Suspend Your Disbelief

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Sharpie's new liquid pencil

So say you’ve decided to unplug for a while. That doesn’t mean you have to go completely low-tech. The new liquid pencil from Sharpie, for example, seems like an ingenious new invention.

Wait, you may be saying. A pencil from Sharpie? Aren’t those polar opposites? As it turns out, no. The pencil’s “ink,” made from liquid graphite, can be erased like an ordinary pencil—for three days. After that, the ink becomes permanent. I’ve always liked writing in pencil, and to me, this sounds like it might offer all the benefits (erasability, flexibility of expression) without the downsides (smudging and ineveitable illegibility over time).

The pencils aren’t available for a few more days (“September 2010,” says Sharpie), but you can order them online now in a few places.

Anyone out there tried these? What’s the verdict?

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