The Shoebox Full Of Gold.

You know how some people have little boxes of their most treasured possessions? Possessions so treasured, in fact, that they're prepared to entomb them and look at them only every five years, all the for the knowledge that they're safe? I know people who did/do that, and it struck me as odd. Aren't your most treasured possessions your memories, and all that stuff?

Not today. Today, I'm backing up my music. 32 Gigabytes of pure love. Flowing from the teetering shack-on-a-cliff of my laptop to the lead-lined underground supersafe safe that is my budget portable hard drive. And it feels so very, very good.

Should it?
The kind of thing that's taking place as I type this is something that conventional notions of transaction and value can't keep up with, and it's a little dizzying. The hard disk costs about 50 quid. Onto it, I am adding just over 5000 songs (many of them are hours-long mixes, fact fans). At an iTunesy estimate, that'd be, what, £4050? And once I copy my dissertation, and all my old uni-work (hey, it's important), we reach about £4051. Except it's just not that valuable, is it? It's mentally impossible for me to treat the thing as though it is. Is it right that we take a shoebox and fill it with gold?

In the future, that shoebox won't even be in our hands. We'll send our stuff off to some guy who promises that he'll keep it really safe, and we can come and look at it every now and then, and poke around it, and he won't look in it himself, honest. This is called The Cloud, apparently. We'll be carrying our treasures in invisible bubbles behind us, and it'll be impossible to lose them.

Sounds awesome. Sort of.

Oh, transfer's finished. My precious...


  1. My ipod gets equal love with my CD and Vinyl collections.

    Brightly coloured 7"s of Test Icicles, the Cribs and Bloc Party go well with this one.

  2. I think my vinyl crate is the only thing that helps me retain a sense of material worth. It's big, it's heavy, and I like it. This is the way everything used to be.

  3. Good good.

    My game collection helps too, I just can't bear to throw away gems like Japanese Snes games. If only for the aesthetics...

  4. The question is, "is this an emerging trend?" I think it might be. The last year's seen the rise of "make your ethereal stuff real" services e.g Photobox, Magcloud and so on. It feels as though there's a genuine backlash, towards the tangible. Which could only be accelerated with each passing day, as we hear another news story with fantasy numbers like "a squillion pounds in debt". It just makes you want to buy some ingots and stuff them under the mattress.

    Also, JAP-region snes games? Lucky bastard - you can be those'll continue to appreciate in value...