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Heirlooms of the future

August 28th, 2006 No comments

A statistic I heard when watching the BBC2 programme Home a few days ago has been floating around in my head: 33% of people in the UK consider their iPod to be an heirloom that they plan to bequeath. I went looking for a source for this information and found it on directline.com. I can understand why people feel this way about their iPods. Although a year and a half ago the Lifelists concept was already formed in my mind, the exercise of loading my own iPod triggered some thoughts that helped to cement my ideas. I realised how much the tracks on my iPod say about who I am, they are a big part of my identity. I expect that the 33% of people who want to bequeath their iPods feel that in doing so they will be saying “this is me- this is what I am all about”- at least as far as music goes anyway. I think that these people must feel as I did that in the act of gathering together tracks on their iPod, they are creating a permanent record of themselves. But, as Al pointed out to me, an iPod itself will not live forever; the device itself is not an heirloom as it has a short life-span. The data, or at least the track list, is the valuable thing. Music is very important to me but it’s not the only thing that makes my (or anyone else’s) world go round. People, places, book, films, food, sights, sounds, smells and all kinds of experiences make us what we are. Lifelists is about gathering all of these things together in one place as a lasting record but, unlike the contents of my iPod, my Lifelist can be accessed by anyone who is interested enough to look for it.

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I’m learning!

August 23rd, 2006 No comments

I’m starting to get the hang of this system and all it’s configuration files. The design of this blog is beginning to take shape…

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And so it begins…

August 19th, 2006 No comments

Managed to get the blogging software installed and running. Seems to work. It’s pretty complicated though, so it’ll take me some time to really get to grips with it. Maybe I’ll even have to RTFM. So now I’ll try posting this, my first blog entry!

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