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Help me, O Internet

Waaaaay back when, I wrote articles for the local newspaper and got paid for them although not nearly enough to make a living, even though I was living rent-free at my parents' place, which tells you a lot about journalism and why I jumped at the chance to become a purchasing agent, a job which I knew nothing about, in a field I knew nothing about, and was happily gainfully employed by that other company for the next 8 years.

Anyway - I have a 7" stack of newsprint pages, the ones with my articles on them. On the one hand, I have a distinct "who cares? Do I even care?" feeling about this - these are almost 25 years old. To say I have improved is a given. To say these are not earth-shaking is also a given ("Local magician comes home" and "Soup Kitchen Location Challenged"). But I also feel like I should maybe record them for posterity. Somehow.

The problems:

1. Having the whole page is nice because it does include the date of the article on the page.
2. Newsprint does age.
3. This takes up space and I haven't looked at them in probably 20 years at least.
4. Nobody else has either.
5. That was a very long time ago and they're not super important.
5.5 But they are a part of my writing history, I guess (I don't feel like reading them tbh)
6. Scanning them would probably take a bigger scanner to do a faster job (mine is 8x11 and the pages are wider than that, even if I only include the article).

1. Box these things up again and stuff them in the attic to be forgotten for another decade or two, by which time they will crumble
2. Recycle all of them and be done with it
3. Try to scan them myself (nrgh)
4. Find a Kinko's - wait, those don't exist any more - find someplace with a big scanner and scan all of these onto a flash drive, so at least I have something

I reiterate that there is a 7" stack of these (18cm) which is A LOT OF PAGES.


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Dec. 21st, 2017 03:48 am (UTC)
I thought all the Kinko's turned into FedEx stores.
Dec. 21st, 2017 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like I said, they don't exist any more. And I have no idea where a Fedex store would be without Googling.

But someone suggested "does that newspaper have online archives?" and THEY DO for $8/month access, which is reasonable considering how much stuff I want to download/screencap/whatever. So I'll probably do that in January (kinda busy right now with other things).
Dec. 21st, 2017 12:08 pm (UTC)
You could make a time-capsule with them, for your descendents to open in 100 years. ;)
Dec. 21st, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
Ha! There's a funny article about time capsules, actually...
Ah! Here it is.
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