Recent Things

Using a Baofeng Handheld Transceiver to work Amateur Radio Satellites (AMSAT) - Saturday November 25, 2017

I’m a brand new ham as of October 2017, and I had a really fun experience listening to RadFxSat Fox-1B AO-91 yesterday. Here’s how that went, in case anybody else wants to listen in, and maybe try to transmit—on their Baofeng handheld.

Fifty Pounds Lost...How? - Wednesday August 12, 2015

It’s gone! I don’t miss it. Here’s how I lost it.

Commercial Artwork & Commission Status - Wednesday May 13, 2015

Information about and status of my commissioned works schedule.

What good did my liberal arts studies do for me? - Tuesday December 30, 2014

Some thoughts about the usefulness of undergraduate liberal arts studies.

Why is the Serial Podcast so successful? - Monday November 10, 2014

It really makes you think: Why this podcast, now? What made it so popular?

Pen, Pencil, and Stationery Reviews

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen Review

A vibrant little water-based brush pen.

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Pilot New Brush Pen Review

Practically a classic among brush pens.

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Zebra Tect 2way Light Drafting Pencil Review

I review a cool mechanical pencil from Zebra.

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Pilot S20 0.5mm Wooden Drafting Pencil Review

The S20 is a terrific-looking pencil with an extremely balanced feel. Pictures and test drawings inside.

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Sharpie Stainless Steel Pen Review

Man, I love how these stainless pens feel!

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Zebra V-301 Fountain Pen Review

In which I review a budget fountain pen companion to Zebra’s 301 line.

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Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen Review

To be honest, I had no idea that double-sided disposable brush pens existed. See inside for my full review.

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Tombow Olno Swift 0.5mm Bendable Mechanical Pencil Review

I was surprised by the quality, weight, and feel of this pencil—and that’s not even mentioning the fact that you can actually bend the pencil body to make the lead advance.

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Dang, a $30 Pencil: e+m Workbox 5.5 mm Clutch Lead Holder + Sharpener Review

Why would anybody want that? It uses 5.5mm lead, which is gigantic. And the pencil body is short and stubby. Also, it costs $30 USD. Again, why would anybody want that?

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New Classic Pencil: Pentel 120 A3 DX mechanical pencil in 0.7mm (blue)

I like 0.7 and 0.9mm mechanical pencils because they encourage you to think a little bit bigger. And I really like using this pencil, so I’m going to write about it, darn it.

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