Shorthand as Lost Art
After the Make event in Seattle on Friday, Libby Buloff and a bunch of others got a table at a local bar and I joined them. In one of those unusual turns typical of a geeky conversation, Chloe went from talking about programming video games as kid to explaining the beauty and complexity of shorthand — with examples, as shown below. I doubt Chloe has any practical use for shorthand — except her own personal use. She talked about as a notational system of great power and her deep knowledge was persuasive.
We associate shorthand with secretaries from a Mad Men era. Somewhere there are stacks of notebooks written in this strange notation, existing like hieroglyphs — cultural records that few people can decipher. Excepting Chloe.