Hey it’s another edition of random links!
Review: Plumb Goods Notebooks (& Giveaway): The Well-Appointed Desk is giving away a $50 gift certificate to KnockKnock/Plumb Goods. Just comment between now and Friday, July 18th at 10pm CST. She reviews the notebooks, too, which look lovely.
The Future Resident of Helsinki Will Not Own a Car: OMG this is the dream, as far as I am concerned. :) What will it take to get it done here?
Ohio Amish begin vaccinations amid largest measles outbreak in recent U.S. history: I kind of wish people were required to vaccinate before going to public places (unless you have a good reason like a compromised immune system, of course). Is that too harsh? It just seems to be one of those “your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins” sorts of things… Maybe I am oversimplifying, but please vaccinate. Sheesh.
16-Year-Old Says Her Rape Went Viral; Alleged Rapist Tweets His Innocence and Mocks Her: This is so damned sad. I hope that the existence of the photos is proof enough to charge these horrible people. She’s brave for speaking up.
My New Ink Journal in an Old but Loved ARC Notebook: I should do something like this. I mean, I sort of do, but in a bound journal and I just write a quickie quote. And I do it randomly when I think of it. Well… maybe that’s close enough. HAHA
TWSBI Mini Fountain Pen 1.1mm Clear Piston Filler Review: I love this pen. Everything he says about it is true! I really don’t like the tinted hood in the cap though — mine cracked. It doesn’t affect the functionality of the pen at all.
Should I organize these links?
The other day we had some pizza. When I got to the crust, I thought yum, this is good crust! Then I thought, mmm I’m really in the mood for bread and peanut butter. So this happened. It was good! But you know, this is Trader Joe’s creamy peanut butter and I’m not sure I’m loving it. It is nice and creamy and stays creamy but I feel like I want more peanut taste? Am I nuts? (Har har) Maybe I should buy the salted version.
Although I keep hearing that Laura Scudder makes the best peanut butter, so we might have to try that — except I’ve never actually seen it in a store before, possibly because we’ve taken to shopping primarily at the farmers’ market and Trader Joe’s, but still. Wow that was a ridiculously run-on sentence.
Some of these are old, some are new, but I thought they were all interesting.
Lionel Messi is Impossible — The best soccer player right now, by a lot of stats.
Solar Has Won — In Queensland, Australia they have enough sunny days and solar panels that coal is having a hard time competing.
Winter Session + Doane Paper Flap Jotter Transport Small Giveaway — The Pen Addict has a giveaway! Comment on his blog before 11:59PM ET on Thursday 10 July!
Brooks Falls – Brown Bear Cam — Sometimes boring, sometimes awesome live bear cam. Always relaxing watching the bears.
Leaf and I got another bottle of ink! She says I have a problem, but I don’t think I’m completely alone — we’re enablers for each other. Maybe me more than Leaf but still! :)
This is Montblanc Irish Green. The lightings a little yellow because I took the photo at night. But it’s basically a beautiful green. Writes well, reasonably flowy, some shading, well behaved; I really don’t have anything bad to say about it. I suppose if you want sheen on your ink, or permanence, it’s not the one for that, but otherwise, nice ink. Nice bottle too!
We got it at Fahrney’s Pens. If you’re ever in DC, and you want some Montblanc ink, Fahrney’s is the place to go. They have every color for a reasonable price. Also, just going into the store is nice. Lots of pens, lots of inks! They were having a small pen show at their store the day after we went, but we weren’t in DC so we didn’t go. Just as well, we would’ve probably picked up more stuff. :)
This always happens: we visit family, someone is playing some random game that we aren’t playing. So we try it out. Next thing you know we are playing and playing and the person (or people) who told us to play isn’t really anymore.
Puzzles & Dragons — actually it’s pretty fun, or at least the orb spinning and team making anyway. I personally do not enjoy managing my monster box. But I didn’t much like that for Pokemon either, though it was somewhat easier. Luckily Yut manages mine for me. :)
As promised, here are my pencil comparisons:
These are samples for three different Dixon Ticonderogas, a 3 (Hard), 2 5/10 (medium), and #2 (soft, HB) in my Field Notes notebook. I tried to write my regular style with each pencil, but of course I am not an automaton and this is imperfect. But you can see how much darker the soft is versus the hard. The thing is though, I kind of think the hard is too light and sort of scratchy. I’ve had to sharpen the #2 more though, and it breaks more easily. I started them both about the same time, but the 2 pencil is definitely shorter already. 2.5 seems like the Goldilocks choice — just right. Not that I would turn down a nice HB/2 pencil, and they are the easiest to find, usually.
Also, this is like a crazy theme this week, where I post a few words about something, but then someone more knowledgeable and internet-famous posts way more in depth words about the topic.
I don’t just use fountain pens! Actually, I try not to use fountain pens on my everyday carry notebook — the Field Notes — because of the aforementioned show through. Sometimes, I don’t use a pen at all.
So much nostalgia. I like the color! I like the sharpening! Aren’t the shavings pretty? And I love the smell. Actually, sometimes, I catch myself sniffing at my pencil at work. I’m embarrassing. I don’t know if it’s particular to these Dixon Ticonderoga pencils, or if lots of pencils have a nice wood smell, but I do know I don’t want a pencil that doesn’t have some kind of wood smell.
The shavings are from a Medium 2.5 pencil — just slightly harder than the standard #2 pencils we used to use in school for tests. Harder is nicer for notes because it stays sharper for longer, and 2.5 is still soft enough to show up nicely, usually. Although I do like the softness and darkness of a standard #2 HB pencil. It’s a tough decision. I should probably do a side by side comparison of the #2 and #2.5 pencils.
I kind of want to try another pencil, but I haven’t decided what. Definitely not mechanical. Taking recommendations for nice wooden pencils! Or I might just stick with these, ’cause they’re pretty much alright.