Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Going Analog

It's interesting to see how obsolete tools and technologies (note the tone of sarcasm in my voice) hang on. Slide rules are obsolete, yes? Do a little searching and you'll find them for sale, newly manufactured. Still.

Notebooks are a favorite analog device for many. One brand, Field Notes, even builds into their marketing "I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now." Another popular brand is Moleskine, beloved of artists and writers throughout history. The New Yorker recently covered that brand in a recent article (less a case of hard-hitting journalism or even a look at analog tools overall than a puff piece, I think).

Over at the mathematical side of things, where you'd think the whiteboard rules the day, it seems mathematicians are mourning the end of the line for a certain brand of chalk and are creating a hoarders market for that brand!

Perhaps it will be revived, as a certain brand of pencil was (although some say the resurrected version is not as good as the original).

How do you sharpen a pencil, anyway?

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