Saturday, 25 July 2015

Resurrection... maybe



Okay, I haven't done much of anything with this site since 2012 and what with the main Tales of Future Past site in limbo due to a formatting problem that's left it unreadable, I've decided to try an experiment.

I've been experimenting with templates in hopes of repairing the old site, but I haven't anything like the time to do so.  Therefore, I'm going to try to repost some of the site in blog form and see if that's any more effective.

It's just an experiment, but what's to lose?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Vintage atomics


The Unwanted Blog features this cutaway of a nuclear rocket engine from 1962

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Dough boys on the Moon


An now, the US Army's 1959 design for a lunar lander.

It may not have gone to the Moon, but it did look more rockety than the LEM.

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Future of Food


Popular Science trolls its archives to look at the future of food.  Some of the items are interesting, such a the one illustrated here that talks about converting gases directly into food, others are embarassing, as in howlers like this:
Fruits and vegetables were bleached (sic) in boiling water to help retain their color.
I think he meant "blanched".

Then there's the opening bit about urban farming that both in the modern and archived bit forgets that it wasn't that long ago that livestock was raised in the city, which is why the only ones who do so today are hobbyists.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Groovy computers


Retrospace has a stunning retrospective on mainframe computers in the days when computers were practically architecture instead of things you tuck in your pocket.