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Jul 8 14

Interesting Links From This Past Week

by mim

Some of these are old, some are new, but I thought they were all interesting.

Funny robot gifs — The robots are trying, but failing. Funny! My fave is the ketchup one; lol, literally. [via Kottke]

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!

Sonic Ratchetta Sharpener review

Brooks Falls – Brown Bear Cam — Sometimes boring, sometimes awesome live bear cam. Always relaxing watching the bears.

Jun 27 14

Irish Green Ink

by mim

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! :)

Montblanc Irish Green

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. :)

Apr 30 14

Puzzles & Dragons

by mim

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. :)

Apr 25 14

Speaking of Pencils

by mim

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.

AND! The Well-Appointed Desk just did a whole post about this, with way more information! I didn’t even know F was #2.5, even though I just got done saying that it was my fave. Pencil noob.

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.

Apr 24 14

I Like Pencils, Too

by mim

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.
Smells of nostalgia
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.

Apr 17 14

New Flickr App

by mim

Flickr 3.0 just got released today. So far I like it! Seems faster and better! The interface looks nicer, too. But you know one thing they didn’t fix? It doesn’t do upside down orientation. I know, I know, who cares, right? But I do. Sometimes I use my iPad or iPhone upside down. Like when I’m charging it but the cord is just a little too short, for example. And then if I try to look at photos on Flickr, it’s annoying. But that’s still not a downgrade from the previous app, because version 2 also didn’t do upside down at all. So at worst you get a better app that just still doesn’t turn.

Edited to add: Shawn Blanc just posted his review of Flickr 3.0 and it’s way complete and full of information where mine isn’t! In case you’re interested in an actual review with information. And pictures. :)

Apr 10 14

Sheaffer pen, Skrip blue, Field Notes Pitch Black

by mim

John gave me an old fountain pen he had that he’d used in school back in the day (ha!). I don’t know the model, just the brand Sheaffer and that it has a nib labeled M and Made in the USA.
Unidentified Sheaffer fountain pen

So I bought some Sheaffer Skrip cartridges for it and installed the blue one.
Writing sample
That’s it on my Field Notes Pitch Black notebook. I kept spelling Sheaffer wrong here and also I clearly don’t know how to spell unidentified. Grr.

Field Notes isn’t really a notebook that I use a fountain pen with much. Usually I use a pencil (currently a Dixon Ticonderoga 1388 – 2.5 Medium which I think are available everywhere) or a Pilot Hi-Tec-C or any ol’ pen or pencil really. I like the Field Notes, and especially love this Pitch Black edition because while I like blank pages for journaling, I love dot grid for my daily pocket notebook. The dots here are perfect, not too dark. Also like the black cover and the black staples. It’s about the details you know?

Here’s why I don’t use fountain pen, especially not fountain pens with M nibs. Actually it’s not so much better with a Japanese F nib, so really just this Field Notes edition isn’t suited really. (Actually most editions of Field Notes aren’t.) The problem is show through.
Bleed through
Not that that stops me from using fountain pens with it.

For comparison, here’s the same pen on the Miquelrius notebook. There was no show through.
Sheaffer pen on miquelrius notebook

I like the blue ink actually, more than I thought I would — sometimes blues and blacks can be somewhat boring. But when I’m done with this cartridge, I just don’t see myself going out to pick up a bottle of Sheaffer Skrip blue. I don’t know, it’s fine, but I don’t feel LOVE. It’s possible though, that I just won’t ever feel love for a blue ink.