Monday, May 21, 2018

Great Cycling Challenge 2018


This June, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!
Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week.
Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.
So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support Children's Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
I've set myself the goal of riding 500 miles in June and the fundraising goal of $500, any amount helps. Please support me by making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.
Your support will change little lives.
Thank you.
John

Monday, December 4, 2017

the future is feline


Meet disco, my first Cryptokitty.

Cryptokitties is an ethereum blockchain game that's gaining a lot of attention lately.
Kitties can cost between $10-$15 all the way up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Buy and breed kitties!
https://www.cryptokitties.co/
Sign up for Coinbase


People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ethereum is my new jam


Sign up for Coinbase - buy or sell $100 of digital currency or more, and we'll both earn $10 of free bitcoin!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Electronic Records Day


10 reasons why electronic records need special attention

In recognition of Electronic Records Day 2016, here is a list of reasons
why everyone should be thinking more about electronic records.

1. Managing electronic records is like caring for a perpetual toddler: they need regular attention and care in order to remain accessible.

2. Electronic records can become unreadable very quickly.  While records on paper have been read after thousands of years, digital files can be virtually inaccessible after just a few.

3. Scanning paper records is not the end of the preservation process: it is the beginning.  Careful planning for ongoing management expenses must be involved as well.

4. There are no permanent storage media.  Hard drives, CDs, magnetic tape or any other storage formats will need to be tested and replaced on a regular schedule.  Proactive management is required to avoid catastrophic loss of records.

5. The lack of a “physical” presence can make it very easy to lose track of electronic records.  Special care must be taken to ensure they remain in controlled custody and do not get lost in masses of other data.

6. It can be easy to create copies of electronic records and share them with others, but this can raise concerns about the authenticity of those records.  Extra security precautions are needed to ensure e-records are not altered inappropriately.

7. The best time to plan for electronic records preservation is when they are created.  Don’t wait until software is being replaced or a project is ending to think about how records are going to be preserved.

8. No one system you buy will solve all your e-records problems. Despite what vendors say, there’s no magic bullet that will manage and preserve your e-records for you.

9. Electronic records can help ensure the rights of the public through greater accessibility than ever before, but only if creators, managers and users all recognize their importance and contribute resources to their preservation.

10. While they may seem commonplace now, electronic records will form the backbone of the historical record for researchers of the future.


Remember, archivists are here to help you tackle these difficult problems.  Contact your state, local or college archives to find out what they are working towards and what they need in order to make sure that electronic records remain accessible for generations to come!