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Best writing material

Postby Delodephius » Fri 05 Jun 2009 11:57 pm

Which light writing material is the best? In terms of durability and composition (can't be torn so easily). Papyrus? Paper? Linen? Parchment? (although I boycott the last one)
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Re: Best writing material

Postby dtp883 » Sat 06 Jun 2009 4:29 am

This is going to sound naive but isn't parchment paper?
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Re: Best writing material

Postby linguoboy » Sat 06 Jun 2009 4:41 am

dtp883 wrote:This is going to sound naive but isn't parchment paper?

No, it's animal hide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parchment

There's also a kind of paper used in baking called "parchment paper", but this is a completely different thing.
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Re: Best writing material

Postby dtp883 » Sat 06 Jun 2009 5:25 am

Wow, I had no idea, thanks for pointing that out linguoboy.

I guess I could see why you are opposed to it if you are a vegetarian or vegan or something of the kind.
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Re: Best writing material

Postby Anders » Sat 06 Jun 2009 10:44 am

How about stone? Durability and composition we have there. Even fire doesen't destroy it.

The Sumerians used clay and their "books" are still around.
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Re: Best writing material

Postby Delodephius » Sat 06 Jun 2009 11:37 am

I'm thinking of lighter materials.
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Re: Best writing material

Postby formiko » Sat 06 Jun 2009 9:16 pm

We're speaking about writing materials and we live in the digital age!

[eo] Ni priparolas pri skribiloj, kaj ni loĝas en la cifera epoko!
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Re: Best writing material

Postby Delodephius » Sat 06 Jun 2009 9:22 pm

I don't like reading text from a computer. I get tired much faster than reading a regular book. I printed almost all of the e-books I have.

And I'm tired people relying so much on digital technology. It is too depended. Nothing won't work without electricity and it needs to be handled carefully. As a country boy I prefer things that are hard to ruin, for example I prefer metal over wood, wood over plastic, plastic over ceramics, and ceramics over glass. I simply love pre-digital technology, ranging from reed pens to mechanical clocks to stone flour grinders.

I'd prefer a hard cover book over an e-book any day. I just hope that one day they'll make computers "hammer immune". 8-)
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Re: Best writing material

Postby Declan » Sat 06 Jun 2009 9:43 pm

Delodephius wrote:Wood over plastic.

Unusual.

I also much prefer normal books over ebooks. Reading from a screen is annoying.

The materials used to make paper are hugely important to its durability. Wood based paper isn't as strong as cotton based paper (or so I've been told, I don't have direct evidence).
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Re: Best writing material

Postby Neqitan » Sat 06 Jun 2009 10:10 pm

I prefer e-books mainly for one thing:

Ctrl + F

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