Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Long Time No See

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Here it is! Quixotic Quantum Quandary!! It has been awhile, but hopefully you all remember how to play–I show you some poorly framed images of some strange tech-ish piece, and you all identity it in the comments!

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Last time, way back in April, I showed you a real mystery piece I stumbled upon at a yard sale. The real answer, well, there was nothing definitive, I the set is used to hold a bar and suspend a tapestry of some sort, which would mean Slow_Joe_Crow was probably the closest without going over. But I think CopterBob had my favorite answer: “1800s vintage Turkish ox hoof grouter swivels, but they’re missing the frelgnizk handles.”

Remember, if you happen to have access to any oddball sort of tech related items, or just a blurry camera and an eye for weird photo angles, please don’t hesitate to send your ideas in! Simply email HycoSpeed@gmail.com and throw Q³ in the subject line and I’ll get right on it!

  • Number_Six

    Dairy farm milk agitator. It makes milk angry.

  • I don't know what it is but I want one.

  • Off Topic: Abandoned control room?

    <img src="http://www.nondimenticare.com/altre foto top_clip_image001.jpg">

    As best I can g**gle, it's an Italian radio shack from World War One, powered evidently by a tandem bicycle. Of course. The Italian standards of excellence in all pursuits forbid the use of just one pedaler. Or maybe that's the only frame they could spare, but the captain to stoker chain is still hooked up, so no; this was all about the wattage. (Wooff, I just noticed the cranks are 60 degrees off synch; that'll make for a lively power delivery curve.)
    http://www.comune.cinisello-balsamo.mi.it/pietre/
    http://www.nondimenticare.com/altre foto top….

    • Slow_Joe_Crow

      If you are into abandoned military stuff then Subterranea Brittanica is a must see, especially the better preserved ROC posts and intact or restored ROTOR bunkers. http://www.subbrit.org.uk/
      Regarding the tandem powered generator, it looks more like the cranks are 90 degrees off which according to Sheldon Brown http://sheldonbrown.com/synchain.html is a trick to get constant power output since one rider is always on the downstroke.

      • I can hear Sheldon in my head saying, "Now in a stationary application such as this one (which isn't even a bicycle, technically) you want the cranks 270 degrees off from each other to avoid the rocking couple effect which is usually compensated for by the track of the front wheel."

      • sawer-massey

        Gosh, I miss Sheldon. What a magical perpetual fountain of cycling knowledge (and in an age when content and html knowledge actually mattered). Sheldon was the reason that I got into fixed gear riding 10 years ago.

  • Toxic Avenger

    Close up of the inner workings of a Bullshit Grinder ?

  • B72

    It looks like it rolls things in a sine wave pattern. And it is very smooth – perhaps so things don't stick to it .

    Maybe some of pasta or dough roller?

  • texlenin

    Van deGraff generators-big ones. Some kinda lightning research lab.

    Pictures are tilted to confuse the unwary.

    Or,it could be the Reliant’s Chambers Coil array…..

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