Wiser Web Wednesday

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

Modern Stationer
Some interesting thoughts here on what Doug at Modern Stationer considers a pen to be – to him. All of which I would wholeheartedly agree with. In addition? To me it is a feeling – the weight of the pen in your hand; the ridges through the grip section; the feedback of the nib (or tip) on the paper. Something decidedly more tactile than a keyboard or touchscreen. What is a pen to you?:
What is a pen?

The Guardian
This article commences with the phrase “stationery may not be everyone’s cup of tea”. I put to you it is many more people’s “cup of tea” than the author might imagine. An article from The Guardian on some “interesting, boring people” – supposedly. Stationery boring? I think not – or perhaps that makes me boring. Though as the article points out:

These days, an audience and a platform can be found for even the most niche interests, as people demonstrate that nothing is truly boring – not if you look at it closely enough.

From stationery fiends to hand dryer enthusiasts… who are you calling boring?

The Pen Addict
A Zebra is not a Zebra, or so it would seem. According to The Pen Addict himself, the Zebra Sarasa Push Clip is the better of the Sarasa models. Fair warning prior to my next Jet Pens order:
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen Red Orange Review

Hotel Club
Included in this interview series on coffee in Australia, the guys from Brisbane’s Bean Brewding blog give an account of their coffee tours, one of which I have recently experienced myself. The tours are a great way to visit some quality coffee establishments, as well as learning a little more about the various stages of processing and preparation fist hand from those who do it day in, day out:
An Interview with Australia’s Coffee Experts

From the Pen Cup
First things first – surely there is nothing more inviting to a scanning reader than a post tagged with Idiot! among the usual pen related tags. Thankfully (and unsurprisingly) though, I can confirm after clicking on said tag, this is the one and only post within it. Mary thus maintains the mantle of an intelligent pen blogger. We all have our moments Mary, after all. By the way, there are some fantastic Akkerman ink bottles in here too (just!):
The Ink Debacle: A Cautionary Tale

Wiser Web Wednesday

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

Yes – bond apparently had a yearning for coffee made in a Chemex, as the opening chapters of 1957’s “From Russia With Love” seem to indicate. A little about that, but also an insight into the history of the brewer:
How to make your coffee just like James Bond

The Clicky Post
Mike Dudek reviews the Pilot Prera – a pen that has been on my list for some time, however keeps being bumped by others for some reason:
Pilot Prera Demonstrator Fountain Pen Review – F Nib – Orange Accents

Also from The Clicky Post comes part two of Mike’s thoughts on Liking Pens.
This time a discussion on another aspect pen obsession – considering them as an investment. A thoughtful discussion from a perspective probably shared by many with a keen interest in pens. We are not talking thousands of dollars on limited editions, more, a great way to maintain an evolving collection – yes, if you can bear to part with some:
Liking Pens Part II: Can Pens Be An Investment?

Modern Stationer.
With the new Field Notes Unexposed Edition well and truly exposed on-line, some thoughts from Doug after receiving his in the mail. Some very compelling points here about the “trading” rather than pure “collecting” potential of this release.

Like Doug, I myself am not a collector of Field Notes, however would also make the following point – is there not also great potential in, say 5 or 10 years time, still having an Unexposed (that is, unopened) set if that is your thing? I agree with Doug, in that no one is out retire from selling a 100% complete collection of Field Notes – I think the fun is (should be?) in the journey:
Thoughts on Field Notes Unexposed

The Pen Addict Podcast
While we are on the topic of Field Notes, more discussion can be found on the latest episode of the Podcast (with guest Patrick Rhone, creator of The Cramped and numerous other on-line things):
121: Strange Ordering Processes

Matt Gemmell
A short, but very insightful look at the “truth” in storytelling. Whether told or written, there is a lot of…well…truth in this:

Wiser Web Wednesday

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

The Clicky Post
A question often asked by those deeply enthusiastic about any particular passion involving the accumulation of ‘things’ – in the case of Mike Dudek, pens. Whether you have too many, are seeking too many, or simply can’t tell. The answer? For you and you alone:
Liking Pens: Hobby or Obsession?

Shawn Blanc
There are an infinite number of possible links from the September 9 Apple event, of which I will offer just two. The first, an even keeled account with some thoughtful commentary from Shawn Blanc:
On Apple’s New iPhone and Watch

Reckoner Podcast
Secondly, three Aussies providing local context on the announcements by Apple last week. Although significant, I am glad others don’t see the inclusion of NFC and Apple Pay as something crazy amazing (that said, I certainly see the potential for added security). These guys are also probably the only reason my weekly Monday morning commute does not seem quite like a ride to the gates of hell:
Episode 60 | U2 Hacked my iPhone

The Newsprint
Of course there is always ink. Josh at The Newsprint tests out that perennial favourite blue – Pilot’s Iroshizuku Kon-Peki:
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Field Notes Brand
The Fall Colors Limited Edition is now available to all and sundry, and I will be hitting the checkout button soon enough. The Night Sky interior paper has always been a favourite of mine, and with a random selection of external colours unknown to the buyer – I am sure to receive a pleasant surprise come delivery day:
Field Notes Colors: Unexposed Edition

Pen Paper Ink Letter
Heath reviews the TWSBI 580AL – in my humble opinion, a fantastic looking pen. Now that the Pelikan M205 is in my collection, this is likely next on the list:
TWSBI Diamond 580AL Fountain Pen Review

The fairly well-known Bullet Journal system now hits Kickstarter. If you are unfamiliar with the system itself, check out the video – then back it:
Bullet Journal: Journaling at the Speed of Life

The Montblanc ScreenWriter stylus is an attractive crossover between analogue and digital. Particularly as the stylus tip can be replaced by rollerball or fineliner refills, giving you a pretty good (if pricey at $605 USD) conventional pen:
StarWalker Extreme Steel ScreenWriter

The Pancake Epidemic
A really enjoyable 15 minute documentary on a visit to origin by Brandon Davenport in another instalment of the Caffeination series. Here we see the J. Hill Mill along with 5th generation coffee producer Aida Battle, Cup of Excellence winner, as she shows us around the farm in the shadow of the Santa Ana volcano:
Caffeination: El Salvador