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August 23, 2006

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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.

There’s a couple of interesting-looking pieces in this month’s Atlantis, too… one about scientists’ memoirs and another on network neutrality. I’ll read them and let you know if they’re any good.

Posted August 23, 2006 at 10:07 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Technosnark
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