From: Douglas McIlroy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Mark Seiden <email@example.com>, TUHS main list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TUHS] Re: nassau smelting was Re: Current Ownership of 3B/WECo Computer IPs
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2023 17:06:42 -0400 [thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAKH6PiW4ONCWwnK=52aZJZzRdoq+v=HHudi=gm=Cvd4dC8T9pQ@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
> i’m having trouble identifying “Agricola”.
See WIkipedia on "De re metallica", or for the real thing
On Mon, Sep 11, 2023 at 4:29 PM Mark Seiden <email@example.com> wrote:
> i’m so happy you replied.
> have you considered a memoir?
> your writing is very vivid (and literate).
> but i’m having trouble identifying “Agricola”.
> the strategy board game? the roman emperor? the farm to table restaurant in princeton?
> > On Sep 11, 2023, at 3:58 PM, Douglas McIlroy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Way off topic, but too nostalgic to pass up. I was involved in
> > after-hours training courses and persuaded Bob Morris to organize the
> > first one ever to be held off campus, "Bell System with field trips".
> > The highlight of the series was Nassau Smelting and Refining. They
> > proudly told us about their new environmental consciousness: aqua
> > regia (used to reclaim gold) was now being adjusted to pH 7 before
> > being dumped into the Kill van Kull, and stack emissions of lead had
> > been reduced from hundreds of pounds per year to eight.
> > The scene was almost straight out of Agricola. An enormous steel
> > jousting pole mounted on a backhoe was used to shove scrap copper and
> > live-cut tree trunks into a ferocious green-flaming furnace. Men in
> > moon suits and respirators puddled slag floating on open vats of
> > molten lead. A Dickensian crone snipped gold tips off the old relays
> > cradled in her lap. Clothes, including shoes, exchanged at the door of
> > the gloomy gold room, were collected periodically and thrown into the
> > aqua regia pots to extract every last milligram.
> > The only process that really deviated from Agricola was pyrolysis, for
> > reclaiming modern cable cladding. But he surely would have been
> > impressed by the mechanism for casting continuous copper bar and
> > collecting it on a giant spool. They delighted in telling about the
> > time the spool stopped turning while the copper feed continued,
> > filling the hall with an enormous tangle of 1" copper stock.
> > Doug
> > On Mon, Sep 11, 2023 at 1:47 PM Mark Seiden <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> hi, old friends (and i mean that both figuratively and literally)
> >> the recent/continuing brouhaha involving lead sheathed cables made me wonder about
> >> nassau smelting and refining in staten island (a sub of WEco which ended up with Lucent)
> >> (and apparently another location at W. 29th st which was a superfund site for a while.)
> >> wonderful chaplainesque photo:
> >> https://www.facebook.com/classicstatenisland/photos/a.286586221935407/516688818925145/?type=3
> >> also regarding the Staten Island location, quoting from
> >> https://www.silive.com/news/2020/02/former-nassau-smelting-site-sells-for-306m.html
> >> "The cleanup was to entail covering 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil with a thick, unbreakable plastic liner, as well as layers of clean soil.”
> >> (hah, what could go wrong with that?)
> >> On Sep 11, 2023, at 11:34 AM, Paul Winalski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> Regarding the possible Western Electric -> Lucent -> Nokia IP path,
> >> has anyone tried contacting Nokia's legal department and asking
> >> whether they think they own the rights to the 3B/WECo computer IP, and
> >> if not, do they know who does (or might) own it?
> >> -Paul W.
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2023-09-11 1:11 [TUHS] " segaloco via TUHS
2023-09-11 1:35 ` [TUHS] " alan
2023-09-11 2:02 ` alan
2023-09-11 3:17 ` Kevin Bowling
2023-09-11 1:43 ` Clem Cole
2023-09-11 2:57 ` segaloco via TUHS
2023-09-11 3:37 ` Clem Cole
2023-09-11 15:34 ` Paul Winalski
2023-09-11 17:46 ` [TUHS] nassau smelting was " Mark Seiden
2023-09-11 19:58 ` [TUHS] " Douglas McIlroy
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2023-09-11 21:06 ` Douglas McIlroy [this message]
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