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    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
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    RIP: DoubleTalk (print version)

    Received the last printed issue of DoubleTalk, the Tandem Club of America's (TCA) magazine.
    From now on, like many other printed media, it will be available on the internet only.
    Have most of the issues, including #1 , from way back in the seventies.
    We were regular contributors and actually won the contest for naming the magazine about 35 years ago.
    Still riding TWOgether . . .
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    I didn't realize there WAS such a magazine, or I might have been subscribing to it!
    I just joined the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association. I paid about $20 extra to get the paper version of their magazine. Reading posts like this is fine on the computer. But I still like reading stuff on paper. Plus, I have it for later, instead of losing it when the hard drive crashes!
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    We received our copy on Saturday. Double Talk is/was a nice clearing house of information (especially the calendar section). Sad to see it go, but that's economics. Whenever the site is set up, I hope that there will be a lot of cross traffic.
    Jeff

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    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
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    Am an 'old' print media guy. Worked as a printer for several newspapers in Michigan for decades and saw the handwriting on the wall back in the late 1970s.
    Moved in 1978 and switched careers, but still have ink in my veins!
    Like radio, tv, telephone . . . things change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    ..... Reading posts like this is fine on the computer. But I still like reading stuff on paper. Plus, I have it for later, instead of losing it when the hard drive crashes!
    Things like pictures, important documents, news articles, and so forth.... should be saved to the cloud. That way they aren't dependent on your HD or even your computer or location. You could even access them via a smart phone. Proper use of the cloud.... on-line storage and file sharing... resolves many of the old computer problems with file management.

    I like paper too! But..... I am an old man... and from time to time I just feel better printing something out, writing notes in the margins, and highlighting important parts. Then filing away a printed copy of something.... I may never look at again.

    I also like the idea of reading my own "clean" digital magazine [download] on my tablet or phone while I wait in the doctors office. Digital publishing is really one of the greatest advancements in knowledge distribution since.... the moveable type set printing press. And that's been a few hundred years. IMHO Johannes Gutenberg would be very proud of DoubleTalk's decision. This is the future of publishing.

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    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
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    . . . but then Gutenberg never rode a tandem!

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    SO going forward what will a person get with membership? We were just talking about joining when I saw this post.

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    1982 Merckx Campy Super Record, 1995 Merckx Campy Centaur 10, DiamondBack Axis TT, (set-up as city bike), Bushnell Tandem

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    Less paper magazines -> more saved trees -> less junk in my mailbox. I think its a good move overall.

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    Paul J:

    Contact the editor:
    Malcolm Boyd
    editor@tandemclub.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by pashlit View Post
    Less paper magazines -> more saved trees -> less junk in my mailbox. I think its a good move overall.
    I am not sure how anyone could "save" a tree. To the best of my knowledge trees have lifespans just like every other life form on this planet. It would still be best to put the lumber to proper use instead of letting the trees rot on a forest floor. Generating methane a greenhouse gas in the rotting process.

    Digital media... opens new doors... presents new possibilities as well as well as new problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I am not sure how anyone could "save" a tree. To the best of my knowledge trees have lifespans just like every other life form on this planet. It would still be best to put the lumber to proper use instead of letting the trees rot on a forest floor. Generating methane a greenhouse gas in the rotting process.

    Digital media... opens new doors... presents new possibilities as well as well as new problems.
    This whole save the planet thing must just be a conspiracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Fab View Post
    This whole save the planet thing must just be a conspiracy.
    Last time I checked.... it [Earth] was a huge iron ball stuck in orbit around a minor star. I think... the experts expect that to be the case for the next 3 or 4 billion years. Then... the star... our sun goes red.

    But don't worry! Our government is working on a plan to save the sun.... I think it involves recycling... or higher taxes or something.

    But even just a few years is more than enough time to enjoy a few hours cycling with a loved one.
    Last edited by Dave Cutter; 01-20-14 at 02:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul J View Post
    SO going forward what will a person get with membership? We were just talking about joining when I saw this post.

    Thanks!
    Paul Jaspers
    At this time, TCA is really just the web site and no longer has a membership component. If you have paid for a membership, please see this page on the site for information on how to request a refund of your membership fees.

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