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Filament Anxiety

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jgs, Apr 26, 2016.

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  1. jgs

    jgs Active Member

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    These newfangled electric lights will never be more than a niche product. If one of them burns out, you're in the dark until you can get down to the general store and get a new one. And if the power fails? Pffft, there's nothing you can do. There's no way they can overcome the advantages of whale oil lamps. In a pinch, you can burn anything in one of those babies. And you can use any old rag as a wick. You never have to be worried about being left in the dark. Besides, I refuse to believe that any true tallow-head could be satisfied by cold, sterile light without the heady smell of burning fat.

    Nah, never going to happen.

    (Inspired by filling up a rental car and being struck by how nineteenth-century the whole procedure felt.)
     

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