Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pencil Videos

American Libraries Direct, the e-newsletter of the ALA, mentioned the below video about golf pencils. It expalins where golf pencils came from, but not why! But it's still a fun little video, and while I was poking around, I found a couple of other very entertaining pencil themed videos. Hope you enjoy!

Short Pencil Saga


The World Championship of Illegal Pencil Fighting


"pencil test" - Apple Computer 1988


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9 Comments:

Blogger A'Llyn said...

I had that computer (in Pencil Test)! I wrote my thesis on it.

Actually I still have it, I just never turn it on anymore. I'm clinging to the vain hope that one day a museum will want it and I won't have to worry about disposing of it properly.

6:38 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger j0m1n1n said...

Have you ever noticed that golf pencils smell like pee?

10:26 PM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Um, no...Where are you keeping your golf pencils?

3:56 AM, October 12, 2007  
Blogger Katya said...

I hate those golf pencils. I orginally liked the library where I work because we didn't have golf pencils -- we gave our patrons real pencils. Apparently it got too expensive though because we've just recently gone to golf pencils.

5:35 PM, October 13, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Katya,

I used to have to buy the golf pencils for my library. They were expensive compared to dirt cheap regular pencils.

I think the driving force behind golf pencils is their unappealing qualities. Libraries don't want to set out nice stuff because then it will be taken, but I think we've proven over the years, that no matter what we do set out, it will be taken.

5:18 PM, October 15, 2007  
Blogger Katya said...

The golf pencils are more expensive than the regular pencils? I always assumed we started buying the golf pencils because they were cheaper AND uglier -- I didn't know we were buying them just so people would leave our pencils in the library.

8:22 PM, October 17, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Well, I had to purchase them through a contracted vendor, who then purchased them from another vendor, so who knows how much they originally cost.

9:02 PM, October 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my library to pony up for inscribed full size pencils. Unfortunately I did not order the pre-sharpened variety (which cost about $.01 more) so now I spend a lot of time at work sharpening pencils. When I get peeved with the student workers I make them sharpen pencils.

8:33 PM, December 10, 2007  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

You have my sympathy, that sounds like a big pain in the ass, but does sounds like an excellent work study punishment.

9:25 PM, December 10, 2007  

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