The Lascaux Data File

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in 2013, Choken Word, Climate Change

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we keep updating the cloud
kneeling before it
like a golden calf
we struck a rock with a staff

watched all community gush out
where the data flows
no one knows
of future server droughts

all back ups dried and worn
with all fears and doubt
all videos and photos torn
no relationship to restore

no profiles or updates left
no identity to refine
our children’s first steps
a juvenile’s wild times

i sit here predicting
what data file will archive best
what will be read by future systems
when nothing else will fit them

like the Lascaux cave paintings
what data file will make it
passed on through generations
carbon dated and mapped

code etched in XML
one database zipped to tell
the story of all humanity
to live for legacy

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