Transliterate design

Via InfoNeoGnostic and the Institute for the Future of the Book, I came across this little idea.

Regardless of the practicalities and merits of this particular proposal, what is interesting to me is that it appears to show a transliterate mindset in that pre-existing technologies are bolted together (mashedup if you like) and used to solve problems and create new media for expression. I'm interested in vernacular transliteracy: the ways in which people use transliteracy in their everyday lives. This proposal strikes me as classic case of adapting pre-existing technology on a "what works basis." It's also interesting that the proposal has been put together and disseminated via YouTube and the blogosphere in a "word of blog" fashion.