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Feb 25, 2014
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BRRYBNDS — COOL TO DO DRUGS PENCILS

Inspired by this 1998 NYTimes article: “Slogan Causes Pencil Recall”


  A company has recalled a batch of pencils after a fourth-grade student pointed out an embarrassing message that appeared after he sharpened his pencil.
  
  The pencils carry the slogan ”Too Cool to Do Drugs.” But the student noticed that when the pencils are sharpened and get shorter, the message becomes ”Cool to Do Drugs,” then simply ”Do Drugs.”
  
  As a result of the discovery by Kodi Mosier, a 10-year-old student at Ticonderoga Elementary School, the company, the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, based in Plainview, N.Y., recalled the pencils.
  
  ”We’re actually a little embarrassed that we didn’t notice that sooner,” Darlene Clair, a spokeswoman, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
  A new batch of pencils will have the message written in the opposite direction, so when they are sharpened, they will read ”Too Cool To Do” and finally ”Too Cool.”

BRRYBNDS — COOL TO DO DRUGS PENCILS

Inspired by this 1998 NYTimes article: “Slogan Causes Pencil Recall

A company has recalled a batch of pencils after a fourth-grade student pointed out an embarrassing message that appeared after he sharpened his pencil.

The pencils carry the slogan ”Too Cool to Do Drugs.” But the student noticed that when the pencils are sharpened and get shorter, the message becomes ”Cool to Do Drugs,” then simply ”Do Drugs.”

As a result of the discovery by Kodi Mosier, a 10-year-old student at Ticonderoga Elementary School, the company, the Bureau for At-Risk Youth, based in Plainview, N.Y., recalled the pencils.

”We’re actually a little embarrassed that we didn’t notice that sooner,” Darlene Clair, a spokeswoman, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican. A new batch of pencils will have the message written in the opposite direction, so when they are sharpened, they will read ”Too Cool To Do” and finally ”Too Cool.”

May 21, 2013
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May 13, 2013
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Blackwing Palamino pencils

Clive Thompson got me totally hooked on these: they’re super soft and dark, which makes them awesome for marginalia and writing longhand. You can also buy a badass longpoint sharpener for them.

Blackwing Palamino pencils

Clive Thompson got me totally hooked on these: they’re super soft and dark, which makes them awesome for marginalia and writing longhand. You can also buy a badass longpoint sharpener for them.

Jan 21, 2013
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The Campaign for the Accurate Measurement of Creativity by Craighton Berman — Kickstarter

Every day professional “creatives” spend their waking hours sketching, writing, doodling, brainstorming, drawing, and scribbling on paper—hoping that their next amazing idea will eventually appear. This process fuels a unique angst in the modern-day artist; they spend most of their time merely thinking about what to make with nothing physical to show other than a pile of sketches. Can you get credit for creative effort without showing an end product? How is your boss going to know that you spent most of the day working and not just surfing Tumblr? How can you prove to your clients that your rates are justified despite the absence of actual finished work? Can creative output really be measured?

Fun (and totally goofy) idea.

(cf. David Rees + Hemingway: “Wearing down seven number-two pencils is a good day’s work.”)

Jan 31, 2012
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May 05, 2011
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I like ‘pencil-necked weasel’. It has ‘pencil’ in it. Pencils are good things. You can draw or write things with pencils.
Neil Gaiman, on being called a “pencil-necked weasel”
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