I Gave Up Script And Now I Must Rethink It

I never much liked writing in cursive. Mostly I found it made reading, especially others cursive (but at times even my own) difficult. In college I was printing my notes more than writing. Fifteen years ago I bought a book on italic printing to change how I wrote. The only cursive left in my life was my signature. About six years ago I decided that was silly, and it’d be more fun to write the same way when asked to “Print” my name and then “Sign Here” it.

So now comes this article in support of cursive: What’s Lost As Handwriting Fades. One of the things it talks about is how in people with brain issues (injuries, strokes, etc) it’s sometimes the case that they can still do cursive but not print or vice versa. These things are stored differently, much like singing and cursing can survive even when speech can not. I can feel those differences when writing in my journal, verses typing things like this out. I feel more emotionally connected, or that it can change some deep thinking process more. It is this feeling I have that causes me to write by hand my most important letters to those I love.

Setting Our Women’s Standards

Such an interesting video on how we conform the image we want of women to our needs:

The video reminded me of a recent article on “Normal Barbie” where a visual artist Nickolay Lamm, using 3D printing and actual statistics of average 19-year-old women, printed out a “Real” or normal Barbie. She looks very different than the store-bought model.

Lamm followed this up with the average American male. Check out the nbcnews.com article  The ‘real’ shape of the American man: Dudes, you’re porky!. It’s not a pretty picture for the American male.