I've always hated Bic's cheap Cristal ballpoint pens as much as I've wanted to love them. An iconic example of 20th-century design genius, they are unreliable, ubiquitous, and produce a nasty debossed line even when they work. But look, everyone: they fixed it. Bic's Cristal Smooth and Xtra Bold ballpoints look exactly like the standard ones, still cost mere pennies, but produce far superior, fluid, fluent lines. They live dead center in the Venn giagram of cheap, good and minimal.
I'd picked one up unawares from someone else's desk and gotten about three sentences in before I paused and thought "Hey, this is weird. This a nice pen." I sat in quiet cognitive dissonance for a while, staring mutely at what appeared to be a standard crappy Bic Cristal. Writing more words, this time with a deliberate, eyes-narrowed scrutiny, my first impression was confirmed, just as my skeptical devil piped up with "but I bet it's at least a dollar for each one."
No! 18 cents! Those bold ones are my favorite, you should go buy a box right now. [Amazon]
P.S. They taste exactly the same as the original Bic Crystal, but I haven't tried drinking the ink yet.
KontrolFreek’s CleanFreek foaming cleaner keeps my monitor, controller and iPhone sparkling. CleanFreek’s foam leaves no residue or streaking on my cherished 1440p monitor. The grubby kid hand-stains left on my Xbox and Switch controllers easily wipe away. The layer of oil that constantly lives on my iPhone screen is gone. I also use CleanFreek on […]
Just Sketch Me is a character-posing tool on the web: an artist’s manikin, essentially, with a few useful features and no extraneous ones. There are options for different proportions and animals, a library of preset poses, and you can even save your work as a 3D model.
This stud finder is finding studs in my walls. I have reached the ‘hanging artwork’ phase of moving into my new home. My old stud finder disappeared in the move, this new one is simple to use and works great. Tavol sounds like a Vulcan who would beat Spock down during pon farr. Stud Finder […]
Even though it feels like Amazon is a singular retail juggernaut crushing everybody else, you might be surprised to learn that half of Amazon’s $280 billion in revenue last year came from third-party sellers. According to numbers compiled by JungleScout, 86 percent of Amazon’s Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) sellers were profitable last year, more than […]
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