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New Learning

Posted by Dirck on 23 August, 2010

We are told that learning new things keeps the brain in good shape as we begin the (hopefully) long slide into the grave.  In that spirit, I am always pleased to run across something that my broad/shallow approach to learning has not previously brought to my attention.  The latest item of that sort comes from in a blog which has in its short career become one of my favorites.  In a recent installment, the author mentions that there are certain implications in the use of green ink when writing– the reader may freely infer that the writer is a raving lunatic.

As a frequent and happy user of green inks, my joy in discovery of an unknown item of knowledge is somewhat tempered by the content.  Somewhat, and… temporarily.  While I am not about to join the Loyal and Observant Order of Non-conformists, I am as the regular reader might determine somewhat pleased to stay off the paths well-trodden by the common herd of humanity.  During that brief period of umbrage, before (what I call) reason came to bear on the matter, I was going to offer a counter-example in the form of the tradition of the head of British Military Intelligence signing orders in green, but upon reflection I realized that the Venn diagrams of staring madmen and heads of intelligence services can easily have a huge area of overlap.  With that reflection, contentment.

I agree with the author of the blog which set me off that the specific attributes of the “Green Ink Brigade”, amongst which are stridency and unreasonableness, are not to be accepted, but as far as gentle eccentricity goes, I’m right on that.  Like that author, I do no use bright greens, but muted and earthy ones.  I do not stand on street corners, screaming about the conspiracy of spleen-sampling which the Martians and CIA collude at.  I occupy a small corner of the internet and rant about pens.

Honestly– would a sensible man let his son get this close to a locomotive?

A man in a Panama hat watches a two-year old child frolic by the wheels of a c.1913 locomotive

The other item of new intelligence slightly oppresses me.  I have arranged to meet a client tonight at a local coffee-house, in which arrangement I say, “I’ll be the one in the fedora.”  I had forgotten that this may not be the distinguishing mark I think it to be.  There was an item on the local news over the weekend, to which I can find no link, reporting on the sudden rampaging return of hats to mens fashions.  The new learning in this?  That I may have actually have gotten in front of a fashion trend!  I don’t know whether to be pleased or angry– the latter because, despite the fact that unlike most of the wearers of sad little stingy-brim sewn hats my topper is in concert with the rest of the outfit, I am likely to be accused of following the trend.  Ick.

Today’s slightly mental pen:  Sheaffer 8C
Today’s barking ink:  Herbin’s Vert Empire

2 Responses to “New Learning”

  1. Zena said

    I don’t think you’ll ever be mistaken for someone following a trend, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

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