I, Pencil: The Movie

A lovely little film about how everything is connected. Because, as Charles Eames famously noted, “Eventually everything connects — people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”

5 Responses to I, Pencil: The Movie

  1. Ohio Mom December 3, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    From an artistic point of view, this is a beautifully done piece. At first it reminded me of saying grace before a meal and thanking the many hands that brought the food to the table — from the cooks who prepared it, to the farmers who raised it, the migrant workers who harvested it, the truckers who transported it…and so on. We are all connected.

    But by the end, when the promise is being made that the invisible hand will always make everything better and better, all I could think of was EXTERNALITIES, WHAT ABOUT THE EXTERNALITIES?!

  2. imhotep December 3, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Izquierdo, if “eventually everything connects,” how can one ever be “off topic?”

  3. Izquierdo December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Immy, I now think that your inability (refusal?) to stay on topic may be due to some problem with attention span or reading comprehension, rather than simple monomania. I didn’t write the post you were replying to, Ohio Mom did.

  4. russ December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Very good analysis, Ohio Mom. And you’re right – Due to external forces, this symphony of accomplishment can easily go off track, and won’t necessarily be around forever and ever.

    I check out John Michael Greer’s columns from time to time. One of his articles talked about the extreme nosedive that pottery making underwent once the Roman Empire fell. That within a few generations of the fall, the pottery and dishware available to the fiefdom Dark Age rulers was grossly inferior to pottery available to the average Roman citizen of 100 years earlier.

    And the reason was the great simplification that takes place during collapse – the particular skills that can be brought to bear when an Empire can afford specialists disappear very rapidly when we all have to fend for ourselves for day to day living.

    We’re looking at that now as our own Empire nears collapse. Before too long, even making a pencil will likely be looked at as a very sophisticated process.

  5. Izquierdo December 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I don’t know whether the movie touches on this, but there’s a story that while NASA went through very expensive R&D to produce a ball point pen that could function in space, the USSR space program simply used pencils for the same purpose.

    Fact, or urban legend?

    Even if legend, I still like the story.

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