Links For February 22, 2015

The Best Pen

The uni-ball Jetstream is universally loved by our four experts (experts with 1,200 pen reviews between them and over 17 years of combined experience testing pens) for its exceptionally smooth writing ability. It dries quickly, which makes it good for left-handers, too, as it won’t smudge under their hands. This is thanks to uni-ball’s special pigment-based ink, which is designed to sink into the paper, which has the added bonus of making it much more difficult to wash away, preventing check fraud.

Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Coffee Lids, Explored

Gallatin professor Louise Harpman—founding partner in the architecture and urban design firm Specht Harpman—is also, with her business partner Scott Specht, co-owner of the world’s largest collection of disposable plastic coffee lids.

Bad Luck, Hot Rocks

Located in the Painted Desert of Northeast Arizona, the Petrified Forest was established, in part, to protect a vast deposit of petrified wood dating back to the Late Triassic period—roughly 200 million years ago.... In the more than one hundred years since its establishment in 1906, however, some visitors have still been unable to resist the urge to remove wood from the park. Some of these same visitors eventually return their ill gotten souvenirs by mail, accompanied by ‘conscience letters.’ The content of each letter varies, but writers often include stories of misfortune.... For many, their hope is that by returning these rocks, good fortune will return to their lives.

IMVDb | The Internet Music Video Database

Internet Music Video Database (IMVDb)

Now along to fill this niche is the Internet Music Video Database (IMVDb), a similar website for seeking and contributing information about music videos.... Inspired by this resource I decided to look up how many of the biggest-name actors and directors have made music videos. It was a surprising majority. It also turned out that the IMVDb was missing a lot of this information, so I used Internet searches, Google Books, Wikipedia, and IMDb’s disorganized “Other Work” and “Trivia” info to search through individual names and make my own list.

Lennon & Maisy // “Boom Clap” // Charli XCX