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 #37

Checkout of the future
Original caption:

4/26/1955-Washington, DC- An advance look at the world of tomorrow, which American industry expects to help create, is contained in "People, Products and Progress: 1975," a slide film feature prepared by leading U.S. trade associations. When milady goes food shopping in 1975, there'll be no lengthy waiting at a check-out counter. The improvement, pictured here, will be an automatic computer that will price all the items as they pass under an electronic eye.


mister muleboy said...

You and your stupid "future" fixation.

The pipe dreams, like the one pictured here, just served to raise peoples' hopes.

Then, when they failed to materialize, the world descended into the angry, divided one we inhabit.

I thin. . . . oh.

Never mind.

Fred said...

This is so bogus. Everyone knows that high collar suits and women with bob haircuts were out of style by 1975.

estiv said...

I know it's cheap and unfair to laugh at predictions of the future made several decades ago, but -- that thing is huge! Imagine if the scanners in grocery stores really were that size...

Christopher said...

I don't want that darn contraption radiatin' my groceries!

edolins said...

Another living wage job gone and we were inconvenienced for close to two decades while this thing evolved. Can I get a "SKU check"!