Boom Computing

He kept his homemade, oversized, “nuclear weapon effects computer” in a room packed floor to ceiling with puzzles. To me, smugly distanced from the fearful zeitgeist of the atomic age (and its pragmatic preparations) this choice seems perfectly fitting. I can think of none better in fact. Circular slide rules manufactured to calculate the various effects and time lengths of a post nuclear landscape were once fairly common items. If you handed me one today and expected an important calculation in return you might as well hand me a icosahedron-shaped rubik’s and expect in return a nice slice of strawberry pie.

I remember when I was a kid, coming across a circular joke generator my dad had. It ha several overlapping carboard discs, and the top disk had openings for ‘first character,’ ‘second character,’ location and so forth. All this is from vague memory, of course. Apparently, once you combined, say, an auto mechanic and a nun in a delicatessen, a joke about this situation was supposed to pop into your head. There were at least a couple of other variables; props, maybe.

So an auto mechanic goes to a deli, see, and there’s a nun buying a sausage. The auto mechanic says, “Save your money, I’ve got—” and then before he can finish the sentence the city is vaporised by a 3 megaton Russky warhead.

posted on 09.16 at 08:21 PM.

When I started my apprenticeship we still used slides and those ’ discs’ although we had pocket calculators. Much to much surprise I found out that ‘sliding’ can be much faster then typing.

Cool posting!

posted on 09.17 at 05:04 AMorangeguru

I can only hope that should the worst happen, my bloke is trapped in the bunker with me.  HE can read a slide rule and do sums, in his head.  Me, I did an arts degree!

posted on 09.17 at 07:06 AMdancingmorganmouse

I awoke this morning to find that my referrer logs had been <strike>invaded</strike> filled by Russian websites linking to this post. I can’t read cyrillic (and babelfish can’t really either, stupid illiterate fish) so I don’t know what it is these new visitors are saying exactly but it made me feel funny, like I’d inadvertently let slip some national secret. “hey, we’re dumb and lax and no longer ready for the big one!” Vacuum Bombs ahoy! Well, I was just about to hold up my morning orange juice yelling “wolverines” when I remembered that we’re all pals now… right? правильный?!

Anyhow, a hearty добро пожаловать to my referrer log’s new overlords, and a grateful thanks for wiping out those god damned stumbleupon links to the “hot library smut,” “chindogu,” and “science fair” posts… even if it’s only a temporary reprieve.

Budem zdorovy!

posted on 09.17 at 08:56 AMjmorrison

I wondered if you noticed that stuff. I was getting e-mails on some old posts which I at some time in the past selected the ‘notify me of follow-up comments’ option. Gibberish comments were appearing, with gibberish links I wouldn’t click with somebody else’s dick. Now how is a bot defeating the Words?

posted on 09.17 at 07:20 PM.

wow…fantastic. I stumbled onto your site through transB when he posted those library shots (english teacher) and have been checking in since. great stuff and snappy prose.
keep it up

posted on 09.18 at 05:27 AMAchilles3

Were I not inhibited by some small bit of self control (and poverty), I would acquire every single item like this that I see. The competence of design combined with the belief that something this seemingly basic can conquer anything is breathtakingly seductive to me.

posted on 09.19 at 01:56 PMJane

Is that for real? It looks like a sayonce (sp?) thing you use to communicate with the dead. Maybe it is, its got the word nuclear on it haha. How many lives has that tthing taken?

posted on 02.16 at 03:30 AMDavid Murphey

What is that? school project? looks cool!

posted on 02.25 at 01:28 AMjc whitney car catalog

I bet it have its purpose.

posted on 02.25 at 01:29 AMPinoy Money Talk

Yeah..happy computing for him indeed. But not for the ordinary people like me.

Technology Transfer University:

posted on 03.02 at 10:40 AM.

You can’t actually predict the death rate because technology has changed and their is too many factors involved. If I was a second grader, I would definitely bring this to school for show and tell. Look like something cool, even though it has no real function.

posted on 03.04 at 03:57 AMFree Calculator

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