Monthly Archives: December 2015

“improved health and pleasurable living,” 1932

What could provide these wonderful benefits?? Why, recreative activities of course! Note that there was a short golf hole “adjacent to the field house.” I’ve peered pretty intently at some aerials from the 1930s and I can’t really see it–there … Continue reading

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Shadows

I saw something yesterday that I had seen many times before–a large stack of photographs taken by architecture professor Bud Morehead–and I realized with a start that part of their meaning had evaded me until just that moment. He was … Continue reading

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Casual Friday, Monday Edition

I got quite a few inquiries both in the comments and in my email from folks who were hoping that I could find a better image than the blurry one I put up last Friday. Happily, in a separate envelope … Continue reading

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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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