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Forgotten Thing!

Posted by Dirck on 20 October, 2017

I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, so I forgot to mention it here!  Let me show you the notice from my site:

If you’re at all like me, that picture of a link to Paper Umbrella which remains unclickable will be driving you nuts.  That link is this one.

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The Only Good Thing About Autumn

Posted by Dirck on 20 October, 2017

The days grow short and cold, the nights grow long and colder.  The trees disrobe and the birds flee.  The promise of the great destroying season is in the air.  Heating bills wax fat and ridiculous.  Autumn is, in the vestments of gold and scarlet it creeps in on, the herald of an profoundly uncomfortable portion of the year, and I cannot welcome it.

Except for one saving grace.  For all that is wrong with it, autumn carries in its gaunt belly the darkly radiant egg of Hallowe’en.

Just imagine what I’ll be like next week.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Rugged Individualism

Posted by Dirck on 13 October, 2017

Today’s film is the result of a comment on yesterday’s post causing my poor old clogged synapses to fire; I remembered a thing from the past!  Hooray!  And it’s a funny thing, which is even better.  But before I get stuck in– I was indeed sent along for an x-ray yesterday, to make sure there’s nothing unexpected in the arrangement of my soft-tissue damage that might put a stick in the spokes of physiotherapy.  As it happened, I came home five dollars poorer, but picking up some cat food and a chocolate bar on the way home can hardly be laid at the door of the Canadian healthcare system.

Now, for those who want some less whimsy and more history on our MAD COMMIE WAYS:

Today’s pen, in the clutches of a raving socialist: Parker 50
Today’s ink, not yet fashioned into a polemic regarding inadequate distribution of wealth: Skrip Black

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Posted by Dirck on 12 October, 2017

This Week’s Pens Inks How Much Novel Progress
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That’s a pretty weak showing for the week. Let me explain, and perhaps even justify.  Monday was Thanksgiving up here in the Great White North, and that meant I was paddling about the house doing important house stuff prior to heading to my in-laws’ place for the traditional attempt to eat enough to last out the whole winter.  And that meant no writing.

But wait!  There’s more!  Today, indeed even as this entry is being posted by cool and unsympathetic electronic hands, I am off to see my doctor.  You may remember that in December and then again in April I mentioned having wrenched the crap out of my knee.  Up until the last week of September, I would have told you that I was pretty much recovered from this.  Mid-way through that week, for absolutely no reason I could notice, the knee was all inflamed and painful again; no new acrobatics, no attempted heroics, not even inclement weather.  That became the point at which I allowed common sense to overcome self-destructive idiotic laziness; I made an appointment to have it looked at.

Given the intermittent use of Canada’s handling of health-care in the debate over how things might be re-arranged in the US, I’m going to talk about this astonishing delay for a moment. I will admit that the distance between making the appointment and its arrival is somewhat inconvenient, although the leg is back to being merely somewhat sore.  However, I don’t want anyone to point at this and shout, “There!  See the horrible toll TEH SOCIALIZISMS takes on those poor benighted fools in Canada!” Here’s my take on this delay–

First of all, my doctor is quite good, popular and getting to be of an age where he wants to work less than five days a week; this makes for a full calendar.  Given that the most recent injury was five months ago, I can hardly call this an emergency, and even if I did call it an emergency, it’s not an Emergency Room emergency.  I could have, if moved by relentless agony, have sat for a couple of hours in any one of a number of open clinics around the city, and have my problem seen to by a competent if unfamiliar doctor (and thus left the emergency room less burdened by dummies like me and able to concentrate on people in authentic serious emergency trouble).  The delay is the price I pay for insisting on seeing the doctor I have chosen… which we can do here in Canada, honest.

Importantly, whether I wait several hours in an ER (because triage would put me waaaaay down the list of people needing attention), a couple of hours at a clinic, or a couple of weeks while the line of many satisfied patients my doctor enjoys cycles through to me, I am not paying for it.  Yes, I am paying for it through taxes, and that’s fine with me, because I’d be paying taxes anyway, and at about the same rate if I lived in neighbouring North Dakota, the same way I’m paying for police and fire departments and all that other stuff that people forget about when they complain about taxes.  However, my experience today will include no billing– I enter, I am probed, I get medical advice on my physical state, I leave and that’s that.  If I am sent for x-rays, same deal, but with extra radiation.  If the doctor tells me to come back in a month to see how I’m getting on, then it’s the same deal again.  If I have to start a long series of treatments because he notices I have a powerful and long-simmering case of The Spon Plague, then it’s still the same deal.  Watch as carefully as you like, as no time will my wallet leave my pocket.

I think that’s a pretty good deal, and certainly worth the .  I don’t know why people in the US resist it so fiercely (other than that they’ve been convinced by the people who make money off their system that it’s the only way to roll).

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Happy Birthday, Dear Spheroid

Posted by Dirck on 6 October, 2017

I’m a couple of days late on this, I know, but this week marks the sixtieth anniversary of the proof that “What goes up must come down” has a caveat which reads “…unless you can throw really, really hard.”

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Targa
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Acting, Class

Posted by Dirck on 29 September, 2017

Good heavens, look at the time!  Any later and it would be… the weekend!

Yes, that is meant to be clever.  But it is late in the day, and the bout of ursine juggling is not quite ended.

Today’s pen: Parker 50
Today’s ink: Skrip Black

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Flaming Bears with Chain Saws

Posted by Dirck on 22 September, 2017

Yes, things have developed since yesterday.  Here’s a rather well-made short film, crammed with philosophical pretensions for you to chew on.

I wish I had some time to comment upon it.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M30
Today’s ink: Diamine Evergreen

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Salve Atque Vale

Posted by Dirck on 15 September, 2017

Uh-oh.  Like the school film presentations this Friday feature of mine was inspired by, I’m veering perilously into undisguised educational material.  Well, too bad.  Today was the last day of the Cassini space probe, and as one who grew up watching things like the latter Apollo missions (which, damn it, were real) and Skylab I take a small interest in the probing of space.  Apart from the science expansions it offered, which I admit to comprehending imperfectly, the whole enterprise produced some really cool pictures.  Thus, we have a retrospective of a fallen robot’s valiant efforts.

Also, I rather like the fellow’s voice.

Today’s pen: Lamy Safari
Today’s ink: Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun

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Good Vibrations

Posted by Dirck on 8 September, 2017

This week’s film entry isn’t, again.  It’s just sound.  But this time, it’s just music.

Why?

Because it drifted past in the mad flood of things Youtube thinks I might care about, and as the saying goes, if you throw enough eventually something sticks.

Always been a sucker for that kind of sound.  I hope it’s made you all feel as good as it did me.

Today’s pen: Pelikan 120
Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Brown

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Looking Elsewhere for a Moment

Posted by Dirck on 1 September, 2017

I’m sure each and every one of us has had as full a budget as possible in the past week of bad environmental news, given events in Texas, Louisiana and… well, most of south Asia.  Today’s film is not altogether a distraction from those events, although it addresses them directly in no way.  It is a glance at the other side of the coin, as it were; a little dot of hope for the future as far as the interaction of the natural world and humanity’s urge to make big tools.

Also, it’s got that guy from Red Dwarf in it:

Isn’t that swell?

Today’s pen: Waterman 12
Today’s ink: Diamine Bilberry

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