Paperwork makes the telescope go 'round

By Phil Plait | October 16, 2009 12:00 pm

hubble_paperclipBack in the day when I worked on Hubble, I had an ever-growing mound of paperwork that included FAQs, software instructions, how-to guides for the instruments, and the usual exponentially increasing stack of forms to fill out and process.

How I wish I had this way cool Hubble paperclip to hold those sheaves together!

Now I just need to figure out how to mass produce paperclips bent into a BA shape.

Tip o’ the green-tinted paper-pushing accountant’s visor to Jenny Williams.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, NASA
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Comments (13)

  1. Okay, did they do that in a back-shop, or did someone actually commercially produce those for them? Either way, that is pretty cool!

    And paperwork…. ugh!

  2. Erik

    Actually, I can kind of see how that looks like the Hubble. But being from farm country that is obviously the CASE International logo…

  3. Trebuchet

    I work for a large aerospace company and have airplane shaped ones that they passed out for some attaboy award or other. They come in a can like the GE one on the link so I suspect they’re from the same place. Unfortunately they aren’t very good at actually clipping paper together!

  4. Bob Portnell

    I’m with you, Erik. That’s “International Harvester” if ever there was.

  5. Now I just need to figure out how to mass produce paperclips bent into a BA shape.

    Now, would that be a paperclip shaped like the letters “BA” or a paperclip shaped like a balding, scruffily bearded and bespectacled skeptic?

  6. DrFlimmer

    NEEEEEED!!!!

    THAT would be cool for all the papers full of formulae and nothing to clip them suitedly.

  7. Marsha Allen

    I have a whole bag of these things. If you’d like, I’ll send them to you.

  8. Kevin Sooley
  9. Sure, I can see the logo too, but in actual examples, the “i” is the same width top and bottom. Here, it is clearly not.

  10. Buzz Parsec

    I think the BA paper clip would be some variation of the infamous BIG TELESCOPE calendar shot, and thus NSFW.

  11. I think the BA paper clip would be some variation of the infamous BIG TELESCOPE calendar shot, and thus NSFW.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  12. Just realized that the clip also looks a lot like this spaceship:

  13. Robert Carnegie

    I guess some kind of robot arm with pliers and a suitable wire dispenser can do the job. And yes, personality portrait in profile is probably achievable, just, but The Simpsons is probably easier.

    I suppose a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldog_clip with an image glued to the handle or blade is cheating?

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