Saturday, December 20, 2014

Low down duo

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Big boy toy

Amusement parks from time to time have a need for lifts capable of reaching some very high places. Sometimes there are needs for service and maintenance; while at other times they might be called upon for rescuing people from rides that have stalled in high places.

Universal Studios Singapore has two lifts that can extend 135 feet. There are limits to just how far they can extend in relationship to the angle at which they are extended. Units without outrigger supports need a fairly wide stance for stable extensions of the longer booms. However, a wide stance makes them difficult to maneuver in limited spaces. A compromise is reached with a unit that has an adjustable stance. Wheels in close to the body for moving into position and then hydraulic cylinders that spread the wheels apart as the unit moves into position to begin work. The two photos show the difference in the space between the wheels before and after extension.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sweet Beetle

On the street outside my hotel.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bundled up against the sun

Daytime temperatures in Singapore are in the high 80's with very high humidity.  It can be counted on to rain every afternoon.  This man's company has a standard work uniform that is black trousers and short sleeve shirt.  He and several other members of his team choose to cover exposed skin for protection from the sun.  It makes me uncomfortable to think about dressing like that in the heat and humidity, but it seems to work for them.  Having ninjas working with us is interesting.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This little piggy

You never know where your meal is being prepared.  This piglet was on a skewer over a fire in an alley in Chinatown.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On the street

While it may look like a vehicle many decades older this little Nissan Figaro is probably from around 1990.  Hard to believe that this cutey has survived on the mean streets of Bangkok.