Wiser Web Wednesday

Wiser Web Wednesday – a semi-regular link to posts of interest from around the web, by those far wiser than myself:


Three Staples
I’ve also found the Delfonics Rollbahn notebooks great at handling all types of pens — fountain included, and some of the cover designs are fantastic, with this off white version no exception. I agree with Jinnie in not being overly fond of super large spirals – I find they often just get in the way:
Delfonics Rollbahn Textured Notebooks


Too Many Inks
What can I say – Brisbane pen nerds rule. The 14K gold Lamy nib is one of the smoothest I have in my collection, and it teams up pretty well with the Studio here as part of combination number gazillion in David’s rotation:
Lamy Studio Black, 14K Z50 Medium, inked with Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue


Anderson Pens
My pen learning continues, and thanks to great resource posts such as these, will never cease:
Beginners Guide to Nib Markings


The Finer Point
There is nothing better than the swollen pages of a well used journal, planner or notebook. Yet another positive review of the Hobonichi Techo and its Tomoe River goodness.

Myself? I don’t trust me to be consistent enough to do such a fine journal justice. Maybe one day:
10 months in with the Hobonichi Techo – final thoughts


The Pen Addict
Suffice to say the Tactile Turn Gist Kickstarter campaign has gone gangbusters and well and truly funded with 23 days still remaining. Indeed this is a great looking fountain pen, and although I tell myself I’m not in the buyers market at the moment, that’s quite a few days to maintain that position.

Brad takes an initial look and offers up some helpful advice in choosing from the many combinations available:
First Look: The Gist By Tactile Turn


Ed Jelley
Speaking of the Gist, Ed Jelley, the man behind the campaign photos also provides an initial review of sorts. Ed’s post has recently been updated to include some comparison shots for size reference.

Looking at the adjacent Lamy 2000 in Ed’s photos which I use unposted, I wonder if I’d get away with using the Gist the same way. Helpful comparisons:
Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen / Kickstarter Launch (Updated w/ Comparison)


Having sampled offerings from Nant, Bakery Hill, and Sullivan’s Cove (along with a distillery tour many years ago), I can vouch for these offerings from Australian Whisky producers. With the reviewer noting it is “best taken on a warm summer’s day” — ’tis the season for some Starward malt I believe (well close enough):
Playing by Australian Rules


Currently about a third of the way through drying some coffee in my own little natural process experiment, I was interested to hear the thoughts of Timothy Hill, an expert in such matters.

They’re fermented. You’d be lying to yourself if you don’t think that there’s some fermentation happening and being incorporated into the coffee itself. The question is, how much of that is a problem?

I must admit there are quite a few variables at play which I won’t really be able measure or assess beyond how it turns out in the cup. The again, these unknowns are part of the allure in having a go and seeing how things turn out with my own small batch.

A very interesting read:
What Is Natural Coffee? Let’s Find Out From Counter Culture Coffee Expert Tim Hill


Perfect Daily Grind
Coincidentally, the man at the subject of the link above — this time on blends:

We don’t believe in hiding the information; great blends simply come from great coffees, not some secret recipe

My own attempts at blending have been a little hit and miss, so I’m looking forward to learning a little more in part two of this series:
Everything You Need to Know About Coffee Blends – Part 1

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