Honestly, I'm at a loss where to put this thread: Global Meltdown? Fragile Earth? Survival?
Hang with me a bit, I'll get to it.
I have an idea -- not an original one -- but one that might well be applicable to today's [apparent] rapidly changing world.
I can already hear SDog laughing.
Okay. I was reading Cliff High's interview with Project Camelot
If you don't know him, he's the primary creator of the Half Past Human
reports -- AKA -- the ALTA reports
which are also referenced at George Ure's Urban Survival
site. Really intriguing work, all of it, and it
has a certain resonance that makes sense to me.
Read the interview at Project Camelot. It's fascinating.
Well, m'Bride and I have had this idea for a while......... we're making a time capsule. NOT a time machine, but a container of the works of the
times. We've put together several items that we think are representative of the current age, as well as the Caymanian culture in which we live.
There is a cave adjacent to our property; It's on a limestone bluff that protrudes up 150 feet above this island. The Queen apparently owns the
face of the bluff, however HER cave is only accessible from our chunka land. It's a small cave, however a relatively unknown one.
My Grandparents were born here, and theirs and so on.......... and they didn't know about this cave. We revere caves here, as they're our natural
harbor against hurricanes. I found it one day while looking for some fruit trees my Grandmother claimed were there against the bluff. The cave is
basically a 5-foot circle. It goes back into the rock 32 feet, turns to the east and ends seven feet later.
We have salvaged a fiberglass container that used to be a telephone connection. It's a cylinder about 18-inches long and with a diameter of
10-inches. It comes apart in the middle, with a rubber washer in the middle and a stainless steel ring around the join.
I have build a stairway to the cave, which is 42 feet above grade and 87 feet above high tide. We intend to fill the container with the works
of....... us..... all of us, and form a concrete bulkhead and pack water, portland cement and aggregate up there and concrete the container at the end
of the cave.
I have this persistant, but not frightening, feeling of radical changes in the near future. I want to leave information behind. Sort of like
stocking up-- it doesn't hurt a thing, and there's a chance of something good coming of it.
Here, finally, are two questions: What would you put inside the container? My Bride thought of putting some open-pollinated seeds packed in a
matrix of oxy-sorb and I insist upon an old and well-used 1976 version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. It occurred to both of us that we
should leave a primer of the English language............ a rosetta stone of sorts.
Second question: How in the world should we mark the cave so it screams out "LOOK HERE!" Seven feet above the cave is a bluff with sharp rock.
I could put anything I wanted there, like a mirror epoxied into place.
I think of a time capsule as something that is opened at a later date for the historic value of examining the culture of the past, and so we are
including a several writings of the Caymanian culture. Would it be silly to load a buncha stuff on a flash drive or DVD? I suspect so, but what
the hell, they take up very little room.
I also want to leave some mark of humanity and our aspirations and knowledge........... you know........ just in case.
I welcome your input. You all know where I'm coming from here, I suspect. This project will be done, and completed within the month. My
primary concern now is what to put in the cylinder, and how to mark it. You all have such insight. Share some of it with me, okay?
Peace and hope
p.s. if anyone wants photos of the interior of the cave, that's an easy thing to do. It's not much to look at, but it is a very fortified
location, especially the bit after the bend in the cave