#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 14th, 2013 15:18
#2 By: kartwaffles, November 14th, 2013 15:22
The Soviets sure loved them some parquet floors.
#3 By: Jason Andresen, November 14th, 2013 15:58
The last line in the writeup reminded me of this comic.
#4 By: John Bell, November 14th, 2013 16:00
#5 By: xzzy, November 14th, 2013 16:09
Man, none of the control rooms at Fermilab got a chandelier. The commies were right!
#6 By: Jorpho, November 14th, 2013 16:15
I was going to say that a lot of facilities probably have control panels that look something vaguely like that, but dayum, that chandelier.
You'd have a hard time justifying the inclusion of something like that. Maybe if you could rig it up to sway alarmingly in the event of a problem?
#7 By: bobo, November 14th, 2013 16:55
Design inspiration for my living room!!!
#8 By: Raybert, November 14th, 2013 16:57
I love the chandelier.
Did they convert a ballroom? The chandelier looks art-nouveau-ish to me.
#9 By: gilbert wham, November 14th, 2013 16:59
So, so.... Christmassy...
#10 By: gilbert wham, November 14th, 2013 17:01
I WILL PAY YOU GOOD MONEY for a router that looks like that Hi Fi sphere.
Wait, fuck, no, I mean that round TV thing. I was reading the captions on the pictures wrong, dammit. But I want a Hi Fi Sphere as well.
#11 By: Dave Doering, November 14th, 2013 17:06
Looks like it is remarkably well-preserved, down to the chandelier:
#12 By: Cary, November 14th, 2013 17:14
Hmmm, sets controls to "Silent, but deadly"....
#13 By: gilbert wham, November 14th, 2013 17:15
Ye gods, it's wonderful. It's like a cross between an Edwardian library and a Blake's 7 location shoot. I thought at first it was Glorious repurposing of Stately homes, but they actually put chandeliers and a parquet floor in didn't they? I want to live in it.
#14 By: Jeremy Erwin, November 14th, 2013 17:34
Russian subway stations
They liked their infrastructure.
#15 By: Kimmoth, November 14th, 2013 20:33
You are allowed to post images (I think, unless there's a minimum postcount first), but they need to be under 2MB.
#16 By: Kimmoth, November 14th, 2013 20:34
#17 By: pjcamp, November 14th, 2013 21:04
The chandelier is what makes it.
#18 By: John Bell, November 14th, 2013 21:36
Yes, the error was just that new users aren't allowed to post images. No big deal, there are Internets that'll take care of that problem for me.
#19 By: technogeek, November 14th, 2013 21:42
One of the engine labs in college had a control room wall of rackmounts with somewhat more modern instruments... but it was still a glorious mess of meters and switches.
These days, I'm sure it all goes into the computer and comes out on the screen. More compact, more efficient, more powerful for analysis, but somehow not as satisfying.
Which of course is part of the impetus behind the steampunk style. We like to be able to see and handle our technology...
#20 By: Raybert, November 15th, 2013 13:45
Spot on. Okay, controlling complex devices from a computer screen ist very efficient. But there is something deeply satisfying in throwing switches and levers. The big ones on heavy metal boxes that go 'THUNK'. Or watching the wriggling of the needles in the meters. Or standing in front of a massive array of blinkenlights.
Couple of weeks ago I found an old IBM typewriter just like the ones they have in MIB 3, I'm thinking of converting it into a keyboard for my PC or into a combination of keyboard/tablet holder.
Would that be transistorpunk?
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