@macgenie I didn’t know that! But it led me to wonder why a Swiss company would be named after a Romanized pun for the Russian word for pencil. Turns out it’s an homage to a Russian-born French political cartoonist whose (ahem) pen name was “Caran d’Ache.”
@cdevroe I've been really feeling the need for small indulgences like this recently. (When I was a kid, the mug would have been full of tea, not coffee.)
@rexbarrett Thanks! I’ve decided to throw a quick profile of a different pencil each day all month long. Gotta do something to stay busy and at least partially distracted…
@patrickrhone That is hard. But wonderful story about meeting Wynton.
@macgenie @patrickrhone This really happened. When we lived in NYC, a friend came to stay with us, intending to see all the sights. Instead, she basically canceled all her plans and we spent the whole visit watching the entire series up to that point (season 4 hadn't dropped yet). When she went home and people asked her what she did during her NYC vacation, she said “I watched Battlestar Galactica.” Art imitates life.
@antonzuiker You’re welcome! I probably could have dialed the snark down a bit; I do like Blackwings, but compared to many of the other pencils I have, use, and love, they’re fairly unremarkable. They tend to suck the oxygen out of the room whenever pencils are discussed, eclipsing other pencils equally worthy of attention. In the end, though, as you say, it’s all about writing in pencil as much as possible.
@simonwoods It’s a timeless look — the classics never go out of style!
But let’s make sure we’re talking about the same thing. I’m not talking about “Mafia lieutenant who’s flipped on his boss, in Witsec while waiting to testify,” or “deposed strongman in beachfront villa in a country with no extradition policy” or even “rock star in tax exile.”
And if you have too many food stains on your ratty sweatshirt, you may actually be sporting the “freelance political blogger in Mom’s basement” look.
@jack @cheri I’m with you. My wife loves them as long as they’re the Pearls. And yes, I do have a bunch of them, but my early ardor has cooled. They’re just too dark and soft and, yes, slippery. I’ll have more to say when the tour gets around to my Blackwings. Maybe tomorrow, just to deal with that particular elephant in the room.
@jack I know I have a few other Hi-Uni’s somewhere that are already sharpened, but I couldn’t find them by the time I wanted to take the picture. I still haven’t found them, so I sharpened the one in the pic, to give it a go.
I can see why you like it. It’s a big step above the Tombows and Camels. Feels good in the hand, with a diameter closer to a Blackwing, and the graphite is smooth and firm, but dark like a B grade. Nice.
@schuth Thank you thank you thank you for these
@jack I’ve got a box on a shelf with, um, with all the rest.
@rnv And, as with all Musgraves, the erasers are crap. Still totally worth it.
@patrickrhone Just finished it a few weeks ago. I highly recommend it!
@simonwoods He's a very naughty boy!
@schuth I’m not transcribing the journals, I’m just creating an index. (Listen to me: “just”? That’s a laugh. This project is going to eat me alive...) As for the roman numerals, they were the original numbering system when I was using large lined Moleskines and I didn’t find them unwieldy. I would have happily climbed up into all sorts of nonsense involving pallets of D’s and quivers of X’s, and who knows what else. But for some reason, I simply stopped numbering my journals when I switched away from hardcover Moleskines in 2009. I introduced the red-ink arabic numbering only about two years ago (when I had reached #34 or 35).
@rnv (And Volumes 3 and 4, down there at the bottom of the left stack? Nothing nothing nothing but bad news. Can’t wait.)
@JohnPhilpin Whoever dies with the most text editors wins.
@schuth I hear you. Our first winter back in Minnesota was 2016 (after 14 years in regions whose winters were either somewhat or much less cold/snowy), and it was the first winter in MN history where more precipitation fell as rain than as snow. The last few winters have been colder and snowier, which is nice I suppose, but — even normal isn’t normal anymore.
Anyway. Thanks again for the Reinier Baas rec; I’m listening to it now. For more guitar-driven avant-jazz, you may like Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord.
@simonwoods Yup. I can’t even. Boggling, innit.