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 #26

The Phone of Tomorrow
A prediction of future portable phones from 1956, and not too damn far off the mark.

8 comments :

David said...

Then where are our flying cars, dammit!

doug rogers said...

Her nails are too long. Doesn't she need a stylus to push those buttons?

Tommy O'C said...

Sweet Smell of Success. The scene where Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) is entering "21" and a client who's leaving tells him off and fires him. The woman in the fur who's the client's date. It's her. Whoever the cutie was.

Brent McKee said...

Unfortunately they didn't know in 1956 that everything in the world would be based on designs from Star Trek... largely because Star Trek wasn't even a gleam in Gene Roddenberry's eye at the time.

MichaelRyerson said...

Her nails are too long?? wtf? Next thing you're going to tell me those aren't her eyebrows, her waist is too small and those heels are bad for her back! Geesus! get a life man!

Mikel J said...

Wonder if ya could text?

Brooks said...

The coolest thing is how it renders the receiving party as a cartoon character.

swac said...

I still haven't got one of those things. Maybe one of these days...