The books out of copyright thread

Does anyone know the exact time span before a book can be considered public domain. I can see on Google Docs, a wealth of anniversary books, but nothing beyond 1922 is viewable or downloadable. By this logic, you’d expect, the that copyright of a book is 85 years. This would mean we would have to…

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A whole web page in Shorthand II

The second number of the “Shorthand Newspaper” (Maron System, from Brazil), has just been launched!  Its aim: help the online shorthand students to develop their reading and, at the same time, to be an interesting way of doing it.  For the time being, the online shorthand course has the average of 5 new students per…

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Number consonant chart

Here’s an interesting chart linking consonants to numbers in an aid to create mnemonic devices. You have to scroll around half way down the page. http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/~tanguay/memory_main.htm I find the concept really interesting, and I can imagine after a while it could really become second nature (like shorthand) but I’m not too happy with the ‘r’…

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Rational Dictation

I discovered this book through a 1927 ad in The Gregg Writer, which recommended using it with the 1917 Speed Studies after completing the portion of Speed Studies coordinated with the 1916 manual. OK, I’ curious by nature and ordered a copy of this book for about $5 including postage from an eBay seller. It’s…

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How to get good at anything

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/15/malcolm-gladwell-outliers-extract Be born early in the year (so you’re bigger and better than your teammates in Little League), and practise for 10,000 hours. Can someone tell my son a mere 20 hours of typing practise will make a huge difference? (by cricketbeautiful-1 for everyone)  

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Disjoined Prefixes- The TR+vowel principle

I was glancing at the October 1927 issue of The Gregg Writer and noticed a “centerfold” ad written in shorthand for a magazine. Quickly reading the sales message I was impressed that “material” was written disjoined M-A above an L, which prompted me to pull out the 1916 Manual. Sure enough, disjoined MA represents MA…

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Anni vs Simplified

I’ve heard that the word beginnings and endings are different. Are they really that different, as in likely to cause wrong interpretation, or just “that doesn’t make sense, must be the other version”? (by cricketbeautiful-1 for everyone)  

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An older article, but some might not have seen it

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9406E2D6143DF937A25754C0A960958260&sec=&spon= A interview in 1996 with Martin J Dupraw who was a champion shorthand writer back in the day of Pre-Anni and Anniversary editions. I’m sure those of you addicted to shorthand enough to llook at the fifth page of Google have discovered it already (such as myself), but its a rare gem of reporting…

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