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In a journal message last night, I mentioned that my mother had lent "J" and me an old travel journal. This morning J suggested that we scan the pages to preserve them before we return them. I think it's a good idea, and I'll get started on that soon.

And that reminds me that I have quite a few travel journals too. Some are on here, and readable by anyone who wants to bother digging back for them. Some are here, but marked private because they need to be cleaned up from their original form as hastily-written notes into neat, readable paragraphs.

I also have some handwritten journals. I have sometimes written post cards while traveling, and years ago I sometimes photocopied them before mailing them away, so the writing could also serve as a journal. I even have audio journals that I recorded on micro-cassette tape, but I don't know whether I still have the tapes or a device that can play them. (I started to transcribe them, and may still have the transcriptions on a disk image from some long-retired computer.) Maybe the next time J and I sort through old things in the house I'll find the handwritten journals, old photocopies, and the micro-cassette tapes.

I also have heaps of film and prints from film I shot over the years. I recently got a coupon from a company that will scan such things for a fee; that might be cheaper than trying to find a decent film scanner now that film is fading into obsolescence.

I shot quite a lot of video on my 2009 Africa trip, and I've barely looked at it; some of it may be great stuff. I can transfer that myself; my DV camera was fully functional last time I checked, and I'm pretty sure the tapes are still good too. I also shot a fair amount of video on my Canon 5D Mark II. I know I already have that on disk, but it would be nice to know where I put it, and maybe dump it onto Youtube.


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