How do you capture time?

Photo: Chris Gray, via Creative Commons, some restrictions

In today’s Glens Falls Post-Star, an article about the unearthing of a time capsule at Adirondack Community College. It contained a few random items–like a pipe (the type one smokes with) and plastic bags, plus lots of college memorabilia–from the year the capsule was buried, 1988.

Okay, maybe I’m getting REALLY old, but to me, a time capsule has to molder for at least 50 years. Unidentifiable objects should abound. You know, a hundred years from now, who is going to know what an iPod is?

So I started to think about what we should put in a time capsule to be buried for at least a 100 years. I started a list, with help from some of my colleagues, and invite you to add to it.

1.  Ellen: an AM/FM radio

2.  Dale: all my poetry, of course

3. Radio Bob: an iPad

4. Nora: an iPhone

5. Sandy: a Twinkie

6. David: a guayabera (trans: Cuban dress shirt)

7. Jon: documents establishing the world wide web as open to all users

8. Martha: all five pairs of glasses I need to get through each day (including bi-focals, transitions, computer bi-focals, etc.)

9. Shelly: my kids’ artwork, including drawings of a rabbit and a house with my son’s girlfriend

10. Julie: “The Girls’ Book of Flower Fairies”

11. Todd: a Big Mac

12. Tasha: my red VW bug

C’mon, folks, we’ve got plenty of room. Pile it in there.


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4 Comments on “How do you capture time?”

  1. Lucia says:

    A pair of those hideous, fashionable sky-high heeled shoes.

  2. David says:

    A pic of a nice person.

  3. Two Cents says:

    ..something for the pipe…

  4. Anita says:

    A nice selection of data storage media – reel-to-reel tape, cassette tape, 5.25 and 3.5 floppy diskettes, CD, and flash drive.

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