Monthly Archives: December 2015

Casual Friday

  It’s undated but I’m guessing sometime in the ’70s based on the hair. You sure can’t tell from the bathrobes, which are relatively immune to fashion. Bonus: A closeup of the azimuth marker!  

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You Need Water to Make Steam

Obviously. A while back I got this question from Carl Riedel in the Central Plant: I have been working here at the Rice Central Plant since 1991. I was asked a question today about the steam plant’s early days that … Continue reading

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What the heck is an azimuth?

I generally like my job on most days but every once in a while it positively fills me with glee. This usually involves something either deeply strange or so tiny as to be nearly trivial (or both). This time, though, … Continue reading

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Slats

I got home much later than usual tonight so I don’t have the energy to say very much but I do promise that I’ve got a couple of really exciting things coming tomorrow and the day after. For right now, … Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita

I love this image but I don’t quite understand it. It looks like there’s something happening beyond just listening to records but I’m not sure what that might be: I also lack both a date and a location. The record–La … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Hair

There is no identifying information for this photo at all. I have no real idea what’s going on other than it has something to do with film. I don’t know who they are. But look at all that glorious hair! … Continue reading

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Hanszen Commons Fire, June 1975

I’d noticed these images before but as you can see they’re slides, which are a bit awkward to deal with, so I just left them and moved on with my tasks. Yesterday, though, I had enough time to go back … Continue reading

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“They only want their prejudices accepted,” April 1962

J. Frank Dobie, Texas writer and folklorist, speaking at the fifth anniversary celebration for Hanszen College: There is, apparently, nothing new under the sun. Bonus:

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“Furnished lovingly by Mrs. George R. Brown,” 1965

This afternoon I ran across this fascinating Houston Post article about the opening of Brown College in 1965: There’s so much of interest here I almost don’t know where to begin, but a visit yesterday morning to the offices of … Continue reading

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