Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wild Turkeys and Stupid Dogs

I've been horsing around with the GoPro.


Becoming familiar with its intricacies and quirks before shooting something near to my heart.

Took it on a bike ride where I had it aimed incorrectly.


I learned a few things. Helmet mount is pretty stable. That's what they said and yep.

I've read multiple complaints online about GoPro's audio, but I was surprised by the quality.

Besides me breathing and shifting gears, at four seconds, you can hear wild turkeys from up the hill through the trees.

And the stupid dogs.

video

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paper Test

I'm taking part in Rhodia Drive's Paper Project and received three Exacompta index cards for comment. I was interested in this product because I use index cards to plot my scripts.

First thing, removing them from the envelope, I notice how smooth they feel. I wonder if there's ever been a blind touch test comparing different papers?

Compared to regular - generic - 3x5 cards, the surface on Exacompta is like comparing silk to cardboard.



For the writing test I used a pencil, Pilot Petit 2 Sign Pen, Signo UM 153, Sharpie Fine Point, Flare, and my Kaweco fountain pen with Kaweco Sepia ink.



On the regular 3x5, with all but the pencil, the card absorbed ink as fast as I wrote. This caused blurry imaged writing - which is why I usually use a ballpoint on those cards. The Sharpie and Petit 2 bled through to the reverse.


 

On the Exacompta - only the Sharpie bled through. I could see the Petit 2 ink remaining on the surface as I wrote.

The fountain pen on these cards was a delight. I could plot all day with pleasure with that combination.

I always buy blank cards. (And notebooks, pads etc.) I cannot be confined in the tiny space between those lines. I need room to roam.

Oddly, the grid pattern didn't bother me. ? Go figure. I could use grid pattern cards.

Once I found blank, yellow, 3x5 cards in an art supply store in England. One pack. On sale. I bought them. Have never seen another package. Use sparingly. Store them next to my Black Velvet Pencils.

Check the Rhodia Drive blog for other entries in this survey and for more information.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Graphite Love


Today is National Pencil Day marking the date of the first patent for adding an eraser to a pencil.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

There she is, the Irish coast.
Some Guinness was spilled on the barroom floor
when the pub was shut for the night.
Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
and stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
then back on his haunches he sat.
And all night long you could hear him roar,

'Bring on the goddam cat!'*


*drinking song called (mostly) The Drunken Mouse with various authors sited.