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Shutdown: Derelict Elevator

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Here we see Silo #5 on the Pointe-du-Moulin in Montréal, a rather large derelict grain elevator built between 1903 and 1906 and was in service until 1994 when, after losing a bet, the Canadian Wheat Board sold it to the Montreal Port Authority for a crate of used toques and [...]

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Shutdown: Beautiful Tools

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Dèárthàír’s post talked about how some tools are an absolute joy to use, so much so that you dream up jobs to do just so that you can use that wonderful tool again. Here I’d like to point out that tools can also be beautiful, to the point that they [...]

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User Input: Free Money Season

 

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again, that time where the Federal government and most State governments shower free money onto the bulk of their constituents in the form of Tax Rebates. That’s what happens in the US at least. I don’t know if Greater Canuckistan has [...]

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Shutdown: Closed Bridge

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Bah, phooey! I’ve been trying for an hour to write some sort of pithy text to accompany this wonderful picture that I found, but everything I come up with is so horribly pretentious that I can’t bear to look at it. So, to hell with it. Imagine your own story [...]

Atomic Awesome, Big Complicated Machines, Technostalgia

Mesta Memories #21: Sheet Mills and a Pickling Machine

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 Today we’ll look at four types of inter-related rolling mills that produce steel sheets. A jobbing mill rolls steel sheets that range between 1/8″ and 1/2″ in thickness and then send the sheets to a furnace for annealing, producing “blue annealed sheets”. Some plate mills can produce light plates that overlap the output of jobbing mills, but the output of plate mills is not annealed, unlike the jobbing mill. The material sent to a jobbing mill is called “sheet bar” produced by a universal mill or a sheet bar mill and sent to the jobbing mill cold. A jobbing mill uses two-high stands, i.e. stands with two rollers, and consists of a stand with both rollers pinion driven, a roughing stand and a finishing stand.

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Startup: Locomotive Drag Racing

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Drag racing has deeper roots than we thought. In the photo above, we see two drivers getting ready to experience “rubbing is racing”.

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Shutdown: Antenna Ships

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After thinking that the Kerch was an antenna ship and discovering that it wasn’t, I decided to see if I could find an actual antenna ship to see what they really looked like, and I found a good one.

The photo above is of the Yuanwang 1 berthed [...]

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Shutdown: Not Enough Antennas

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Here we see the Kerch, a Kara-class missile cruiser of the Soviet and later Russian Navy, and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet on 25 December 1974. I came across this photograph and was struck by the number and variety of antennas installed on the ship. I [...]

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Shutdown: Unearthing Ancient Technology and Grievances

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The Great Sphinx of Giza was buried for millenia by the sands of the Sahara, and as legend has it, was mainly due to a lengthy strike organized by the Benevolent Brotherhood of Pharaonic Janitorial and Service Workers Union #2 during the Sixth Dynasty, sometime around 2200 BCE it is [...]

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Shutdown: Galileo in LEO

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The photograph above is of the Galileo space probe and Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) in the Atlantis payload bay on mission STS-34 in 1989 and getting ready to deploy. Galileo was the second of only two planetary spacecraft ever deployed from a space shuttle, the other being the Magellan [...]