Welcome

(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Important Note: You will need to click this icon to download the free needed to view most of the images on this Web site - just a couple of clicks and you're "good to go." For reasons why - go here.

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;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

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 and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

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.

As the quality of the scanned photographs go up the size of the file goes up right along with it, especially color. DjVu is a wonderful program that was created by some pretty smart people. It is designed to create more efficient coding of an image in order to reduce the size and therefore load faster from say, dialup or wireless access. This becomes especially important when you want others to view your photos on slooooow... connnections, but still view a pretty nice reproduction. The following is an example of the strength of DjVu for viewing large image files across the Internet. The image below is in JPEG format (click the thumnail image below to view the larger size JPEG rendition).

LizardTech's DjVu image does a very good at rendering these type of large files to viewers across the Internet. Assuming you already have downloaded the DjVu plug-in just click here to see the large version of The Highland Park High School Class of 2007. http://www.evanblakeley.name/evanblakeley_photos/20070626-0196.djvu

Just play with the "zoom" control to see for yourself why I promote DjVu so much for viewing very large files over the Internet, a format which is used by me extensivley on the Web site http://www.royblakeley.name in honor of my father, Roy James Blakeley.

Why haven't you heard of it before? Don't really know, but that's what I do - find products that will do more for less. DjVu is just one of many that I have found. The focus of research is any product that contributes to the efficient and effective management of digital information.

Please don't let downloading this viewer plug-in scare you off. It's really painless.

So, please stay with me and give DjVu a try because the photos I have scanned are large and I want to use them on my Web site. They have a plug-in for both Internet Explorer and non-Internet Explorer browsers. In fact, I use the Opera browser and have had no problem with DjVu working just fine.

DjVu was developed in the late 1990s by a team of world class computer scientist at AT&T labs, including Yann LeCun, Léon Bottou, Patrick Haffner, Paul Howard, Bill Riemers, Yoshua Bengio, and many others.

For questions about DjVu please go to DjVu Zone.

Go here http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/image_creation/image_creation.htm for additional product information on DjVu.  For a comparison between the file size (between JPEG and DjVu) of the images in this Web site go here.  Download a sample of each type for yourself.

As an example, here is a news article where my father is taxing his F-104 Starfighter to the ramp at McCord Air Force Base (JPEG here - 12.1 MB; DjVu here - 1.5 MB). Both of these files are large in relation to photographs that I have scanned, but the relationship of size is proportional between the two formats.