doomsday writing tools

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  1. THRsucks

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    Ive been doing some research on early forms of documentation and I discovered something amazing. Something called a wax tablet, which could be enscribed, or used to sketch with a sharp object, and then melted to start over again. Like a native American etch a sketch...
    Ive seen wood burning, homemade tannin stain from walnuts (substitute for ink?) And birch bark used to substitute paper, but before a few days ago I had never seen something that ingenious! What are your ideas???
     
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    My wife has enough ball point pens for a century or two. We have piles of paper. Pencils by the case, tablets and writing paper stocked up. Not worried... :)
     
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    Handy things to have! I just hope our grid stays up. Did you see anything about project dark skies on the news?
     
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    The Romans, and probably others, used the wax tablet for legal documents. They used a folding frame, like a book, with two copies, one outside/showing, and another, inside, with a seal. If you needed it "shown" for whatever reason, you took it to a magistrate, opened it, "proved" what needed proving, and the magistrate re-sealed it. A Roman soldier's discharge is one of the more common ones from the archeological record.

    On my own, I have no such ingenious ideas. About the closest I can come up with is the concept of a savings account passbook, where the teller initialed off on your deposit as proof you'd deposited money in the bank, or withdrawn it, along with a date stamp. That was back when banks really knew their customers.

    I can still make a quill pen that works.
     
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    Its happening in Wisconsin right now.
     
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    Charcoal and bear fat. Now where did I leave that bear...
     
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    Charcoal and bear fat? How? Why?
     
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    That is fascinating! Thank you for the information. My mind has been vaporized...
     
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    Just grind it up and mix it together. Use it to jot notes in your birch bark diary, on the murals in your cave, or I've even seen it used as sunscreen/mosquito repellent.
     
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    @DrHuman Really...i hope you aren't joking, but if you see a picture of me looking like a coal miner covered in flys we will all know exactly what happened.
     
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    I bet it would make a good accelerant...but i dont think I'll try that one.
     
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    Bear fat is good stuff.
    I use it for cooking, making soap and mixed with beeswax for heavy duty boot grease/leather conditioner.
    It's awesome for your skin and won't draw flies once rendered.
    I'm sure with the right pigments it would make some mighty good fingerpaint for cave paintings and hyroglyphics!
     
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    I have really poor handwriting. Whether from pencil/pen/clay tablets. Cuneeform is far beyond my abilities. How was your trip down south? Did you find what you were looking for?
     
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    NASA spent a ton of money creating the Space Pen,but the Russians (Boo! Hiss!) just used a pencil. I still want a Space Pen.... and some Rite in the Rain Paper.
     
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    @Uncle Duke 520 I had heard that most of my life, also. At that time, space flights were much shorter than typical today. I could imagine that the act of sharpening them, occasionally breaking a lead, etc could lead to all sorts of small bits of stuff floating around.

    Edit: After a quick look, Snope's has the Space Pen story. It was developed privately, and both USA/USSR astronauts originally used pencils. They also did not have spacecraft that stayed in service for years at that time.
     
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    White birch bark and charcoal, roll it up and put it in a dead hollow tree for safe keeping.
     

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