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Composing with Technology The task was seemingly straightforward; create a piece of writing without using a single form of technology. I didn't believe this would be much of a problem. I guessed I could hand-write something instead of typing it or using a word processor which would satisfy the requirements of the project. But, according to Dennis Baron in his essay From Pencils to Pixels the pen is, in fact, a sort of technology. Evidently, it had been devised "by joiners, woodworkers specializing in creating furniture, to scribe measurements for timber" (Tribble/Trubek, 42). Adding further to my own obstacles, newspaper, being a created object, was not an option as well. This was turning out to be more difficult than I thought. Once I pondered and thought via an assortment of choices, I discovered it to be increasingly tricky to revert back to what felt like caveman days when writings were scratched on a rock wall using very sharp rocks. When I had thought it to what I believed was the fullest scope, I began preparing for this particular job seeking to use exactly the exact same assumption as the very basics of the typewriter; to imprint letters onto a surface and make them visible with the use of a substance that stands out visually from the surface. Unfortunately, this premise didn't work for me as it had for Mark Twain, "among the first Americans to buy everything had been, in 1874, a new-fangled novelty: a typewriter" (500). Easy it was for him to use this type of technology, however hard it was for me! I originally tried to create a writing technology without using engineering by thinking of thoughts which were comprehensive, complex, and hard. My original concept, I discovered, turned out to be much more complex than I'd expected. I recruited my boyfriend and we wen...