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Merlin Mann | Jul 10 2006
Many of these will be familiar to GTD fans, but there are a few I hadn't seen or that are worthy of a second look:read more »
Merlin Mann | May 8 2006
Knowing I'm such a huge nerd for space pens (previously), it's not surprising that I get a couple emails a month from gloaty people pointing to the high-larious anecdote about how Paul Fisher's write-anywhere pen represents one of the 1960s' greatest boondoggles of government waste and gold-plating.
"Ha!" they note exclamation-pointedly, "these geniuses over at NASA spent [insert boondoggle-y dollar figure of at least $1,000,000] to develop a pen that could write in space. Know what the freakin' Russians used?!? A pencil, dude! A pencil!"
Like I say: hilarious.
Setting aside for a moment whether this disturbing cautionary tale from forty years hence has any bearing on how well the space pen works as advertised for consumers today, the story has its minor failings; it's kind of untrue and not a little misleading.
Apparently, pencils were once used by both sides in the Space Race, but they were reasoned a hazard based on the catastrophic possibilities of tiny broken leads whizzing around in zero gravity. So, as soon as the Space Pen became available and was tested for suitability, it seems the U.S. (as well as, evidently, the Russians) abandoned pencils for good from 1968 on. Anyhow, to my knowledge, any development money for the pen came straight out of Paul Fisher's pocket -- not from NASA nor any other government agency.
I'd known some of this for years, and, of course, have always relished tinkling in readers' bowls of smug by providing the debunking/clarifying Snopes link.
What I didn't know until today was the the whole story behind Paul Fisher's ambitious entry into the space age writing economy. It's a fascinating mix of engineering, marketing, and blatant self-promotion that tangentially involves baloney sandwiches, a diamond ring, and a brassiere:read more »
Merlin Mann | Mar 17 2006
I like this simple homemade paper planner -- especially the free form lined approach for the pages.
Merlin Mann | Nov 29 2005
ButtUgly: Main_blogentry_231105_1 [The Iteration List]
A very clever and satisfyingly lo-fi way to find the best date for an event based on several people's schedules. By passing around emails with an ASCII, monotype text representation of the possible dates and times, each person uses a symbol to indicate their preference and availability. Very clever stuff.
[ Thanks, Brian ]
Merlin Mann | Oct 27 2005
Merlin Mann | Oct 17 2005
David Seah has a very clever method for making sure he stays focused on the kinds of activities that bring him and his growing business the highest value. He basically scores himself a weighted grade for how valuable each completed task is to his core goal of growing his business. Ooooo...SAT bubbles!
He reports back a month later:read more »
Merlin Mann | Oct 14 2005
Merlin Mann | Oct 3 2005
Found a bunch of goodies yesterday on The Word Spy.read more »
Merlin Mann | Sep 27 2005
Merlin Mann | Sep 23 2005
A spectre is haunting your office...the spectre of passionate users.read more »
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