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Re: Lots of my PDFs online

On Wed, Nov 17th, 2010 at 4:02 AM, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:

> Due to the valiant efforts of Robert T most of my papers are available as 
> PDFs at www.gspauldino.com in the CV section. We'll get the rest of the 
> suckers up there in fairly short order. 
> And to imagine, once upon a time people actually sent one another things 
> called post cards requesting reprints, and we sent hard copies in reply when 
> we sometimes got around to it. A primitive era indeed. 

Back in the early 90s I used to exchange photocopied papers with people all 
over the world 
(Australian journals could be hard to get in other countries back then - some 
probably still are). I 
quite looked forward to receiving parcels in the mail from 'exotic' 
destinations, with a sense of 
expectation that lasted for days (sometimes weeks), and the additional reward 
of interesting 
stamps and hand-addressed envelopes that came from an actual person (who no 
doubt waited in 
anticipation for my parcel to arrive to them).

Waiting a few seconds for a PDF to download is certainly convenient, but just 
isn't quite as 
satisfying. At least in the days of dial-up you got to wait a few minutes, with 
a minor celebration if 
the download completed successfully. :-)


Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj