When Jenna and I got married, we wanted copies of some family photos to have on display at our wedding parties. So we scanned in a bunch of photos from our parents’ originals, then printed out new copies and put them in frames. We still have the frames on our mantle.

A fews months ago, in the midst of a digital backup frenzy, it struck me that if our apartment burned down, there’d be no need to try and save these framed pictures. We could just print out identical copies from the digital files (stored safely off-site). In an odd way, we have a digital backup of some very physical items.