We live in a world of constant change; a world into which new people arrive every single day. The world now looks completely different to how it did ten years ago, and yet within this simple fact of life there is a rather humorous irony:
There are some things that will simply never die. Here are 4 that stand out for me:
We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics: Bill Vaughan
A few years back Russian scientists did a little experiment in which they attached several living organisms in a container to the outside of the International Space Station, including a mosquito. The mosquito was brought back to Earth an incredible 18 months later, still alive and kicking. The endurance of this small creature is an amazing testament to the power of nature, and an example of how bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Not that I am a big fan of mosquitoes mind you, but we should be grateful that they are extremely resilient and can endure lots of things in order to survive as they are part of the food chain and if you were a bird or a bat you would most certainly love them …at least 30 times per day or more. Yum….
2: Plastic bags.
Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us
It is well-known that plastic bags take a long, long time to naturally decompose. Scientists believe, in fact, that plastic bags take approximately 500 years to break down naturally. Unfortunately they are still the main type of package that we use today to carry our shopping and although many of them are now classed as being made from recycled material they cannot be recycled more than once. So landfill they end up in, to die a slow death for around half a century and to leach the toxins back into the environment and into our waterways. If we have to use them we should still make sure they are disposed of properly after use, or better still find a way to reduce any form of packaging that we can by using reusable carry bags like the reusable cloth bags,. As for now long after you and I are gone there will be some of our plastic bags buried deep in our lovely earth. Doesn’t it make you think about the legacy we are leaving behind for future generations?
3: Aluminium cans.
We live in a disposable society. It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name – we call it recycling: Neil LaBute
Aluminium cans are notorious for being recycled, often when one thinks of recycling, the first thing one thinks about is aluminium. However, they also take a long time to break down naturally (scientists say roughly up to 50 years.). Aluminium cans can also be recycled and remade into other useful items. Alluminium is just one of those metals whose life cycle can just go and on forever.For this reason they are proof that one should save as much as you can, and get those cans to a recycling center where the metal can be put to good use. If you are really creative though, you can make all sorts of things with your cans from jewellry to ornate lampshades and I am sure much more. You never know when even the most trivial things can come in handy do you?
Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.
Data can be stored for long periods of time, and will generally last as long as whatever it is stored on. It outlives solid materials, as it does not exist in any solid way, only as readable information. Here’s an interesting fact. Most of the data that you have stored and are working with today could still be around years and years after your death. So you have to be the living judge as to which data you want to make infinitely available and data you want to have deleted within any period of time. Infinitely available data as I have previosly mentioned is only around as long as the material that it is stored on is around. So you need to make sure it always backed up. So why is backing up so important? Well backing things up is an important part of increasing the lifespan of your data, and companies like Iron Mountain are the go-to people when it comes to data protection, including remote data protection. So take a lesson about survival and protection from the mosquitos, plastic bags and cans of this world. Back up your data. You never know when you might need it, including the most trivial stuff. And next time you worry about things like your laptop breaking down, you won’t be worrying about your data going to join the choir invisible too.
What do you know of the eternal life of things? Got any good ones?
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