Saturday, April 14, 2012

Full Circle

There’s an old saying, “All roads lead to Rome”. Well for me it seems “All graphite trails lead to Southern Illinois University”

I live a quarter of a world away from SIU Carbondale, but it seems I am somehow inexorably linked to it. Back in the days when a penfriend necessitated pencil and postage stamps, I had one, and as the years rolled by she ended up at her local college…SIU (before moving onto Boise and poll-dancing, but that’s another story). Then my first contact with internet pencildom came via that leading beacon of graphite, Pencil Revolution, based at…SIU Carbondale.

One aspect of this blog I have really enjoyed is contact with other people from far away places. Recently an MP user contacted me for a bit of advice, and later, as a thank you, offered to send me a few promotional items from their business. Guess where they are based…yep, Carbondale…and they have an association with SIU.  So, here I am, inspired to actually post something on this blog for the first time in a very long time. You might say this blog sort of started due to SIU and has sort of been re-started by SIU. To say thanks for the promotional items they sent my way, and acknowledge the role of SIU, here’s a little free advert for Little River Research & Design. Remember folks, if you are in the market for some river simulation, some fluvial geomorphology in a box, then Little River is the place for you!

Here’s a link to a video about the Emriver river process modelling…in a box. Cool. I like those little rivers.

Oh, and here's the goodies they sent me.
Littel River Research & Design cotton carry bag and cap
Emriver - it's fluvial geomorpholgy made even more fun!
Official SIU Salukis Team Merchandise.
Left = new, right = 25+ years ago
Appears there has been some shrinkage...I certainly haven't changed!
Go Salukis!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dave...
What took you so long?
I've been visiting your blog day after day, unable to post comments...
Well, at least you're back. I can't wait for your next review...

Anonymous said...

Same here. Good to see you are back. Regards Henrik

Steve Gough said...
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Steve Gough said...

Thanks for the shout-out Dave! In case your readers are wondering, a "Saluki" is a rather little-known breed of racing dog.

Unknown said...

thank you thank you thank you.

please get back to your reviews i always look at them. but if i may give some suggestions how about compare two mps that are in a line. such as the rotring 300 compared to the rotring 800 or 600.

one i would like you to do is the staedtler regulator 985 25 since that is the next one after the 925 25

Casey said...

maybe you could give advice on how to moddify MPs. somehow experiment and change the grip or change the internals. ways to change a MP i guess

Comixunreal said...

http://corysmechanicalpencils.blogspot.com/

Check out Cory's mechanical pencils =) Made from frustration of lack of updates from Dave's =)

Bravo said...

I would sugggest more Pilot reviews (S10, Super Grip pencil [H-185] H220 series?). The Super Grip is actually the non-shaker version of the H-245, so it's pretty good. I am planning to buy a 0.4mm S10, but I want some of your advice, if any.

PointFour said...

But Dave... wouldn't you *expect* a pencil connection with a place named CARBONdale??

Good to see you back!

razide said...

Welcome back Dave, just in time for some Super Rugby too. I've even bought a black KuruToga Roulette in honour of your AllBlacks.

Aren't "Saluki" those long haired greyhounds ?
It is going to be a challenge to work "Fluvial Geomorphology" into everyday conversion but worth it.

The Cabondale-pencil connection is obvious now that PointFour has pointed it out.

Kiwi-d said...

Good point, PointFour.