(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;
quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and
essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,
all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.
My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site.
Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
For a larger image click on the photograph.
I want to show you that you can learn the processes of information management, if you take things one step at a time.
For example, when you look at a home after it is completely built some of us would think, "Man, how did you do that?" I looks so complex. But, really it's not complex, it's difficult, but not complex.
These are two completely different terms and I hope to show you that adding small processes that are required to manage your documents is not complex - for the most part, but rather can be learned by many of us.
For further information of this difference please see:
"The Growth of Structural and Functional Complexity during Evolution," in: F. Heylighen, J. Bollen & A. Riegler (eds.) The Evolution of Complexity (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht), p. 17-44.
- a version that I reviewed and summarized here
and the full version here. http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/Papers/ComplexityGrowth.html
Why is it important to be able to understand information management? Because you need to have "control" over your business, your hobbies, and your personal digital libraries that you are involved in.
So, look here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/building_contract/building_contract_directory.djvu at this building contract that I "negotiated" with a builder in the mid-1990's. What I want you to notice is that if you just scan the contents it may look complex, but if you take each section of the house - the materials required, etc. - it's not complex, at all. It is somewhat difficult because you have to do your homework and learn what it is that you want done.
But why me? And, why this?
Because your world is changing from a predominately industrial economy to an information economy. It won't happen overnight, but it is occurring now. You either enter this new age looking for opportunities, or you resist until you've been laid 6-feet under.
And, we need to be told the truth about the process of creating, manipulating, presenting, recording, distributing, communicating, organizing, locating, protecting and preserving the digital information we create.
Beware. The companies want to sell...sell...sell. They will sell you whatever they can get away with. They will lie to you. They will not tell you the "whole truth, and nothing but the truth." They will put a phone in your hand that takes photographs. You go along with it and you replace your shoe box of photographs that are your family's treasures and store them on a hard drive. Then, 10 years from now you're scratching your head wondering why you have lost your family's history. Think about. The photographs I scan and upload to this Web site are from paper. Some are over 85 years old! Try that with your digital camera without any knowledge of preservation and archiving formats.
Or, you can read about the Census Bureau's headache here .... the "review identified seven series of low-level microaggregations as having long-term value to compensate for the lack of basic microdata records from the 100 percent Census. The seven series resided on 642 of the II-A tapes which the Census Bureau agreed to migrate to [industry] compatible tapes. But by this time, the Univac II-A tape drives were obsolete, and thus the preservation of these tapes presented a major engineering challenge." - "Historical Narrative on Data from the 1960 Census," Margaret Adams, email dated April 3, 1996 prepared by Ms. Adams and Thomas E. Brown, Assistant Chief and Chief, respectively, Archival Services Branch, Center for Electronic Records, National Archives and Records Administration from reviews of correspondence, memoranda, and records schedules at the Center - text version here http://www.royblakeley.name/adams_memo_census_1960.txt (right click, save target as, then desktop).