now writing with …

J. Herbin Lie de Thé cartridges in the Rotring 600. It’s a little like writing with strong tea. The cartridges come in a very nifty little aluminium pot.

I think I still prefer Waterman Havane, as it’s a warmer brown. Lie de Thé writes well and I’m happy with it for now.


Oh dear, I think I’m turning into a fountain pen nerd. I’ve dug out my old Parker and Sheaffer pens, and with my Rotring 600s, I’ll soon be needing a pocket protector. I’ve even found a couple of inks I like: Sheaffer Turquoise, and Waterman Havana.

I like fountain pens. They’re cranky, unreliable, antiquated, and need constant attention and refilling. A bit like myself, I suppose …

Sustainable Energy Fair

I survived the University of Toronto First Sustainable Energy Fair. The weather was pretty grim, despite the cold and the rain. Maybe some of the solar cooking events didn’t happen, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of all involved.

There was a good crowd, and I talked myself hoarse on the WindShare stand. There were some interesting people there, including the irrepressible Tom Karmo, and UofT‘s own cyborg, Steve Mann. And yes, I am really responsible for getting Winton Dahlström into wind energy; mea maxima culpa.

I have pictures of the sustainable energy fair here.