Paper recording09 Nov 2006
It has this way of forgetting stupid mistakes that indexed, online things cannot. Or, can, but do not. Or something. You can’t convincingly scrunch up and get rid of a file, but things that make you cringe on a piece of dead tree are far more readily disposed of. Electronically, there’s always this sense of “what if getting rid of this breaks something else that refers to it?” — paper has no concrete chronology, which is wonderful. I never understood people dating their letters, unless they fully anticipate getting the letters of [name] published and/or are trying to pretend that something only arrived late because of the postal service. We place far too much emphasis on intervals at times.