In The New Atlantis this month there’s a review of two books on shipping containers (middle item) — the TCP/IP packets of modern trade. (Come on, you are all blog readers out there, you know what I mean.) Somehow I find this incredibly evocative:
[…] McLean inaugurated the era of containerization on April 26, 1956 by transporting 58 containers from Newark to Houston aboard a ship called the Ideal X.
Also: It is said that the container cranes at the Port of Oakland were the inspiration for George Lucas’s AT-AT walkers. It’s highly plausible.