With the ubiquity of our digital infrastructure, it occurs to me that one possible means of transmitting information across vast stretches of time may, in fact, be to simply schedule it for much-delayed delivery.
How far will this work in principle? I feel confident I can trust WordPress’s existence for six months. One year? Still feels reasonable. Ten years? Fifty years?
So, with that in mind, I am writing this note on Sunday morning, July 18th, 2010 and sending it exactly one year into the future. As for events occurring in my time, BP (formerly British Petroleum) has just put a new, advanced cap on the now-infamous leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. The polarizing topic of the day seems to be how to deal with illegal immigration on our country’s southern border. Temperatures are high here in the Las Vegas desert, pushing into the “eleventy-hot” zone during the late afternoon. Yesterday, I planted a new flowering fruitless plum tree in the front yard, which I hope will survive the heat.
Now, I have a few questions for you. Does 2011 appear, like years before, not much different than 2010? I suspect as much. Does this message find me, my readers, and those I care about in good spirits and health? I sincerely hope so. Did the tree I just planted survive its first summer and winter?
Even if I can’t bodily travel through time, at least right now my information can. Let’s see how many of these time capsules make it to the future. =)
Remember, when in doubt, make the choice you’ll least regret.
This is Ben McGee, from July 18, 2010, signing off.