Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

The Light Bulb Conspiracy

July 29, 2021

Incandescent light bulbs could last a century, like this one. Why don’t they? Here’s an actual 20th century corporate conspiracy, the Phoebus Cartel.Veritasium video.

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Triumph of 20th Century Technology

September 6, 2013

Triumph of 20th Century Technology

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of a, um, highlight of Sixties psychedelic paraphernalia, the Lava Lamp. Created by inventor, RAF pilot, and nudist Edward Craven-Walker (1918 – 2000), the glowing glass of goop was first brought to market in the UK as the Mathmos Astro Lamp in 1963. In Sixties America, no dorm room or hippie crashpad was home without a Lava Lamp.  Just ask your groovy grandma, youngster.


Disposable. Sustainable. Plastic Bottles of Coke.

July 29, 2011

Disposable. Sustainable. Plastic Bottles of Coke.

Q:  What’s full of empty calories, packed in disposable plastic, saves energy, helps Earth’s ecology, and improves the lives of the world’s poor?

A. Coca-Cola in 1.5 liter plastic bottles.