Phil Olin

2021-02-16: Time to start a new notebook, which starts with stickering up the cover. Old on the left, new one on …

2021-02-11: Moose was very excited to get his bone to chew on.

2021-02-01: Sometimes we want to relax on the couch. Moose often has other plans about that.

2021-01-20: The D&D 5e library grows! Added 5 new books this holiday season.

2021-01-20: Picked up some new Robert Oster fountain pen inks. Motor Oil, Grey Seas, and Citrus.

2021-01-17: Very productive during the little one’s nap time. Made a batch of rhuberry strawbarb jam, and a …

2021-01-02: I’d tell you a joke about time travel, but you didn’t like it.

2020-12-27: I recently finished reading Patrick Rothfuss’s book, ‘The Name of the Wind.’ It …

2020-12-26: Made a gingerbread house for the first time in forever. Next time we’re making our own gingerbread …

2020-12-19: Watching the original Thomas and Friends show, shot with the model train layout. It is weird to hear …

2020-12-08: Before March, I’d drink a pound of coffee at home in a month. Post March, it’s a pound in two weeks.

2020-11-29: Sometimes it’s the little things. We’ve had this coat rack for a few years now, but it’s never been …

2020-11-26: Remember when the Macy’s Day Parade wasn’t a giant ad for Verizon? I think I’ve seen more ads for …

2020-11-11: Bought an empty ink bottle to swap from the horribly useless squat Sailor bottles. This new bottle …

2020-11-10: Part of my Fountain Pen Day order arrived. Still one more package on the way.

2020-10-31: Yesterday morning I had zero typewriters. Picked up the Coronet from my parent’s last night, and …

2020-10-22: Pumpkins carved, we had fun doing these. Didn’t get a chance to carve any last year.

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2020-09-29: In the process of writing a snail mail letter today, I managed to write two fountain pens empty.

2020-09-28: Anyone else smash a smoke alarm until it stops beeping after going off for absolutely no reason 4 …

2020-09-27: Finally got time to tear into the Moonlander’s drivetrain issue. Turns out 7 years of riding in all …

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2020-09-14: Wrapping up a journal entry. This has been a daily habit for the past few years.

2020-08-31: What’s the easiest way to tell if a room used to be a bathroom? Look for the toilet shaped hole …

2020-08-06: New pen and ink day!

2020-08-03: Time to get out for a mountain bike ride. It’s been about 2 weeks since my last ride, and I’ve been …

2020-08-01: Looking up on someone looking down.

2020-07-30: It’s a cherry blueberry jam type of night.

2020-07-30: Oh, hmm, imagine that. Apple’s line of “we apply the rules to all developers evenly” was a load of …

2020-07-28: Ran across this little guy on our evening walk yesterday.

2020-07-27: So much for Google Docs being editable anywhere on any device. I can no longer edit from the browser …

2020-07-21: Pulled off all the no-coin locks on the gumball mechanism. It feels like it should, heavy initial …

2020-07-21: Komet Gumball Mechanism Took apart the gumball machine to start cleaning it. Interesting mechanism. The piece on the right …

2020-07-18: Our first harvest of peppers out of the garden.

2020-07-10: Got a nickel gum ball machine. Need to clean it up, refresh it, not sure on colors yet, and fill it …

2020-06-28: Our gardens are doing fantastic.

2020-06-25: Not sure why I’m getting this on my iPhone. I’m not part of Apple Music/Match/etc. This is music …

2020-06-16: The gardens are doing well. We harvested some spinach and lettuces for dinner tonight.

2020-06-14: I’ve been working on cleaning and organizing the garage lately. A few weekends ago I build shelves …

2020-06-10: It’s never easy saying goodbye.

2020-05-25: Garden bed filled, fresh topsoil was delivered on Saturday. Ventured out to a couple nurseries today …

2020-05-22: The baby has been saying “mama” but now she’s dropping “F”s. Only 7 months old, and she’s already …

2020-05-17: A very productive weekend. Built one raised garden bed, wanted to do two, but I mathed real good and …

2020-04-30:

2020-04-10: Another grocery run today. I think the biggest thing I’m looking forward to is having normal grocery …

2020-04-07: Coffee and fountain pens. The best way to start the work day.

2020-04-02: New month, new currently inked page. I feel like I need to ink up a few more pens.

2020-04-01: First mountain bike ride of the season. This is the first time I’ve been out in 7 months. Took it …

2020-03-27: I’ve finished a 2nd bottle of fountain pen ink, so I’ve now successfully done the impossible twice. …

2020-03-25: Muenster has been loving having me work from home. If he’s not in my lap, he’s in his cocoon bed …

2020-03-19: Day 4 of working at home. I no longer want to be in my office after 5 PM. I log off the VPN, lock my …

2020-03-15: My new home office setup. We’ve been told to work from home for the next couple of weeks at least. …

2020-03-09: Picked up a few pints of Sip Hops Hooray from Good Nature Brewing this weekend. Really liked the can …

2020-03-06: Incowrimo update, I managed to get 10 letters written during February. Better than I expected, but …

2020-03-04: New keyboard day for work. Ducky One 2 Mini Pure White with Kailh Box White switches. Big …

2020-02-23: Dungeons and Dragons tonight! 🐉

2020-02-19: Took Moose down to the local baseball field. It’s all fenced in so he can run to his heart’s …

2020-02-16: I must be doing something right if the baby can go from listening to Black Sabbath, to AC/DC, to In …

2020-02-14: I found out why Apple doesn’t replace keyboards in retina MacBook Pros. Because they designed it …

2020-02-10: Apple’s independent repair thing is a hot pile of shit. I repair 10-20 Apple devices a year locally, …

2020-02-07: The first big blizzard of 2020, 12-19 inches of snow is expected, with snowfall rates up to 2inches …

2020-02-05: Out to sea from one of the many lighthouses that surround Portland Harbor, Maine.

2020-02-04: Sometimes orange fountain pen inks will get spots of crusties on your nibs. Krishna Jungle Volcano …

2020-02-03: Moose wants to be on the couch, but knows if he touches Captain, he’ll probably end up getting …

2020-02-02: Moose causes quite the sight when he decides to flop over and roll around in the snow when we are …

2020-02-01: Letter #1 for InCoWriMo written. Used my Karas Ink, with Krishna Jungle Volcano.

2020-02-01: Trying to watch Helpsters on Apple TV+ and I’m getting a cross through the play button on our 2009 …

2020-01-30: InCoWriMo starts in 2 days, anyone else getting ready to write a few letters? I’ll probably be …

2020-01-24: New dice day, just in time for our D&D session on Sunday.

2020-01-22: I was planning on writing a letter last night, but Pearl has other ideas.

2020-01-18: New currently inked layout. The stamp is from Aileen Smith, and is one of a few I picked up.

2020-01-17: I’ve never done this before, and it was a bit strange but we bought the same car twice. Our old car, …

2020-01-03: Today’s fountain pen carry.

2019-12-21: I hate that used Subarus hold their value so well. Want a 2 year old used Subaru with 20k miles? Oh, …

2019-12-15: Baby neck is much worse than cell phone neck.

2019-12-14: Time to update the currently inked list. Inked up a pile of pens this evening. #fountainpens

2019-12-08: Started decorating the tree this morning. We didn’t get very far. #Newbornlife

2019-12-07: Went out for our Christmas tree today. Not the easiest thing with a 7 week old baby, but we all …

2019-12-05: New pen day! A Karas Vertex, in one of their limited edition material runs. I’ve been looking …

2019-12-04: There is certainly a wonderful snowy white Christmas feel in town.

2019-12-02: Moose decided he needed to take a break half way through our walk. He proceeded to spend that time …

2019-11-30: I think What the Golf might be the greatest game on Apple Arcade. But it isn’t worth $5/month, …

2019-11-29: Signed up for the free month of Apple Arcade. I’ve been playing Guildlings most of the day, it is a …

2019-11-28: Such a handsome puppy. 🐶

2019-11-27: New notebook day. Finished up my Hippo Noto last night. 🖋

2019-11-26: I’ve finally figured out what has been happening when I’m backing the car into the garage. We’ve …

2019-11-25: Got the notification to add the last 9 months of the free Nintendo Switch Online from the …

2019-11-24: You know when your mom told you not to do something because your face was going to freeze like that? …

2019-11-24: Checking out the Gluon iOS beta. @vincent has made a pretty nice app, I like it so far.

2019-11-23: Weekends are never long enough.

2019-11-22: My snail mail letter pile has been growing, due to a new family member, writing time for replying to …

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2019-11-20: Playing with the NOMO app a little.

2019-11-19: Current home screen, I’ve had 4 rows on apps on the home screen for several years now. With the new …

2019-11-18: Three years ago this month, we were just getting in 900sq of hardwood flooring for our 2nd floor …

2019-11-17: We are in fatbike season again, this is a throwback to one of the first rides I did when I got my …

2019-11-16: I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time now, but I’ve started a new page, The …

2019-11-15: Sometimes you crave a really dark stout. Today feels like one of those days. Heavy Boots of Lead is …

2019-11-14: Wishlistr In the effort to free myself from “free” services, I’ve started to consolidate and delete some of …

2019-11-13: It snowed.

2019-11-12: Current conditions: white-out. 3-6 inches of snow expected overnight, with snowfall rates up to 1in …

2019-11-11: I’ve never done something like this before, but I got some new fountain pen friendly paper to try …

2019-11-11: The car is in the garage. For the first winter storm of the season, we got the car in the garage. In …

2019-11-11: Today’s fountain pen carry.🖋

2019-11-10: We are under a winter storm watch, from Monday evening through Tuesday morning. Possibilities of …

2019-11-09: Just spent 20 minutes taking apart the vacuum trying to figure out why the roller wasn’t working. …

2019-11-08: On the walk home. We got our first snow yesterday, and it seems to be sticking through the start of …

2019-11-07: I’m looking forward to trying this, I love normal Kraken, and this smells delicious, but I’m not …

2019-11-06: Took Moose for a walk after work and decided to play with the new cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro. Wow …

2019-11-05: Today is Election Day, I voted, did you?

2019-11-04: Played D&D for the first time in several years. Online game, using Roll20, Teamspeak, and real …

2019-11-03: Picked up Rogue Legacy from the App Store yesterday. I’m pretty horrible at it, but it is a great …

2019-11-02: With a new baby in the house, Muenster doesn’t get much lap time, so he enjoys every minute he can.

2019-11-01: This isn’t something we normally see in central New York.

2019-10-31: Just realized I have no pumpkin or Octoberfest beers in the fridge. 🍻

2019-10-31: Office outing for lunch, haven’t bowled in forever but it should be fun!!

2019-10-26: Even without Deep Fusion, low light photos on the iPhone 11 Pro are very impressive. I can’t wait to …

2019-10-26: “Oh, dad has food, I like food!” 🐶

2019-10-23: Pearl has claimed this as her new home. You’d think she was homeless.

2019-10-21: After holding a 6# baby all week, all our cats feel like they weight 30#. #newparentthoughts

2019-10-12: My current journal(left) is almost full, so I stickered up the new one in preparations for starting …

2019-10-05: I was checking out the new Apple Maps in my neighborhood and noticed something strange, there seemed …

2019-09-29: iPod Classic Usefulness Wanes. The start of the death of the iPod Classic is coming. I’ve used one in my car since I started …

2019-09-29: Placed my order for a new phone, big upgrade from my 6S+. Really looking forward to the new cameras …

2019-09-29: I seem to have a thing for bright green. TWSBI Eco, and a custom Benchmade Mini “Grip”. @mtt

2019-09-28: Enjoying a nice game of Potion Explosion! 🎲

2019-09-20: The new volume overlay (that tiny bar on the top left) might be one of my favorite iOS 13 changes. …

2019-09-13: Muenster is annoyed I won’t let him on the table to eat my dinner. Which I’ve never done. 🐱

2019-08-16: The D&D 5e collection grows. Just added Xanathar’s and Mordenkainen’s. 🐲

2019-08-09: Packing up the D&D stuff for this weekend. Probably not going to play, but it will be nice to …

2019-08-09: Moose got a bath this morning, and is now exhausted. 🐶

2019-08-04: Time to do some bike maintenance. The bottom bracket on my Moonlander started creaking last time I …

2019-08-01: I absolutely love this pen, a limited edition Karas Decograph, 049/100, with a smooth cursive italic …

2019-07-31: The views and scenery are what makes central NY beautiful.

2019-07-25: Getting somewhat excited for the new iPhone release this fall. I think I’ll be read to upgrade from …

2019-07-23: This one is too good not to share, good taste, and it has a nice peppery bite.

2019-07-21: Game night this afternoon. Played a round of Mystic Vale, 2nd time playing it, very interesting …

2019-07-20: Local fountain pen club (GNYPIG) meetup. Pens and inks have spread out every where.

2019-07-20: Inspired by @cygnoir‘s post, I put together a currently inked list.

2019-07-15: Managed to get out for a fantastic bike ride after work this evening. The trails were mostly dry and …

2019-07-15: He’s middle aged now, but still an amazing dog. Moose still wants to go for his long walks, but we …

2019-07-02: Took some work but I’ve got the skinny bike ready to hit the trails again. I haven’t ridden it in …

2019-06-30: Put together a nice little fire pit for the backyard. Should be able to put it to use next weekend.

2019-03-25: Deleted my Instagram account. It was my last link to Facebook Co. and it feels good to get away, …

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2018-12-21: Haven’t posted a currently inked fountain pen photo over here, so figured now is a good time to do …

2018-08-10: First time trying out a cold brew with my Chemex. Looking forward to trying this in the morning.

2017-11-29: Festercrook J It has been a while since I’ve written anything about the modern Esterbrook. While I wish I …

2017-11-07: Not another Wordpress? Already points ahead. Micro.blog looks like it is off to a good start …

2016-04-04: Festercrook, the Modern Esterbrook Update: I would just like to make a note of the phone call I just received, from Mr. Rosenberg …

2016-01-29: InCoWriMo 2016 InCoWriMo or International Correspondence Writing Month, is almost here. For February, write one …

2015-03-03: Well Stamped InCoWriMo Letter I received this InCoWriMo letter yesterday from a writer in California. I love the collection of …

2015-03-01: InCoWriMo Results InCoWriMo is over. It was a blast. Over the month I wrote 41 letters, and received 27 letters (I do …

2015-01-31: Moose: A Christmas Dog We got a dog for Christmas this year. Ashley’s sister-in-law called me to tell me that the …

2014-11-27: Postcard Series 1: Charles Bridge One of the few unused postcards in my inherited stamp collection.

2014-11-20: The Notebook Search I’m in search of a new notebook. My Arc notebook is almost finished and I don’t want to …

2014-10-05: Ello: My Thoughts Ello is the new kid on the block. A new social networking site, similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc. …

2014-10-04: Stamps & Postcards I inherited my great-grandfather’s stamp collection a few years ago. In includes hundreds if …

2014-10-01: L.A. Noire I finally finished L.A. Noire on my 360 recently. Yes, the L.A. Noire that was released back in …

2014-09-29: The Riddle of Strider All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does …

2014-09-25: Pilot Vanishing Point in Copper Pilot has released a new Limited Edition Vanishing Point fountain pen. This year’s color is copper. …

2014-09-22: iOS 8 iOS 8 has been out for a few days now. Overall, I’d say it has been a pretty good release, but …

2014-09-03: Green Apple KoolAid™ I recently found a new to me flavor of Koolaid in the grocery store recently, Green Apple Koolaid. …

2014-07-21: Dungeon Crush Farm®™ The future of video games has been described by Bill Amend in a recent Foxtrot comic.

2014-07-13: Lake Jimmy I’ve been up and down many of the numerous mountains in the Adirondack Mountains on New York. …

2014-06-30: Goodbye Facebook I’ve been putting it off for a while now, but finally went in and deactivated my Facebook …

2014-06-04: Spaceship! We finally got around to watching The Lego Movie. It may be one of the best movies I’ve ever …

2014-05-05: 5/5/14 Bike Ride I took the 29er out for a trail ride tonight. After riding the Moonlander for so long, it was an …

2014-04-23: Pixels PIXELS by Patrick Jean from ONE MORE on Vimeo.

2014-04-22: Apple Beta Program Apple has announced that anyone can join download and install beta versions of OS X. You’ll no …

2014-04-13: Spring 2014 Bike Ride I was finally able to get out and go for a bike ride. First time on the bike since January. …

2014-03-26: 45Nrth Wolvhammer My biggest complaint about winter biking is cold feet. Now that I converted to clipless pedals, I …

2014-03-20: Cold Rolled, Fatbiking in Marquette Michigan COLD ROLLED-Full Length Film from Clear & Cold Cinema on Vimeo. Fantastic film about the origins …

2014-03-04: Radio Shack Is Slowly Dying Radio Shack is planning on closing 1100 of their worst performing stores. I’m actually …

2014-02-26: Rdio, The Discovery of New Music I’ve started to using Rdio at work so I have some music to listen to. I’ve been able to …

2014-02-25: Zenvo ST-1 Watch the Stig take the Zenvo ST-1 around the Top Gear Test Track. There isn’t much if any …

2014-02-24: Flash, Just Fucking Die Already It has been a few years since Flash has been declared dead. Yet it still refuses to give up and …

2014-02-20: To Jailbreak Or Not To Jailbreak I’ve jailbroken every past iOS and iPhone I’ve had. Except for my iPhone 5S and iOS 7. …

2014-02-18: iTunes Access I’d love to be able to listen to my iTunes library at work. I have a decent collection of …

2014-02-16: Board Game Burnout Is board game burnout a thing? I love Small World. It is a fun, quiky board game. It gets played all …

2014-02-01: Muenster On November 10th, 2008, I adopted to world’s awesomest cat. I know he is the world’s …

2014-01-29: Future BMX/DH Biker Jackson Run Bike to kindergarten. from Ron Goldstone on Vimeo. This kid is amazing. His parents need …

2014-01-29: Nintendo Nintendo is an awesome company. They’ve produced numerous unique games and gaming systems over …

2014-01-26: Castles of Burgundy I got my first true “euro” board game recently. Castles of Burgundy. It’s not a …

2014-01-25: Grand Theft Auto 5 I finished the main story line of GTA V last night. WOW!! It is a fantastic game. Probably the best …

2014-01-25: The Ink Journal When I first bought my fountain pen, I started a small “ink review” notebook. I …

2014-01-21: NerdBlock I signed up for a NerdBlock subscription for January. NerdBlock is a monthly subscription of geeky …

2014-01-19: Game Night We had game night at my sisters last night. Played another round of Shadows Over Camelot. It went …

2014-01-18: America's Wagon GM’s Mark Reuss thinks America deserves a new wagon. I agree. It’s hard to find a real …

2014-01-18: Fountain Pen Ink I ordered my first batch of ink samples for my Lamy Safari fountain pen. I placed an order for a few …

2014-01-16: Board Games My first introduction to real board games was Settlers of Catan. By real board games, I mean …

2014-01-14: Ghost vs 10 Centuries Since starting my blog/website back up, I’ve enjoyed using Ghost. It’s well designed, …

2014-01-13: Ghost 0.4 Ghost 0.4 came out this morning. As I’m checking out 10 Centuries as an alternative. I decided …

2014-01-13: Project RC Continues I finished taking everything apart. The only thing I’m not taking apart is the transmission. I …

2014-01-10: HPI Savage Back in 2009, I bought a HPI Savage, a 1/8th scale monster truck RC car. I beat the crap out of it. …

2014-01-09: Remote Control Cars Remote control toys are fun. I could easily spend hours running my RC cars around the yard. I used …

2014-01-03: Legends of Grimrock If you grew up with Mac computers in the late 80s and early 90s, you may remember an old game, …

2013-12-28: Fountain Pens: A Different Writing Experience I’ve never written with a fountain pen until recently. I picked up a Lamy Safari Fine point …

2013-12-22: The Room Puzzle games are fantastic on the iPad. They easily adapt to touch controls. The Room and The Room 2 …

2013-12-21: Shadows Over Camelot Shadows Over Camelot is a cooperative board game. You play as the knights of King Arthur’s …

2013-12-19: EDC Upgrade I’ve carried a pocket knife since I was in my early teens, if not earlier. When I was younger, …

2013-12-08: Yosemite - A Time Lapse A beautiful timelapse of Yosemite National Park. Somepoint in my life I want to do a backpacking …

2013-12-07: Dungeons and Dragons and the iPad The iPad was originally introduced in January 2010. At that point, I was playing Dungeons and …

2013-11-07: Tiny Death Star Star Wars makes everything better. Tiny Death Star is the newest game from NimbleBit. If you liked …

2013-11-05: Small World: The Board Game I love board games, and I’ve been slowly building a collection. I picked up Small World …

2013-10-26: Skitch When Skitch first came out, I was a huge fan. It was an extremely useful app for quick editing and …

2013-10-25: The Artifactory I found the Mixture of Life's Elixir at the Artifactory. Magic Hat Brewing Company Highly …

2013-10-22: Mavericks, OS X 10.9 Apple announced the release of their latest version of OS X today, version 10.9 Mavericks. There are …

2013-10-21: Heady Topper, Vermont's Rarest Commodity Craft beers are booming in popularity. Living in central New York, I’m lucky enough to live …

2013-10-17: eBooks, Or Damn I Wish This Shit Just Worked When I was a kid, the local library hated me and loved me at the same time. I read. I read a lot. …

2013-10-15: Early 2011 MacBook Pro GPUs Remember the Nvidia GeForce 8600MT graphics cards in the 2007-08 MacBook Pros? It may be happening …

2013-10-14: Welcome to Ghost Ghost is finally available to the public. WOW. I’m glad I tried this out. I won’t say it …

2013-10-13: Hello world! Lorem ipsum goes here right? Just to make it look like I wrote more than I did. This is the …