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Thursday, 2 March 2006
Is this the end of calligraphy as we know it?
Topic: Quills
No more Quills -- BBC reports the Swedish bird flu case is 'not H5N1' but I am not sure I want to collect bird feathers this summer.

IMAGE: German Swan, "Scientists fear migrating birds may spread the virus further" BBC News, AP.

»Search eBay for quill pen

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 02:38 CET
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Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Ninth Wave Design
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Ninth Wave Designs -- blog about pens and pencils

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Dickens Travel Writing Desk
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Dickens Travel Writing Desk -- "Writing desk with 5 drawers and screw on spindle legs. This is a copy of the desk that Dickens took with him when he traveled. The desk was carried in 3 separate cases (not available and not included)." Price $800.00 USD at ushist.com

The British Officer's Campaign Travel Writing Desk looks nice too -- "Writing desk with 3 drawers and folding legs." Price $450.00 USD

Search eBay for new and vintage Campaign Desks

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 1 March 2006 16:47 CET
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Monday, 27 February 2006
Minilivs Font
Topic: Typography
Minilivs -- superexclusive font by Jonas Torvestig. (via bold)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Sunday, 26 February 2006
Japanese Ex-libris Stamps
Topic: Art
Japanese Ex-libris Stamps -- "Ex-libris ownership stamps were imprinted in books to clearly indicate to which collection these literary works belonged. They were first seen in China from where they were brought to Japan. While we can trace Japan's oldest ex-libris ownership stamps back to the Nara period (710 to 794), we cannot pinpoint when nor how they were introduced to Japan." (via the cartoonist April 2005)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Friday, 24 February 2006
Dux Inkwell sharpener
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Dux Inkwell sharpener -- "The colors were beautiful, and the sharpeners had the weight and aesthetics to be genuine desk accesories. Overall the sharpener seemed to be supremely functional. A standard, silver-metal blade sharpener is mounted into the black cap and is fitted with a stainless steel blade." Read the review at pencilrevolution.com

posted by niblog at 06:55 CET
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Wednesday, 22 February 2006
FLY pentop computer
Topic: Pens, Pencils
FLY pen -- my brother says this is a cool product. "Computer power on paper! FLY pentop computer's power comes from an optical scanner that sees everything you scan and write on special dot-matrix FLY paper. It's got a brain (a built-in computer processor) and it's got a voice. It's even got its own language. If you've got a math problem, FLY pentop computer can solve it. You can schedule anything and FLY pentop computer will remind you. You can draw drums and keyboards and record your own tunes. Play games with your friends -- anywhere, any time!"

posted by niblog at 07:42 CET
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Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Montblanc 100 Years Solitaire Mountain Massif Skeleton 2006
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Montblanc 100 Years -- To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Montblanc brand, the firm has created this magnificent pen in a very limited edition of 3 pieces only. The Montblanc 100 Years Solitaire Mountain Massif Skeleton 2006 is not only skeletonised (solid 18kt white gold), but covered in 1,277 white and 123 blue diamonds. An exceptional feature is the design of the transparent cap head: inside floats a glittering diamond in the shape of the Montblanc star. After several years development, this star-cut diamond was created and patented especially for the 100th anniversary of the firm. It has 43 facets to ensure maximum brilliance and glowing fire. The pen sells for 120,000 Euros (approx. USD $ 140,000). [via writinginstruments.luxist.com]

posted by niblog at 07:46 CET
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Monday, 20 February 2006
Collectible Soup Cans
Topic: Art
Limited Edition Campbell's Soup Cans for sale on eBay. "This auction is for a four can set of the limited edition Andy Warhol / Campbell's soup cans."
Auction ends 20.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7219435011. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for Campbell's Can

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
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Sunday, 19 February 2006
Playboy Pamela Anderson limited edition toy car
Topic: Motor Racing
Playboy Pamela Anderson collectible die cast car for sale on eBay. "This auction is for a Playboy Pamela Anderson limited edition car, released by Previews Exclusive. The car has a picture of Pamela on the hood and 53 on the sides, to represent the year Playboy started. It also comes with a 'centerfold' with a celebrity profile, and includes rare unpublished outtake photos. The cars are Johnny Lightning stock cars, but not identified as such."Auction ends 19.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7007887870. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for playboy die cast

posted by niblog at 07:41 CET
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Saturday, 18 February 2006
Campbell's Collectible Die-Cast VW Beetle
Topic: Art
Campbell's Die-Cast 1952 VW Beetle for sale on eBay. "This Campbell's model represents the 1952 VW Beetle. The pop art design is representative of the free art expression that prevailed during the 1960's. This die-cast model has been made with care and attention to fine detail by skilled craftsmen. Made in England by Lledo PLC " Auction ends 18.Feb.2006. View eBay item #7007884980. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for Campbell's VW

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2006 20:13 CET
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Friday, 17 February 2006
Candy Magazine
Topic: Design
Candy is a bi-monthly, independently produced digital magazine.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Thursday, 16 February 2006
Bad handwriting
Topic: Typography
The Guardian blames bad handwriting on Times New Roman. (via microsoft typography)

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Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Rappers don't Photoshop
Topic: Music
Brandweek interview with in-demand graphic designer and tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. "A rapper wouldn't do it Photoshop, wouldn't do it in Illustrator font and turn it in with Pantone color. A rapper don't know nothing about that stuff." (via microsoft typography)

posted by niblog at 08:54 CET
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Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Happy Valentines! I Choo Choo Choose You.
Topic: Animation
Valentine cards from the Simpsons -- Download the "I Choo- Choo- Choose You" and the "Bee Mine" Valentine's Day cards from the Simpsons at Geoff Stearns' blog, deconcept.com

posted by niblog at 07:22 CET
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Monday, 13 February 2006
Retropetrol
Topic: Advertising
Vintage Gas Station advertising at retropetrol.nl

posted by niblog at 07:15 CET
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Sunday, 12 February 2006
The Good Old #2
Topic: Pens, Pencils
The Good Old No. 2 pencil -- "I read yesterday that some schools are going to stop teaching cursive writing and instead kids will be taught how to write using a computer keyboard." Read more in Trevor's Blog

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Friday, 10 February 2006
Gorillapod
Topic: Photography
Gorillapod -- "secures your compact digital camera to just about anything." (via pigpog and gizmodo)

posted by niblog at 02:47 CET
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Monday, 6 February 2006
Digital Ink well 2001
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Digital Ink Well -- "The e-mail pen combines leading edge electronics and industrial design expertise with a creative vision and gives an everyday familiar object an incredible new function. It enables users to read and write e-mails from their home without the need for being at your computer. Writing with the pen as you would with a normal pen, but on any chosen surface the e-mail pen captures the message digitally and displays it on the screen. By twisting the top of the pen the user selects an address and presses the button to send. The data is transferred via a bluetooth link to the ink well for processing and then via a land line, or GSM link to the internet and on to the recipient." (from a Cambridge Consultants Ltd press release 2001.)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006 06:55 CET
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Saturday, 4 February 2006
Zeb Macahan 'How the West was Won' 1978 doll
Topic: Design
Zeb Macahan (James Arness), TV's How the West Was Won, doll from 1978 for sale on eBay. Auction ends 4.Feb.2006. View eBay item #6032214355. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)
UPDATE: Winning bid: $9.99 USD.

»Search eBay for Zeb Macahan

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006 07:02 CET
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