The life span of black ink in disposable plastic pens is estimated to be about four and a half years. The blue ink in plastic pens starts to fade away in two. And newsprint is only intended to last for a day.
Already, scientists are experiencing difficulty in deciphering the technology that’s used in Univac, the earliest working computer from the late 1960s.
And even the laser-encrypted plastic that we put on compact disks is likely to start peeling off in about forty years.
A color photograph, says Kodak, will last for thirty years. Videotape for fourteen. Magnetic tape, seven.
The life span of skywriting is about nine minutes.
The life span of a sunbeam is six.
And the light that reflects off the Moon every night is traveling so quickly that it only lasts a second.
-from About a Mountain by John D’Agata
This is now in paperback, it’s great, and it’s on our front table. See you later.
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