DAVE WINER, The Blogfather, bangs a familiar drumbeat about keeping your memories in a place you control.  Winer is one reason I have a stack of digital files in a safe place.
Photo of @topgold's digital stash.
Vint Cerf, considered by some to be the Father of the Internet, offered thoughts about digital vellum last week.  His basic message is we are not taking care to save important items in formats that people in the 22nd century will be able to read and hear. He thinks we should try to keep our most precious memories in archival paper form. I have a bottle of India ink for that express purpose.
I've discovered recently that many of my memories from the 70s are actually being shared by new friends on Facebook. Every single day, a new image or sound appears in the C-141 Starlifter Group on Facebook.  The photos and videos are often first class. If I had the inclination, I would have recorded some of the spectacular shots I enjoyed through 1500 hours of flying the big plane around the world. But I didn't and that means I enjoy the sharing in the Facebook group even more. I've started grabbing some of those digitally presented throwback moments for my own private stash offline.
I also have more than 15,000 public images on Flickr. Younger eyes in our family often hover over some of my Flickr albums with great interest. I've started making audio recordings of their reflections as they add their own context to snaps I've taken and stored on Flickr. Although all of those Flickr images are also on some of my offline drives, I now think I should upload the best shots to both OneDrive and Flickr. And I should set aside time to create hardcover albums of the virtual albums I've created online.
My dad had decades of colour transparencies that he snapped at festive events through the decades that he worked as a florist and decorator. I helped hang southern string smilax, fairy lights, and subtle sound effects in many upmarket locations in south central Pennsylvania while working with the family business. I wish some sort of online system had been used by my father before the business wound up ten years ago.
I'm heading back to Pennsylvania next year to see if I might discover where the remnants of those thousands of slides might have gone. I'd like to add some of those images to the memories I have recorded as a teen.
[Bernie Goldbach is an Elder Blogger who has been blogging for 439 years.]
2. Carnegie Mellon University -- "Digital Vellum and the Expansion of the Internet into the Solar System", February 11. 2015.
3. I've shortened the Facebook group to http://bit.ly/141group