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"QUANTUM SHOT" #670
Link - article by Avi Abrams



The Mothers of All Messes (and maybe a few fathers, too)

The goal of this series (other than to simply entertain) is to raise awareness about the abundance of various tangled messes in the world and to establish the humanitarian fund dedicated to eradicating this blight from the face of the Earth entirely. (well... maybe not, but in any case... take a picture of some private miserable mess which you face every day and send it to us!)

We'll start with a few simply very complicated wiring "landscapes", and will progress to nightmarish ones pretty quickly. Image below shows "Years of Progress"... Really? - New York in 1890:


(image via)

Support wires in the 1893 ferris wheel in Chicago (notice how small the people appear in this photograph):


(image courtesy Brooklyn Museum Archives, via)

Vintage supercomputer wiring ("intense" is the word here): on the left is The Collossus (the World War Two era computer, more info) and the Bombe, the machine designed to crack the Enigma code (right):


(images credit: Mirjam Visser)

Inside a vintage supercomputer: the unassuming front view, and... the peek inside -


(images via)

This is a sound console - "Nine Inch Nails" dimmer racks from the Australian SoundWave Festival - which has around 400 channels in all (ironically, all this gets controlled by one 5-pin DMX cable quarter-inch thick):


(image sent in by Andrew Nissley)

Some ugly telephone cabling work, sent in via:






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Nightmare Server Rooms, courtesy TechRepublic:












(images via)

Embryo of Transformer (waiting for the touch of AllSpark)? -


(original unknown)

Some crazy wiring in Bucharest, Romania:



(sent to DRB by Jej)

Something is not right here (found in Japan):


(image via)

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Really Good Wiring Jobs

We have to provide a visual relief to our readers, realizing that they've seen too much nightmarish wiring already. So here are most beautiful wiring jobs - the first of which belongs to the CERN's Hadron Collider (see the article showing this machinery in detail - click here):





(images courtesy/copyright CERN)

Another good organized switch board, all the way from the times of Cold War - from May 1959 General Dynamics brochure:


(image via)

And now, great wiring in fashion: just imagine how it would feel to have a Bad Wiring Day for this model? -


(design by students of the Pontificia Bolivariana University, Colombia; photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

Great wiring in art? Well, how about this "Wired" sculpture, by Jud Turner:


(art by Jud Turner - "Wired")

"Tangled" lamp design, Matthew Booth:


(image credit: Matthew Booth)

Troy Paiva, famous for his "Lost America" series of abandoned sites, lights up vintage cable and wiring with cool colours - making "Light Painting" art out of abandoned machinery:


(images credit: Lost America)

"Miles of wiring in a junk 60s jet airliner at Aviation Warehouse in El Mirage, CA, a Mojave Desert aircraft boneyard"

And here is the Great Wiring: the "Wired" Magazine! -


(image via)

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Passionate about their work

An Iraqi electrician checks the wires leading to a block of flats, in Baghdad's Karrada district:


(image credit: EPA/ALI ABBAS)

These guys take risks, so that you could enjoy communication:



(originals unknown)


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12 Comments:

Anonymous cthel said...

I'm sorry, but that's definitely not a bombe; the wires are obviously modern, and rubber was too valuable in WW2 to be used for rubber bands

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Anonymous johnp said...

The NIN picture is of their Lighting Dimming system, not anything to do with the sound system ("sound console"). The DMX cable provides the control signal, the dimmers translate that control into power for each light/circuit.

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Anonymous Bartek said...

The second to last image looks like it's from a tram depot. The title is correct, if communication = public transportation :)

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Blogger Martin Barry said...

@Bartek is right, the second last photo is the overhead wiring for trains or trams.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

@cthel

It is the rebuilt colossus that was completely quite recently. Hence the modern wiring and rubber bands.

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Anonymous keely said...

Love the images. But the second to last photo is incorrect. It's like wiring from trains

PS. I just started a new blog. You mind if you check it out? maybe even comment about it/pass it around if you can? It'd be awesome if you could

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Anonymous Phil said...

No, it's not Colossus: the rebuilt Colossus is grey. That's the internal view of the rebuilt Bombe in the museum at Bletchley Park, UK.

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Blogger Wayne D. said...

@cthel, @anonymous,

That is actually lacing tape, a waxed cotton ribbon used for wiring harnesses. It is still used in modern aviation due to it being less bulky than zipties and it will not chafe the wire insulation. Also rubber definitely would have been allowed to be used since these machines were critical to the war effort.

Lacing tape @ wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_lacing

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a lighting designer and the NIN picture has nothing to do with sound! Those are lighting dimmers and 5 pin DMX is a control protocol for theatrical lighting.

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Anonymous delight said...

great compilaation, I remember once Prince Phillip the husband of the queen, visiting a factory seeing a messed up wiring and claimimg that the place look like it was built by an Indian. That caused a storm

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Blogger Bradya said...

That bombe image looks like it's a photo of the rebuild version you can see here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bombe-rebuild.jpg

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Anonymous Rebekah said...

This is awesome! I clicked on it because I thought it said "fantastically intense writing," but this is better. I really love this kind of quirky imagery.

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