker in terms of ability and experience. Never the less, it seems to be in my bones and in my soul , if you give me a hammer I will seek for some iron to work into something useful.

I was half lost in an ancient forest called Bowden Wood on a walk one day, deep in thought, when I came across this statue. He is called “Parkway Man” and I think he suits my purpose regarding the celebration of the passing Iron Age rather well.

http://public-art.shu.ac.uk/sheffield/tho371im.html

I like watching these old documentary movies on the late steel making industry in the UK.

Now some suitable music needs to accompany this visual feast, and only a work of classical music will do. There is only piece I think conveys the superb strength and abilities, the determination, artistic skill and indeed power of the iron workers that gave birth and sustenance to the Iron Age. From the prince of darkness we have…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s7_WbiR79E

I thinking maybe a new video could be made one incorporating the music track of course, but showing scenes from an iron foundary, complete with scenes from the massive structures and weapons that Iron gave us as the those were inspiration behind that particular score rather then some comic book character. I believe the original artists will confirm. A reader of the Beano and the Dandy kicks in here…

http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-07-29/the-story-behind-the-song-black-sabbath-s-iron-man

Anyway, we will move on from here… and progress is needed.

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