most frequent visitors come from Mountain View, Simi Valley, Redmond,
Fairfield, Kiribati, San Francisco, Berlin, London, Russia, Providence,
Tokyo, Reddit, and most recently Southend. Can you recognize yourself
in one of these? Is your right cheek itchy? Or is your nose itchy?
October 08, 2017
Google Books finally released a few more volumes of Am. Stat. from the years 1900 to 1904, just the ones needed to finally settle the matter of when exactly the Waterman’s Ideal globe logo, or baseball logo was introduced in their advertising. There’s a new addendum in the globe-logo post.
July 01, 2017
This blog has been hijacked with ransomware ads.
My image hosting website has unilaterally changed the terms of the hosting agreement, and has hijacked my photos. They have temporarily disabled 3rd party hosting of some images in a crude attempt to extract more money from their users. It’s corporate vandalism and ransomware. But you can still see all the images in my blog in the capture of the site in the Wayback Machine on June 14th. In the future, I am going to switch over to a different image hosting website, Imgur.
Another warning. Photobucket is plagued with pop-up ads, and even if you could open any of my images, you’d have to wade through a slew of corporate ads to get to the image. It’s a bucket load of photo-crap! You can, however, remove those ransomware ads through a workaround found by Fred Mason. It’s a fix that helps to restore the hijacked pictures. It’s not ideal, since every user has to install the add-on, or extension to his or her browser, and there are fixes for only two of the most popular browsers, Firefox, and Chrome. Apparently, the fix works only for the http, and not the https, version of a website afflicted with ransomware images. All of this helps to reduce the ransomware, and hopefully it will never be redux. [Sorry, but there is no fix, yet, for Safari.]
May 01, 2016
April 21, 2016
, for now.
So what am I gunna do now? What can I do now? I can keep reading and writing.
These last few posts have been about dingbats and colophons and explicits, and that’s what
the illustration in this post is, too. It’s a finial dingbat to this series of posts, to come full circle.
“I hold every man a debtor to his profession. As men, of course, do seek to receive
countenance and profit [from a profession], so ought they, of duty, to endeavour [to give
back to the profession,] to be a help and ornament thereunto, and to visit and strengthen
the roots and foundations of the same, thereby not only gracing its reputation and dignity,
but also amplifying it in perfection and substance.” –Francis Bacon [with apologies].
April 19, 2016
, a colophon.
I am that marginal character–the chronicler, interrogator, and research bum. I am a notesnatcher and a pensmith, and I have been using pens since the 1950s, collecting pens, in
a small way, since about 1963-64, visiting antique stores since about 1968-69–my first was the Indefinite Article when it was still on 20th St. East–and researching pens since the late 1970s, subscribing to pen magazines and building a large library of pen books since the early 1980s, attending antique shows since the mid-1980s, setting up and selling at antique shows since the early 1990s, attending fountain pen collector shows since 1992, and participating in online pen message boards since 1996. I started researching fountain pen patents in 1993, but found a way to do the work online in 2000, and published a book on the subject in 2006. I collect orange-red hard rubber fountain pens, penholders, nibs, mechanical pencils, pen company display cases and signs, Waterman’s globe-shaped and Underwood’s cobalt-blue-glass ink bottles, the burnt orange #37 and bright orange #41 Canadian 3¢ Small Queen stamp, but only with pen cancels, turquoise blue opaline pressed glass, some neon signs from Saskatoon stores, and I now own the Indefinite Article store sign. But what this scrivener really collects is history.
April 17, 2016
, and my meta-blog.
And here, finally, is my bibliography. There are other fountain pen bibliographies elsewhere, such as this one, but this is my bibliography. It would have fit here in this blog, but I placed it in my meta-blog instead. Here it is, for those of you who haven’t found it, yet, and also on wayback.
April 15, 2016
This blog on…
I am paranoid about losing data. If I am going to spend all that time and effort researching and writing about something on a pen message board, then it had better have an archive. It’s why I don’t participate much on Pentrace and Zoss. In any case, I save everything I write on multiple hard drives and other storage media. The rule is 3, 2, 1. Save everything in at least three copies, on at least two different storage media, and in at least one off-site location. And always update from old, out-dated storage media to new media, but never throw out the old media. And keep
at least one old dinosaur machine on which the old media can be played and retrieved.
I passively waited for Wayback to archive my blog, until I figured out that I could actively do it myself. Now, I treat it like a social media website. You can see the evolution of all the mastheads and the frontispiece pictures there, going back in time. This is the link for all four years together, and these are the direct links for the 4 years separately, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. It’s actually only two years long, but spread out over three years. The only downside is that some of the early posts, which have been revised and expanded since they were originally placed online, are now fossilized in their earlier versions only because everything beyond the first page, or homepage of a website defaults to the earlier captures of the website on Wayback. The only upside of this downside is that the earlier versions of the masthead and background colors are also archived.
So, I have no intention of ever shutting down this blog, but if the blog were ever to die out, or disappear, you would always be able to find it archived there, in the Wayback Machine.
April 13, 2016
I was undertaking a bibliometric search, or a citation analysis, otherwise known as “Googling your own name”, and while searching for images of hand pen, and pen in hand, and hand & pen, and hand and pen, and hand and pen kovalenko, and hand pen stock photos, I stumbled upon a truism. If you google any random set of words, eventually you find porn, “penis instead of a pen”.
When I show my books and blogs to anyone I call them my “babies”. There’s a song by the Rankin Family called “Rise Again” that has the refrain, “We rise again in the faces of our children. We rise again in the voices of our songs”. And I add, “We rise again in our books and written words”. It’s our modern version of reincarnation. Life is short, but art is long. Well, a few books and articles have been published that have made use of the information in the three volumes of my patents and penmakers books. The books by David Moak, David Shepherd, Max Davis, and Gary Lehrer, and articles by Ron Dutcher, Rob Astyk, Sterling Picard, and Moak have all been generous with their citations and acknowledgements of both volumes of the patent book and my penmakers book, and it’s very gratifying to see this. Well, these books and articles are the next generation, and I have taken to calling them my “grandchildren”. Now, that’s bibliometrics, too.