1. Happy birthday, papersky
2. I have discovered a delightful series of flash games, from Eyezmaze
, called Grow
. (The first link takes you to Eyezmaze's site, the second to the jayisgames
review of Grow Valley
, which is the most recent of the games. The jayisgames page also has (a.) the walkthrough for Grow Valley
and (b.) links to the jayisgames reviews (and walkthroughs) of the other Grow
games.) Grow Valley
charmed my socks off.
3. My package from Fountain Pen Hospital arrived (complete with pen pr0n--thank you, FPH). Once I'd let both the Pelikan and the Squeteague warm up (it's kind of, you know, chilly
today in the Upper Midwest), I tried it out, and I have to tell you, I think I'm in love.
The Pelikan Technixx
has a kind of retro-pulp sfnal aesthetic that I adore (it's the matte chrome finish and the super smooth lines). It's extremely light-weight, and it writes like a dream. The Pelikan nib has a different feel from any of my other fountain pens; more than the others, it feels to me like what rollerball pens are trying to feel like--only this is like the difference between "peach ice-cream" and peach ice-cream made with real peaches and real cream. It's awesome.
Noodler's Squeteague is an extremely dark
blue-green color, emphasis on the green. It's almost black when wet, but becomes more visibly green as it dries, leaning just
far enough into blue to not
be a straight dark green. I may, after further use, consider adulterating it with Couleur Royale to get it just a little bluer, but it's awfully nice as is.
I'm washing out the nib of the JMFMP so I can try the Old Dutch Sepia in it tomorrow. I will, of course, report back.
4. Let me mention Whedonistas
again (link to the Facebook page).
made it home safely on Sunday, after a comedy of errors and malfunctions
that was starting to reach Odyssean levels. Mary, out of curiosity, have you ever tried to go to Ithaca?