NICHELLE NICHOLS… TO THE MOON

She’s be flying on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

It’s been 49 years since Nichelle Nichols took on the role of Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series, but her relationship with space exploration is continuing.

The actress, 82, revealed on Friday during a Reddit AMA that she will be a passenger on an upcoming flight of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an aircraft equipped with a powerful telescope used to study the planet’s atmosphere, investigate comets and more. The flight takes off on Sept. 15.

Nichols – who has recovered from a minor stroke she suffered in June – clarified on Reddit that no, she won’t actually be heading into the final frontier, however.

“SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space,” she said. “It’s an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It’s an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from Earth. I do hope someone gets some great pictures.”

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Keith Richards on Getting Busted, Zeppelin, Stones’ Future | Rolling Stone

KEITH RICHARDS UNDER THE RAIN

“I love studios, even when they’re empty,” says Keith Richards, speaking through a haze of smoke as he sits on a recording-studio couch in downtown New York. He’s quiet for a while; there’s nothing but a faint electronic noise. “There’s that little hum. Silence is your canvas. You look out there and you think, ‘Ah, the possibilities! Given a good song and a good drummer.'”

mediante Keith Richards on Getting Busted, Zeppelin, Stones’ Future | Rolling Stone.

50s computer brochures

History & Computer

Bendix G-14 General Purpose Digital Computer, 1955

The ERA Computation Center for industry, government and research

Datatron Eletronic Data Processing Systems Handbook Central Comp

General Electric Proudly Presents the NEW GE 150 Data Processing

IBM 705 EDPM Electronic Data Processing Machine, 1955

Teleregister, 1956

An Introduction to the Univac File-Computer System, 1951

Computer History Museum — Brochures / 1950s

Ohhhh my lord what a find. The motherload.

Check out the Computer History Museum for hundreds of PDFs containing high-res scans of computer brochures from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In particular, the 50s examples are amazing; great colours, dynamic layout & outrageous typography.

Thanks to Present & Correct for another great find. If you don’t already follow them, check out their blog & their Twitter for daily graphic gems.

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