Graduation Day

I attended my partner’s graduation ceremony on Thursday night and felt ashamed. Not of her – after all, she has worked incredibly hard over the last three years and has certainly earned her degree – but of myself.

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The Collection

Last year, I posted about my plan to limit myself to ten nice pens and, since then, I’ve had plenty of people get in touch to say they’re imposing their own limits – sometimes more than ten, sometimes less – and talking about their experiences. Just as often, I have people asking how I manage my collection and the decision about which pens to keep or sell. While I wouldn’t say it’s an organised system, there is an approach that I use and I’ll share it in today’s post.

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A Grail Pen Update

Since my last post on the grail pen, I’ve had a few people asking whether I’ve pulled the trigger and the answer (so far) is no. Partly because it’s a monumental amount of money and I haven’t quite come to terms with that, but it’s also partly because the pen was discontinued shortly after that post was published. There’s still a few available here and there so it remains a possibility, but there’s also a new Skeleton being released. The official announcement is this weekend but I’ve been fortunate to enjoy an early look.

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The Cost Disease

In today’s post, we talk about an idea in economics called the Cost Disease and how it affects the prices of the things we buy. It’s an interesting idea which allows us to pick apart the FP industry and think about how it might change the industry in the future. 

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Social Norms and the FP Communities

Reading through some FP classifieds late last year, I came across one where things got a little heated. Only a little, but enough to catch my eye. It got me thinking about the two parts of our community, the old and the new, and how each has developed its own norms and behaviours, and what happens when these are forced to share the same space. In today’s post, we dig into social norms, the role that they play, and how they can sometimes create conflict in the community. 

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