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    Lost papers

    From time to time, I find myself going back to papers I wrote 8 or 10 or 15 years ago and finding them, if not outstanding, at least publishable; if only because I'm reading some other papers that deal with the same problem and were published (not by me) several years after that.
    What happened to them? Who knows. Maybe they were sent to a journal and they flunked, and then sources were lost in a hard disk crash, along with the experiments that feed them, which eventually condemned them to oblivion. If I remember correctly, that was the case of a paper I wrote around 10 years ago about how to use (or not) non-coding regions of chromosomes in evolution. No sources, no experiment, so the only way out now is to reproduce research all over again. Which is a bore.
    It all boils down to a piece of advice to my younger self: nothing is gained with a paper going down the drain. Publish it. Anywhere. If it flunks over and over again, upload it to ArXiV and be done with it. Keep it backed up somewhere, because ten years on, you will be be sorry for not having published it.

    2008-04-02 19:36 | 3 Comment(s) | Filed in Just_A_Scientist

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    De: Marcelo Fecha: 2008-04-21 05:17

    Hi, JJ!

    Look what I have just found out:

    Look the profile of this guy here:

    Old School, JJ! :D

    During my spare time, I enjoy searching the old archive of USENET - I am a member of the so-called USENET Archaeological Society. By the way, I am the only one! :)

    Persons from those good old USENET days seem to be much more intelligent than those of nowadays - see and Orkut, for example. :)

    I read some of your posts. Very interesting, JJ! There are so many nice stuffs: ECG signals, genetic algorithms, gnuplot pipes, fractals, and so on. :)

    It's a pity that I was just a kid along those USENET golden age days. :)

    Best Regards!


    De: JJ Fecha: 2008-04-21 07:45

    Yep, I've been into a lot of things, and although I wouldn't consider myself "old school", I'm not young either... Did you find my first encounter with Guido van Rossum?

    De: Marcelo Fecha: 2008-04-21 20:51

    Hi, JJ!

    Sorry, I did not find your meeting with the Python's mastermind. :(

    BUT, there was someone who thought he was indeed Rick Moranis:

    Guido van Rossum is secretly Rick Moranis.

    You are old school in the sense that the Web along those days was so much different from its current state. Blogs themselves even did not exist at that time! :)

    If I find something interesting, I tell you.

    Best Regards!


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