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Commence ramble... 

 

I volunteer at a museum that stores old, out of print books and obsolete objects... thousands upon thousands of them. And it struck me how all that stuff does not exist in digital form and if I work in a  small town museum with this much information that is mostly outdated, out of print, or completely forgotten by almost everyone, imagine that on a worldwide scale! Imagine how much information isn't and never will be digitised or preserved in any way.

 

In the past century or so, there have been more new media formats and changes in format happening than there have been in the past few thousand years years before that. The fact that we switch to something new so often is perhaps increasing the amount of information that is lost at least as much or more than it is storing. 

 

Every time we switch to a new format for showing information (film, videos, dvd's, ebooks, computers etc...), we lose this massive chunk of our history because only a splinter of it gets converted to the new format. For instance, VHS to DVD, how many video recordings do you think actually made it to DVD and then from DVD to digital and blu-ray, same thing. 

 

My main thought is, that with ebooks, we have the biggest loss of information in our entire existence. Books and paper documents have existed alongside us for thousands of years, and we lost a lot of it along the way with things getting destroyed or going out of print etc..., but we will lose an incomprehensible amount of information when ebooks become the default format for releasing a book. 

 

So much written or recorded info just ceases to exist when all the people who remembered it are dead and all the physical copies are lost or destroyed. 

 

It's kind of like the electromagnetic spectrum in a way. With every generation, we lose all this information and the amount of info we have access to today is just a tiny sliver of what once existed and what has been subsequently forgotten over the years. 

 

I generally think of the internet as this all knowing information store house for the human race, but in reality, it's tiny when sitting alongside what has existed and what does exist, but is not digitally converted. 

 

So... the dotted lines are the actual amount of info that does or did exist through out history. The blue bit represents what we actually have access to right now, and that shrinks with every media format change that comes along. 

 

and on and on <-----------------------------------------[}------------------------------------------------------> and on and on

 

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I have a piggy bank named Little Richard. There was a story attached to the naming, but I have forgotten it, so now I just have a piggy bank called Little Richard and I don't know why. 

 

I do remember how I got L. Richard, though. He was on the floor in a toy area at a mega store. His snout was broken and I felt really bad for him because I knew he would get thrown out. So I bought a broken plastic piggy bank full price, and his name is Little Richard.

 

Currently, he is sitting on top of a book shelf and I like to feed him loose coins I find during cleaning or in pockets.

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I do remember how I got L. Richard, though. He was on the floor in a toy area at a mega store. His snout was broken and I felt really bad for him because I knew he would get thrown out. So I bought a broken plastic piggy bank full price, and his name is Little Richard.

 

Currently, he is sitting on top of a book shelf and I like to feed him loose coins I find during cleaning or in pockets.

That's sweet. I would have bought him too.

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I do remember how I got L. Richard, though. He was on the floor in a toy area at a mega store. His snout was broken and I felt really bad for him because I knew he would get thrown out. So I bought a broken plastic piggy bank full price, and his name is Little Richard.

 

Currently, he is sitting on top of a book shelf and I like to feed him loose coins I find during cleaning or in pockets.

That's sweet. I would have bought him too.

 

Little Richard thanks you for your understanding. ;)

 

Random thought: 

My kitty is waaaay too obsessed with her wet food. You'd think she hadn't eaten in days the way she attacks the stuff every night.

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I tried fruitcake for the first time 10 or so years. It still doesn't taste good. 

A few years ago one of my friends INSISTED that I try his special version of fruitcake that had, among other things, a shit ton of brandy in it. I'm not sure I've ever tasted anything as vile. :/

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