Monday, October 18, 2010

Stop writing "pencil for scale" captions!

You'll write instead, "scale in cm" like a good scientist should, because we'll be giving these to our friends at GSA Denver.

Mechanical pencils and waterproof field books will be around for a long time.  Here we have a pencil and centimeter photo scale combined.

Lily Hwang applied her photogrammetric/scientific/graphics skills to produce this.  Not easy.  Bob's Buick doesn't specify its freebie pencil logo length be accurate to 0.1mm.

Seems obvious, but I've never seen it done before, have you?

I'd love to laser engrave some nice Pentels or Staedlers. What do you think?

See you at GSA!  (And here's a link any field note nerd will appreciate; a blog dedicated to mechanical pencils. )

9 comments:

Steve Gough said...

And I forgot, you can meet Lily at GSA, which is a singular experience!!

Anne Jefferson said...

These are so cool! I can't wait to grab [more than] one.

Kim said...

I love it. (I also need it, because I've got a mechanical pencil for scale in too many photos.)

Jessica Ball (AKA Tuff Cookie) said...

Ooh, nifty! Please say you'll be at AGU as well - I couldn't make it to GSA this year.

Naturalist Charlie said...

Hey, this is a really great idea... why was it not done before? Any way to get one if I won't be in Denver? Are you ever bringing your stream table to Vermont?

Steve Gough said...

These are cheapo giveaways, so don't covet too much. But still great for scale and as a field vest backup. We'll get you one if you want one, (email me after GSA). I'll bring a bunch to the blogger's meet. @Charlie, check out the stream table map at emriver.com; we have quite a few in Vermont now!

chrisp-2 said...

Would it be possible to get one (or maybe two, so I can supply a colleague, too) of this very handy pens abroad?

Steve Gough said...

chrisp-2. Send an email to info@emriver.com, we'll see what we can do.

Astrid Arts said...

These are brilliant. Really ... I just saw these on the mountain beltway blog and am so sad that they aren't for sale