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There's something about paper
March 14, 2013 6:28 PM   Subscribe

The je ne sais quoi of the tangible. SLYT
posted by Transl3y (17 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cute. I'm fine with reading on screens, but proof reading one's own writing requires printed paper, and a pen, especially if it's mathematical writing.
posted by jeffburdges at 6:37 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


@_ or _@?

(my mom sent me this via mass email this afternoon. My mom beat MetaFilter!!)
posted by not_on_display at 6:38 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


There's something about paperpapier
posted by DoubleLune at 6:39 PM on March 14, 2013


But the new version holds 64GB!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:42 PM on March 14, 2013


Ou est le papier?
posted by Jakey at 6:48 PM on March 14, 2013


I'm Emma.
posted by shoesietart at 7:00 PM on March 14, 2013


Not to get all sentimental or anything (which is exactly what I'm about to do), but as my wife has been and will be working a lot of hours I've found this an appropriate time to start reading the four-volume Proust that my grandmother read in 1932 while my grandfather was taking night classes.

It's hard to imagine getting sentimental about an electronic file.
posted by mr. digits at 7:02 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Paper is overrated. It hasn't got the durability of graven stone tablets, the re-usability of the average palimpsest or that great tactile feel and smell of cured pelts, so I don't see how it will ever take off as a medium.
posted by mhoye at 7:15 PM on March 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pour le première fois, je suis heureux démontrer Montcuq a la television.
posted by jeffburdges at 7:27 PM on March 14, 2013


Also requires a specialized writing utensil, unlike clay tablets which can be imprinted using only simple reeds.
posted by empath at 7:27 PM on March 14, 2013


"It's hard to imagine getting sentimental about an electronic file."

I beg to differ. I've very much done this over the old area files I created for a MUD that is long gone, or for the old Game FAQs I remember hunting down as a youngster. Hell, my husband has hand made maps of many games still on disc, and those are fucking priceless as he has so little from his childhood left. Most physical objects were destroyed by time and damp, but the files survived. I have audio files downloaded from MP3.com when I was in high school that still make me think of carrying them to school on a ZIP disc to listen to while working on the newspaper. I have fanfic from friends I've long lost touch with that I will take out and read to remember those friends. I've got MIDIs and RealAudio files I can't even play any longer, but I keep them because they remind me of a time in my life I don't have many happy memories from other than surrounding them.

So, while you might find it impossible, I can and do get quite sentimental about electronic files.
posted by strixus at 7:42 PM on March 14, 2013 [7 favorites]


It's hard to imagine getting sentimental about an electronic file.

All the people on /r/gaming would probably disagree.
posted by empath at 7:52 PM on March 14, 2013


I am 32 and never written a physical letter in my life. My email archives on yahoo and hotmail stretch from about the 7th grade to the present and are as valuable to me as any paper I've ever received. I even have saved AIM log files and mIRC chats.

I have backups of the backups and the offsite backups. Hopefully one of the clouds/copies will be with me always.
posted by M Edward at 8:33 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


My email archives on yahoo and hotmail stretch from about the 7th grade to the present and are as valuable to me as any paper I've ever received.

So, does anyone have your email passwords or access to your backups to be able to read your correspondence if you get hit by a car tomorrow? I'm almost 50 and especially in my early twenties, I was a big letter writer. I have a big cache of handwritten letters from friends and lovers. I hope someone is interested in reading them one day. I wonder about this regarding online correspondence cause I have tons of online stuff too.
posted by shoesietart at 9:22 PM on March 14, 2013


My husband knows my default password combinations, and I know his. We've both been in a position we needed them at one point or another. Heck, for me, that was a lot more intimate than getting married or moving in together, too.
posted by strixus at 11:17 PM on March 14, 2013


Three Sea Shells
posted by cman at 1:18 PM on March 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


So... We're just ignoring the fact that this is an ad for toilet paper proudly boasting that it's extra wasteful?
posted by Sys Rq at 7:59 AM on March 16, 2013


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