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Is the Modern Mechanix Blog perhaps the best blog ever? Maybe, maybe. It’s certainly one of the best justifications for the internet (after this blog and midget porn of course).
What I find so compelling about it is that not only does it document a time when the ‘anything is possible’ attitude prevailed, but […]

Here are two newspaper articles from the Chicago area, separated by only three years time.
From the June 18th, 1930 Hamilton Daily News - Chicago:

And from the October 22nd, 1933 NY Times - Chicago:

The first article details how this lady fires upon four policemen (emptying her gun) who have come to arrest her for some prior […]

Okay, on the surface, this may seem like an even further departure from this blog’s charter than normal, but I assure you, it’s not. I’m often asked why I collect the things I do. The castoff and outdated traffic equipment, signs and ephemera that should by all rights be actively biodegrading, I have […]

Unfortunately Tokyo has the serious traffic issues you would expect from such a densely populated city. Fortunately they are working towards improving that (the traffic situation that is).
Kilian-Nakamura blog
Over 17 thousand vehicle detectors!! A commenter on that blog pointed out that currently this command center really doesn’t do much commanding, but rather is […]

Talk Signal, talk!!

Came across this site the other day that retasks traffic signals for use in noise mitigation in schools and such:

www.talklight.com
Hideously expensive though. :-(

About a year ago on the MSN SignalFan group, someone posted an old picture of the ‘Four Corners Traffic Tower’ and a link to the VirtualNewark (or a related) website. My apologies to the original ‘discoverer’, but I misplaced your identity and I hate not being able to correctly attribute these things. So […]

Funny how the world works - one of my hobbies is ‘tinkering’ (DIY, hacking, everyone has a name for it but so few truly understand it) and on one of my favorite sites I came across a familiar topic - Traffic Lights. This young visionary (Tim Farley) re-tasked the traffic signal paradigm to solve […]

Digital Box?

At first glance the link below is to a story that would appear decidedly non-signal related, but perhaps there’s more to it than you think…
http://www.designondeadline.com/digitalnewsstand/index.html

One of the reasons I enjoy collecting automobilia (traffic signals, road signs, toll booth collectors’ severed limbs, etc..) is the incongruity of seeing otherwise ubiquitous items, in an unfamiliar setting. […]

Predictions of SkyNet?

So assuming you escaped the clutches of these robots, and decided to pull over and park to catch your breath and perhaps come up with some new strategy to evade this new flood of automatons, you’d best make sure the meter is fed. Cause these are some next-generation hybrids. That’s right, we’re talking […]

Here’s a brief collection of my favorite traffic robots (after this one of course):
Robot safety signaling device
“It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are complying with all current traffic regulations!”

I like to imagine this robot […]

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