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by DYLAN J. CHADWICK

We all laughed at Casey, bright-eyed and eager, when we started our hike. He'd seemingly bought out an entire military surplus store in preparation, while we'd opted (through a heady combination of laziness and daring) to pack as little as possible. Most curiously was Casey's hand-pump micron water filter. Roughly the size of a cinder-block and forged from heavy metal, we snorted incredulously as he clipped the device to his pack, hiked up his shorts and started his journey, clattering like an old Buick.

by DYLAN J. CHADWICK

There’s an increasingly circulated anecdote (usually among graphic designers) about a big-time representative from a big-time tech company meeting before a middle school class. He asks the students, presumably born in the early 2000s, if they know what a floppy disk is. He's met with silence. Then, he produces a floppy disk from his sport coat pocket and shows it to them. “This is a floppy disk,” he says, turning it over in his hands to show them. “Now, have any of you seen one of these before?” After a few more beats of silence, a child raises her hand to say that she recognizes the object as the icon she clicks on to save her progress on Microsoft office. A few seconds later, another child raises his hand because he’s seen it on his Angry Birds game. A wave of recognition floods the classroom as the children place a function and a purpose to a tangible object they’re encountering for the very first time.