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

The Future is Now #24

1958 computer
The Year: 1958. The Machinery: The Ramo-Wooldridge RW-300 Digital Computer. Processing Speed: Unknown, but I bet my kid's DSi could out-perform it in a second.

7 comments :

Timmy said...

Nice picture of Congolia Breckenridge

justjack said...

Looks like the Engineering Room on the old Enterprise NCC-1701.

Tempest said...

With only telephone dial up and no porn sites who'd want one?

Iain said...

This is so hot. Zoweee!

Stephen Ley said...

"A just machine to make big decisions, programmed by fellows with compassion and vision..."

- Donald Fagen

Foaming Solvent said...

Ramo-Woolridge later merged with its largest shareholder, the Thompson Company, to become Thompson-Ramo-Woolridge, which was later shortened to TRW.

David Gorsline said...

Ramo-Wooldridge was a predecessor company to TRW. The RW-300, an early process control computer, was marketed in the early 1960s as a controller for nuclear reactors.