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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2015, 09:18:24 pm »
and then there's my handwriting. In a previous life I WAS Lieutenant Scrawl  :-[ :o ;)

 :D :D :D  So it's all your fault!

Gadzooks - you've found me out Helen - fetch the double hand irons (well - wearing those might even improve my writing  ::):D

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2015, 09:26:48 pm »
All I know about it, when I take notes in cursive, I remember everything much clearer and better - and it is not that I am taking good notes, I write too slow for that to be possible.  It just sidelines all kinds of distractions, like twiddling my thumbs, and concentrates more of brain on that single topic.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2015, 09:29:44 pm »
There is a serious debate going on around this topic as it seems that the art of cursive writing is important in unexpected ways, for learning and other things. See for example:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?_r=0

That is very, very interesting Kevin. Significant. It is still standard to write exams by hand at Oxford Univ...and the students now have to be warned to spend time exercising their hands to be able to hold a pen that long.
I keep an occasional journal and love writing by hand.  AND if I have to recall something I still write it out a few times (not quite a hundred though  ;) )

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2015, 06:54:18 pm »
I used to guide/help my 5th & 6th Grade students take notes on Science from the textbook and in and around the 'hands on' experiments we did in class. The feeling seemed to be that if the hands were working, the brain was learning.  Found that to be true when compared with other classes in our school.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #50 on: May 26, 2015, 02:22:03 am »
Here is another beautiful logbook page from the Jamestown, August 16, 1849.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol005of067/vol005of067_002_1.jpg

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #51 on: May 26, 2015, 02:50:17 am »
Gorgeous, but...

Am I really seeing that when he penned "US Ship Jamestown" he forgot to add the second upright in the 'U'?

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #52 on: May 26, 2015, 08:17:52 pm »
The first upright might be so decorated as to be almost unreadable :-\

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2015, 02:36:07 am »
Ha. Hadn't seen that. Well TWYS would suggest we rename the ship the I.S. Ship Jamestown.

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2015, 07:38:45 am »
 ;D ;D ;D

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2015, 12:46:55 pm »
 ;D ;D    8)

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2015, 10:37:04 pm »
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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #57 on: June 01, 2015, 06:21:14 pm »
Gorgeous, but...

Am I really seeing that when he penned "US Ship Jamestown" he forgot to add the second upright in the 'U'?

The first decorated page in this thread has also missed out the first upright of the U.  This page I have just finished (last line) mentions the USRC Manning and is also written with a very unusual U formation.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol039of055/vol039of055_150_1.jpg
Could this be some kind of tradition or symbolism?
 

   

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #58 on: June 01, 2015, 06:55:57 pm »
Could well be.  All the sites where mariners discuss these traditions were born sometime after navy officers were taught calligraphy I think.  So we will have to assume it's intended.  :)

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Re: The Letters, Humor, and Art of Old Weather Logbooks
« Reply #59 on: August 30, 2015, 07:05:36 pm »
Here is an old one that I rediscovered. Look at the top right corner ;)
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS%20Rodgers/Rodgers_1881/b001of010_0018_1.jpg