Kurz notiert

  • Keith Hous­ton, Betrei­ber des her­vor­ra­gen­den Web­logs Shady Cha­rac­ters und Ver­fas­ser des gleich­na­mi­gen Buchs sowie des eben­falls sehr lesens­wer­ten Titels „The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Ex­plor­a­tion of the Most Power­ful Ob­ject of Our Time“, hat für Ende 2022 ein drit­tes Buch ange­kün­digt. „Em­pire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Cal­cu­lator“ wird sich dem Taschen­rech­ner und sei­nen zahl­rei­chen Vor­gän­gern wid­men. Ich bin sehr gespannt!
  • Dem im Dezem­ber 2019 auf den Markt gebrach­ten uni Jet­stream Edge, mit sei­ner Spitze von nur 0,28 mm der am feins­ten schrei­bende Kugel­schrei­ber der Welt, folgt Ende Februar der Edge mit 0,38 mm. Ich erkenne jedoch nicht ganz die Neu­heit, denn die Jetstream-Minen gibt es bereits in 0,38 mm, und diese pas­sen auch in den Edge. Oder sind es die neuen Schaftfarben?
  • Nach der Zusam­men­ar­beit von Tom­bow Japan und der Mode­marke Middla, aus der Klei­dungs­stü­cke her­vor­gin­gen, gab es nun eine wei­tere. Dabei ent­stan­den sind Mas­ken mit Schmuck­ele­men­ten in der klas­si­schen Mono-Farbkombination.
  • Diese Dar­stel­lung des Kur­bel­spit­zers CARL Angel-5 Clas­sic gefällt mir sehr gut.
  • Zum 60-jährigen Jubi­läum des Pentel-Druckbleistifts hat das japa­ni­sche Unter­neh­men drei neue Farb­va­ri­an­ten des TUFF auf den Markt gebracht. Das im wahrs­ten Sinne her­aus­ra­gende Merk­mal die­ses Stifts ist der 30 mm lange Radie­rer. – Außer­halb Japans ist die­ser Druck­blei­stift unter dem Namen „Twist-Erase III“ bekannt.
  • Einen beson­de­ren, näm­lich 138-fach ver­grö­ßer­ten Blick auf die aus dem Füh­rungs­röhr­chen eines Druck­blei­stifts her­aus­schau­ende Mine bie­tet Thermo Fisher Sci­en­ti­fic mit die­sem beein­dru­cken­den Foto.
  • Die Publi­ka­tion1 zum Sym­po­sium „The Future Of Text“ ent­hält im Anhang eine „Text Time­line“ mit Erfin­dun­gen zu Schrift, Schreib­sys­te­men, Stan­dards, Soft­ware und ver­wand­ten The­men von 7500 v. Chr. bis heute. In die­ser gibt es auch zahl­rei­che Ein­träge rund um den Blei­stift, z. B. den Zim­mer­manns­blei­stift von Simo­nio and Lyn­diana Ber­na­cotti (1560), den Blei­stift von Gess­ner2 (1565), den Radie­rer von Nairne (1770), den mecha­ni­schen Blei­stift von Mor­dan und Haw­kins (1822), den Spit­zer von Las­si­monne (1828) und den Radier­tip von Lip­man (1858). Ich finde es span­nend, diese Erfin­dun­gen im zeit­li­chen Kon­text mit ande­ren zu sehen, die auch mit Schrift und Schrei­ben zu tun haben.
  1. Diese Publi­ka­tion gibt es als PDF und EPUB zum kos­ten­lo­sen Down­load.
  2. „Ges­ner“ in der Publi­ka­tion.

6 Kommentare zu „Kurz notiert“

  1. That magni­fied pic­ture of the mecha­ni­cal pen­cil is fan­tastic! I was expec­ting some sort of „outer layer“ to be visi­ble on the lead, but I guess I was wrong.
    The book by Keith Hous­ton also sounds very pro­mi­sing. I keep buy­ing some used old HB cal­cu­la­tors as they fail on me, but I would be hard pres­sed to change my habits!

  2. That image is indeed fas­tastic, and the sur­face sur­pri­sed me too.
    It’s great to hear that you like cal­cu­la­tors too! I hope your cal­cu­la­tors will serve you well for a long time to come.

  3. I’ve never heard of Keith Hous­ton before, but The Book and Empire of the Sum both sound like books I’d enjoy.

    Cal­cu­la­tors are some­thing I haven’t given any real thought to in perhaps ten years – I con­si­der the ques­tion con­clu­si­vely ans­we­red for me. On a whim, after rea­ding about RPN, I got my then-work to buy me an HP-12C, and I’ve never been without one since. I have four, of vary­ing vin­tage, and leave one any­place I’ll spend much time or expect to do any work. I have the excel­lent PCalc on my phone, which has RPN, but I find the HP-12C far supe­rior – but­tons make all the dif­fe­rence. I also have two HP-11Cs, both of which I got quite cheap, but have never really had cause to use them yet.

    That photo of the dis­sec­ted Carl Angel-5 is won­der­ful. Very much of its time; not much plastic at all. No won­der they last. Mine, sadly, was thrown out at my last work­place and I’ve never got around to repla­cing it. After some years as a vocal ‘tooth­marks don’t mat­ter’ advo­cate, I’m com­ple­tely flip­ped posi­ti­ons and now can’t bear them. I’ve lim­ped along since with a loaned United Office (Lidl) desk­top shar­pe­ner, but I’m open to sug­ges­ti­ons for ano­t­her desk­top that pro­du­ces points as acute as the Angel-5 without bite-marks.

  4. I think you will enjoy these books!

    Thank you for the details regar­ding your cal­cu­la­tors. I’m happy to hear that you like the HP-12C! It’s a clas­sic. – I still have (and enjoy!) my HP-32S bought in 1988.

    So far I haven’t heard of Carl shar­pe­ners brea­king quickly, and mine still work per­fectly. – If you don’t mind buy­ing two Carl shar­pe­ners and making one from them: The Angel-5 Royal has rupper-padded grips, and its mil­ling unit can be repla­ced by the one of the stan­dard Angel-5; this way you get the per­fect crank sharpener.

  5. I was a little too young for cal­cu­la­tors in 1988! I remem­ber in my last years in high school, we used TI-81s and TI-82s in class – I hated them. I’m glad now that I have a reli­able tool that I enjoy using.

    I can’t ima­gine one of the all-metal Carls ever brea­king. I sup­pose, even­tually, the shar­pe­ner ele­ment would wear down, but I ima­gine that would take a long, long time – most people would likely buy a new shar­pe­ner on a whim long before reaching that point. Mine would still be in use today if not for an idiot thro­wing it in the bin!

    I ended up having a good long read of Matthias’s excel­lent guide to shar­pe­ners. I very nearly bought a Carl CC-2000 (on Ama­zon for ‘just’ £35 deli­ve­red!), but mana­ged to restrain mys­elf. I ended up buy­ing mys­elf a Deli 0635 from Ali Express for about £6 deli­ve­red. Hope­fully that will keep me going until I ine­vi­ta­bly give in and buy the CC-2000 in a month or two!

  6. Wow, a T-81! When we got cal­cu­la­tors at school we could not even dream of this. I belong to the genera­tion who wit­nessed the switch from slide rules to cal­cu­la­tors. We were taught both, and my first cal­cu­la­tor was the TI-30. Later I upgraded gra­du­ally and left school with a TI-59.

    I have the impres­sion that the rub­ber on the grips (e. g. of the Angel-5 Royal) ages and dis­co­lours, at least a bit, but I have to look clo­ser. Howe­ver, the mecha­nism looks as if it was built to last fore­ver. – I’m sorry to hear that your CARL was binned!

    Yes, Matthias’s guide is indeed excel­lent. The CC-2000 is ama­zing – you won’t reg­ret the purchase!

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