**How Printing Changed the World**

## My beginnings as a printer

Printing has been a huge part of life since high school. All of my courses were advanced math and science and any Advanced Placement classes available in school. Why did I end up taking Graphic Arts as a junior? I honestly don’t know but I had to take an elective and someone suggested it to me. The environment felt natural to me. While I was never *“artistic*” I had an eye for design and layout, as well as the technical know how to do very well in the class – I even took the advanced class as a senior even though I didn’t need to.

Later, in Boston, I got a job at Copy Cop working overnights. That and subsequent jobs broadened the scope of my knowledge and kept me gainfully employed for two decades. Now, I am out of the business for good. Except, of course, for the fact that I am not. I freely volunteer my considerable expertise to the design and publication of a newsletter for A New Way and I never hesitate to assist someone in need of small design, editing or other publishing related matters. I am good at it and I enjoy it but, being in the business for so long with people who have no appreciation for font selection, color

## My future as a printer

That and subsequent jobs broadened the scope of my knowledge and kept me gainfully employed for two decades. Now, I am out of the business for good. Except, of course, for the fact that I am not. I freely volunteer my considerable expertise to the design and publication of a newsletter for A New Way and I never hesitate to assist someone in need of small design, editing or other publishing related matters. I am good at it and I enjoy it but, being in the business for so long with people who have no appreciation for font selection, color palettes, and text flow has soured me from ever working in that field again.

I still use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator for all of my personal design needs. Currently, I am running the free version of CS2 as I can’t afford to buy the license for the Creative Cloud Suite, yet – even with my substantial student discount. I stay up to date with printing technology and trends and would really like to try my hand at some 3-D printing – I know that there are some 3-D printers in the engineering lab at school.

*LaTeX Examples with Equatio™*

*Equatio™ *

is a plugin for Google Chrome that works with Google Docs. It’s only free for 30 days, then you have to buy it, so I’m learning the programming language in a hurry. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/equatio-math-made-digital/hjngolefdpdnooamgdldlkjgmdcmcjnc?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnubLBRC_ARIsAASsNNkamq0L4KKVeFEhdV_Y7tcFWKBrgvDQtbB8gF_9D1cnzaHGZbqxvIsaApjQEALw_wcB.

\lim_{x\to\infty}\int\frac{dv}{v\cdot(v+1)}=\lim_{x\to\infty}\ln {\left |\frac {v}{v+1}\right | }

\int \left(\frac{ e^{x} }{ e^{x}- 2e^{-x} }\right)dx

y= \left(\frac{ x^{2}+2 }{3}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}}on[0,1]

y= \int\sec^{-2}x\cdot\tan^3x\cdot dx

f(x)= \int \frac{ x^{2} }{ \sqrt{16-x^{2}} } \cdot dx

f\left(x\right)= \int \frac{x+1}{x^{2}\cdot (x+4)}\cdot dx

\int u\cdot dv=u\cdot v\ -\ \int v\cdot du

f’\left(g\left(x\right)\right)=f’\left(x\right)\cdot g’\left(x\right)

## More about printing – and LaTeX

The website https://www.sharelatex.com/ has a great list of symbols, operators, relations, etc… Previously I have experimented with this using Apache Open Office Equations Editor and the more tools I have the better. The LaTeX program is basically a typesetting language for scientific publications, but it can really be used for anything. Like HTML it can be written in Notepad and then compiled in order to be viewed correctly. I have just recently begun learning other typesetting languages and have noticed that when I learned typesetting as part of Graphic Arts program at my high school we used very similar programs (before the proliferation of computers).

For an awesome look at what typesetting was like back when it was craft check out https://creativepro.com/scanning-around-gene-back-when-typesetting-was-craft/. We had a monotype viewer to input line spacing, font, font size, line width, all that fun code. That was connected to a preview monitor before we loaded each font cartridge and shot the set type to film for platemaking. Nowadays anyone can do it, and even with all the tools available now most people still produce crap!

I am not wholly innocent in the layout and design of my blog pages and posts and theme but, I am just learning how to use these new tools so I cut myself some slack.

If you have never set lead type before you really are missing out. (You wouldn’t believe the labor involved in printing a simple flyer!) With that in mind, in the 1700’s new ideas were circulated throughout Europe and the Colonies by means of pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, and newspapers. All of these were printed by hand by people who more than often also contributed to the content; Benjamin Franklin, among others, was a printer before he became a Revolutionary. The history goes back further really to the Gutenberg press and the movable type he invented in the 1440’s. Now, printing was not just for monks and the obscenely rich, everybody could have their own Bible!

## More LaTeX Examples

*\int_1^\infty \frac {e^{x-1}}{\sqrt{x-1}}\cdot dx=\lim_{b \to 1 } \int_b^\infty \frac {e^{x-1}}{\sqrt {x-1}}\cdot dx*

\int \frac{dx}{a^2+u^2}=\frac{1}{a}\cdot\arctan\frac{u}{a}+c