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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Friday, July 4, 2008, 13:25
On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 5:35 AM, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote:

> I wonder if it would be possible to engrave data > DVDs into some durable metal? That should outlast > both floppies and printed books, provided the > apparatus to read them still exists -- which is > akin to having to know ancient languages in order > to read ancient manuscripts -- not to mention the > technology needed to preserve and handle them.
You would want to store said high-durability DVDs with an acid-free book that describes how to build a DVD player, what the DVD format convention is, high-level source code for DVD player firmware, etc. It might be cheaper to convert the movie into a series of flip-books; if the printing were of high enough quality, a future society to could photograph each page of the book and make it a frame in whatever film format they use in those days. (On second thought.... at 24 frames/sec, you're looking at about 20 seconds per 500-page book, or 360 volumes for a 2-hour movie. Never mind.) -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article