Re: Media mortality (< facing your own mortality)
- On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM, <li_sasxsek@...> wrote:
> there's always the option to print outRight. The only point Tristan and others were making in this thread
> material that is digitally stored so you don't lose hardcopy
is that folks who care what happens after they're gone NEED TO DO
It doesn't matter that there are a gazillion benefits to digital
storage - nobody was disagreeing there. Of course there are; that's
why everything is stored that way now. But hardcopy can be deciphered
centuries hence even if people have lost the encryption keys - heck,
encryption algorithms - and format specifications needed to make sense
of a DVD (assuming that the data is even still viable and they even
recognize that a DVD contains information in the first place).
I have stuff still on 5.25" floppies, too - including my first random
vocabulary-generator program for the Commodore. Ironically I've lost
all the copies I made at various times onto various PC hard drives,
but the original floppies are still there...
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
- Jan van Steenbergen wrote:
(snipping much that is relevant, and in line with my own beliefs)
>I plan to leave instructions with a friend, to use my computer and links to
>It's a slightly different story with my music. Nothing of it has ever been
>most of it has been performed. I haven't made any arrangements regarding
>this; all I can
>hope is that when I'm gone my family will take care of it and make sure
>that it's being
>performed every once in a while - IMO that's a much better way of
>commemorating a person
>than visiting a grave.
> >If you have web pages that you want to stay online after you can
> >no longer pay the hosting bill, what options are available? The
> >Wayback Machine at archive.org doesn't catch everything and it might
> >not be around forever.
>I have to admit that this thought has occurred to me sometimes. Well, I
>suppose my domain
>at free.fr will stay around for a while. But nothing lasts forever, and
>there will be a day when
>it's ultimately gone. As for all my Wenedyk/RTC stuff, I would certainly
>hope someone else
>would make sure my work stays around for another while.
>What worries me more is actually this: how is the world going to find out
>that I'm dead?
send out notices to this list and my various alumni orgs. At my age it could
happen any time, heavens forfend!! My great-grandfather lived to 99, I'd
like to do so too, if only to see whether the world can avoid the FUBAR
state that it seems to be headed for... if not, one might want to exit
>All that is pure theory, of course, because I can't think of a publishingThat's probably the case with much of my research in Indonesian languages; I
>house that would be
>waiting for my stuff to publish it!
have a lot that isnt organized enough to warrant publishing, but it might
give some future grad student a few ideas, or save a lot of scut work
(annotated dictionaries in Xerox copies, various semi-finished articles).
These too I think could be forwarded to a colleague, who can then save or
delete as he/she sees fit.
>As I recall, there's a prayer in Jewish liturgy (at least in the Engl.
> >Is it arrogant to want some of your ideas to live on after you die?
>Not at all! For me, it's crucial. After I'm dead, all that stays of me are
>two things: the
>memories people have about me, and my work. The latter would be my very
>tiny imprint in
>world history - one way to achieve immortality.
version I've heard) that "they are not gone, they live on in the hearts and
minds of those who loved them". As for one's work, you are entirely correct.
Some of my (mercenary) relatives don't see the point of my having written
a PhD diss. that maybe 6 people in the entire world have read (it always
surprises me when I see it cited, it was never published). And who knows, in
50 years, someone may utterly refute everything I wrote!! Whenever I mention
trying to get something published in a journal, they ask, how much will you
get paid? AS IF, haha. How about 10 off-prints, big deal. The point for me
is, it's enough to have contributed to the world's body of knowledge. I do
feel that conlanging, too, is a contribution of sorts, even if most of it
flowers in obscurity.
I often think of the young Dutch linguist S. J. Esser, who did so much
excellent work in Celebes languages in the 1930s. Like many, he was interned
in a concentration camp by the Japanese, and died there in the 1940s, he may
have been 40 at the most. His work still stands and is greatly respected,
but he could have done so much more.....
One thinks too of Olivier Messiaen, who composed that magnificent "Quartet
for the End of Time" while interned during WW II. He at least survived, as
does the work.