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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2008, 5:06
On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 12:23 AM,  <li_sasxsek@...> wrote:

> Paper doesn't last long either, especially modern paper. I have > 20 year old books and newspapers where already turning yellow > and rotting away into dust.
Acidic paper, such as most mass-market paperbacks were printed on for most of the last 80-odd years, decays pretty quickly; but higher-quality acid-free paper can last hundreds of years.
> At least optical media like CD's > will keep for a long time if you avoid scratching them, and I > can make backups in case one becomes unreadable. In the
CDs will *maybe* last longer than the average acid paper book, but I wouldn't count on it. And the possibility of backing up/recopying periodically depends on someone actively taking an interest in the material stored on said optical media at regular intervals. If we take the case of some storage medium neglected and ignored for decades and then rediscovered, an acid paperback has a better chance of still being readable than a CD, and a non-acidic hardback has a far better chance than either. The Long Now foundation is, among other things, working on more durable storage media, and educating people about the ephemerality of our current most popular media. They sponsor the Rosetta Project, too, that's supposed to preserve long-term information about thousands of languages. -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article