Thursday, 26 September 2013

This is Not a Pen


Doing my usual perambulations around Western Europe again (Holland and Italy this week), reading airline shopping catalogues.

This is not a pen. Or to paraphrase Magritte; "Ceci n'est pas un stylo."


It may have started out as a pen, indeed it may have been developed as a pen; however, it ceased being a mere pen when stupid people started paying vast amounts of money for it, at which point it transmogrified into a lifestyle statement, having the express intent of saying something meaningful about the person who wields it (usually something to do with their perceived social status).

To me it says; "Dick head for paying 320 Euros for something that shouldn't cost more than £20."

This, however, is something in an entirely different category.


It's what we experts call a "Gadget". Gadgets have a use (albeit that some are severely limited, like the iPhone, for example, which falls more into the previous category). This is a pen, but with infinitely more functionality than the aforementioned Mont Blanc, and at half the price, which is still a tad high - but that's the consequence of being an object of desire and appealing to Gadget-Man (being a technologically more sophisticated version of Homo Neanderthalensis, of which I happen to be a member).


2 comments:

  1. I spent £150 on a pen a few months ago, but I am safe from the accusation of dick-headedness as it can transmit what had been written via Wifi to my Evernote account. Gadgets of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your exclusivity.

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  2. Alan, you were ripped off...
    US$75 buys one that does the same and also takes video and audio recordings but in a different format known as "live scribe" I suspect I fall into "dick headedness" category simply because 1. I associate with PvB and 2 I actually bought two of them.

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