I was reading my newspaper (a paper newspaper), cup of coffee at hand, with the light brightening in the sky over the suburban landscape, and it hit me (or rather, the dateline at the top of the newspaper did):
It's my day to blog at the LadyKillers.
On the topic of change.
Down goes the paper, up goes the coffee, scuttle off to my teeny home office, snap on the electricity and the monitor blazes into light.
So much for easing into the morning and my little plans for starting the day....
But hey, that's just like change sometimes, isn't it.
Sometimes, you can see it coming, plan for it--will it be sudden or gradual? good or bad?--and be ready when it arrives. Other times, change just sneaks up behind you and whaps you a good one on the side of the head.
Michael (who is *always* ready for his Monday) wrote a super post on change yesterday. He talks about the changing sweep of history, the ups and downs of change in the worlds of publishing and books. Read it, please, because the rest of my short post has to do with my very personal musings on change (that way, you can begin with the politic and move to the personal).
I recently came across the following in a carboard box of "family stuff." Talk about a blast from the past:
Dated from the early and mid 1960s (with my late mother's handwriting). Boy, would I love to hear them now, but that would require something like this:
I had one of those machines... way back when. Not anymore, so the contents of the audiotapes shall remain locked away until I can contact a service that will transfer them to a flash drive.
But, how long will that flash drive remain a viable system of storage? At some point, if the history of technology change holds true, the flash drive will be as outdated as the above Sonora home "portable" reel to reel tape recorder and my personal Norelco and Irish tapes (? do these companies even still exist??).
Archivists worry about things like this. If you transfer all your paper documents to, say CDs or flash drives or throw it all into the cloud, what is the guarantee that 20 years from now (much less a century) ordinary folk will be able to retrieve the information? That is one reason (but only one) why I wince when I read about the "bookless library" opening this past September. Of course, this rush to digitize is a two-way street. I can now view 19th century newspapers and books, all with a couple clicks of the mouse.
So, there you have it. Change. Not all good, not all bad-- just like Michael said yesterday. Plus, it's gonna happen whether we like it or not, so get ready for the ride, if that's possible, and go with the flow, if it isn't. I particularly like this quote, which applies to more than species' survival. I think it applies to personal survival as well:
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. ~Charles Darwin