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It’s Not Going to Clean Itself

Posted by Dirck on 27 August, 2021

I am a big fan of the sort-of-dull exploratory science fiction films from the very dawn of the space age, like Destination Moon (which is not the same at the Tintin adventure of the same name, but the storylines are remarkably similar). Just about my favourite, though, is Conquest of Space. That one was somewhat based upon the Chesley Bonestell images in a book of the same name written by Willy Ley, a German rocket enthusiast who got out of Germany before the war and thus had less practical experience and fewer potential war crimes.


The plot of Conquest of Space was an mildly utopian and extremely mechanistic description of an expedition to Mars. It’s great. And today’s film pokes some of the same buttons.

I suppose naming the ship Bradbury would be a little too on the nose. I think I might have gone with Burroughs, for a laugh.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Diamond 580 ALR
Today’s ink: TWSBI Royal Purple


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Posted by Dirck on 26 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 23 August
  • 24 August
  • 25 August
  • 26 August
  • Third draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Some submissions.
  • All polished up and just sort of 3000 words.
  • Funnily enough, not “Anne’s Big Day”.

† Two Pelikans in one week? I really wanted to match this pen and ink, and as the maker of my rules, I can amend them.

‡ I’ll be offering some thoughts about this next week.

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DIY Homebuilding

Posted by Dirck on 20 August, 2021

I don’t have anything clever to say. Just watch this and be amazed!

If you haven’t seen Howl’s Moving Castle, you should address that. It’s weird and fun.

Today’s pen: Pelikan P1
Today’s ink: TWSBI Blue-black

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Posted by Dirck on 19 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 16 August
  • 17 August
  • 18 August
  • 19 August
  • Submissions and a Sask Writers Guild meeting.
  • Bugger-all writing, and I was late for the meeting.

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A Brisk Walk

Posted by Dirck on 13 August, 2021

There’s been a fair amount of noise recently about stacking starships (which sounds like a deeply unwise version of Jenga). While I’m not a specific proponent of SpaceX, not a Musk-ovite at all, I do like the idea of the current future including (semi)realistic plans for space-faring.

This sort of thing, after all, is what I grew up with as “what to expect from the future!”

I can’t decide if it would be a good idea or not to wave this under the noses of those pushing space currently. The existence of the Segway suggests we might be able to work out more intuitive controls… but the “make mistakes and break stuff” mode of at least one of the parties makes me fear for potential test-pilots.

Today’s pen: Eversharp Skyline
Today’s ink: Monteverde Malibu Blue (which I chose because I happened upon something written on a date I was previously using this ink, but it’s nothing like as vibrant– either I was using something else then, I didn’t clean out the Skyline well last time, or I can still be surprised by how much effect the pen can have on the look of the ink)

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Posted by Dirck on 12 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 9 August
  • 10 August
  • 11 August
  • 12 August
  • Second draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • Finished, and just under 3000 words.

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Khan Noonien Singh: Plagiarist?

Posted by Dirck on 6 August, 2021

If you’re a wiser person than me, you won’t have actually read Moby Dick, but have only been exposed to the film versions, the comic versions, the kids’ abridgements, or Ricardo Montalbán’s dramatic readings in the course of one of the best science fiction films ever.

I was vaguely aware of the book having been based upon a real story, but I hadn’t heard the whole of that story. It’s… gruesome yet entertaining (mainly because it happened a long time ago).

If you’re not wiser, or have radically different tastes in reading… well, ahoy, mates.

Today’s pen: Platinum PKB-3000
Today’s ink: Edelstein Topaz

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Posted by Dirck on 5 August, 2021

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 2 August
  • 3 August
  • 4 August
  • 5 August
  • Civic Holiday Day.
  • Pinned on the phone by a needy co-worker seeking advice on a duty.
  • Second draft of “Anne’s Big Day”.
  • About a dozen films reformatted (see last entry).
  • The half the damn lunch-hour.
  • Just 538 typed words.

† I get to exercise my signing authority today at the Sask. Writers Guild (did I mention I am, for the moment, a director?) so in addition to a pen with a distinctive point, I wanted to use an indelible ink; this one is both permanent and magnificently well-behaved.

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