The Nib Section

14 - Analog Strikes Back

February 27, 2018

Which is better: analog or digital? Our hosts, along with special guest Joanne, weigh in on the debate, while Sophia speaks to former optometrist Jenny Saunders about the health benefits of taking it slow and writing by hand.


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The hosts were Chuck Montano (@entree3000_), Sharyn Zha (@sharynzha) and Diana Dai (@thegrynne), with special guest, Joanne Pham (@the.waffle.enthusiast).




02:10—What We Are Writing With

Diana: Sailor King of Pen Profit Ebonite w/ Nagahara King Eagle 21kt

Chuck: Classic Fountain Pens 22nd Anniversary Sailor Pro Gear Realo Yellow and Black Limited Edition w/ Masuyama rounded-nose cursive italic

Sharyn: Pilot Vanishing Point 2014 Copper Limited Edition w/ M architect

Joanne: Pilot Custom 92 w/ B stub


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06:05—Handwriting and memory retention

Mueller, Pam A. and Oppenheimer, Daniel M. (2014), “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard,” Psychological Science, Vol. 25 (6), pp.1159-1168


11:44—Blending digital and analog tools

Electron pushing

Prezi Presentation Software

Mangen, A., Anda, L.G., Oxborough, and G.H., & Brønnick, K. (2015), “Handwriting versus Keyboard Writing: Effect on Word Recall,” Journal of Writing Research, Vol. 7 (2), pp.227-247

Park, Seyong and Shin, Donghee (2015), “Effects of text input system on learner’s memory: Handwriting versus typing on tablet PC,” INCOM ‘15: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication


28:50—Interview: Jenny Saunders on the health benefits of analog tools

Jen is owner of LarryPOST

TNS Episode 8 - Holiday Gift Guide 2017, LarryPOST

Bowden, Tracey (2017), “Short-sightedness, or myopia, a global epidemic as children spend less time outdoors,” ABC News, 2 March 2017

Urban Sketchers

Memory encoding

Bullet Journalling



God’s Own Country

Jazz Liberatorz, “Clin d’oeil”

Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot sandwich with pomegranate turkish delight

The anti-rec: weak almond latte with honey

MIDORI MD 10th Anniversary


59:05—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sophia Le, Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Recording and editing: Patrick Antolovich, Denise Tang.
Special thanks to Jenny Saunders and Alisdair Daws.
Music: Michael Pearce.
Logo: Will H. Smith.
Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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