Sunday, May 2, 2010

High Tech

The Gasholder House, Troy NY:

People today somewhat vaguely remember that, in between oil lamps and electric lights, we used to light our homes and business with gas lamps. The gas was refined coal gas and, like all such volatile products, had to be stored carefully for distribution. The Gasholder House is a large gas tank, with a brick exterior wall and trussed dome, and supplied gas to Troy. This was, for its era of construction, fancy stuff...and today requires a paragraph of explanation.

One minor linguistic hangover: we call natural gas "natural gas" to distinguish it from the previously used "artificial gas."

18 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

Ah, but it's not animated.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Our house still has the gas lighting distribution piping in the walls, and several of the stub outs are still there.

N__B said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Wow, that was pretty hostile.

N__B said...

Sorry. I was going for an Amityville Horror vibe but may have miss-fired.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

hey, no prob. I was just being snarky. Put the comment back, or mine just seems weird.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

who knew engineers were so sensitive? Besides Mrs. __B, that is?

N__B said...

Apparently, undeleting is unpossible.

Smut Clyde said...

You'll have to delete the entire thread and reconstruct it from the incriminating screen-grabs

N__B said...

CSI:Blogger.

Where's the techno background music?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

actually, it's better this way. It seems like I am remarking on the hostility with which the comment was removed.

Deleted with extreme prejudice, it seems.

wv is numshat. Look, if you lose feeling when you poop, you probably need more roughage.

N__B said...

Are your droppings hard and well-formed?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

That's a pretty personal question.

Smut Clyde said...

if you lose feeling when you poop
Lamb jelfrazi for dinner again last night. RING OF FIRE.

N__B said...

RING OF FIRE.

You had Christopher Bale and Matthew McConaughey up your ass? That's harsh.

Another Kiwi said...

See, all you havta do is loosen the bolts around the base of the Gas place. Get some biiiig helicopters and fly it down to the gulf to cap that oil well.
I got that vision thing going on.

Smut Clyde said...

A linguistic hangover is what you wake up with after you were up until 2 a.m. doing straight gerunds.

W.v. = "azzliker", which is pretty hostile.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Was this photo used for the "Scenic Troy" postcard series?