When I was a schoolgirl, we had a class project to create a time capsule. We were told to find items typical of our age and time period, seal it in a box and bury it. The idea was to open the box years later and remember what it was like to be that age.
Nowadays, I wonder what I would or could put in a time capsule box. Time capsule artefacts typically include newspapers, pictures and letters to future readers. Looking around, I am surrounded by digital artefacts which may be obsolete fifty years from now. Newspapers have been replaced by news-feeds, photos are jpg files and letters are e-mail.
If I were to create a digital time capsule … maybe I’d include the following items, random snap-shots of events over the last week – signs of the times, in this place in 2021.
I saw this poster on my way home after receiving my last Covid vaccination shot. Yeah! I am part of the 57% of the Canadian population vaccinated against Covid.
My province Ontario and city Toronto, is the most densely populated in Canada and as such, hardest hit by infections. In April after an unprecedented increase in new cases, the premier put the province in lockdown mode with strict Stay-At-Home orders. This is the third time and third wave, since the pandemic started in 2020.
Thankfully, the restrictions have worked. The stats show a steady and dramatic decline in new infections. This week Ontario recorded the lowest number of new infections since October 2020.
With the vaccination rate accelerating, we expect to have everyone fully vaccinated by the end of summer. A return to (near) normal is in sight!
A Good Book
Last week, I finished a good book called The Outlander by Gil Adamson. It follows nineteen year old Mary Boulton who murdered her husband and flees across rural Alberta, pursued by two vengeful brothers-in-law.
It was an unexpectedly good read, given that it was a first novel and written by a poet. Maybe it was good because it was written by a poet. The writing was lyrical, the characters imperfect and the story line fast paced and tight.
This is a book to either love or hate. I could have gone either way but last week, I loved it.
Like all my other books, this was an e-book, borrowed or purchased online and downloaded to my Kobo or Kindle reader. According to my e-book history, I’ve read over a thousand books in the last ten years. That’d be an average of about two books a week. I used to force myself to finish every book I started. These days, I put the onus on the book to force me to finish. Life is too short to read a bad book when another is just a click away.
A Good Song
I thought it would be a good idea to post a popular song in the Time Capsule. I looked up the most popular songs in 2020 and did not recognise one of them. I guess I don’t listen to the right radio channels. Actually, I don’t listen to any radio channels. That’s the scourge of streaming music and social media – we get pigeon-holed into things similar to what we know and like. (There’s a term for that. I can’t remember its name. Please tell me, if you can.)
Occasionally though, I “discover” old songs from different cultures. Like this song “Papaoutai” by Belgium artist Stromae. It was released in 2013 and appears to have been in the Top Ten lists for most of Europe. I didn’t hear it 2013 but it’s currently on my favorites playlist for 2021.
There are lots of reasons why I like this video & song. The music is catchy, a blend of modern and African beat and the lyrics touch on a sensitive social issue. The video concept is unusual with novel lighting and camera effects and the dance moves fun to watch.
One problem though. Having listened to it on Spotify, I now have a steady stream of popular French songs. My pigeon-hole is being adjusted 🙂
So, these are the things I’d put in a digital* time capsule with the hope that fifty years from now, they’d still be accessible* on the cloud* and that devices* would still be able to stream* them.
* It’s sobering to think that fifty years ago, these words and that sentence would have been meaningless. Will any of it be meaningful fifty years from now? Time changes so quickly, which is what my schoolgirl project was all about. It makes you think, doesn’t it?
Many thanks to Amanda for posing another thought provoking topic for this week’s Friendly Friday Challenge: TIME CAPSULE.