Deconstructing Technology

There’s No Replacement for Steam

So we moved from large engines, to large steam engines and now to steam. Steam has been used for power, by turning or pushing, for half a millenia. It’s been used for heating and to drive steam engines. We’ve had steam-powered cars, airplanes, ships, and trains. We don’t have any of those any more. What we do still have is steam heat and steam used in power generation.
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Pushing Boundaries

There’s No Replacement For Steam Displacement

Yesterday, we all stood in awe at the big engine. However, it’s too…modern. So, I am making up for it today with this big engine. Oh, and it belonged to the RMS Titanic.
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Bizarre Powerplants, Moments in History

You Don’t Just Walk Into A Store And Buy Plutonium

At least in 1958 you couldn’t. The hope was that this newly discovered energy source could someday propel our cars. Ford, overcome with delirious hope for the future, even built a model of what they called the Nucleon. It was their take on what a nuclear-powered car in some shimmering future would look […]

Technostalgia

Want to Explore a Historic Steam Powerplant?

On a uncharacteristically beautiful, warm, and non-rainy day in Seattle, I grabbed my cameras and headed south to the industrial district to scout locations for zombie horror films take some photos of old buildings. Wandering around Boeing Field, I noticed a sign for the Georgetown Power Plant Museum … and lo and behold, it turned out to be the once-monthly day where the historic steam plant is open to the public. Score!

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