Monday, April 01, 2013

Book in Hand



Post-Script: Of course, no writing or media technology is without its faults. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all make trade-offs and prioritize our choices when it comes to deciding how best to record or retrieve data. There is a great convenience to contemporary, cloud-based electronic file management, for instance. But the information resides in hidden form, encoded in secret, and we only get to see it via some retrieval interface that is (usually) not well tuned to make full advantage of our physical senses. In this regard, interacting with physical media is, besides being just as intellectually-stimulating as electronic media, a truly sensual experience.

Oh, yea; the book illustrated at the top is Buckminster Fuller's "Synergetics." Typecast via Olympia SM9, image via Lumix G5.


Blogger Richard P said...

Persuasive reflections.

The concept of a cleanroom notebook was new to me.

5:28 PM  
Blogger teeritz said...

Nicely stated, Joe. I used to have a Palm Pilot and it served me well until I left it neglected for so long that the internal battery depleted to the point where all of the stored information was lost forever. Wouldn't have happened with pen and paper.
As for a physical, paper-bound book, well, nothing beats it.

8:42 PM  

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