If you are trapped in ancient time, what would you take?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Guest, Jun 21, 2004.

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    Alan Browne Guest

    I'm not sure at all if this can apply to all radioactive
    materials, but one method is to encapsulate the radioactive
    material in very small quantities into small glass beads. This
    keeps the material seperated enough that fission will not occur
    naturally regardless of the quantity at any given spot, and also
    allows for the wide dispertion of the material (say underground
    in stable strata or on the ocean floor) without any harm to the
    environment (this last bit about the ocean is questionable, to be
    sure). Would a subduction fault be a good place for the disposal
    of these beads ... suck them down into the mantle where they can
    decay over time?

    Alan Browne, Jun 24, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Lighters might be an awe-inspiring thing!
    Engineering books - well, I was an Army engineer, and the books would
    have been useless back then. Of course, they dealt with things like
    building airfields. :)

    I'm thinking that engineering books in general would leave you pretty
    frustrated by requiring things you just couldn't get, including the
    I'm also thinking that going back in time and thinking you can alter
    things in a major way just won't work, except if you just used
    violence. The technology available would be so lacking compared to
    what we have now that just about any project you cared to undertake
    would be lacking tools or other items that just didn't exist, and
    couldn't be fabricated. And even if all that was needed was manpower,
    how would you get the locals to volunteer, when you couldn't talk to
    Even altering things in a minor way would be hard, because you
    couldn't communicate the need, or concept.

    If *I* were to go back in time, I'd be very sure I could get back.

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
    Big Bill, Jun 25, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Watermill,windmill,still for water purefaction. More modern farming
    methods. You don't bring 2004 tech with you. You bring 1504 tech with you.

    Nick Zentena, Jun 25, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Absolutely: what you want at any given time is the thing they would have
    invented anyway not that much (relatively) later: so it is achievable, but
    still a great step forward. What that is depends on what time you are at -
    the secret of iron smelting would be pretty good in the late bronze age...

    Bandicoot, Jun 25, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    The trouble with the beads is making sure no one finds them pretty and makes
    them into jewellery. Remember Marie Curie and teh necklace she wore? Of
    course they are only practical for low volume / high level waste (which is
    just where they would be dangerous as trinkets). Ocean floor disposal deals
    with that, but like you I wonder about its environmental impact.

    The subduction zone idea ocurred to me as well - don't know if it has been
    seriously considered but it does seem to be the ideal answer in so many

    Bandicoot, Jun 25, 2004
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    Phil Wheeler Guest

    GPS: I wonder how he would build and launch the satellites?
    Phil Wheeler, Jun 25, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    A shed load of Durex.

    Dave, Jun 26, 2004
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    paul Guest

    When I read the OP, I had the best laugh for this day. thanks!
    paul, Jun 26, 2004
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    Ron G Guest

    How about an ancient Polaroid....
    Ron G, Jun 30, 2004
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    Azzz1588 Guest

    I was thinking about a Ruger 10/22 with a couple thousand rounds.
    It would leave you room to carry other stuff :)

    "Only a Gentleman can insult me, and a true Gentleman never will..."
    Azzz1588, Jun 30, 2004
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