02:26 pm | The Pelikan Steno is an unusual fountain pen designed for use by steno writers. Most modern fountain pens have fairly stiff nibs. They bend slightly when you press down on them, which makes...

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01:45 pm | For a while, Pitman shorthand was the most widely used system of shorthand in the English-speaking world. It was used throughout the British Empire, which included Australia, India, Canada, and large chunks of...

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05:59 pm | There was a time when bookstores and office supply shops had rows of books on shorthand systems. These days, you won’t find any in a regular bookstore, although a handful of titles are...

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04:44 pm | This site was written for geeks, and if you are one, you will already know that the Fisher Space Pen was invented by Paul Fisher for use in the space program. It uses...

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02:37 pm | Leah Price’s fascinating essay from the London Review of Books looks at the history of shorthand, and the similarities between shorthand writers and modern-day programmers. “Like the open-source movement a century and a...

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02:27 pm | In the 1982 cult horror film Big Meat Eater, nerdy butcher Bob Sanderson works to promote Adanaco, the “new universal language” he’s developed for his small English-speaking town. Inventing new languages, or new...

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Lessons

Quick and Dirty Pitman »

Quick and Dirty Pitman 12:25 pm | The best way to learn Pitman is to get a book and work slowly through the lessons. But you don’t need me to tell you that. If you’re...

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Pen: Pelikan Steno P470 »

Pen: Pelikan Steno P470

02:26 pm | The Pelikan Steno is an unusual fountain pen designed for use by steno writers. Most modern fountain...

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Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg »

Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg

01:45 pm | For a while, Pitman shorthand was the most widely used system of shorthand in the English-speaking world....

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Books: Course in Pitman Shorthand »

Books: Course in Pitman Shorthand

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Fisher Telescoping Space Pen »

Fisher Telescoping Space Pen

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Books: Course in Pitman Shorthand »

05:59 pm | There was a time when bookstores and office supply shops had rows of books on shorthand systems. These days, you won’t find any in a regular bookstore, although a handful of titles are available online. This book, available from Amazon, is one of those “print-on-demand” publications, where the publishers, Kessinger, have taken an old title...

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Books: Course in Pitman Shorthand

Pen: Pelikan Steno P470 »

02:26 pm | The Pelikan Steno is an unusual fountain pen designed for use by steno writers. Most modern fountain pens have fairly stiff nibs. They bend slightly when you press down on them, which makes the writing more comfortable, but the nib doesn’t widen much. On the Steno, the extra-fine steel nib is flexible enough to allow...

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Pen: Pelikan Steno P470

Links to Distant Sites »

02:37 pm | Leah Price’s fascinating essay from the London Review of Books looks at the history of shorthand, and the similarities between shorthand writers and modern-day programmers. “Like the open-source movement a century and a half later, Pitmanism was idealistic, distributed and male.”  http://www.lrb.co.uk/v30/n23/leah-price/diary The Joy of Pitman Shorthand is a site created by Pierre Savoie years...

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Which Pitman to learn? »

11:17 am | If you’re thinking of learning Pitman, you’ll soon discover that there are few types of Pitman you could learn. If you hunt around on archive.org, or Google Books, you’ll come across public domain versions of various old Pitman books which cover earlier versions of the system. It’s tempting to learn from one of these free...

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Which Pitman to learn?

Pen: Pelikan Steno P470 »

02:26 pm | The Pelikan Steno is an unusual fountain pen designed for use by steno writers. Most modern fountain pens have fairly stiff nibs. They bend slightly when you press down on them, which makes the writing more comfortable, but the nib doesn’t widen much. On the Steno, the extra-fine steel nib is flexible enough to allow...

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Pen: Pelikan Steno P470

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Which Pitman to learn?

Which Pitman to learn? »

11:17 am | If you’re thinking of learning Pitman, you’ll soon discover that there are few types of Pitman you could learn. If you hunt around on archive.org, or Google Books, you’ll come...

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Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg »

Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg

01:45 pm | For a while, Pitman shorthand was the most widely used system of shorthand in the English-speaking world. It was used throughout the...

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Invent your own universal language »

Invent your own universal language

02:27 pm | In the 1982 cult horror film Big Meat Eater, nerdy butcher Bob Sanderson works to promote Adanaco, the “new universal language” he’s...

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Pens

Fisher Telescoping Space Pen »

Fisher Telescoping Space Pen

04:44 pm | This site was written for geeks, and if you are one, you will already know that the Fisher Space Pen was invented...

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Pilot Decimo fountain pen »

Pilot Decimo fountain pen

11:12 am | Some Pitman writers will swear that the best way to write Pitman shorthand is with a fountain pen. I went through a...

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Pen: Pelikan Steno P470

Pen: Pelikan Steno P470 »

02:26 pm | The Pelikan Steno is an unusual fountain pen designed for use by steno writers. Most modern fountain pens have fairly stiff nibs. They bend slightly when you press down on...

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