The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

No Sleep Till Brooklyn #2


Original Caption:

Computer's a Tutor.

Brooklyn -- Students at Brooklyn's P.S. 244 receive individualized instruction in arithmetic from a computer located several miles away in Manhattan. Beginning this fall the computer based system, with 200 units in 15 of the city's elementary schools, will add reading and spelling instruction to its program for some 6,000 pupils. After school hours, the computer (an RCA Spectra 70) serves various remedial and adult education programs and handles administrative data processing for New York City's Board of Education. (1968)

3 comments :

Timmy said...

They all do look rather eager... I don't know why...

swac said...

Those are probably faster than the ones we have at work now.

Richard Gibson said...

I heard on the radio, someone talking about playing Rossini's William Tell overture to horses to make them run faster. Someone else called or emailed in saying they had it played to them whilst learning to type...