We're huge fans of Pilot's G2 gel ink pen. We love the G2 so much that we hold weddings for each pen and Moleskine notebook that get used together. Kidding. We're not that weird — we just hold funerals when their ink runs dry. Anyway, Pilot has introduced the G2 Mini ($6-$16; Feb. 1), a smaller version that will fit better in our pockets and take up less room in our gadget bag. It's available in eight colors in packs of 3, 4 and 8. Like the original, the Mini has a comfortable rubber grip and acid-free, archival safe gel ink that is water-resistant and smear-proof.
Okay, we have to admit it — we still like having old-timey paper calendars around, despite our digital lifestyles. Something about marking off the days until we see our girlfriends and thus get laid again just doesn’t have the same appeal if we’re doing it in iCal or Outlook. For 2006, we’re using the Pentagram 2006 Large Calendar ($40). Each month features a different classic typeface and a bio of the designer who created it. It's fun, with type.
When you're online and writing as much as we are, those lame ergonomic keyboards and wrist pads just don't cut it. And while we haven't decided if this futuristic workstation is the solution for us, there's no doubt that it's an awesome cure for all those aches that come from being a computer geek. Created by renowned designer Eran Baruhe, the Nethrone ($2500; available Jan. 30, 2006) is an oval-shaped structure that offers unrivaled electronic adjustment of nearly every part, including the height, angle and position of the keyboard, display, (massage) seat, headrest, and more. We're looking forward to checking it out at CES in Las Vegas next month.
Despite the somewhat confusing name, the Kung Fu Kids Clock & Card Holder ($40) is quite a cool little gadget, and makes a perfect gift for the office of a loved one. It features a small figurine that holds up the clock and card holder, symbolizing positive “chi” and “control of time as well as power and strength.” We don’t know about all of that, but it does look cool — and makes us want to bust out some old Bruce Lee flicks.
Did you know that Mark Twain was a spokesman for a pen? Yup, and here it is. This exact replica of the original Conklin Pen Company Crescent Filler ($315) was used and promoted by Twain himself over a hundred years ago. Twain expressed his love for the self-filling fountain pen in an ad in which he stated: "I prefer it to ten other fountain pens, because it carries its filler in its own stomach, and I can not mislay even by art or intention. Also, I prefer it because it is a profanity saver; it cannot roll off the desk." However, the price might bring the cussing out.