They’d heard about some students at Harvard who’d come up with a program called Operation Match, which used a computer to find dates for people. She makes Quiche Lorraine, plays chess, and like me she loves to ski. ” One day, a woman named Patricia Lahrmer, from 1010 WINS, a local radio station, came to to do an interview.A year later, Altfest and Ross had a prototype, which they called Project , an acronym for Technical Automated Compatibility Testing—New York City’s first computer-dating service. She was the station’s first female reporter, and she had chosen, as her début feature, a three-part story on how New York couples meet. Women were asked to look at a trio of sketches of men in various settings, and to say where they’d prefer to find their ideal man: in camp chopping wood, in a studio painting a canvas, or in a garage working a pillar drill. 1400 Series computer, which then spit out your matches: five blue cards, if you were a woman, or five pink ones, if you were a man. Men were asked to rank drawings of women’s hair styles: a back-combed updo, a Patty Duke bob.I left home—too hot, too old—and live in Washington State. My volcano is more famous than any of my brothers’ volcanoes. The upside: my father is the god of the sea, so we can guarantee good weather on our honeymoon cruise. He smells like an overcleaned wound, and he won’t quit working. A first date picking blueberries in the whitest, cleanest sunlight, tin pails. If I am strong that day, the mountains will shake with the strike of my hammer, the heat of my flame. I do not fit in the chair, and I wish I could forget lying on my back on the floor of that darkened room while a small man climbed onto my chest with that sharp point of light. Now he can see for himself what it’s like to have one eye. A maiden washes up on my island, tailed or otherwise. When I pounded the shackles with my hammer, the person I imagined chaining was my father.Every day and every night somewhere in one of the world’s oceans my father is striking the surface of the abyss with swords of fire. I’ll bring sandwiches and chilled Chardonnay and tell you that we are already the good people we wanted to become. Descending belowground early, full of milk and blood and meat, to forge iron. The cave is sweating and there are mineral stalks growing from the ceiling. All my wrist and ankle shackles are homemade, struck from iron I myself dug from the earth. I imagined slipping the disks around his watery arms. But my father never offered himself up on my rocky beach.Try casting a wide net with an appealing and impossible balance of conflicting descriptors. You like to go out at night but you also like to go out at night.
transferred the answers onto a computer punch card and fed the card into an I. was restricted to the Upper East Side, an early sexual-revolution testing ground.
Pick Your Picture They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
A selfie, on the other hand, is worth seventeen words.
For the past two years, I’ve had Google alert me whenever the phrase “school shooting threat” shows up on its radar.
In early 2012, I spent several months reporting on a mass shooting in Oakland; since then, I have tracked the way these killings have been covered in the media.
Each client paid five dollars and answered more than a hundred multiple-choice questions. (A previous installment had been about a singles bar—Maxwell’s Plum, on the Upper East Side, one of the first that so-called “respectable” single women could patronize on their own.) She had planned to interview Altfest, but he was out of the office, and she ended up talking to Ross.