>1) Many land grant college of ag libraries have large holdings of
>these old publications;
maybe someone would be willing to initiate the "project
gutenberg of agriculture"
what about looking around in utah (perhaps at the amish or the
hutterers?). of course we would not expect them to publish it in
electronic form on the internet (they have no modems by
punishment). but they should have large and well-sorted libraries
of agricultural practises....
you know that in ancient times there existed so-called "books" (i
myself remember having seen some with my own eyes and even had
the luck to once hold one of them in my hands) ? these were so
to speak big "files", which were collected on special themes and
then printed as a "book" with a table of contents on the first or
last page ("links") and some side with literature ("URL's"). the
content was in text AND in graphics ("full multimedia"). and
since the sumerian empire there was a friendly and knowledgable
caste of priests ("web designers"), which were called
"librarians" and which catalogued them (the "database system") in
stacks ("subdirectories") and kept them in large numbers and in
almost every city ("portal") available for everyone with minimum
"provider fees". here in old germany these public mailboxes in
ancient times used to be called "libraries".
there even were a few people, who had such "books" at home,
because everyone could "download" them in "bookshops" and some
even owned a few of such precious diamonds. i have a friend, who
owns a whole 17 of them (you would expect it, he's a professor!).
biggest advantage: you can even read ("browse") them to your
girl-friend ("filesharing") or lying in a meadow or sitting on
the toilet seat ("offline-reading") without a hand-held ...
which means: people should get their *sses out of their chairs
before the computer ;-))
nobody can be so amusingly arrogant
as a young man who has just discovered
an old idea and thinks it is his own.
- sydney j. harris
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