Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Dark Age for Everyone without a Mummified Crocodile - or at Least a Mummified Ibis

Amenophis III never went anywhere without a crocodile.
A year ago I wrote about mummified crocodiles and how we are losing our memories, our individual and collective memories, so that we will be a people without a history. 

Now I see that Vint Cerf, a web pioneer and vice president of Google, shares the same fear.  'Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information - on our hard drives or in "the cloud". But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution'- so goes this BBC report, while Vint Cerf adds that even as we try to save our memories we are likely to lose them anyway: 'Even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is'.

My solution remains the same as last year.  Get yourself a crocodile and wrap it in anything you want to save.  It worked for the ancient Egyptians, who have preserved their writings in crocodile memory units for over two thousand years so far, and it can work for you.

An ibis before.
More manageably you might try an ibis which the Egyptians also mummified.  For them the ibis represented Thoth, the god of wisdom and writing.  The data storage capacity of an ibis is not as great as a crocodile, but it will probably be sufficient for the average writer like me. 

An ibis after, seen in the company of a mummified crocodile.