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Time Travel Hijinks

Posted 2012.02.02 21.06 in Pointless Blather

If I had a time machine, I think one of my hobbies would be to leave unmistakably modern detritus in the past, at sites that I knew were going to become archaeological digs in the present. You know, just to mess with the heads of the archaeologists, and screw up theories and stuff like that.

For instance, I’d go back to Pompeii in A.D. 79, and maybe leave an empty Coke can in Caecillius’s house. Or I’d visit Hastings in A.D. 1077 and scatter a handful of spent rifle cartridges around the former battle field.

Or if I could find out all the places that Time Team was going to visit on their next season, then I’d spend a weekend visiting all those spots in the past, and leave empty beer bottles for them to find in their trenches.

Honestly I think that would be priceless, to see Tony Robinson trying to explain how it seems like the whole medieval period found Miller High Life very popular, and that they appeared to have invented the ‘Bottom Bottle Opener’ several hundred years before the Miller Brewing Company was even formed.

A Memory Moment

Posted 2009.07.07 9.21 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather

On the way to work this morning, I stopped at the Timmies drivethrough to get a coffee – a morning ritual for a great many Canadians. As I was getting my money ready, I noticed the date on a Loonie I had in my pocket – 1988. I didn’t realize the Loonie had been around that long. Twenty-one years, since that coin was minted. I handed it over (along with the rest of the change), got my coffee, and drove away, thinking about how much has changed since 1988.

In 1988 I was eighteen. Although the Loonie existed, there were still dollar-bills around too, and some people were refusing to use the new coins, hoarding or at least hanging on to the dollars they found.

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