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 #25

The Future is Now personal computer 1977
The Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) Home Computer, 1977.


Fernando said...

A part of me wishes technology had never advanced past this point (although I realize that this fantastic website, nor any other website, would now exist were that the case) simply because those '70s-early '80s computers looked so damn cool. Give me faux-wood paneling over silvery sleekness any day.

Greg said...

I too love the awesomely modernist look of the early home computers. And it's got a tape deck! How cool is that?!

doug rogers said...

So simple to operate you need only a single finger!

Tommy O'C said...

Best damn computer ever. I don't care how many models they come up with, I'm keeping mine!

Richard Cretan said...

Keyboard shrunk to Lilliputian size so the cassette drive could be planted up front. That's showing ergonomics who's boss.