Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Ephemera, comics, and a bloody meme

One of the things I bought today was something I've been meaning to get for a while - a cross-cut shredder for destroying the huge backlog of old papers that have built up since I moved into this flat twelve years ago.

So far I've destroyed about a third of a box of old bank and credit card statements and slips, pay slips, receipts, etc., stuff that at one time I would have binned without a second thought, but now might be used for identity theft. I've started with the oldest and my aim is to work my way through until everything is either filed, shredded, or thrown out as not being a problem for identity theft.

All well and good - except that I am destroying precisely the sort of evidence that someone studying everyday life in this era would love to have. Historians studying the Victorians can find a lot of what they want to know in ledgers, old papers, etc., because most people simply didn't accumulate enough to make storage a problem. Today every utility and service provider seems to find it necessary to send me three or four bits of paper a month, all of them usable for identity theft, so I have to get rid of it somehow.

I'm not going to shed (or shred) tears about it, except to wish that I'd started a few years earlier - it's going to take a long time to get rid of it all - but it seems a shame that so much destruction is necessary.

My charity shop bargain today was four graphic novels for £4; DC's JLA: New Maps of Hell, Marvel's The Road to Civil War, and DC's The Dark Knight Strikes Again parts 1 and 2. About all I can say about this lot is that the JLA one was pretty much forgettable, the Dark Knight one reminded me how much better the original Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was, I won't go looking for the third, and the Civil War one was interesting but I really don't have enough interest in the Marvelverse to want to continue buying the rest unless they are also pretty cheap.

Oh, and another ephemeral thing, a meme that at least has some relevance to my interests:

When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who on your blog/journal.
And who might you be, sir? Very well-dressed for a hitchhiker.
From Gridlock, of course.

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