Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Reader "M" sends:

I have noted exactly this sort of thing on many occasions…. where you find an old picture of some sort of engineering operation, and wonder how the hell this was accomplished without OSHA rules or paid vacation????

For example, if you regard images of the construction of the Firth of Forth bridge…. what an undertaking. All by hand, or mostly so. With such precision and real craftsmanship. Taken for granted by those who were there, an everyday thing that was done to great acclaim. Still in use to this day.

These sorts of things bring home what has been lost. -M-  



WOW... I spent some time googling info about that bridge. It's amazing the engineering feats that were accomplished as you noted.  The specification list and logistics of all the materials and manpower.

Truly awe inspiring.

Thanks M!!

Now I have to go on a google mission, "what is the Firth of Forth bridge?"



 Construction of the bridge began in 1882 and it was opened on 4 March 1890 by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII. The bridge spans the Forth between the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry and has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 m). It was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1917 when the Quebec Bridge in Canada was completed. It continues to be the world’s second-longest single cantilever span. The bridge and its associated railway infrastructure is owned by Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. It is sometimes referred to as the Forth Rail Bridge to distinguish it from the Forth Road Bridge, though this has never been its official name. 


The bridge uses 55,000 tonnes (54,000 long tons; 61,000 short tons) of steel and 140,000 cubic yards (110,000 m3) of masonry. Many materials, including granite from Aberdeen, Arbroath rubble, sand, timber, and sometimes coke and coal, could be taken straight to the centre where they were required. Steel was delivered by train and prepared at the yard at South Queensferry before being painted with boiled linseed oil before being taken to where it was needed by barge. 

Above info from here <<< 


18 Tons of paint are used annually... < what??






Header image from this posting here<<<<


  These guys probably didn't complain like my crew nowadays:


Go spend some time reading about that engineering marvel.



Full Harvest Moon...




Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Winner Of The 2020 Debate Drinking Game Has Been Found...







Header Image Info....


 From what information I can find, this is a picture of a large Victorian house being moved by horse power back 1908 San Francisco.

It's on the cover of this book:


  It's amazing when you look at that image for a bit and analyze what they were doing and how they accomplished it.

Here's a link I found with more images and information.

The Towns That Were Moved By Horses <<< 



"De-bate-a-cle" ™ ... When A Formal Discussion Turns Into A Fiasco...

  Pronounced Dee-beit-a-kul.


 Also, for those playing at home. These images are making the rounds on twitter:

#joewired <<<<<

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

My vote

 I'm not a big fan of Spinning Wheel, but I am of beauty and talent. Barbara has both. While Montgomery was very special in her own way, she lost this contest IMHO. Thanks to everyone who took time to comment. We will have to do it again sometime in the near future. Enjoy the video.

Helping Jeffery With The Elizabeth Montgomery Fans....



Click her picture for a whole bunch of young Elizabeth Montgomery photos.




Helping Jeffery With The Barbara Eden Fans...



 Click her picture for a link to a whole bunch of pictures of young Barbara Eden.







 * Reader PW sent an email with the idea for a "Chooseday" post. Here's my first take...

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