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In the darkness a crane reigns supreme

October 15, 2014


It was still dark out at 7 a.m. when I stopped to have my breakfast at the McDonald’s in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue.

Until November 2, when daylight saving time ends, all our mornings will be darker than they need be.

Why daylight saving persists so far into autumn is beyond me. But it does and as a result we get to experience the late sunrises and dark mornings of December two months early in October.

It really is darkest before the dawn

Not only the morning sky was dark but most of the north side of block was also. One glaring exception being the backlit white canvas awning of a Greek restaurant which looked like a nightlight someone had deliberately left on as a comfort.

The only evidence of life on that side of the street was to be found in the movements of an improbably tall crane which was visible over the single storey shops as a slowly pirouetting black stroke against the dark blue sky.

In less than half an hour the sun was rising and the crane — apparently finished its job of loading or unloading — shrank a section at a time and quite promptly disappeared, even before  the darkness had finished giving way to the daylight. Click the image to enlarge it.

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  1. Slowcrow permalink

    Yeah, another bad thing about no electricity. BTW, does not the Skunkworks gizmo, obviously one of many in the works, make Site C dam seem much like putting megabucks into buggy whip technology in 1870 or so. I have very limited internet time, unlike political leaders (with staff). Kathryn Austin Fitts always mentions these power-independent communities to come. Are those thoughts to be totally disregarded I wonder. (see and ‘the popsicle index’ )

    • Early days for Lockheed’s compact fusion reactor but yes, real fusion would be a many million-fold improvement over current power generation methods. Similar to how fossil fueled internal combustion represented a quantum leap over coal-fired steam only more so. Lockheed’s current approach still produces some radioactive waste but proper fusion should produce no hazardous waste whatsoever.

      The Site C hydroelectric dam could be compared to the science fiction conceit of a slower-than-light space ship sent from earth that finally arrives at its remote destination only to discover the planet is fully colonized and full of strip malls and coffee shops because 98 years into the ship’s hundred-years voyage, back on earth they discovered instant teleportation.

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