This is my Blickensderfer #5 typewriter. It was made in 1891. Cool eh? I got it off eBay about 15 years ago because I knew typewriters weren't going to be made anymore. Computers were readily available by then. I worked at Gateway Computers through the 90's and knew everything was thrown into warp speed technologically the minute I stepped into training. I've looked at typewriters with a little bit of longing since then. I liked the click click clack sound of them and I enjoyed seeing my father type up invoices in his rapid hunt n peck style. And who didn't enjoy a whiff of white out every now and then?
Now however, it was recently announced that for the first time in history, digital books have outsold paperbooks. Wow and aaawww. Kim, a dear artist friend of mine, has been listening to books on tape for over two decades now. Even then I thought... "what if we all listented to books on tape?" There'd be no need for paper bound books. So now, as the new flexible e-reader is on deck, the new Tablet is about to roll out and Kindle is already in the marketplace for e-book everwhere. So really, besides nostalgia and books being sexy, why have a hardbound paper book? Are they going to be bought to sit on shelves as decoration... like my Blickensderfer #5?
Here's a great article from PC World about the Consumer Elecontronic Show called 5 BIG TECH TRENDS. If you're not into technology and how it affects us each day... it might be a hard subject to wrap your head around. However, the article is an easy read and maybe it will spark a little interest you didn't realize you had. If you're there already... ENJOY!
What's next, do you think? I saw a new game called MINDFLEX by Mattel that allows the user to move a ping pong ball through a hoop... in the air... using your mind. OMG! Again, this is by Mattel, the kids toy manufacturer! I know! However, it looks strangley like a Harry Potter game also produced by Mattel 5 years earlier. 5 Years earlier??? Where have I been? I have an 11 and 7 year old. We love Harry Potter. How did we miss this product? Granted, I played with firecrackers as a kid and I turned out alright, but this might have set my course in life in a different direction.
Go read a book... in whatever manner your heart or pocketbook desires! I'm currently reading Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw (new $27.99 or on Kindle $7.49 see a trend?) and I am always open for suggestions. Bring 'em on!
I don't proclaim to be a social media expert, but I am an enthusiast. I'm having a blast learning and incorporating new and exciting information every day. I'll infuse what I find into my posts & in the mean time, you leave me a comment and tell me anything you'd like. I want to know...
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