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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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This is probably one of the greatest "how it works" films ever. On July 2, 1978, the New York Times printed its last edition using its old -- hot-type, lead-casting -- Linotype machines, and switched to the new computer-based systems. As they did this final run, they filmed the whole process, talked with people working on the systems, and showed all the details of how the printing process worked; and then a few months later, they did the same with the new system, to show how they stack up against one another.

The result is by turns fascinating and touching, as people who have worked these machines for decades say farewell to their clanking, mechanical friends.

(I came up in newspapers during the very end of that early digital era, where we would typeset electronically and layout partially by hand, and end up with "camera-ready art" for those electronic Linos which could produce presses. By the time I was in charge of laying out my own paper, the whole layout process was done on computers, and it felt like magic. "Cut" and "Paste" are so much easier when they don't literally involve cutting and pasting. But this will always leave me with a warm feeling for these old machines, and a slight sadness that I never had a chance to work in lead)

h/t +Woozle Hypertwin for the link.
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What made my 1 hour + catholic mass's bearable was watching the drunk Irish Priests slur their words and stagger around the altar. Then forgetting his script, and looking very sheepish as he said we're really eating Jesus body and drinking his blood. circa 1970's. 
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Lolol I love that someone thought of this 

I hate that it wasn't me 
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Did you know that red hat made Pizzas now, i didn't, no one told me
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A "normal" octopus hunt works with the octopus suddenly leaping on its prey with all eight arms, grabbing it and pulling it in towards its beak. But the Pacific striped octopus is a clever bastard, and here you can watch the lesser-known "over there!" strategy, in which it reaches out with one tentacle, taps the shrimp on one shoulder, and... well. The shrimp's instinct to leap away from the tap does not, we shall say, serve it well.

I have no idea why it's hunting this way, but it's quite pleasing to watch.

h/t +Pierce Arner for this lovely clip.
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I know I rag on Subaru drivers a lot, but this is why. Guy ran a stop sign and plowed right into me.

Seriously, if you drive a Subaru, get a bicycle. 
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I agree with the sentiment.  Subarus may be good cars (?), but their drivers can stereotyped pretty successfully.  Sorry about your beautimus rig.  Hope you are OK.  Let me know if I can help.

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reviewed a week ago
I took my truck to them after I was hit, and they were terrific. The first time they gave it back there were some minor issues, but they were very apologetic and easy to work with. My truck now looks fantastic, like it was never hit in the first place. Everyone makes mistakes, and how they're dealt with makes all the difference. Rick's staff is professional and friendly, and they clearly take pride in their work. I would recommend them to anyone.
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EDIT: update: I took my truck to Pierce Dodge in Ronan because the truck started malfunctioning again, just 3 weeks after Lithia had it. Pierce found that Lithia had not tightened down the positive battery lead, which was causing it to rattle around as I drove, causing the intermittent electrical issues. They also told me that almost none of the maintenance Lithia wanted me to do was necessary, and charged me $80 less than Lithia quoted me for changing out the spark plugs. They also found one of my struts was beginning to seep and fixed both front struts under warranty. It's seriously worth taking your vehicle to another town rather than have Lithia work on it. It'll get fixed correctly the first time and even if you have to have it towed, you'll still come out ahead compared with what Lithia will try to soak you for. ----- I towed my truck there Thursday morning, and they told me they'd call when they received it. They never called, so I went down in person. They told me it'd be probably be done Saturday, Monday at the latest. They also told me it would be over $1100 to repair, even though it's under warranty. After about 10 minutes I got the service manager to admit that they can get it running entirely under warranty, but they tacked on a bunch of extra maintenance that isn't strictly necessary, and attempted to make me believe it was necessary. Monday (yesterday) I called around 1:00pm to enquire about the status, and they told me it'd be ready first thing Tuesday morning (today). Today I called at about noon (since they didn't call this morning) and was informed that they haven't even started repairing it, but that it'll definitely be done by 4:30pm. It would have been worth the extra money to have it towed to Ronan Auto Mall and have their service department fix my truck. I'd likely have had it back by now, and they wouldn't have tried to soak me for $1100 in unnecessary maintenance... If you can at all help it, take your vehicle elsewhere.
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Public - 4 months ago
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Slowest checkers in the west. Seriously.
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These guys are great. I live in Missoula but had a poor experience with the local Dodge dealer's service department so I took my truck to Pierce. They found the issue quickly, did the work at a good price and were very friendly. They were great with callbacks and check-ins, and I generally had a great experience all the way around. I can't recommend these guys enough!
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There are a small handful of good, helpful people at CostCare, but the majority of them won't actually listen to what you're telling them, won't take the time to look at notes from your last visit, and are sometimes actually argumentative. I had an illness that I basically had to self-diagnose and go to them for tests and/or prescriptions because they kept insisting it was something completely unrelated. Now that I know it's allergies, I can treat it myself. I had to ask them for the allergy test. They wanted me on heartburn medication and anti-depressants. If you want a doctor that will throw pills at you without actually doing any diagnostic work, go to Cost Care. Otherwise, find a real doctor.
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