Archive for the ‘Miscellanea’ Category


Jenga For Giants


No words are necessary…


Another Off-Topic Post – Tabletop Game Day!


Plan ahead, folks: Saturday is International Tabletop Day! Stock up on munchies and gather a few friends for the universal joy of playing games with real boards and pieces. Yes, board games, the type that responds to hand motions in ways a computer never will. Those boxes of bits and pieces may have been gathering dust for ages, but Saturday could be the perfect time to dust them off and have a bit of good, clean fun. Are you game?


This Is Totally Off-Topic But It’s Grilled Cheese Month!


April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Americans love their bacon, but for my money,the grilled cheese sandwich is the better comfort food. There are dozens of ways to enhance the traditional cheddar on white bread grilled in butter that my mom used to serve with tomato soup. How do you make your grilled cheese sandwich memorable?

Check out 30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches if you need a little inspiration.



The Internet Is Filled With Them


It happens from time to time. Someone comes along who just has to diss your efforts. This time it was an adios over format, the subtext of which is that the content on Inkophile isn’t worth a click to read. Oh, it was dressed up with other insincere junk, but when someone says he is leaving as a “mater (sic) of values and principle”, you know you are being trashed for lacking them. Sheesh.

A blog can be a time consuming endeavor. Some posts take more than twenty hours to research and write. There is one in the works that will exceed a hundred hours due to extensive product testing. When readers click a link to an individual post, that indicates the subject was of interest and is something about which I should write more often. Comments have the same effect. Hence, continuing to write posts has value especially when it is clear in which subjects readers have an interest.

Recently, posts about paper topped ink reviews for number of clicks. I had no idea this was going on until I happened to see the stats. With over 860,000 page views, it really is useful to know which subjects have the most appeal. So clicking links is how you help shape this blog.

Those clicks also inform retailers and manufacturers which products interest you as the result of a mention or review. This affects which products are submitted for review as well as what sort of products retailers stock. That sounds like a win for everyone.

J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Ink


And The Clairefontaine Giveaway Winner Is


Tada! CashmereLibrarian is the winner of the Clairefontaine 1951 notebook. Congratulations!

Thanks to all of you for entering the giveaway sponsored by Exaclair, the U.S. distributor of Clairefontaine products. If your number didn’t come up this time, there will be another giveaway in May. Pretty cool, eh?


Links From Wind Turbines To Elephants. Huh?


A couple of pen-related links plus a bunch of additional treats…

Elephant meets another elephant for first time in 30 years


A Dare, A Smile And A Few Links


I dare you to click the fourth link and not smile at the photos…


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