Liveblog: Vellum introduction event

Liveblog: Vellum introduction event

7:37 AM: This is Giovanni Techini liveblogging the introduction of Parchment 2, which Digiscribe says will be called “Vellum”.

8:45 AM: We are now taking our seats on the benches.

8:57 AM: The sun has broken through the clouds. Good sign?

9:00 AM: We are supposed to start, but the jugglers are still performing.

9:10 AM: Late as usual. Some day, people won’t have to put up with that.

9:16 AM: The jugglers have left the stage. A crier is announcing that something new is about to “unfold”. Folding is how Parchment (I guess we call it “Parchment 1” now) took market share from Papyrus in the first place

9:18 AM: Stefano takes the stage. He looks good.

9:25 AM: He’s holding up a codex, showing the pages. “Parchment changed the world” yada yada.

9:26 AM: Looks like the same process was used with scudding and a hemispherical knife. We’re looking for more than that.

9:30 AM: Okay, here’s something new: pumice! That should make it smoother…easier for illuminations.

9:35 AM: Huh. They are using uterine materials? That’s going to make it expensive…no price given though.

9:43: Stefano has left and I am waiting my turn to feel the piece of “Vellum” they brought for reporters. My thoughts? Smoother and more expensive is going to make this a niche product. If they aren’t careful, people will go back to writing on stuff made from plants…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in theΒ I Love My Kindle blog.

11 Responses to “Liveblog: Vellum introduction event”

  1. Harold Says:

    Loved it! Bravo!

  2. Deb Schmalz Says:

    I loved this. Buford, your brain must be stuffed with these kind of offerings. Keep ’em coming!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Deb!

      Well, my brain is stuffed with something…there has been considerable debate about what, though. πŸ˜‰

      Little thing, and it could be your autocorrect…my first name is Bufo, not Buford. Don’t worry about it, that happens from time to time. People probably reverse my name more often. πŸ™‚

      • Deb Schmalz Says:

        Ah Buford sorry about the name thing. I type my replies on my Fire and for some reason it just keeps auto correcting your name. I’ve even turned auto correct off and tried every thing I can think off to make my Fire get it right. Help?

  3. Andrew Says:

    Hi, Bufo!

    Nice story, but it drove me crazy trying to figure out what the heck a “hemispherical knife” is!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Andrew!

      I’m not an expert on that (hey, I don’t even use leather), but my understanding is that it is a knife shaped like a hemisphere (like half of the moon) used, in this case, to scrape leather in preparation for turning it into a writing material. You can imagine how you could grip that firmly and drag it over the skin.

  4. Joe Bowers Says:

    Hello, B.C.,
    I enjoyed this, literally lol’d! You certainly seem to keep yourself busy. I was happy to see you have made references to Doc Savage, Forry Ackerman, and your review of the book about ’60’s comic books. We must enjoy a lot of the same things! I was very familiar with Doc and Forrest J. as a boy, neat to see them in your blog! Your writings have been very helpful in my enjoyment of my Kindles: I am what you called an Amaphibian, I believe. Pre-ordered the Fire when it was announced, then got the $79 (Mindle?) to see in advance if I had any problems with my WiFi. (It was easy.) Sorry for bending your ear, and thanks again for informing and entertaining!
    Joe Bowers

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joe!

      Thanks to for the kind words! Always nice to hear from a fellow geek. πŸ˜‰

      Don’t worry about bending my ears…they are pretty flexible. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  5. vrwl Says:

    LOVED. THIS!!!

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing vrwl!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! I had fun writing it. πŸ™‚

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