Thursday, March 14, 2013

What is the Device Behind Alan Harper's Head?

In tonight's Two and a Half Men, I spotted a familiar device behind Alan Harper's head:
A barograph. It is a pen device attached to an aneroid barometer that creates a tracing of the barometric pressure. The paper chart is typically changed once a week. Here are the essential parts:
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Bet you didn't know you could learn about weather instruments from watching network TV? Until tonight, neither did I.

This model barograph was sold by Taylor Instruments when I was a kid. You can see a closeup photo here.

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