Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I enjoy the look of pre-WWII racing cars. The 1902 Ford 999 is the most minimal racing car of all. Here it is shown with driver Barney Oldfield at the controls. He was a bicycle racer who had never driven an automobile before he drove 999 in a race. 999 was named after a famous New York Central locomotive.
I know Henry Ford was a bad guy in his anti-Semitic views and the way he treated his poor son, but I have always admired his engineering ideas. One that he held from his very first car, the quadricycle, was that autos should be light. 999 is an excellent example.
The original car is on display at the Henry Ford Museum (http://www.thehenryford.org/).
Monday, July 16, 2007
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
It wasn't too bad. The blasting started about 3 pm. It picked up in force after dark, and died out by 11:30 pm. When I got to the Park and Ride lot at the beach, there was a big mess. I took the photo today. No big fires or major injuries reported.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Look on My Works Ye Mighty and Despair
The Inter-State Consolidated Rapid Transit Company
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Monday, July 2, 2007
The West Point Foundry assembled or built most of the early locomotives in the United States. Most early locomotives were light and lightly built, so they did not last for long. The Best Friend did not last as long as some. On June 17, 1831, the fireman, tired of the hiss of steam, held down the safety valve. The explosion caused several injuries and the fireman died two days later.
The Best Friend was rebuilt, probably with a vertical boiler, and renamed the Phoenix. It ran for many years. The South Carolina Railroad put a car of cotton bales behind its locomotives for some years to quiet the fears of the
Note the inclined cylinders at the front of the locomotive, and the engineer standing proudly.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
This was my first time seeing Tim Lincecum pitch in person. He pitched seven, shut out the Diamonbacks, struck out 12, and walked none. The Giants won 13-0. Nine men batted in the fifth, and the Giants scored 6 runs.
The team announced that boats would have to be registered to be allowed in China Basin during All Star week, and that only boats under 20 feet would be allowed.
I took the photo today. It shows Lincecum on the mound, with second baseman Ray Durham and first baseman Ryan Klesko. Klesko had a good day: A single, a double, and a home run, all driving in runs.
Today was the day that the N-Judah started to run to the ball park again. We took the N.