And now for something completely different! Long-time TidBITS reader Simon Sunatori recently contacted us about doing a DealBITS drawing for a new pen he’d invented and patented, and while it wasn’t Mac-related (other than coming in colors reminiscent of the original iPod mini), I was sufficiently intrigued to check it out. I have to admit, it’s neat, in a geeky sort of way. The pen hangs from a pendant you wear around your neck, and the unusual part is that the pen and pendant contain relatively strong magnets. When attached, the magnets retract the pen tip; when detached, the pen tip drops down instantly and is ready for writing. The silver pendant contains a simple digital clock and is sufficiently polished on the other side to act as a mirror, helpful if you should ever need to focus the sun’s rays to burn yourself out of captivity. Tristan and I do our family’s weekly grocery shopping at the local GreenStar Cooperative Market, where we have to write down a variety of bulk product and produce codes to read to the cashier, and Simon’s pen is by far the most convenient writing implement I’ve found for that task. No caps to lose, no buttons to click, no strings to tangle – it just works.