Month: June 2018

Uh, No.

I was under the impression that the Patent Office automatically rejected perpetual motion filings on the sound basis that they are all physically impossible, but application US20070246939A1 suggests that’s not true. For those unfamiliar with the laws of thermodynamics: You can’t win. You can’t break even. You can’t leave the game.

It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s A Fake

A nice little park in Ticonderoga, New York, on the edge of the Adirondack Park, and it has a pretty little covered bridge. People think of covered bridges as being a New England phenomenon, and particularly a Vermont one, but there are a fair number of covered bridges in New York as well. The problem …

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Design Includes Many Personal Choices

The swing bridge that carries the west side rail line over the Harlem River is currently being repaired, so long-distance trains heading north have returned to their original home at Grand Central Terminal from Penn Station, where they’ve been since 1991. My two recent trips upstate gave me the opportunity to ride this route, which …

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