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Indiana Bell Building 1930

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

“In 1930 the Indiana Bell Building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the 22-million-pound structure was moved 15 inches/hour, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.”

Built in 1907, the 8-story, 11,000-ton building was moved to provide room for a larger facility, all while providing uninterrupted telephone service to the State of Indiana. It was relocated 52 feet (16 m) to the south and 100 feet (30 m) west of its original location. The move began 14 October and was complete on 12 November 1930.

Most of the power needed to move the building was provided by hand-operated jacks assisted by a steam engine. Each time the jacks were pumped, the house moved 3/8ths of an inch.

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WordPress Nuked “Classic Editor”

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The long-time WordPress blogging mantra of What-You-See Is-What-You-Get has been officially nuked as of today. Classic Editor is gone for most users of the popular platform.

To get it back, WordPress suggests you pony up $300/year for a “Business Plan” account that allows you to install a plugin for Classic Editor. That’s a non-starter for me. I don’t pay ransoms.

But there’s hope.
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R.I.P. Rush Limbaugh

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

15 January 1929 – 4 April 1968

Friday, 15 January 2021

Saturday Matinee – Boston Dynamics, The Contours, RT n’ The 44s, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys & Roomful of Blues

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Our whole crew got together to celebrate the start of what we hope will be a happier year: Happy New Year from all of us at Boston Dynamics. http://www.BostonDynamics.com.

Over 18M views and 97K comments since 29 December, and you’ve probably seen it already. I wonder what The Contours think of it.

The Contours‘ chart-topping 1962 hit Do You Love Me became a major hit again in 1988. I bet it scores a third time.

RT n’ the 44s has a laid back retro vibe with a large dollop of Johnny Cash. They’ve been described as “a vintage country band with dark obsessions.”

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have been jammin’ it since 1988, and here’s their cover of Colin JamesJumpin’ From Six to Six.

One of the best big brass blues bands in the land is Roomful of Blues. More than 50 musicians have played in the band since its inception in 1967, and I’m not sure of this 2013 lineup.

Have a great weekend, folks, because there’s more on the way. See you tomorrow.

Mujeres en una tina caliente de hidromasaje

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Una construcción maravillosa para alojar los placeres que las mujeres de San Petersburgo se daban en 1973.

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Got it.

Friday, 18 September 2020

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Himalayan Griffon Vulture

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

[Found here.]

DEVO 1977

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Devo, 1977

“I don’t think Devo would have hatched in a major city. We were surrounded by an anti-intellectual culture and antagonistic people in Ohio. By the time we came up on the radar of the tastemakers, our aesthetic was fully formed.”

Jerry Casale

[Found here.]

Crowley Lake Columns

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Researchers have determined that the columns were created by cold water percolating down into — and steam rising up out of — hot volcanic ash spewed by a cataclysmic explosion 760,000 years ago

The blast, 2,000 times larger than the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, created the Long Valley Caldera, a massive 10-by-2-mile sink that includes the Mammoth Lakes area. It also covered much of the eastern Sierra Nevada range with a coarse volcanic tuff, or ash fall.

[Found here via here. Caption from here.]


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