December 20, 2012
Time machine discovered in a basement in Portland, Oregon
Above, the Sunday Oregonian, Portland, October 27, 1918. The armistice followed 15 days later.
Somewhere in Portland, there's a very old building, and that very old building has a very, very old basement. An incredible basement, a video-game-level basement, a set-decorator's dream basement.
And eventually, you crawl behind a corner, and discover a bundle of conduit.
Oh, right. You had almost forgotten: This building, this basement, is the major internet hub for the entire region.
On the way out, you chat up a worker in the building.
And his story clicks it all into place.
Turns out, he claims, "They used to print The Oregonian down here, way back."
The pressmen, one imagines, worked day and night down here, working the lumbering machines, spitting out another edition of the day's business.
And when something caught their eye? Out came the scissors and the paste.
The roar of the presses that ruled these rooms has been replaced, just as we all suspected, with the calculated silence of the conduit that carries our data. This data, in fact. These very photos.
100 years from now, when... [someone] goes spelunking around this basement, that data, those bits, today's moments, will likely be long, long gone.
But the women on the wall might still be waiting.
[via my crack Pacific Northwest corresponent Tara Blaine]
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