Sunday, December 24, 2006

Book-A-Day #160 (12/23): A Field Guide to Roadside Technology by Ed Sobey

If you've ever wanted a book to tell you what various pieces of ubiquitous technology are (and what they do), this the book for you. It covers towers, antennas, boxes, installations, power-generation facilities, and other pieces of the modern infrastructure.

This is really a spotter's guide to "that grey box thing with three wires coming out of the left side, on the pole over there," and the only thing it's missing to that end is a flowchart. I think it might have been originally intended for youngish readers (given the author's previous work, and the tone of some of the "interesting facts" sections), but that's only a vague suspicion.

If you have any interest at all in cable pedestals, lift stations, or border reference monuments, this is probably the only book of its kind.

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