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Childhood’s Bend

Posted by Dirck on 30 September, 2016

I’ve had a couple of unusually stinging rejections this week, and was beginning a mental retreat into the safety of childhood when I realized that, as far as mental geography goes, childhood is the most shifting ground possible.  Observe, if you will:

By comparison, a Martian invasion seems sane and welcome.

Today’s pen: Lamy Studio
Today’s ink: Lamy Black

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Dig It.

Posted by Dirck on 7 August, 2015

My son is growing up, as is the usual and hoped-for development.  No longer is his entire world absorbed by the adventures of an ever-growing crowd of locomotives on a fictional neighbour of the Isle of Man.  No, that has faded to a mere 86.3% of his willing attention.  He now devotes a little of his mind to other pastimes, one of the more absorbing of which is Minecraft.

Yes, it’s not a great idea to let a 7-year-old apply many waking hours to a videogame.  This one at least has a creative element to it.  Heck, he’s built the entire cast of Peep and the Big Wide World out of non-existent blocks (which are rather easier to clean up than the Lego Dinosaur Train my wife was press-ganged into building last week), and that’s a step in the direction of graphic arts, a fine hobby and sometimes a rewarding career.

Minecraft also provides whimsy which the boys parents appreciate, such as this:

And if a song is going to get stuck in you head through the efforts of a child, I’m just as happy that it’s this one which spun off of the Minecraft fascination:

Oh, don’t look at me like that.  I used the phrase “stuck in your head.”  If you clicked on it after that much warning, then you’ve had a valuable lesson at less cost than might have been.

Today’s pen:Pilot Vanishing Point
Today’s ink: Pilot black

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