Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rabbit Run

Paging Mr. Updike

T. Smith

Diesel Invention

An electromagnetic bomb, or e-bomb, is a weapon designed to take advantage of this dependency. But instead of simply cutting off power in an area, an e-bomb would actually destroy most machines that use electricity. Generators would be useless, cars wouldn't run, and there would be no chance of making a phone call. In a matter of seconds, a big enough e-bomb could thrust an entire city back 200 years or cripple a military unit.

For no reason I thought of this yesterday.  A residual effect of a nuclear blast, and certainly for a purpose built e-bomb, is rendering everything electric useless.  But, what if you had a diesel car-with an old-style hand crank starter?  Once started, no electricity required to drive your Mercedes.  No radio, headlamps, or turn signal of course, but you'd own the streets.  What am I missing?

PS - you'll need a hand crank fuel siphon to get diesel fuel out of abandoned tanks.

35 Things

Thinking Ahead                         

When I was a younger, more callow prat, I would have lusted for all this crap.  Now I recognize them for what they are; ostentatious gew-gaws designed for showing off wealth; soon tired of, and soon obsolete.  Except for these two (rollover)  below, which have great utility, and which I have actual  need for.  The rest, as I said,  are crap.

Car included; Porche 911 is never go out of style.  All 35 Click

maybe the discreet vacuum baseboads ... but that's all.  

Okay, maybe the the bookcase ...