Hmmm, after years of neglecting my Blog and obsessing on Facebook, now I’m back to my obsession with my Blog! Alas, no doubt the result of needing a change or readjustment in my meds again. Bipolar treatment is not an exact science as I have found by empirical evidence over the years and meds are administered on a purely pragmatic basis. Some meds work to some extent for a while, and then seem ineffective in time. Over the decades my past med list looks like a pharmacy inventory. Be that as it may, here is my now daily latest Blog entry:
I recently purchased another pad of paper for my grocery list. For years I have always used Steno Pads for my list and continue to do so. However, I have noticed the past few years when I purchase a Steno Pad that they are now called a “Writing Pad” and not a Steno Pad. In the old days, they were always known as Steno Pads. They are even laid out the same way they always were with green paper and a red line through the middle. I assume the reason for the name change is that no one uses shorthand anymore. I doubt they still use Dictaphones either. Now days, the boss probably records his dictation on an mp3 recorder, or more likely his Smart Phone has an app for this.
I have always been mystified by short hand. It looks like it was derived from ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. I remember the old Steno Pads had a short hand “Cheat Sheet” on the back cover probably for secretaries who forgot some of the more commonly used symbols. I also remember that the old Steno Pads had some kind of red coating on the ends so the tablet could be stood on end. The pads I have had over the years have no coating which adds credibility to my theory that short hand is rarely if ever used these days. This brings me to another one of my profound questions: What is the difference between a Pad" and a "Tablet"? Perhaps they are synonymous in definition.
Alas, yet another thing that has vanished from my childhood in this modern society. 😣