Favourite pen

Le Plume

Do you have a favorite pen?

Hi Laurie

I rarely use a pen these days – marking a golf score card is usually about it, signing the occasional cheque – about twice a month.

Almost everything I write is done by keyboard, or by voice translation software.
I am watching the advancement of thought to text software with great interest, will likely be one of the early adopters when it does mature sufficiently to be useful – probably two to three years away.
They’re making good progress with the body movement side:
http://www.kurzweilai.net/quadriplegic-man-is-first-to-regain-use-of-hand-and-fingers

And I find it interesting that we still use terms like plume (meaning feather) from where most early writing implements were formed (or Stylus – from the even earlier V shaped tools for leaving impressions in clay).

The degree of information transfer available today is exponentially increasing.
Now the limit is the contextual searches.
Search engines help, and they are not yet sufficiently sophisticated to work with multi-level abstractions, and there are certainly plenty of people working on that problem (Wolfram and his team have cracked it for the tightly defined world of mathematical and logical abstraction, but not for the more general classes of abstraction).

I am still more interested in exploring the deeply nested sets of unexamined assumptions that lie below all knowledge and abstraction. At times I feel I am getting close to the base of the issues, and Wolfram does seem to be onto something real with his notion of inherent computational complexity present in some classes of reality, even if some of his bounding assumptions are not as general as he thinks.

So whether its stylus or feather or ballpoint or keyboard or neural interface, I am all for effective use of tools of communication. And it seems that all communication is limited at either end by the depth to which underlying assumptions and heuristics have been explored, and the extent to which higher level abstractions of general principles have been attained. And each level of abstraction seems to be infinite, and all levels seem to have some contexts in which they are capable of dominating all other levels. So irrespective of depth or height of exploration, we are all a close approximation to ignorance, and all sufficiently creative and destructive to be worthy of deep respect.

My Toshiba laptops are my current tools of choice – the Portege series has served me well over the last couple of decades.

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