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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Calling Card aka Visiting Cards

I have a calling-card that went though a couple revisions.  If you don't know what that is I have just learned that it is also known as a visiting card which is an entry on Wikipedia.  I was actually discussing the card with a friend of my yesterday.  She had never heard of such a thing.  When I made the original one I thought it would be an interesting way to give someone basic contact information without writing it on a scrap or mixing business with social interaction.  At the time I did not know about calling cards.  I thought I would toss a sample of mine up here for fun...

my calling card
Pretty swanky huh?  The Wikipedia article I provided really doesn't say much.  And it actually discusses them as being basically obsolete, and the history it does discuss makes them seem pretty awkward in our time.  I think the Wiki entry does not cover their relevance in our time but this Time Magazine article: May I Offer You My Calling Card? does to some extent.

I really noticed this a lot when I lived in NYC.  When I met people in social situations who were either professionals with big firms or independent of wage slavery, I would not be the only one with one of these to offer.  I still think having a card like this is convenient.  It is still a way to exchange basic information quickly, with some permanence, and also demonstrate some creativity with a personal twist.

I never intended to make this an entry, but when I learned so much more about these cards I thought I would take the opportunity to elaborate.  I was just going to mention that I had "critical thinker" on my calling card and go into critical thinking from there... and I do here.

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