Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Birth of Obselidia

I was born on the last day of the last year before the decade they called the 70's.   Back then, writing a diary that the whole world could read and participate in was unthinkable.  Science fiction.

But now, I am living in the future, a world I could not have imagined when I was growing up.   There's a lot of great new things: cell phones, internet, xbox, you know...

But at the same time:

So much that I love and have loved has disappeared.  

This is my attempt to preserve it.

I used to go door-to-door selling encyclopedias; that occupation is a footnote in history now, shorthand for being a dinosaur.  But you know, I still love those damn books.  Flicking through the pages wondering about the world.

So I decided:  I'm going to make my own Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Obsolete Things - The Obselidia. 

Occupations, animals, technologies, words...anything that is obsolete will be included.  Might even list some endangered species.

Like Lonesome George, the last known giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

If you have anything you'd like to see in this Encyclopedia, please send me the details.  I want to be as thorough as I can.  

Not to list everything that is, but everything that used to be...

And perhaps by observing what we are losing and what we have lost...well, perhaps we'll start to save the things that really matter.

Blessings to all,
George


4 comments:

RoZ said...

This is a nice idea. Though, it would have to be particularly good to be better than the other things that are probably already on the net somewhere. Good luck.

Christine Vyrnon said...

I Love Love Love!!! encyclopedia's!!!!!! They were my bedtime reading... in particular: World Book circa 1974.... i had the whole thing (almost) memorized. Without a tv... a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do...
I'll keep an eye on your blog. Good luck.

airborne said...

Wow george i really love the idea of that,and i wlll pass it on to all my friends
remember ATARTI GAMES i really miss them and many others like them
a wonderful blog i will check in every few days
cheers mate

Lonesome George said...

Thanks for the comments...

Roz: yes, I hear you, though I guess the idea isn't to be better, but just to be...

Christine: wow! I can't believe that, though I've got to say the Britannica was always no.1 for me, I can see the appeal of the World Book. And yes, without a TV, likewise, a boy's gotta do what a boy's gotta do!

Airborne: Atari was the best. Hands down. The kids don't know what they are missing.