Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Going places in the pre-digital camera era


From NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, CO in December 2003.  I don't have easy access to the scanner at the moment, so today it's a picture of a picture.  The actual facility isn't quite this grainy (nor is the original picture, to be fair to the old camera).

You'd think they'd have a lot of interesting exhibits in the lobby area since they get a lot of visitors, but they really only have this one.  Fortunately it's a pretty interesting exhibit.  The rest of the tour they took us on was pretty dull - lots of 'here are our banks of Crays' and such.  And all of our paunchy scientists in their denim shirts and brightly colored ties.

The facility is up onto the side of the Front Range, though, so going up the stairs out front was an adventure when you consider that Boulder itself is already 5400 feet and we drove up a winding mountain road (covered in ice, no less) to get there.  You never miss oxygen is until there isn't any.

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