Saturday, February 12, 2011

Smarter than the Average Pen

For one of the projects I'm working on, we use a Livescribe SmartPen. [No one is paying me for the praise I am about to heap on this pen. Let's face it, I'm not the type to take someone's money and then tell my little corner of the Internet how wonderful the product is. I'm more the type to take someone's money and then tell said corner how awful the product is. PR folks, move along.]

It is the project that can't be discussed, except in the vaguest of terms. I observe a personal interview about sexual behavior, recording it with my SmartPen, and then I go and do a follow-up, free-flowing interview with the respondent, asking questions And I play back portions of the interview to prompt the respondent to remember precisely what was said

Sex, sex, sex. It's all we talk about.

The SmartPen is freakin' phenomenal. It records from a distance. SPY PEN! And no one knows you're recording a conversation. SPY PEN!

Invaluable as it is for talking, it is even more amazing when listening to, say, school board members and superintendents and PTA members and Site Leadership Team members and so on and so on and so on. My biggest regret was that I didn't take the damn pen with me the day of the now-infamous meeting where the parents and students of the soon-to-be-defunct middle school were screwed over by the superintendent and other district folks.

Live and learn, folks. I have ordered my very own SmartPen, opting not to wait until the sex project is over before stealing one of the pens from work.


1 comment:

Jeni said...

Hmmm. You playing Agent 99 now? Interesting pen though. Wonder if it would help my penmanship -which always deteriorates within 5 minutes after I start writing something out. Reason I try to use the computer so I can type everything, especially if I want to re-read it later without struggling to figure out my own chicken scratch!


I mentioned to Eldest the other night that I had a fairly wide open day Friday. Writer that he is, he wondered if I would perhaps like a wri...