I love writing. As in, taking a pen out and dragging it across a piece of paper. It’s a dying art.
Papermate recently released their InkJoy series of pens. I bought a 6-pack (well, 4) and love the writing pleasure this pen provides. It glides across the page unlike anything else I’ve tried.
It’s a ballpoint, so the ink is maybe more permanent than a gel pen’s. And it just glides more smoothly than a gel pen ever could.
The only problem is a bit of blobbing. The ink is so juicy that it does leave a few blobs, but regular pen-tip cleaning solves that problem. At the end of a few lines of writing, I wipe the tip on a scrap of paper. Problem solved.
Oh – my color of choice is blue. People are more prone to believe your writing is real. (This goes back to the xerox days, when black always meant a copy.)
Disclosure: I bought these with my own money. Office Depot advertized them, and the ad convinced me to give them a try. I’m glad I did.
Disclosure two: If you would like to buy these pens via Amazon, you’ll give my friend Jon a few cents by buying them through this link. Thanks.
Are you running out of energy at about 10 am? Does that lull hit around 3 pm?
I found a good, healthy solution – the Rise Bar.
I’ll start with my disclosure – Rise Bar was a sponsor of PodCamp Denver, the event I led last weekend. So I had the opportunity to try several flavors. Every kind I tried was tasty. (I wasn’t able to try all 12 different flavors.)
Rise Bar has a unique twist on giving you healthy energy – different bars are designed for different times of the day.
My favorite part about Rise Bars is that the ingredients are all healthy. And they’re proud enough about what’s in each bar to make the type very visible! (See the photo.)
My wife has a gluten intolerance. All of them are gluten-free.
All the ingredients are organic. I used to be skeptical about the value of organic food, but when I eat it instead of regular food, I can actually tell the difference in how I feel. (I’m not saying that I have converted completely to eating organic food; but I eat it when I can.)
My friend Tim can enjoy them with a clean conscience – the Energy+ Bars are vegan friendly.
Lest you think I am totally ravingly positive about them, I have to admit that I got a few for my kids, and they didn’t like them very much. (I think their taste buds are pretty slanted toward over sweetness. I can’t stand the breakfast cereals they like.)
So visit Rise Bar’s site. You can order online or they have a store locator. And if there’s not a store near you, they have a letter you can print out to take to your grocery store. Then they can easily stock Rise Bars!
ET mixed with Aliens mixed with Jurassic Park. Add in a lot of intelligence. Then you have Super 8.
My 15-year-old son and I saw Super 8 last night. We thoroughly enjoyed it. J.J. Abrams, the director of the TV series Lost, added that same level of suspense to the film – except you don’t have to wait five years to solve the mystery.
Visually, it’s stunning. The crashes and attacks are totally in your face. The slow-moving scenes are treated with care and respect.
There is way more character development than most action movies provide… a teenage romance is almost the film’s centerpiece.
The PG-13 rating is appropriate. My 10-year-old daughter would have been too scared. And some of the kids swear like sailors.
Verdict? Go, if my description makes the film sound appealing to you. It may be the best film of the summer.
Finally, here’s another worthy review from my brother: on Amazon. (Scroll down on that page.)
Still photo courtesy of collider.com.
Facebook rolled out their new email feature recently. I got my “you have an email account now” message a few days back. So I’ve been playing around with it.
Refer to the pic – if you double-click on it, you can see it larger in another window at actual size.
a) This is what appears at the top of the Facebook browser window after you click on the “Messages” link near the top of your left home page column. A different aspect to having this feature activated is that when you click on “New Message” in that window or via the Messages icon on your Facebook home page, you can put someone’s email in the “To” field. And even if the person isn’t a Facebook user, they will get your message. (That is an illustration of how Facebook wants to be your message center. If you use Facebook constantly, that might be a helpful feature. I don’t, so it isn’t.)
b) This is what a sample email looks like as sent from Facebook. It shows all your Facebook conversations, whether they were sent through Facebook email or not. As you can tell, my wife and I do not talk much via Facebook. (Rest assured – we do talk a lot in real life.)
c) “Service Unavailable” is what is shown when I type “f” in my Firefox browser address field. (That’s how I normally get to Facebook.) And “service unavailable” is my brief summation of Facebook email.
> The Search Messages feature does not work.
> There are no folders or ways to organize your messages.
> I did not try out the mobile messaging aspect, so I can’t comment on that.
So in short, do not stress out if you haven’t received your Facebook email account yet. You are not missing much. It’s a good supplemental thing, if you’re a heavy Facebook user, but otherwise, no big deal.