The Printed Word

My desk(s) are always surrounded by paper. One of my discoveries as an adult is that I don’t absorb written words on a screen well at all. This has spawned an enormous amount of printing things.

A few years ago I finally bought a decent black and white printer for our home. Our trusty Brother has been one of our best purchases. It’s used everyday.

After a cup of coffee this morning I went downstairs and grabbed one of four stacks of articles to read through. I really enjoyed reading through them and thought some of you might as well. There is no real tie between them, only that they were things I wanted to go back and read when I had time. Here they are 🙂

A Forgotten Black Founding Father, Danielle Allen in The Atlantic

The Future Of Cities Is At Stake: Here’s How To Win The Talent Competition, by Patrick McKenna in Forbes

Woke Me When It’s Over, by Bret Stephens in The New York Times

The Tribal Network Effect, by James Currier at NFX

What is IPFS? – A Beginner’s Guide, by Addaquay in Hacker Noon

A few paragraphs into the last article I realized this was something printed before the pandemic after a discussion with the Pinata team. I’m almost certain I tried to read through it on a flight last March, but fell asleep. That was the last flight I took before our current normal kicked in. I was going to Atlanta to talk to Brady and that’s probably another entry for another day.

In a pre-pandemic world my time on flights was used to consume whatever was printed and sitting next to me before I went to the airport. If I don’t finish it, I put it back in my bag. If I do finish reading the article on the flight it’s left in the seat pouch in front of me. I’ve always done this hoping the next person would pick it up and have some delightfully unexpected read. Wishful thinking, I suppose.

While it’s unrelated to the written words above, I recently got my first vaccine shot and I’m dreaming of new experiences again. I’m excited to get back on a plane to show my kids how big and magical the world is.