Long term off-site storage "Time capsule" ideas
Posted on 2009-04-16
Okay, so we have a requirement to offsite some tapes for 20 years - I won't get into that. Lets just say "third party requirements."
So we are preparing to send this off soon... and our team is in general consensus that it would be fun to add a few 'extras' in for when this case comes back some day.
The obvious one is a picture of the team. We're looking for more ideas - consider this the primary topic of conversation for this thread. Suggestions can be silly or sincere, and anything in between.
There isn't much extra room - its a small briefcase sized case with lots of foam inserts to protect the tapes. A regular sized newspaper would be too large and bulky, although maybe the front page might make it in. Figure about a foot by six inches by maybe two or three inches at best, minus the size of a couple tape cartridge cases.
One idea I joked about would be a twinkie - bonus points if anyone can offer any real documented evidence regarding the long term storage of a twinkie (still in original wrapper, sealed in a zip-lock bag), good or bad, but specifically that it:
1) would not be likely to destroy the tapes
2) would not be likely to be massively moldy
3) would either still be good, or how it would be expected to 'decompose' (e.g. the Simpsons episode where home pulls the twinkie out of the safe and gets drunk)
Environment woud be controlled as whatever would be expected at a typical commercial off-site storage company.
This is not meant to be a 'proper' time capsule (the building already has one of those), but something fun for the future team of our project (assuming we still have funding in 20 years!) to discover.
I'm posting this to normal groups instead of the lounge as this is actually a serious question that will be implemented - however if a mod chooses to extend to that area as well that would be okay I suppose, but I am looking for legitimate silly & not-so-silly ideas, not the general goofiness and distractability that tends to happen in the lounge. I chose groups based on the likelihood that someone has already done/seen this kind of thing in the storage area, and that this fits well into 'miscellaneous.'