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Saturday, 24 December 2005
Give them the best in writing...
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Esterbrook Christmas 1948 ad, found at Bamboo Trading

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Wednesday, 14 December 2005
Alphabet evolution animation
Topic: Typography
Alphabet evolution animation -- Here's a really nice animation of the evolution of the Latin alphabet, from c. 900 BC to the Middle Ages. (via boing boing)

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Tuesday, 13 December 2005
PRESTO Recording Corporation
Topic: Music
PRESTO Recording Corporation was a power-house company in the broadcast and recording industry, and most radio stations and networks that made use of disc recorders for delayed broadcast, or air checks, etc., were users of PRESTO EQUIPMENT. All of the major broadcast network headquarters, as well as many recording studios used PRESTO recorders. Check out the Presto History Page (via linkfilter.net)

posted by niblog at 07:07 CET
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Monday, 12 December 2005
School bans pencil cases
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pupils as young as four have been banned from taking pencil cases to school - in case they are used to smuggle sharp weapons. The drastic action was taken after a boy was cut with a letter opener during "boisterous play". Paul Starkie, aged nine, suffered minor cuts to his chest and leg following the incident at St Anne's Primary School, Denton, earlier this week. Teachers discovered that the steel blade had been brought into school hidden in a pencil case. Now all 209 girls and boys at the Tameside school have been banned from taking pencil cases and their contents into the classroom to prevent any other "potentially harmful instruments" being brought into the school.
Read more in Manchester Evening News 10th March 2005

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Sunday, 11 December 2005
Pencil sharpeners banned after attack
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Pencil sharpeners have been banned from a primary school after a pupil dismantled one and used the blade to slash another child's neck. Read the news story in Manchester Online 9th Dec. 2005. (via zerointelligence and pencil revolution)

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Saturday, 10 December 2005
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils!
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Batoen: Dragon Quest Battle Pencils! "Much like Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters, Batoen is short for Battle Pencils... just the word for pencil in Japanese is enpitsu. It's a simple idea. Take pencils, write stuff on each of the sides, so that the pencil becomes a sort of six-sided die. You roll the pencil and the pencil, which represents a monster from Dragon Quest, does something, like damage or healing of hp, or other interesting effects" read more in the revecess blog (via boing boing) [see also pencil cricket]

posted by niblog at 01:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005 10:37 CET
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Friday, 9 December 2005
Signpaintr pool
Topic: Signs
Signpaintr pool -- cool signs on flickr. ('Bargains Galore!' from nevada photos)

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Thursday, 8 December 2005
Sho Card Writing
Topic: Hand Lettering: signs
Sho Card Writing a photoset on flickr, created by pantufla

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Wednesday, 7 December 2005
THINK and TALK Collection
Topic: Comics
THINK and TALK -- sterling silver earrings and pendant handcrafted and designed by Chao and Eero Jewel. "Think and Talk come from my long history with comic books. I have collected comics for about 15 years, and I have studied the icons and symbols used in comics. I did my graduate work about the similarities and differences between icons in jewelry and comics." Eero Jewel (via media-digest.com)

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Tuesday, 6 December 2005
The Dilbert Blog : Humor Formula
Topic: Comics
The Dilbert Blog "In today’s blog entry I will teach you how to write humor, thus removing the mystery and in the process turning you into a joyless zombie, albeit a witty one. I wrote on this topic more extensively in my book, The Joy of Work. So I'll just give you the highlights here. The core of humor is what I call the 2-of-6 rule. In order for something to be funny, you need at least two of the following elements:
Cute (as in kids and animals)
Naughty
Bizarre
Clever
Recognizable (You've been there)
Cruel
I invented this rule, but you can check for yourself that whenever something is funny it follows the rule. And when something isn't, it doesn't." Read more in The Dilbert Blog, by Scott Adams.

posted by niblog at 07:05 CET
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Monday, 5 December 2005
TWO-YEAR INK SUPPLY
Topic: Pens, Pencils
TWO-YEAR INK SUPPLY can be carried in a fountain pen invented by L. J. Biro, an Argentine newspaper man from Hungary. The writing point is an unbreakable ball bearing to which a gelatinous quick-drying ink is fed from a copper tube. Composition of the ink is not divulged, but is supposedly a combination of glycerin and anilin fed from two copper tubes. The pen is sealed and can be refilled only by the manufacturer. The inventor claims the pen will not leak at high altitudes, and that one filling lasts one to two years.
Popular Science 1-1945 large scan (via Modern Mechanix)

posted by niblog at 00:14 CET
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Saturday, 3 December 2005
Lego Letters 1966
Topic: Design
Lego Set 488-1 -- "1 x 1 bricks with letters" were introduced in 1966. Learn all about Lego at bricklink.com, the unofficial LEGO(R) Marketplace.

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Thursday, 1 December 2005
Touch User Interface (TUI)
Topic: Design
"The TUI technology enables a reader to press the pictures and words on the regular printed ink and paper page and retrieve digital content from an appliance. This technology, in essence, turns the printed material into a remote control to digital content." (via Strange new products)

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Wednesday, 30 November 2005
Svalan 1929
Topic: Advertising
Svalan Racer -- vintage Swedish bicycle catalog for sale on tradera auctions. (I am not bidding, and I don't know the seller.)

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Tuesday, 29 November 2005
Food Embossing Products
Gourmet Impression sells food embossers that let you squish arbitrary bitmaps into potatoes, pancakes, pizza and many other foodstuffs. (via boingboing)

posted by niblog at 02:00 CET
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Monday, 28 November 2005
Marker - Science History Study Guide
Topic: Pens, Pencils
"The felt-tip pen was invented by Sidney Rosenthal in 1953. This inventor from Richmond Hill, New York, placed a felt tip on the end of a small, stout bottle of permanent ink and discovered that the resulting marks saturated a heavy, absorbent surface, yielding rich color and permanence." Read more at bookrags.com

posted by niblog at 22:12 CET
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Sunday, 27 November 2005
Blackmail Boxes
Topic: Art
Blackmail Boxes - a photoset on Flickr created by edwingore (via boingboing.net)

posted by niblog at 16:16 CET
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Saturday, 26 November 2005
viaLetter - Spell it out
Topic: Typography
via Letter -- Send real letter messages rather than just a greeting card. Buy letters to create words to display around your home.

posted by niblog at 09:38 CET
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Friday, 25 November 2005
Superswede
Topic: Motor Racing
superswede.se -- The Official Ronnie Peterson Website.

posted by niblog at 08:21 CET
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Thursday, 24 November 2005
Scandinavian Raceway Nostalgia
Topic: Motor Racing
Scandinavian Raceway -- "When I started planning a future museum about the Scandinavian Raceway in Anderstorp back on June 15, 2004 it all seemed so far away, and now I am amazed at the speed with which it is progressing." Thyrone 'Ticko' Persson

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