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Re: (OT) I prefer to do my learning with: dead trees or flying electrons?

by lachoy (Parson)
on Sep 24, 2003 at 04:03 UTC ( #293773=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (OT) I prefer to do my learning with: dead trees or flying electrons?

There's a very interesting -- non-technical! -- article The Social Life of Paper that has a few words about our attachment to paper. For me this attachment manifests itself with tech manuals as a notion of 'thumbspace'. That is, I couldn't tell you to save my life the chapter where the Owl discusses how Perl's 'g' modifier works. But my thumb is smart enough to get within a couple of pages on the first try. No need to remember a page number, or flip to the index, it's just there. For me, pixels have a very hard time capturing that: no sort of searching front end you bolt onto a text can be as intuitive as this. (This is also why I'm reluctant to get new revisions of texts I consult fairly frequently -- need to train the thumb again...)

Chris
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