On Louis CK’s first comedy album, which featured a lot of jokes about him being poor, he imagined what he’d do if he suddenly came into a lot of money, including legally changing his name to Cunty McShitballs and then donating so much to charity that the news media would have to say it aloud. Another of his notions was to open up the self-described worst store in the world, that would only sell pencils and charge a million dollars for each one.
Okay, we’re not quite at that level, but Apple just introduced the Apple Pencil. For real. So that you can draw on an iPad. The sort of clever technology Nintendo handheld devices figured out a while back. I thought people were kidding me about this until Gallen Dugall sent me an actual link.
It’s reminiscent of how the space race handled drawing devices: the U.S. invested time and money into a pen that could write upside down and in zero gravity, while the Soviets just used pencils. So I suppose this new invention is arguably the fruit of our Cold War victory. U.S.A.!
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist