Centennial Light Bulb Cam

The Centennial Light Bulb Cam is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, where it is maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Why is it there?  To constantly monitor  the bulb which has been alive since it was first screwed into it’s socket at the fire station in 1901.  The bulb had, however been manufactured by the Shelby Electric Company 6 years prior and used by the Livermore Power and Water Company until they closed and the bulb was given away to the Fire department.
It wasn’t until 1972 that a reporter called Mike Dunstan discovered and proved the bulb’s history. The bulb has been monitored ever since.  Moving only one more time, this event was given a blue light run to the new site and accompanied by a certified electrician to prevent failure.
The bulb has only been out for 9 hours since then and this was proved to be a power outage. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The story has been used to provide evidence that modern day manufacturers, build in obsolescence to the light bulbs of today. The bulb which was originally a 60 watt, now puts out only 4 watts, which is a similar output to the rubbish energy saving bulb I have in my bedroom…
Have a watch of the strangely hypnotic webcam.


Times Square New York City

This picture is my current favourite.  It is of Times Square New York City and was taken in 1944. This colourised new-york-1944version shows the full on glorious eye fest of the day. In my opinion, this gaudy shot is more appealing than the electronic, digitalised advertising campaigns happening there right now.
My favourite part of my favourite picture, are the two tone Chevrolet/Desoto taxi cabs. Those cars remind me very strongly of one of my to date best cars – a Chrysler PT Cruiser – a car I wish I hadn’t sold and a model I intend to buy again soon. The cabs have also finalised my decision on what colour respray job I will having on it.
The blue and yellow with the red stripe. Oh yes, she will be mine…

Update:  I bought another PT Cruiser and she is great.