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Your Star Is Killing Me

It is widely known, I have a thing for librarians. But this one is particularly heroic.

Nancy Evans saved the tapes from the Lunar Orbiter missions of the mid-60s in a warehouse at JPL, and the drives for them in her garage. She begged NASA to restore the drives, they weren’t interested. Now retired, she finally found people who could fix the drives, Dennis Wingo, Keith Cowing and Ken Zin. It took them three months and $250K, but they brought the drives up again.

Images of the Earth, pre-global-warming, seem like something we’d want to hang on to.

And now a mostly film-related round up:

blue and orange

Bonus: Gama Go opening a store in San Francisco = awesome! First Ave opening a burger joint = weird. And Art of the Mix members migrating to Zen Running Order = uncertain. And this week in cupcakes? BLISSFUL.
Plus: A new favorite in the self-deprecating blog category: Pacing the Panic Room.
And: Why You Should Care About Record Store Day from The Stranger.


  1. e. wrote:

    I had no idea you have a thing for librarians. Considering my long, involved zine history it should come as no surprise that a good chunk of my friends & acquaintances are librarians. I adore them.

    I’ve seen every ep of Wonder Showzen & am surprised you’ve never seen it. Get on that shiznit, now.

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Oh yesss! I have a number of librarian friends too. I’d actually wanted to become one, but never got around to getting my MLS. But I did watch Read or Die!

    Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Ryan wrote:

    A few things.

    Wonder Showzen has its moments and they do nail it and deliver some truly hysterical bits. I am a fan.

    Thanks for the link to my blog?

    AND it was love at first sight for the “Everything is Terrible” site.

    Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  4. Ryan wrote:

    Not related to your post, but I thought it was clever none the less.

    Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  5. Sharyn wrote:

    Ha, you’re welcome! It was your Gross Out post that captured my attention and had me laughing (shared it with a co-worker who is a new Dad, also with a hot wife). But the rest of your writing has grabbed me as well.

    And ooooh - love the octopus tape!

    Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink

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