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Anonymous asked:

Is the 2015 Planner Book the same thickness as the 2014 book? I can tell that it's still A6 size but cannot tell whether it's the same thickness. In simple terms, will the '15 book fit in my '14 cover? Thanks!

hobonichilove:

They’re the same thickness, and books are always designed to fit covers from subsequent years ♪

This is good to hear!

When I first came across the Hobonichi Techo years and years ago (2005 or 2006, I think?) there was this carefully detailed article on the website about how the new year’s Techo was different from previous years - the binding was a little better and the size was very slightly different. The cover, too, was improved, made to fit the Techo better and be easier to use. But that meant the previous year’s cover wouldn’t fit the new books.

I’d been under the impression that the design was updated annually with improvements based on user feedback. Sounds like they’ve got it pretty well figured out now, though!

(It was the year of bear designs on the stencils and such, whenever that was, and of course my all-time favorite pink-purple-green-blue madras plaid cover design. Is there an archive somewhere?)

tastefullyoffensive:

Pun Dog #14 (previously)

omg

so perfect

is there a dedicated tumblr for pun dog i need it in my life yesterday

keristars:

I’m having trouble deciding which color I want.

My navy one this year is lovely, but I kind of want a brighter color for next year. These two are my favorites. And, look, the blue is paired with the exact Lamy Safari that I own! (Except I use my metallic pink Sailor Clear Candy with my Techo…)

Help me decide?

I finally decided! That blue/green combo is a favorite of mine, and I think I’ll like it better over time than the yellow/pink. Plus, people told me “blue!” and I didn’t feel resentful about it. (Sometimes, I have choice A and B. People say A but I get annoyed, so I know to pick B?)

I also got the flag-design washi tape because I have been coveting tape like that ALL YEAR and then the 4th stencil I don’t have, to complete the set - I got the other 3 with my prize winning last spring. :)

I’m having trouble deciding which color I want.

My navy one this year is lovely, but I kind of want a brighter color for next year. These two are my favorites. And, look, the blue is paired with the exact Lamy Safari that I own! (Except I use my metallic pink Sailor Clear Candy with my Techo…)

beccabuchanans:

For anyone on the fence about getting into the little disastrous hobby of fountain pens, you should probably run far far away from this post because it’s all recommendations. Your wallet will thank you.

You have been warned. 

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This is a really good pro/con recommendation for fountain pen newbies, based on what the Goulets have available.

penaficionado:

Check out this Sterling Silver Snake fountain pen by Parker! We LOVE those green gemstone snake eyes!

Well I guess if you’re a stupidly rich Slytherin, this is the kind of pen you need, to advertise your tribe?I can’t get over the price and the cost! Imagine what it would be if it were white gold or platinum or something. I mean, it’s a gorgeous pen (maybe not really my taste?), but.

penaficionado:

Check out this Sterling Silver Snake fountain pen by Parker! We LOVE those green gemstone snake eyes!

Well I guess if you’re a stupidly rich Slytherin, this is the kind of pen you need, to advertise your tribe?

I can’t get over the price and the cost! Imagine what it would be if it were white gold or platinum or something. I mean, it’s a gorgeous pen (maybe not really my taste?), but.

penguinsandpaper:

penaficionado:

Got $67,000 to spend on a new fountain pen??? Who doesn’t?!?!

I want to like it, but the section is way too thin for my tastes. What do you all think of this pen? Would you consider buying it if you could afford it or if it were at a much lower price?

Gaaah so beautiful, is that lapis lazuli??? no way am i going to the site to see and feel poor (more poor than usual).I like the section myself, but the nib looks to big for it. The nib should be smaller, perhaps with a more graduated step between the section and the body, for better proportions, if they’re going for such a narrow section.

penguinsandpaper:

penaficionado:

Got $67,000 to spend on a new fountain pen??? Who doesn’t?!?!

I want to like it, but the section is way too thin for my tastes. What do you all think of this pen? Would you consider buying it if you could afford it or if it were at a much lower price?

Gaaah so beautiful, is that lapis lazuli??? no way am i going to the site to see and feel poor (more poor than usual).

I like the section myself, but the nib looks to big for it. The nib should be smaller, perhaps with a more graduated step between the section and the body, for better proportions, if they’re going for such a narrow section.

Four Classic Films for Amicable Aliens

TCM’s twitter asked this afternoon “Hi @Maureen_McD! Were amicable aliens to land on the planet, what four classic films would you show them first?

I thought “ooh, good question!” and promptly tried to come up with an answer. Here are my four:

  1. 1920’s Mark of Zorro with Douglas Fairbanks
  2. Gold Diggers of 1933 (which I keep calling “Broadway Melody 1934” because the two series are so similar, and I get confused - I mean the one with “We’re In the Money” and Ginger Rogers, ofc.)
  3. Alice Adams
  4. Meet Me in St. Louis

The criteria are that the person watching the films has never seen any before, so has no frame of reference. Also, they are unfamiliar with most or all context. So I chose 4 films that fit well together, telling a story you could say, but are also unique.

The Mark of Zorro is a just-plain-fun film with an emphasis on physical acting. It’s goofy and silly, and it’s an adventure story and a romance. I think it is a wonderful picture and can’t believe that I never saw it before this year.

Gold Diggers of 1933 is a Busby Berkeley musical, but an earlier one that doesn’t go to quite the stretches of fantasy dance sequences. It’s also a little bit goofy and silly, but in a different way than Mark of Zorro. It’s also interesting for the way it rebels against the Hays Production Code, which was only barely enacted when it was made.

Alice Adams is a drama from the late 30s, but it’s accessible and light compared to others (at least in my experience! I’ve never been able to sit through Grand Hotel). But like Mark of Zorro, it has an emphasis on physical acting rather than showiness. I mean, you know that scene with the violets at the party? Katharine Hepburn does it so good. Anyway, Alice Adams also provides a more realistic film than the previous two, while still calling back to them.

Finally, Meet Me in St. Louis is another musical, but in a completely different way than Gold Diggers of 1933. Like Alice Adams, it is a realistic film rather than playing with fantasy, and its musical numbers are fully part of the story rather than the story being an excuse for the musical numbers, as in Busby Berkeley pictures. It reminds me of Mark of Zorro with its pacing and “fun” feeling, but it’s still grounded in drama. Family drama, but still.

At first, I wasn’t sure about Alice Adams’s spot on the list, but as I thought further, I think it really does balance the other three really well. I considered including something by Hitchcock - Shadow of a Doubt, maybe - or a noir like Key Largo, or even a comedy - but I feel like it’s too hard to pick out a “beginner” suspense or comedy that is accessible to someone new to films and also can feel like “ah, I get it” right away.

If this list were for 5 or 6 or 10 pictures instead of 4, I think it would be very different. I’d probably still include Mark of Zorro, because I think it’s a near-perfect film, but my thoughts on what to focus on for the others might look more towards more genres or something. As it is, I chose 4 films with different story-telling and film styles that represent different parts of American history and context (though, weirdly, I keep thinking of Meet Me in St. Louis as about the 1940s, because it’s so thoroughly of that decade, even though it’s about the 1910s!).

These aren’t my favorite pictures ever. I mean, except for Mark of Zorro. But as much as I adore We’re Rich Again or Double Wedding or Theodora Goes Wild or even Shadow of a Doubt and Key Largo, I don’t think they’re suitable for newbies. The screwballs especially, even the Bs, aren’t to everyone’s taste, and it took me a while of watching old films to appreciate them. There’s a certain knowledge or familiarity that’s assumed with the context and also story-telling elements. I still can’t watch some pictures because I’m not good enough at understanding the story-telling tricks to fully appreciate them. (I think this might be part of the reason why I tend to adore the b-movies and feel bored by the prestige ones. also, i love love love the absurd, and farces are my favorite kind of story)

Anyway, what do you think of my list? Would you change anything? What would yours be?

So @kindervenom tagged me and I fucking love handwriting memes (I was so excited when I got a Graphire 3 tablet back in the day, and then a scanner, so I could share them on Livejournal), and I worked really hard in high school to get my handwriting legible and consistent.

Sorry for the shitty photo quality, but it is night time and the lighting is poor. That ink is really lovely, though. Who on Tumblr made me decide to try it? I forget, it’s been several months.
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    1. name
    2. url
    3. blog title
    4. crush
    5. favorite color
    6. ALL CAPS
    7. favorite band
    8. favorite number
    9. favorite drink
    10. tag ten people_

So @kindervenom tagged me and I fucking love handwriting memes (I was so excited when I got a Graphire 3 tablet back in the day, and then a scanner, so I could share them on Livejournal), and I worked really hard in high school to get my handwriting legible and consistent.

Sorry for the shitty photo quality, but it is night time and the lighting is poor. That ink is really lovely, though. Who on Tumblr made me decide to try it? I forget, it’s been several months. _ 1. name 2. url 3. blog title 4. crush 5. favorite color 6. ALL CAPS 7. favorite band 8. favorite number 9. favorite drink 10. tag ten people_

beatonna:

addendum to previous post

this drawing gives me so much joy i can’t even

beatonna:

addendum to previous post

this drawing gives me so much joy i can’t even

penguinsandpaper:

nooknerd:

This week’s inked fountain pens and inks.

Someone loves their Safaris!

Oh man Flamingo Pink and Eau de Nil!

Two of my favorite inks that I don’t keep in regular rotation. It looks like I need to try China Blue and Prussian Blue from this photo, too. They’re lovely! (Maybe Prussian is a slightly bluer Twilight?)

Also, check out that great set of Safari colors. It looks like a popsicle. :D

eastwesteverywhere:

Making the best out of #studying #filtered #Sailor #fountainpen

Love this photo!The purple pen is so pretty here, too :)

eastwesteverywhere:

Making the best out of #studying #filtered #Sailor #fountainpen

Love this photo!

The purple pen is so pretty here, too :)

So annoying!

This is my Waterman Philéas fountain pen, about 10 years old, give or take. It’s used that ink converter to the left all that time, and it’s been a good ink converter.

And then today, I went to clean it and change the ink, and I noticed that some had got behind the plunger, but I couldn’t disassemble the converter to fully clean it, the way I can with my Monteverde or Platinum converters.

Well, that’s why I had extra of the little clear Monteverde ones - they’re easy to clean and use and are relatively inexpensive.

But, no, of course. It’s like 2mm too long to fit the Philéas’s barrel, because of a brass ring towards the end to give it weight (since it’s a plastic pen pretending otherwise).

So annoying!

This is my Waterman Philéas fountain pen, about 10 years old, give or take. It’s used that ink converter to the left all that time, and it’s been a good ink converter.

And then today, I went to clean it and change the ink, and I noticed that some had got behind the plunger, but I couldn’t disassemble the converter to fully clean it, the way I can with my Monteverde or Platinum converters.

Well, that’s why I had extra of the little clear Monteverde ones - they’re easy to clean and use and are relatively inexpensive.

But, no, of course. It’s like 2mm too long to fit the Philéas’s barrel, because of a brass ring towards the end to give it weight (since it’s a plastic pen pretending otherwise).

Full 2015-Edition Cover Lineup Preview Now Online

hobonichilove:

The full lineup is now available online! (Viewing only.) The site is currently only in Japanese but this will all be in English once the store goes live on August 31st, 7 PM PST.

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Direct link to Onett cover

Direct link to full lineup

Guide to lineup:

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BONUS: This is the Mr. Saturn pencilboard that comes with every MOTHER 2 cover. Now you can see Mr. Saturn’s font in Japanese!:

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I still can’t get over how cool that MOTHER 2 cover is!

I’m also really into these:





(Cousin-size only, alas)


Most likely I’ll get a new techo for 2015 and keep using my navy blue one from this year. Or maybe get one of these two?

Those are both much more affordable for my limited budget, and the colors are so pretty!

ponyo-and-sosuke:

Any of you guys into fountain pens? Need some recs.

What kind of recommendations are you looking for?

There’s so many options to get started!
- Price range
- Nib style
- Pen material/color/other aesthetics
- Pen size/design
- How the ink is stored (removable or inherent, if removable, then “international” standard or does it matter?)
- Vintage/antique or new
- Source/retail outlet options

This is a general post, as well as a specific response to ponyo-and-sosuke, since I don’t know anything about their inquiry except what was posted to the “fountain pens” tag.

A really good way to start looking for your first pen is to decide what’s important to you in the writing tools/art tools you already use, or what you want to get out of a pen, as well as important qualities - do you only want to shop at a local business, or is international okay? do you want something easy to maintain or customise, or what about replacements if it breaks or gets lost?

Of course, browsing the fountain pen and fountain pens tags on Tumblr or looking at well-known blogs and online shops is also good for ideas. I wouldn’t have thought to look at eBay except for Tumblr, and blogs like Ink Nouveau or Pen Paper Ink Letter or FPGeeks (amongst many others!) are great for getting an idea of what’s out there.