December 28, 2007

Material Decade

Here’s a little exercise.

Where you’re sitting, look around yourself, at your desk, around your chair, or whatever. Look at each item you lay your eyes on and imagine where those items will most likely be 5 years from now, and then, perhaps 10 years.

I’m getting “landfil” for quite a few of mine. Certainly, all these pens will be dried out and used up. I’ll still have that pencil case, I’m pretty sure. I bet those headphones will be broken in 10 years. I wonder if I will still own these DVDs?

Posted by James at December 28, 2007 9:59 PM
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Kind of depressing isn't it? I got "The World Without Us" as a gift this week. Really looking forward to hear (audio book) what will happen to all of our 'stuff' if we vaporized off the planet.

Posted by: Kitten Herder at December 29, 2007 2:26 AM

This is where my background in antiques comes in handy - most of my furniture and stuff has been around for over 50 years, and will likely be around for 50 more. My computer, though, well...


Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at December 29, 2007 8:39 AM

Laptop - Maccy the MacBook will be here in 5 years.

Cell Phone - will probably ve replaced by newer technology in five years.

Pen - will be gone tomorrow. Honey is a pen thief.

Ze Frank "Thinking, so you don't have to" mug from The Show will be here in 5 years.

Kitchen - will be here in 5 years, though who knows if we will be.

Halls sugar free cough drops - will be gone in a day since I can't shake this PND induced intermittent cough after three friggin weeks.

Posted by: leslie at December 29, 2007 11:48 AM

My dining room has a computer hutch off to the side.

I really really like this dining room table, so if it hold up it might be around for 5 or 10. (I bet I have to replace the chairs)

The mug I use as a cup holder for an old (now non-existent project) will be here forever.

The dictionary that was my Grandfathers will be here forever.

Everything else, place mats, glasses, plates, cell phone, web cam, headphones, digital cameras, video camera, powerbook, books, backpack will probably be gone. I don't know where I'll have donated the electronics to, the glasses and plates will have been broken by then (I drop 1 or 2 a year). The other stuff will probably just be trash.

Maybe the silverware and the iPod (makes a nice portable drive) will be around but the iPod might be SO out of date...

Posted by: Gary LaPointe at December 30, 2007 11:47 AM

Interesting post, as mj alluded to above, identifying what has been around already for 5 or 10 or more years is a good exercise too, could be something to think about when buying new items.

I have 3 computers here, one is a month old, one is 3 years old, and one is 8 years old. I imagine the newest one will be here in 5 years, but the way technology goes, I can't be sure. The 8 year old one is an enigma, I'm not sure why I keep it around, and am trying to figure out what its future will be.

My cell phone will definitely be gone, I imagine in the next few months. It was a recent purchase to replace one that wouldn't keep its charge. When I bought it though, it came with a little baggie to mail back my old one for some other use, I', not sure what that use was, but I mailed it away.

I have a lot of *stuff* that has been around for years and probably will continue to be. Some will be recycled or reused to someone else.

I have 2 external hard drives, they'll be here in 5 years unless they die (I hope they don't).

Some CDs I'm digitizing which may be recycled via eBay at some point.

But yeah, there's lots of little things that will probably be swept into the trash eventually (i.e. a pile of pens I just threw away).

Posted by: woneffe at December 31, 2007 6:43 PM

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