electrical telegraph

My suggestions, if this becomes a thing:

1) Ride of the Valkyries
2) A kazoo
3) Brian Blessed screaming
4) Long, drawn-out farting / raspberries
5) That sound the TARDIS makes in-flight
6) Ian McKellen as Gandalf just muttering “bum bum bum” over and over
7) William Shatner’s rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
8) That gadoiiiiiing sound a ruler makes when you ping it off the end of a desk

If anyone knows Brian Blessed or Ian McKellen, I’ll cut you in for 10%.

1900 Boer War, Urgent  for Capetown

‘The scene is set in South Africa during the Boer War. An Imperial Yeomanry dispatch rider arrives with an urgent message for the British HQ in Cape Town. He hands the message to a member of a Royal Engineer Telegraph Company, the predecessors of Royal Signals. The message has arrived by mounted rider, a technology which has served military commanders for thousands of years, but will be now conveyed at the speed of light through the new electric telegraph, highlighting the significant change in signalling technology. The scene assumes that the telegraph network has been extended out from the Cape, but not yet as far as every area of conflict. In the background, soldiers can be seen working on the telegraph line using a cable wagon typical of the period.

Daily Doodle #911/1000.

(got a little behind on posting these over here)

Quick warm-up concept sketch of a telegraph-line-laying skyship.

The electric telegraph is a recent addition to the communications landscape of Tethys.  First brought to a practical form in the mid 1770s, less than a decade later the first complete line spanning the subcontinent has been completed, and the network is constantly expanding.  The notion I had here was of a ship that could place both poles and lines in one go.  The wires are attached to each pole by thimbles as it is readied to be lowered; guylines are handled by a ground crew as the pole is set in place and secured.  There should be some guys to the ship itself to aid its station-keeping, though the lateral airscrews should be sufficient to keep it neatly overhead.  The gear for handling poles, wires, etc. is barely sketched in, as I only have the most basic ideas of how it might work.  It’s surely simpler to have a ship that simply sets the poles in place, and have the wires handled by another… but then I would have had to paint another ship.

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Nikola Tesla's 'World System.'

The ‘World-System’ is based on the application of the following important inventions and discoveries:

1. The ‘Tesla Transformer.’ This apparatus is in the production of electrical vibrations as revolutionary as gunpowder was in warfare. Currents many times stronger than any ever generated in the usual ways, and sparks over one hundred feet long, have been produced by the inventor with an instrument of this kind.

2. The ‘Magnifying Transmitter.’ This is Tesla’s best invention — a peculiar transformer specially adapted to excite the Earth, which is in the transmission of electrical energy what the telescope is in astronomical observation. By the use of this marvelous device he has already set up electrical movements of greater intensity than those of lightning and passed a current, sufficient to light more than two hundred incandescent lamps, around the Globe.

3. The ‘Tesla Wireless System.’ This system comprises a number of improvements and is the only means known for transmitting economically electrical energy to a distance without wires. Careful tests and measurements in connection with an experimental station of great activity, erected by the inventor in Colorado, have demonstrated that power in any desired amount can be conveyed, clear across the Globe if necessary, with a loss not exceeding a few per cent.

4. The ‘Art of Individualization.’ This invention of Tesla is to primitive ‘tuning’ what refined language is to unarticulated expression. It makes possible the transmission of signals or messages absolutely secret and exclusive both in the active and passive aspect, that is, non-interfering as well as non-interferable. Each signal is like an individual of unmistakable identity and there is virtually no limit to the number of stations or instruments which can be simultaneously operated without the slightest mutual disturbance.

5. ‘The terrestrial Stationary Waves.’ This wonderful discovery, popularly explained, means that the Earth is responsive to electrical vibrations of definite pitch just as a tuning fork to certain waves of sound. These particular electrical vibrations, capable of powerfully exciting the Globe, lend themselves to innumerable uses of great importance commercially and in many other respects.

The first ‘World-System’ power plant can be put in operation in nine months. With this power plant it will be practicable to attain electrical activities up to ten million horsepower and it is designed to serve for as many technical achievements as are possible without due expense. Among these the following may be mentioned:

(1) The inter-connection of the existing telegraph exchanges or offices all over the world;

(2) The establishment of a secret and non-interferable government telegraph service;

(3) The inter-connection of all the present telephone exchanges or offices on the Globe;

(4) The universal distribution of general news, by telegraph or telephone, in connection with the Press;

(5) The establishment of such a ‘World-System’ of intelligence transmission for exclusive private use;

(6) The inter-connection and operation of all stock tickers of the world;

(7) The establishment of a ‘World-System’ of musical distribution, etc.;

(8) The universal registration of time by cheap clocks indicating the hour with astronomical precision and requiring no attention whatever;

(9) The world transmission of typed or handwritten characters, letters, checks, etc.;

(10) The establishment of a universal marine service enabling the navigators of all ships to steer perfectly without compass, to determine the exact location, hour and speed, to prevent collisions and disasters, etc.;

(11) The inauguration of a system of world-printing on land and sea;

(12) The world reproduction of photographic pictures and all kinds of drawings or records.

(“My Inventions V – The Magnifying Transmitter.” Electrical Experimenter, June, 1919.)

On June 20, 1840, Samuel Morse received a patent for an early version of the electric telegraph. His ideas for transmitting and recording signals helped revolutionize long-distance communication.

Fast forward 176 years and you’re likely to be reading this on a smartphone, in a future Morse couldn’t possibly have imagined. Our long-distance signals travel through air. They carry photos and videos. A sophisticated toddler can navigate an iPhone, manipulating more bits of data than a telegraph operator encountered in a lifetime.

But failures of imagination go both ways: not only to the future, but also to the past. How well can most people today imagine the world of the 1840s? Or even a version of their own lives, stripped of modern-day tools for communication?

The Curse Of The Inability To Imagine

Photo: Chris Price/Getty Images

Daily Doodle #811/1000.

Quick concept sketch of a tethered flying observation post.

Once lift tanks had been invented, one of the first uses was to make high altitude observation units.  This is a current one, and rather larger and more sophisticated than the early models.  Ample fuel and provision stowage means its crew of six or so can keep watch for weeks at a time if need be at an altitude of 4,000  to 5,000 metres; a pressurised section is provided to ease the strains being this high for extended periods of time; the crew would also be chosen from folks who do well at altitude.  Two signalling masts and several signal lamps provide communication with the ground and other vessels; it’s also possible that this craft has one of the newfangled electrical telegraph lines in its enormously long mooring cable.  The lower mast is folding, to avoid fouling the mooring cable.  Two airscrew housings give it limited mobility, and are mostly for station keeping and to ease strain on the cable in high winds.  A ~75mm gun is provided for potshots at enemy skyboats, but is really just a waste of weight and is mainly there for morale.

This is definitely a larger and more expensive model and presumably made for an especially important sector; most such posts are much smaller and cheaper, to maximise the area covered per unit cost.

It would be a rather chilly and lonely post, but it would also be wonderful to be able to observe the world from above for days on end.

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anonymous asked:

listen nolan prohibits the use of phones on set so they'll have to end this sooner than later or larry will have to reinstate the electrical telegraph business

christopher nolan walking into harrys trailer and harry is tying a small package to the leg of a pigeon he found on the street and has trained over the course of months to be a carrier pigeon. isn’t surprised.