We are on Spring Break and since I won't be heading anywhere warm, I have decided to catch up on a few things.
For me (and many of my faculty colleagues) breaks are not about sitting at home watching the Price is Right and eating cheese puff. It is about trying to catch up. An academic season is always frantic and busy and by this point, things have been sitting on the back burner too long.
One of the things I try to do is read some literature. I am terrible at reading the chemical literature. It's not that I'm not interested. There are two significant limitations.
1) lack of access. The only journals I have access to are JOC and Org Let. Our library is terrible in this regard. Oh, I've complained, but it is just too expensive. My only access comes from personal subscriptions. I'd love to have JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Chem. Comm, etc even Tet Let, but sadly, that is not possible.
2) lack of time. I will admit I am a bit unmotivated at times, but all of my time is consumed with my teaching and administrative duties. How does this schedule sound. I start teaching at 10:30AM and teach three classes in a row. I'm done teaching at 1:20. Then on 4 days of the week I have a lab at 1:30 until 4:20PM. That means I am in a classroom or lab with students from 10:30AM to 4:20 nearly every day. Add to that all of the prep time etc.... OK, I got a little carried away there. I didn't mean for this to be a rant....
So, I am spending some my break reading journal articles. Which brings me to the point of this post: I cannot for the life of me, read journals on a computer. Unless I'm just scanning it in an attempt to get a summary idea, I must print the thing out and have it in my hands. Especially with synthesis papers. I have tried. I would prefer to save a few trees. But, I can't do it.
Having online access is great. It is also a lot cheaper, but I still print everything out that I want to read.
For those of you in the sciences, do you read journal articles on your computer?
UPDATE: Just my luck. When I do have time to read journals, the ACS site is down for maintenance:(
 both are actually things I don't like anyways.
 bunsen, of course.
 Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters
 it's about time, jerk!!!