My Father is an Encyclopedia



Long ago it used to be a compliment when someone said: “My father is an encyclopedia”

It was another way to say that the old man is wise, knowledgeable and capable to explain you so many things he learned in his life. He is a wealth of knowledge at the reach of a question.

Today, with the new technologies available a complete encyclopedia can be contained in a single CD ROM,

When I think of an encyclopedia I can’t help it but visualize a set of several heavy books, all of the same color and perfectly aligned, collecting dust in a shelf, and when that image is compared with the one of a CD ROM, is inevitable to get a completely different idea of what the old saying used to present.

“My father is an encyclopedia” 

He is squared, heavy and out of date!

Technology changes everything no doubt.


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6 Responses to My Father is an Encyclopedia

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    How about calling someone wikipedia? That would be kind of weird, wouldn’t it?

    I actually still remember the days of going to the library, looking up which volume the subject matter I want is in, grabbing the really thick book and photocopying part of it. I suspect that this is no longer how people do their research. By the way, since I was in Taiwan, where there’s no such thing as an alphabet, you look up the phrases by subject and counting the number of strokes in the first Chinese character in the phrase you want.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Wikipedia? Uh…I don’t know man

    Interesting how you worked things out in Taiwan without an alphabet; I don’t know if it’ll be easier or more complicated. I suppose the system we are born in is the easiest one for us.

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  2. Eric says:

    Technology can really make a difference in how we look at things today. I also think of old books sitting in dust on an old shelf and that’s quite sad when you think about it – mainly because I love to read!

    I’ve honestly not heard about anything of sorts on a CD.

    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    So many good memories of childhood spending time going through the different pages of an encyclopedia at home and seeing pictures of far away places that triggered the imagination.

    I have a couple of encyclopedias in CD-ROM now that are downloaded in my computer; quite practical!

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  3. Sara says:


    Like Eric, I feel a bit sad about real, physical books becoming dusty tomes that no one looks at. Yet, I also understand that technology makes it easier to access information.

    I suppose my mixed feeling are because I am a cross-over from a time when we didn’t have personal computers or even CDs.

    For example, my first experience with music was a 45 vinyl record of two Beach Boy songs. I played it over and over again on a small pink box record player:~)

    I wouldn’t go back, but I still appreciate the big Encyclopedia that you had physically turn the pages.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    Isn’t it strange when we remember using stuff that today can be found in museums?

    I remember walking about 3 miles from home to buy the album “Dark Side of the Moon” of Pink Floyd when it arrived to the store…brand new! Now it can be ordered using the computer and arrives in the mail in the format of a CD.

    Like you, I wouldn’t go back because of all the advantages we have today, but there’s sort of a nostalgic feeling when remembering those days.

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