This story has been around for awhile but I love it as it relates to two things that I love: baseball and beautiful penmanship. Long time baseball coach Don Wakamatsu, now with my favorite team, the Texas Rangers, is renowned for his fantastic calligraphy. When he does the lineup cards before each game, the cards are truly works of art. Linked below are a couple of articles written about him and his passion for calligraphy. Enjoy!
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Another eclectic mix of podcasts, as is often the case with my listening habits. What follows is Stuff I Learned from Podcasts Issue 2.
- The National Basketball Association (NBA) had very boring uniforms heading into the 90s. Then the new expansion team, the Charlotte Hornets, introduced teal uniforms. This was a big deal because it was not a traditional uniform color and sales of the jerseys took off.
- The NBA hired Tom O’Grady as a marketing director and he transformed uniforms in the 90s. The use of dye sublimation allowed for wild designs since they didn’t have to be embroidered and the desire for updated designs to boost uniform sales.
- This led to the crazy designs of the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and the namesake of this episode, the Toronto Raptors. Their uniform was purple with a red cartoonish dinosaur. It was often referred as the Barney design.
I listen to a lot of different podcasts during my week. Here is just a small sampling of the different types of shows I listen to. I listen to podcasts about moments in history, podcasts about professional wrestling and baseball. I listen to podcasts about technology and about analog and stationery things. I even listen to podcasts about weird jobs that people have and I can’t forget all the great podcasts about random, esoteric things that strike my fancy. And with them all, I take notes in my trusty notebooks.
I thought it would be fun to post the notes that I take and pull out a few of the random things that I learned during that particular day of listening. Here is Issue 1 of Stuff I Learned from Podcasts. More
I had heard a lot of praise about Baron Fig and their “tools for thinkers” over the last few years, but had not taken the plunge on purchasing any of their products. I had heard about their excellent paper and their well designed stationery items and was always just on the verge of buying. So, when a coupon to save $10 off an order of $20 or more was posted to the Erasable Podcast Facebook group, I thought now is as good a time as any to get a few things and see what all the fuss is about. One product in particular caught my eye and that was the Vanguard Composition Notebook.
I thought I would share a short video from a new series, Samll Thing Big Idea, by TED. This series takes a look at small things that have had big impacts on the world we live in. This particular episode is interesting to me as it looks at the humble but wonderful pencil. The narrator for this episode is none other that Caroline Weaver, the owner and proprietor of CW Pencil in New York City. CW Pencil is a store completely dedicated to pencils, especially wooden ones. She takes us through a short history of the pencil and how it