Electronic decay.

Right now I’m taking a break from filling out job applications. Well — specifically, a job application, for which I spent the better part of the afternoon digging up information. It’s my first application in years, though. I’m finding myself needing to look up the names of people I haven’t thought much about, in the better part of a decade.

At least I was able to access my transcripts. That was good. And I’m actually, surprisingly, looking pretty qualified for this job. It’s also not so bad to be in an urban area: there are a lot of jobs in relatively close proximity. The key seems to be finding one I’m qualified, and a good match, for.

I still have to clean up around here, though. Last night I killed a 1″ long silverfish with my bare hand, because it would have gotten away if I had searched for a tissue. Then I was angry enough at having to kill it (I hate indoor silverfish) that I wondered if it would taste like shrimp.

Okay, grossness over. No, I didn’t eat it. But really, that thing shouldn’t have been in here. It might have been here because the room has been relatively undisturbed for the last few months, and there are a lot of books and papers; not to mention, it’s warm. From what I could see, it could have come from the downstairs library area…which would make sense.

In searching for my original unedited resumé, though, I found a real-life version of something I had learned about theoretically in Digital Curation: bit rot. That is, files on solid-state storage physically decaying until they’re seen by the system as corrupt and unusable. I’ll have to go through my jump drives and see what is actually recoverable, because obviously, “save it and forget it,” doesn’t exist. D says the same thing happens on magnetic storage. Maybe if I ever run across a class on data recovery, it might be worth it to take a look.

From what I can tell, refreshing the data on the jump drives should work (it isn’t the drives themselves which are bad)…but prior to Digital Curation, I wouldn’t have expected my files to corrupt from nothing but time and entropy.

Not to mention, my old computer is on its way out. There’s obviously something wrong with it; I’m just not sure, what. However, files which were corrupted on my jump drives were fine, there.

Speaking of entropy, I had a pair of earbuds (I think they were for my Nintendo DS, but I’m not digging through the trash to find out) in my memory-stick bag which had foam pads which decayed all over the inside of a zip pocket where there was also a memory stick with bits of foam stuck in it. Finding that, was not really great. For one thing, I don’t know how the foam got all over the place like it did. It’s not like I really moved that pouch around, a lot.

I also don’t know whether it’s better to keep the bag and just rinse it out really well, or buy a new one (especially as the bag itself has foam padding). I guess I’ll have to go through my jump drives and see what is still usable.

Hmm. I wonder if my (Nintendo) DS Lite still works? I know for a fact that it keeps a charge over long periods of non-use. I think I just stopped using it after getting bored with Final Fantasy IV (“Wait, where was I, last? What is my current mission? What’s going on??”) and the endless fight scenes which I just barely tolerated in Final Fantasy VII, because I actually cared about the story.

For me, FFIV isn’t like that. Probably because I appreciated FFVII’s cyberpunk angle. I’m just not too impressed by castles and knights…

There was some other game I was playing a really long time ago…I could never get past a certain point…oh, right. Secret of Mana. I still have no idea what to do, there, that won’t result in my character going into areas out of intended order and being annihilated. And that explains why I couldn’t find it in my little game library: it was a download for a different system. It’s just similar enough to Zelda, Alundra, and Chrono Trigger, that they all get blended together in my mind.

Maybe I should just look at a walkthrough. I don’t know how many hours I walked around in the same area before accomplishing the first task in the game…

Anyhow. I rarely ever talk about video games. Until I realize that my cute little seventh generation video game console keeps a charge better than my one-year-old Kindle.


No, I don’t know why. Maybe if I turn it off when I’m done using it, instead of just closing the cover, it would keep a charge better (its battery life was excellent, last year). The difference must be, “off,” as versus, “sleep,” though oddly enough, I never thought about it that way.

I’ve been thinking about the way that Amazon has arranged things so that the best way to keep up with one’s digital library is to have a Kindle…with a large library, one could become more or less dependent on having a physical reading device (although there are ways to read on a regular computer).

It’s a drawback which counterbalances the instantaneous provision of information that Amazon makes so easy. The upshot is that as long as Amazon remains in business, the data should be available for download from the cloud (unless, that is, things work out as they often do in academia, and publishers of electronic media decide to stop their provision of access: digital media are often, “licensed,” not, “purchased”).


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