Seeing the music

One of my favorite things about listening to vinyl records is that I can see the music as it plays. Ok I suppose I can’t exactly “see” it, but you know what I mean. I like my old reel-to-reel player for the same reason. Even cassette tapes give me…

A few favorite objects

I noticed that a few of my favorite objects had arranged themselves on a corner of my desk. Clockwise from left: General Electric alarm clock. I had a clock just like this on my desk when in high school, maybe earlier, and have used it ever since. It finally died…

Blackwing Natural pencil

I was running low on pencils at work when @hjertnes told me about the new Blackwing Naturals. I find the graphite is too soft in the very popular Blackwing 602s. The Naturals use "extra-firm Japanese graphite" which should be an improvement. I think they look terrific, so I ordered a…

Things I want - Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin: I want a classic barometer that I can refer to for changes in the weather. I have three different weather apps on my phone, none of which agree with one another, nor with what I can see outside my window on a typical day.I want an…

A terrible case for not reading paper books

In “Why you should quit reading paper books”, Andy Sparks writes: When you read on Kindle and highlight passages that you find beautiful, interesting, or challenging, you’re sending your future self a hell of a giftThat’s true, but here’s my version: When you read a paper book…