Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood


Yesterday I picked up a zoom groom for Sasha of the long cotton fur, to help comb out her allergy scabs and her winter undercoat.

I was hesitant. Sasha is touchy and skittish, and has not liked being brushed, or even much petted.

She loves it many. It's helping to bring out the touchslut in her. A catalog came in the mail yesterday, from Dharma Trading. It is much cool. They sell cotton and silk clothing, and fabric dye stuff. I suspect that much of the contents of the tie-dye booths at the Seattle street fairs each summer are ultimately from their catalog.

I'm thinking about using their stuff to turn my charcoal grey shirts and pants back to a proper deep black.

And my mind is wandering in the direction of actual colors as well.

Speaking of bright colors...

After decades of being more and more marginalized by vastly cheaper disposables, fountain pens were rescued by the internet. The `net has enabled collectors and enthusiasts to get together, massively expand the geographic marketing reach of the little specialty stores, and to recruit new users. With the reinvigoration of good pens, has been the rediscovery of good ink.

After decades of boring and decaying-in-quality stuff, with almost the only source of color and quality being J.Herbin of France, Private Reserve came out of nowhere (well, Zionsville, IN) and entered the market. And now, an alchemist has been formulating, tweaking, and marketing Noodlers Ink. The stuff is bright, pretty, easy to use, is being designed and formulated by a real person instead of some contract chemical fab for some faceless megacorp, and it's affordable.

The black stuff makes some amazing claims. One can write on newsprint with it, and it won't feather or bleed (great for magazine notes, and crosswords, and junk recycled paper); one can submerge a writing sample and it won't bleed or run; one cannot, ahem, "lift" it with bleach or ammonia; and one can put the a writing sample under concentrated UV, and even after the paper itself turns to dust and blow away, the written letters themselves are left behind as a filigree. Writing ink with this kind of permanence have existed for centuries (basically, all the old standbys made of soot and glue, such as the ancients "India" and "Sumi" inks). But never before that will work in a fountain pen.

The technical miracles of modern chemistry and the social/economic miracles of the American basement inventor cum businessman.

He just came out with a blue version as well, he calls "contract ink" (to satisfy legal requirements for colored wet ink signatures). To get the magic chemistry, and get it in a lightfast color, is not nearly as cheap, but compared to the imported snob brands like Omas and Aurora, it still wins. It's still in "beta testing" slash "early customer prerelease", but if you know were and who, some can be obtained.

*grin* I've got a bottle of each on order. After a few tests of my own, I'm going to start using it to sign checks, and for similar "secure" writing.

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