Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Silence in the Workshop, Please!

This Friday I'm headed back to Oxford (Mississippi) for the 2012 Yoknapatawpha Summer Writer's Workshop. The workshop organizer, Neal (M.O.) Walsh, sent out an email to all the participants yesterday. He mentioned that you can either bring a (physical) notebook for taking notes during the workshop, or you can bring your laptop... but not if you type too loudly.

I hadn't considered that some people might type more loudly than others, but I guess it depends upon your intensity. And maybe your keyboard.

So I Googled it and discovered this convenient Soundproof Keyboard Cover Silencer, which you can purchase for only $36.

Being a polite, Southern Lady, I always use an old-fashioned notebook and pen for taking notes during the workshop. But I thought I'd share my find with all the LOUD typists out there. You know who you are.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not while attending workshops but I have been told I'm a loud typer. I spend a lot of time on the phone and I guess the mic of my headset is near the keyboard. I use the mute button a lot. I can't imagine using this clumsy silencer but will pass along the idea for the sake of comedy.

For a hybrid version of paper and pen, consider the Livescribe Echo smart pen. It uses ink but a sensor in the pen digitizes your strokes for importing into your computer later. It also can record audio, which it syncs to the paper note. Wonder why you penned "reconnoiter" in the margin? Click the word with the pen and either the pen or your computer (depending on where you are) will play back the audio around when you wrote that word. Pretty neat.

But a number 2 pencil needs no batteries but at least you have options.