Time Capsule

Originally posted as a Note at Facebook.com/daddynako on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, San Diego, California.

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Before dinner, the kids and I watched Meet the Robinsons, a story about a young inventor who must travel through time to avert the destruction of the future by making the right decisions in life in the name of success, family and friendship.

During dinner, the kids and I watched an episode of Olivia, who, alongside her brother, was on a mission to find the hidden treasure – grandma’s time capsule. After crawling through the floors and rummaging in the attic they found the chest containing memorabilia from the past. A record and a record player that produced a nice music, among other things. To capture the moment of discovery grandma took out an old camera and took a picture of her and the grandkids. I wasn’t paying attention much when Jason asked me what’s a film and how it works in a camera.

I paused for a while and searched for words to best describe how the “technology” works: a film is a… uh…. a thing that you place inside the camera (but make sure it is not exposed to the light or else…. uh… it won’t work), then you take the picture and then you rewind the film either manually by a small lever that you rotate until it stops or automatically by the camera at the “end” of the film, then you take the film to a photo center, wait for an hour, then… voila! your pictures are ready for viewing.

Jason, I suspected, was awed by this amazing effort to produce a photograph.Until he raised his Nintendo DSi, snapped a photo of me, showed me the screen and said, “How about this?”

How about that? No film needed. No rewinding. No getting in your car, driving to Walgreens, finding a parking spot, filling out a film envelop, making selections on sizes, colored or b/w, paper type, no waiting for one hour, and no coming back to claim pictures and paying the cashier.

How about an SD card? He asked me for an SD card because, according to him, his system memory is already full and he can’t save any more pictures, and that an SD card would make his photograph-taking hobby a lot easier.

That’s when I remember how awe-struck I was when I was first introduced to a computer: IBM 286, 386, 486, with 5.25 floppy disk that holds a document or two made from Wordstar.

To that 110 mm camera that looks like a chalkboard eraser.

And, gigantic cell phones as huge as a shoe that you hook on your belt while you strut down the street with style!

What other time capsules have you planted in the depths of your memories?

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