I have sitting somewhere in my room at the moment an application form for NZMRG membership. Normally I would have fired it off ages ago, but I'm in 2 minds.
On one hand its $45 for 4 issues, which is cheaper than at the local magazine shop, however if I buy there I am supporting a local business.
I'm finding the articles are all either on other scales or feature prototypes that I'm not particularly interested in ( they have even stopped drawing the plans in NZ120). The age old argument of course is 'why don't you write them yourself?' In this case that's not particularly valid (after all, you are reading this aren't you, and I did write it). Its not overly easy to actually write an article for the journal any more. the pictures that they require are 3000 pixels square (or something similar, it comes out to 2MB per picture). Now for a man who is a point and click photographer and wouldn't know where to start looking for these settings ( and I'm not sure if my 7 year old camera is even good enough for that) that's a bit of an ask as well. Compare that to the demented ramblings here, where I bang of the pictures, reduce the file size (to make it easier for those on a dial up connection), and upload them with a bit of drivel in between to connect them. All from the comfort of my wee computer room hole (sort of like a hobbit hole but with more alcohol and less wizards).
I'll admit that old journals are a great source of plans (the guards van saga is an off-shoot of this) but that's going back over 30-40 odd years (I'd love to see the whole older collection PDF'ed so that you could buy them).
Its just a pity there could not be some faster more up to date method of passing information.
(This post brought to you by a mixture of boredom at work, as there is only so much office golf you can play, and several beers at home. Cheer's).
PS, I'll probably join, but only if they throw in a quarterly column :v)