If I slightly warm up a pen (leaving it in sunlight for awhile perhaps), ballpoint or felt, will
the pen glide more easily across the page? (Less handcramping.) (Just jumping in- I don’t
read all the posts.) Similarly with mechanical pencils, but there the leads would likely snap.
So what about regular old wooden pencils? (Say HB 5? Versus the usual HB 2 hardness.)
Just some musings. Is “standard room temperature” always best?
A different issue- barometric pressures… When traveling across the country my pens
often leak, apparently from going up into the mountains where the air pressure is less.
I haven’t taken a plane trip, but to the extent air cabin pressure is not maintained for sea
level there may be effects there as well? Or maybe it’s just coincidence…
On 6/20/07, Alex
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Just amazing to think about the kind of technology that went into all these Gregg shorthand publications.
Do you know anything about that mysterious cooked ink? Did McGraw-Hill buy it that way, or did they buy some other kind of ink and cook it? I’ve never heard ink described that way before.
I wonder if the switch to a felt marker was because the special ink and paper were no longer available . . . calligraphers face some of the same kind of dilemmas, as do people who write with fountain pens to some extent (you sure can’t buy fountain pen ink at Wal-Mart!)
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