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Posted by Dirck on 3 May, 2019

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the concept of multiple universes, whether we accept them or not. Occasionally, one stumbles across an item which gives the idea a little shove into the foreground. “This thing,” one says, “cannot have sprung up in the history I know. This thing is from a similar place, but not the same.”

I was shown one of these this week, and I’m going to share it with you. It’s probably just a prime example of novel-length source material being horribly handled on its way down to a audio-visual version one can easily sit through, but it may also have slithered through a pore in the skin of the universe.

Aside to the possible violence it might do to your notions of causality, it’s also a little hard to take for purely artistic reasons. The fact that stuff like this was considered cutting-edge entertainment in my childhood is part of the reason why I don’t get too nostalgic for that time. Other reasons include… well, when you’ve got a few minutes to spend weeping with despair, google “1970s fashion” and consider the poor kid who had to look at that stuff every time he left the house… or regarded himself in a mirror.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Lamy black

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Posted by Dirck on 20 November, 2012

I was so excited about the mini-review reviewing the Mini that I forgot to update the plight of Red Leader.  Let me remind you of where we last saw him:

One might say, “Ooh, that’ll leave a mark.”

As I mentioned last week, I had high hopes.  The welds looked solid, and with the removal of the old glue from the section there seemed a good chance they would continue to.  Then, there was the matter of reducing the evidence of the repair.  In that department… well, I’m not absolutely delirious about the results:

One would be correct to say it, too.

Could I have done better?  Probably.  A combination of the client asking for brisk return and the fact that the point of the pen was absent tipping affected how much time I could and was willing to apply to the problem.  Filling in that crack more thoroughly would add time and effort, then fixing the visual damage that filling would cause would treble both.

But, my sad laziness aside, I allow myself a little glow of pride at reuniting the fragments.  It may not be reforging of Narsil, but there is a satisfaction to be had from it.  And, if I can lean on a culture that is not my own for a moment; perfection is in the hands of the Almighty, and for a mortal to attempt it is to draw divine wrath.  So you see, it’s really an exercise in lightning avoidance.

Today’s pen: TWSBI Mini (link forthcoming)
Today’s ink: Herbin Éclat de Saphir

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