You know the thing in Futurama where the bureaucrats fly desks around to access enormous walls of filing cabinets?
That’s a real thing!!! (!!!!!)
Behold The Central Social Institution of Prague. It’s apparently still in operation. https://www.vintag.es/2020/01/central-social-institution-prague.html
i guess they had someone look at the possibility of digitising all that and their head exploded.
@Nikolai_Kingsley That depends a lot on how you index and cross-reference the files.
Your access speed is obviously lower, but you can still draw impressive inferences, connections, and relationships. The number of systems for this are pretty fascinating, several are covered in the Whole Earth Catalogue's "Signal" edition, notably wire-queried edge-punched cards.
Then there's Zettlekasten.
@readsteven If they ever remake / do a sequel to Terry Gilliam's "Brazil", this should be in it. 🙂
@readsteven remember to keep a lot of paperweights on hand. Wouldn't do to have a quarterly report fly off your desk because you went from row 3, column 5, to row 29, column 19 too fast.
@readsteven and of course it's in the same place that brought the world Franz Kafka...
@readsteven This picture... Looks like a lot of accidents waiting to happen. 🤪
@readsteven this is way too cool
@readsteven found the original photographer's Instagram post...: https://www.instagram.com/p/B7yrgeAnnfX/?igshid=cjeqhhta2xsh
He has written a blog post on the office, too it looks like...
@readsteven that is honestly a beautiful thing to exist, even if actually working there would be annoying.
@readsteven ...now I'm picturing a giant bookcase with a comfy reading nook/desk combo in the single lift...
@readsteven I want to work there! Why doesn't my desk fly! (Transphobia!)
@email@example.com OmG. O. M. G. WANT.
@readsteven hell of a place to set a murder mystery.
@readsteven YES!!! I knew this existed somewhere in Prague from random vintage photos found on the internet, but I didn't have a name and google failed me. Now I can research it properly!
ah, the world. it never really finds a bottom to horrible, does it
Honestly the best part of futurama is the beuracracy.
@readsteven That looks like a scene from Brazil!
@readsteven I love it!!
@readsteven Well I’m dashed... This is one of the most alluring and yet frightening exemplars of infotech ever conceived.
@readsteven Looks like a great way to get some quiet reading done.
@tsturm Ooh, yes. Now I want a library based around this.
@readsteven I see your open-plan office AND RAISE YOU!!!
@readsteven It's not for naught that Czechia is the birthplace of Franz Kafka. 😂
@readsteven The place still exists! This article (in Czech) has a recent video which shows the desks in operation: https://www.novinky.cz/domaci/clanek/devet-tisic-supliku-obsahuje-udaje-temer-vsech-obyvatel-cr-209020
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