“We like lists because we don’t want to die.”
In a 2009 Spiegel interview with Umberto Eco, the Italian philosopher and novelist states “The list is the origin of culture.” And what does culture want? “To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries.”
I’ve kept my own book of lists for over a decade by contributing several lists per year of material either relevant to the time or from memory of things past.
Do you keep a book of lists? If not, would you ever consider it?
Mancrafted in America by a US Veteran, Vince Johnson is the man behind BeefSkin Leather. Vince sent us this photo of Rhodia on his desk. This image has been added to the “On Your Desk” Rhodia fan photo page.
Vince offers some pretty cool leather accessories like this Shackle Bracelet. Be sure to keep a lookout for new products which are 100% “made in Merica”.
The new landscape Webbie notebook both opens flat to the page and lies flat when you are leaning on it to write. To me, that’s a pretty big deal because I don’t like losing precious real estate in the fold.
How important it it to you that your notebook lie flat? Can you give specific examples of when it might be particularly necessary for the book to lie flat?
Opens flat: The paper needs no hand pressure for the pages to reveal a flat writing surface.
If you lean on the book as you write, the spine folds neatly upon itself.
This weekend is International Migratory Bird Day May 10/11th. IMBD is an initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere.
As a lifetime bird watcher, I know that Mother’s Day weekend (the 2nd Sunday in May) is a great time to witness the spring bird migration:
“If you are familiar with the birds in your area you know that the change can be abrupt: One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage. The most amazing part of this story is that these tiny birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.” – eNature.com
This is a cheat sheet from a day of birdwatching which I will later add into my “bird book”- a small notebook that I started back in the early 1990′s. Birders also typically keep “Life Lists” which are an overall list of each new bird as it has been sighted.
Binoculars, bird book, bug spray. Check! Happy birding!
I’ve been noticing a lot of people experimenting with orange inks recently and have wondered what may be influencing this trend. Do you have a favorite orange ink? I’m partial to J. Herbin’s Orange Indien and Diamine’s Pumpkin.
Image courtesy of Ed Jelley on Instagram – Be sure to also visit his blog edjelley.com.
This is David’s desk. David is also known as JustDaveyB. (<– Check out his blog) Does your desk look like David’s? If yes, Rhodia thanks you.
“Just a few Rhodia pads on the desk” – David
(From left on the desktop)
Rhodia No18 Orange Blank – used to print my writing sample pages
Rhodia No19 Blank Dotpad – used for general writing and dip penning of inks
(at Bottom of pile)
Rhodia No38 Orange 5×5 – my blotter on occasion
Rhodia Webbie Black A5 Blank – my daily journal
(In the red desk tidy)
Rhodia No11 Orange 5×5 – for quick scribbles
Rhodia No12 Orange Dotpad – for scribbles that need more space
Rhodia No12 Black R lined – for scribbles that need 90gsm ivory paper
Rhodia No14 Black lined – for lists
RhodiaNo15 Orange lined – for longer lists
Rhodia No16 Orange Dotpad – for my weekend Ink in use writing samples
(and on the lean)
Rhodia No8 Orange 5×5 – for really,really long lists. :)
Your Rhodia images are a big part of this blog and for the last year or so, I’ve found many amazing photos of our products through Instagram. We only ever use them after receiving your permission to do so and lately, I’ve been experiencing a glitch which has resulted in many of my comments being deleted. It is possible that Instagram sees my comments as “spammy” since I am including the http://rhodiadrive.com address when requesting use of the images.
Until I can get that issue straightened out, please feel free to send any images that you’d like me to consider for use to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com. Please note in the subject line whether or not you prefer your submission to be used specifically on one of our Fan Photo Pages, or if we can use it on the blog and/or our Rhodia Drive Facebook page. Please also include your name so we can properly attribute the image to you.
Today’s images courtesy of yogalarva on Instagram.
I prefer hexagon shaped pencils sans eraser. I like the wood to sharpen cleanly and a lead that is slow to blunt for writing, I want the lead to erase cleanly with minimal effort.
For writing, I like an HB, B or 2B depending on the make of the pencil. Light sketching? 2H. I’m happy with a 2B for drawing & doodling. If I want dark, soft & smudgy, I use something in the range of 6B-9B. Overall, I prefer a certain amount of smooth regardless of the grade.
I think that the best way for me to test a pencil isn’t a side by side chart like the one above but to actually spend time writing and drawing with a variety of pencils on a variety of papers. (any old excuse to keep buying more art/writing supplies) The ones that don’t make the cut are banished to a coffee can in my studio for other people to use.
What particular features are important to you when selecting a wooden pencil for writing, drawing or doodling? What is your preferred method to compare one brand against another?
(#2 pencils are typically graded HB.)
In 1945, Marcel Bich and his partner Edouard Buffard began manufacturing fountain pens and mechanical pencil parts in Clichy, France. In 1950, Marcel Bich launched the BIC Cristal ballpoint pen. BIC is a shortened version of his own name.
Since Rhodia tablets and BIC Cristal pens each existed in France in 1950, what do you think the odds are that there were people using them together at that time?
About a hundred years ago, after much teasing from my two older cousins that I couldn’t make a simple braid, my great aunt Evelyn sat me down on her bed with a bag of shoestring licorice and proceeded to teach me how to make a three strand braid. (Which I got to eat once completed.)
While I never held much interest in knitting or crocheting, I do enjoy using different weaving techniques like braiding, twining and knotless netting in my mixed media art projects and can never walk past a yarn shop without going in. Yesterday I happened upon the gigantic sale tables of yarn at a local store called Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA where I bought myself several skeins of pretty colors that I thought I might eventually use when I make dream catchers.
After balling up the yarn this afternoon, I was curious how these three colors might look braided together. I decided that I wanted to do a 4 strand braid but needed a refresher – so I looked to YouTube for assistance and found the following video:
This isn’t the way I remembered making them but I thought I’d give it a try and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
This was made with a total of 12 strands loosely woven which resulted in the braid being flat and wide. While this was only an experiment, a braid like this could be used as a simple wrapped bracelet, necklace, belt, headband…
For all of the Dad’s out there – you’ll win super mega bonus points with your little girls if you learn to braid their hair like this.
Do you have a list of “To See” movies? American Hustle was at the top of my list and I finally got to watch it the other day. (I am a sucker for any movie taking place in the 70s.) I also would like to see The Wolf of Wall Street, Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, Captain Phillips, Beyond the Sea and Saving Mr. Banks.
Image courtesy of serenete on Instagram
Has anyone else noticed any changes to their handwriting over the years? Has it become neater, messier, or perhaps more stylized? I know that I began to use a combination of printed/cursive letters sometime when I was an early teenager. Since that time, I believe that my writing has become somewhat more stylized and I am now able to write straight across the page when using blank paper. My signature on the other hand, has disintegrated into only a few recognizable letter forms.
(This is one of those times when my notes about a post actually becomes the post.)
It seems as though a lot of people (myself included) have been ditching cable and watching movies and television via the internet on live streaming services like Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. While you can’t always find every show you want, there certainly are a lot of options to keep a person up all night binge watching whichever show people are talking about at any given moment.
When I made a comment on Facebook about my feelings of guilt over having watched all 26 episodes of House of Cards in less than a week, several of my friends commented that they had done it in less time. It was that that point that I no longer felt was alone with my obvious lack of self-restraint.
Like many others, I am eagerly waiting for the next season of Orange is the New Black, (unfortunately not a show about Rhodia…) which I am most likely to consume in a single sitting.
Which shows have got you hooked?
Image courtesy of kosuke_hayashi on Instagram
While I was working with cadmium orange paint yesterday, I began to wonder whether or not the color of our signature Rhodia orange covers has a specific name of its own. I will check with Karen Doherty, the marketing VP for Exaclair and report back my findings.
In the meantime, would you like to try and guess the official name of Rhodia orange?
While I probably own at least half a dozen manual pencil sharpeners, I am always misplacing them. When I do find one, it’s usually the one that consistently chews the point off my pencil requiring me to re-sharpen them again and again leaving me with half the pencil I started with. I have a really awesome electric sharpener in my studio but I always seem to forget my pencils at home. I also have an older battery-operated unit which doesn’t seem to have the gusto (chewing power) that it once had which probably should be retired.
Do you have a favorite tried and true pencil sharpener? What brand? I may be looking for a new one… (I keep eyeballing those retro glass sharpeners by Alvin- especially the red one.)
Image courtesy of jdee on Instagram