Posts by Tim Hofmann
AI Takes from December 2022
Right now there’s a lot of chatter about AI tools, specifically for writing text and generating images. I’ll collect my takes as of now in this place and we’ll see how well they age. Takes incoming now. ChatGPT I had my first brushes with AI/neural net text generators in 2017. I read an article by…Read More
Managing Communication Overload
A friend of mine posted a plea for help on Facebook: I’m getting increasingly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of messages and communications I have to check everyday. With 3 active emails, social media accounts, messaging apps, texts…I feel like I’m “on call” all the time. Any advice on managing this? I’ve got problems, but…Read More
Difficult Times® are upon us. Now what.
It is hard right now. You are probably struggling right now. Own it. If you’re not struggling now, gird your loins. Own your struggle, bring your best. The only times I’ve succeeded in business (or life) it’s been a result of showing up day after day and doing what I do. It certainly hasn’t always…Read More
record release: about ntrance
what is it? ntrance is a 4-song release (about LP length, ~40 minutes) I made this year. It’s mostly instrumental and I’d describe it as ambient electronic music. It’s available to stream at manoeuver.bandcamp.com/releases or right here: ntrance by Eddie Manoeuver why did I make it? I’ve been making and recording music since high school…Read More
Sharpened Untipped Italic Nibs Gone Wild. With Lamy Vista.
Quick Look at the new TWSBI Aurora
Earlier this month there were ripples running through a certain subset of the FP community, when with little warning (about 4 days.) TWSBI announced a new model, available only on their website. On the 18th, I made my move at 6:30 in the AM, and was actually surprised to find I was able to get…Read More
Do I like this Franklin-Christoph 02? Let me count the ways.
2012 was a big pen year. I found the online pen community and started to engage. I went to the Baltimore show, the DC show and the Ohio show and started to meet pen people. Many of them are dear friends now. The DC show was especially big. I was sitting at a table in…Read More
planning more posts…
Rotring Core: a pen review.
The Rotring Core occupies a hallowed spot near the top of the list of the most hideous fountain pens of all time. This pen could go head-to-head with the Montegrappa Chaos and honestly, be reduced to a cinder. Chaos is way worse. But the Rotring is different. It’s not an attempt at over-the-top ostentation and…Read More
Baltimore Pen Show 2019: Fun.
The Baltimore show was a great time this year, as no one will be surprised to find out. A highlight of this year’s show was having a healthy contingent of my local crew there for the show. It’s one thing to have pen club friends at your local show, and the last 2 years at…Read More