"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what the hell."
Friday, April 06, 2012
Gizmos and Gadgets
The Livermore Light Bulb
The world's oldest light bulb has been burning for 111 years - so
little wonder it has a fan club with thousands of members and its own
website. The so-called 'Centennial Light' has been on almost constantly
since 1901. It holds pride of place in Fire Station 6, in Livermore,
The longest time the Guinness World Record-holding bulb has ever been
turned off for is just a week. Dangling above the fire engines, people
come for hundreds and thousands of miles to see the diminutive symbol.
The bulb was designed by Adolphe Chailet, who competed with the likes
of the world-famous Thomas Edison to make the best bulb. [site]
saw this on ACE a few weeks
ago, and it lit a light bulb. And then, another one.
I have mentioned before that when I was a lad in Chicago you took your
burned out light bulbs to Commonwealth Edison and got free
replacements. Years later I asked my dad about that during a
reminiscence. His explanation— and he was never wrong about
in his entire life, was that Com Edison's bulbs were made with extra
heavy filaments, which served two purposes. They seldom burned
and they used twice as much electricity as bulbs we use today.
Com Edison was selling the juice. The free
Gillette razor, you buy the blades gambit. Looking
up that reference led me to The
Light Bulb Conspiracy – The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence,
which I haven't read, nor watched, but it looks like that other bulb I