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Sean Malone 1

Pencil Talk already mentioned this yesterday: Sean Malone has passed away. Like Stephen, the Pencil Talk editor, I was very sad to hear the news. Sean was the brilliant mind behind Pencils and Music, a now offline blog he started around 2010, as well as the amazing  Blackwing Pages and Contrapuntalism blogs.

He was an accomplished musician, as you will see if you search for him on the Internet. He was not only a real life rock star, he was also a rock star in our stationery fandom niche. He even met Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell and Eberhard Faber IV.

Sean, we miss you!

Sean Malone


1,000 subscribers 2

Compared to this blog, which is more than ten years old, my YouTube channel is quite young – just a bit more than five years old. The number of popular videos is fairly small. They are usually watched by non-subscribers and somehow these popular videos seem to be the ones without much substance, while the more in-depth videos don’t tend to be popular overall, but are popular with subscribers. This is a surprise to me, even though maybe it shouldn’t be.

Today, I was quite surprised when, within a short period of time, the number of subscribers jumped by more than 50 to 1,000. Thanks for that to all my viewers and subscribers.

Also thanks to Sean of Contrapuntalism fame. Some of the videos feature a beautiful intro music that Sean made for me.