For that last one, I dragged a piece of my hair through some acrylic paint — Liquitex Basics if you’re interested — then placed it on the page. Then I closed the book and slowly pulled the hair out from between the pages.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
The conversation started off normal enough, I just want a tool chest. But then it shifted into something more spooky and now of course I’m interested in a toolbox made to look like a human rib cage. If anyone makes one, you should give me one since I gave you the idea. The link I posted is to an outdoor toolshed made to look like an outhouse:
My last blog entry mentioned this, but it was just a mention and it deserves a proper blog post, especially now. Two days ago, Pentel featured one of my WTJ pages on their blog and linked back to this site as photo credit. I contacted them through Twitter and half jokingly asked if I could get some free stuff since I helped inspire their blog entry. They said sure and asked for my address, today I got a box with some seriously awesome goodies. I’d just been expecting maybe a couple things, but they sent me five different products! I’m amazed and extremely grateful to them, and the least I can do as a Thank You is to blog about what they sent me and review it all!
I’m going to start off with a quick disclaimer. Pentel sent me these items, but this is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to review these products nor did I offer to review them in exchange for free loot. I’ve never really written a proper review so while I’ll try to be thorough, don’t expect professionalism out of me. I’m more likely to go “This thing is AWESOME” than actually say something useful like it’s ergonomic. But I’ll try.
The first I tried was the brand new EnerGel-X. These pens have a blend of rollerball and gel ink, and just as the packaging claims, they are in fact quick drying. I wrote a word and immediately rubbed over it with my finger, the only smear was the very last point where my pen had been and I can only even see it if I look closely. And they’re refillable!
Next I tried the EnerGel Alloy RT. What obviously first catches your attention about this pen is the barrel is all metal. It has a comfortable heavy weight, nicely balanced and not unpleasant to write with despite not having a padded grip. Also refillable. Edit: This pen writes smoothly on certain types of paper and rough on other types, I guess it depends on the quality of the paper and a legal pad is obviously not premium paper.
The one I was most surprised to receive was the Pocket Brush Pen. I’ve always wanted a brush pen but never bought one for myself, which is rather silly considering I used to work in an art supplies store so you’d think I’d own every kind of pen. I’m not going to post a fancy handwriting picture for this one since this was my first time using one, so my handwriting with it is just plain embarrassing and I’d rather wait till I practice more before I show off. I can’t compare it to anything since I’ve never used another kind, but this seems to be a really nice brush pen.
I also received two Icy Mechanical Pencils. I haven’t actually used a mechanical pencil since graduating high school in 2002, my pencil of choice for the past few years has been a Koh-I-Noor Technigraph Lead Holder, but these new pencils will come in handy for my sketching.
The last item is a Presto Correction Tape, which I’m really excited about because I love these little gizmos. And remember when I said I’d sooner call something awesome before using a helpful word like ergonomic? Well, this Correction Tape dispenser is awesome AND ergonomic! It has a thumb grip to help hold it, which is super handy because other brands do actually slip out of your hands sometimes. The thumb grip also helps make sure you’re holding it correctly, especially for southpaws who might try to use it with their left hand (not possible). The tape slides along easily and is almost fully opaque, two layers makes it completely opaque. I’ve used a few different brands of Correction Tape and this is definitely one of the best. Oh, and the dispenser is purple, my favorite color, which of course makes it that much more awesome.
Thanks again to everyone at Pentel, especially whoever’s in charge of the Twitter account!
My blog was featured on Pentel’s blog, my WTJ helped to inspire one of their weekly challenges! It sounds fun, I might take part in it.
Really, nothing I’d have to say today could even come close to being awesomer than a picture of Andrew Dice Clay wearing official KISS boots.
So today is Valentine’s Day. I actually have no idea if this is a worldwide holiday, feel free to let me know if it’s not celebrated in your country. It’s a commercial holiday dedicated toward making dudes feel obligated to buy their girlfriend a fuschia teddy bear holding a misshapen heart with some sort of mushy phrase embroidered onto it.
It’s also a holiday where most single people feel it’s their purpose in shouting to the world “I’m single and I’m bitter about it!” Some people dubbed it Singles Awareness Day and will go so far as to throw Anti-Valentine parties. There’s three moods toward this holiday: You love it, you hate it, or you don’t care about it. Personally, I’m apathetic toward it.
I have a handful of friends who have been total weiners about the fact that they’re single, whining all over their Facebook or posting sad songs from YouTube, that sort of thing. Waaah. *puts on ruffled shirt and plays violin*
I don’t get it. I mean, if you really want to buy overpriced junk for somebody, go buy something for yourself. Or buy it and give it to a store clerk you see all the time. Or your mail carrier. Or a neighbor. Or your pet. Don’t give anything to a stranger, it’d be really creepy if you walked up to someone you don’t know and hand them and heart-shaped box full of cheap chocolate.
Happy Vamlumtimes Day whether you celebrate it or not!
I was going to make a vlog about this, but I’m still fighting a cold and I don’t really have the energy to do a video. So for now I’ll write about it and maybe vlog about it in a few days.
When I first joined YouTube, it was because my friend Roger was really addicted to it and I started to wonder what the big deal is. So I started making videos of my own, mostly video responses, and although I wasn’t as addicted, it was pretty fun. Most people knew Roger as TheDispatcher or TheBoringDispatcher. He ended up becoming pretty popular due to being so active and because he made video responses to some popular videos, most notably to ArtieTSMITW’s Strange Faces and Noises I Can Make and a remake of the infamous “drunk Hasslehoff eating a cheeseburger” video. I seem to recall his peak was anywhere between 6k and 8k subscribers, and he just thought it was hilarious.
His name came from his job, he was a dispatcher at a tow truck company. He practically worked 24 hours every day, so YouTube was how he relieved boredom and stress. I can’t (and won’t) link to any of his videos because there aren’t very many around anymore, he had multiple accounts and I think all but one were either suspended or deleted. Most of what’s around are videos uploaded by other users, the best stuff’s all gone.
Most people assumed the cause of his death was because of bad health, he was overweight and chainsmoked. But his cause of death was pneumonia and meningitus. He was actually working on quitting smoking before his death, and he’d been working on losing weight as well, though most of us didn’t know it since he was no longer making videos by that point, he’d deleted his main account on YouTube.
He and I had a falling out, so our friendship wasn’t as close as it’d once been, but we were on speaking terms before his death so it was still a shock for me. I do wish we’d had a chance to hang out, I think we could’ve made a funny video together, but I have no regrets toward him or our friendship.
It’s been four years, and it’s still really weird not having him around to chat with on Yahoo or to make fun of something I said in a video. It’s funny how even a short friendship can still affect you.