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Much like the changing physical design of the phone affected its use for calling people, the changing design of the pen has affected handwriting. You may not realize this, but it's significantly harder on the hands to write with a ballpoint pen than with a fountain pen.

I was personally very aware of this when I was a physicist, since most of the work I had to do was writing and working through page after page of equations, which to this day isn't easy to do on a computer. So it was pens and notebooks all the time, and I became extremely particular about which ones I used: a pen which either had too high a resistance or which dried too slowly, or paper that didn't absorb the ink well, and my work would actively suffer.

(Quite seriously: if your hands hurt too soon, you can't write for hours on end. If the ink smudges as you write -- especially if, like me, you're left-handed -- everything is a lost cause. If the paper doesn't absorb the ink and dry enough for you to flip pages in the notebook, you're lost. Any of these things take time, energy, and concentration, and you simply can't vanish into the flow of the science.)

This article isn't about doing science, but about how the ballpoint pen changed handwriting -- but it's through the exact same process. The various methods of cursive weren't popular primarily for their aesthetics; they were practical methods of writing quickly and legibly. As anyone who remembers having to do this in school can attest, that's always been kind of strange, because with modern pens, Palmer-method cursive is much slower and harder: people tend to develop their own semi-script handwriting for when they actually need to write day-to-day. (Except for handwriting enthusiasts who are doing it for fun)

So when you see the lack of handwriting, instead of crying "O tempora! O mores!," realize that what you're seeing isn't simply a move to computers: it's the evolution of the pen itself.

Via +Patricia Elizabeth 
Thicker ink meant it didn't smudge as easily as its predecessor, the fountain pen—but it also made writing by hand more physically demanding.
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ITIL considered harmful.
 
In the middle of 2014, Justin Warren  sent me a series of interview questions on the topic of why I hate ITIL so much. The process of writing a response got me … um, motivated and spat a substantial amount of bile. I felt a but Here it is.  Why do you…
In the middle of 2014, Justin Warren  sent me a series of interview questions on the topic of why I hate ITIL so much. The process of writing a response got me ... um, motivated and spat a substant...
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From my observations, if you have girl parts, do not go to Catholic hospitals. You are a second class breeder. You don't have a penis, and are therefore unimportant. Yeah, they way they treated my then wife and her miscarriages was appalling.
 
[...] her hospital in Redding, owned by Dignity Health in San Francisco, refused to allow her doctor to perform the procedure, saying tubal ligation violates the ethical principles of Catholic health care facilities. “Hospitals that are open to the general public and that receive state money shouldn’t be able to use religion to discriminate or to deny important health care,” said Elizabeth Gill, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who rep...
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These hospitals are the worst. "Christian values" has no place in medical science. At all, end of story.
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Good essay on psychological factors
 
Not quite a postmortem, and not quite a technical one, but still an interesting read in the context of post factum analysis.
Psychological factors that can lead to destructive goal pursuit, using as example, the fatal 2015 attempt on the world depth record by Dr Guy Garman.
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For something to do post Burning Man....
 
Banksy Releases the Official Trailer for His Dismaland Bemusement Park Art Installation
The street artist Banksy has released the official trailer for his Dismaland "bemusement park" art installation that recently opened in the resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Th...
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Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."
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