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The Big Day is Upon Us!

Posted by Dirck on 20 September, 2019

For those who care about such things, I’ll be liberally plastering my Instagram account (mostly stuff I cooked, some cats, surprisingly few pens) with the Pelikan Hub as it unfolds, although I’ll likely also do an after-action report on Monday here so people who dislike that particular avenue of social media don’t have to deal with it.

I don’t recall if I showed that one before. I don’t think I did, because surely if I had I’d remember pondering the wisdom of leading with “The clip looks like a bird’s face! COOL, HUH?!” I mean, I like it, but it’s well down my own list of reasons for liking the brand.

Today’s beaky pen: Pelikan 140
Today’s ink: Jentle blue-black

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Who Says Germans are Dour?

Posted by Dirck on 19 September, 2019

Oh, you know the stereotype; cool, efficient, probably wearing a black turtleneck.

Stereotypes, man. I should be wearing a lot more flannel, according to international concepts of my nation.

Now, the usual Thursday entry, which will display what an atypical week this has been in more ways than one. It’s not just the impending Pelikan Hub that has kept me from my usual industry– there’s been a lot of stupid demands on my time this week, and they rendered me dull or incapable of using my free time as I would wish. This was, by the way, AFTER choices of ink were made– that degree of dull unoriginality happens without any outside influence, and with a huge array of bottles from several brands all laid out in front of me.

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 16 September
  • 17 September
  • 18 September
  • 19 September
  • First draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”.
  • Third draft of “Disruptions on the Line” (nee “Underground Follies”).
  • 5 manuscript pages.
  • About 10 minutes of mildly-focused attention.

 

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Egalitarian

Posted by Dirck on 18 September, 2019

…or is it Pelikanitarian? These ads come from about the same period as Sheaffer was whipping up The Battle of The Sexes in the interests of selling stuff, and yet it’s suggesting than men and women may find the same model of pen equally delightful.

I imagine some will put it down to the decadence of Europeans rather than a far-sighted notion of equality.

For those who follow German even less than I do– in the first bit, young Timmy (or what ever the German version of that name is) is concerned about what to get his Dad; he suddenly realizes that Pelikan is making a grown-up version of his Pelikano, and everything is right in the world!

Today’s entirely gender-neutral pen: Pelikan Signum
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Plenty for Everyone!

Posted by Dirck on 17 September, 2019

While this particular example is both funny and speaks to a personal inclination, I’m not a fan of the type.

They make plenty of them! It’s not even a fountain pen! LEARN TO SHARE!

Today’s pen, which you may use it you ask nicely (and I’ll just hold onto the cap): Pelikan M30
Today’s ink, available by the bucketful: Diamine Marine

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COUNTDOWN BEGINS!

Posted by Dirck on 16 September, 2019

Pelikan Hub is this Friday! As a result, I’m going to clutter my space up with even more free advertising for that company than they’d expect, because if you can’t have a little fun with the efforts to wring money out of you, you’re probably not aware that they’re efforts to wring money out of you.

I will admit, if I lived in Germany, my son would be getting a LOT more of that kind of thing pressed upon him by his easily-led but well-meaning father.

Today’s pen (the start of a week of Pelikan): Pelikan New Classic
Today’s ink (less bound by brand loyalty): Diamine Bilberry

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I Have No Justification For This

Posted by Dirck on 13 September, 2019

Movie time. But what? Usually something pops up that I think is amusing, but this week has brought me little other than politics I don’t want to inflict on anyone that doesn’t take an active interest and some beekeeping.

Not that beekeeping isn’t interesting…

There. That’s fun.

Today’s pen: Pelikan Signum
Today’s ink: Pelikan Violet

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Posted by Dirck on 5 September, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 2 September
  • 3 September
  • 4 September
  • 5 September
  • A day of labour trying to get a ten-year-old computer to do things.
  • Getting some submissions away that should have happened yesterday
  • Third draft of “Those Whom Ambition Calls”.
  • First draft of “Whistling Through the Graveyard”
  • All I could stand.
  • All I have hoped to.
  • Remarkably little adjustment needed.
  • Four manuscript pages.

 

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Posted by Dirck on 22 August, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 19 August
  • 20 August
  • 21 August
  • 22 August
  • A slightly indulgent blog entry.
  • First draft of “Underground Follies” (working title).
  • See previous entry
  • 15 manuscript pages

I will mention once more, and probably only once more, the Kickstarter in which my recently-written story “The Moon Forest” will find a home… if they reach the funding goal which is painfully close to completion. If I assume my story is of average quality for the collection (it’s the only one I’ve read, so I can’t say otherwise), it’s going to be pretty darned good– I’m very proud of my work on that one. So, tell your family, tell your friends, tell passing strangers who look like they enjoy a good yarn, and let them have a look at the campaign page. They may be the very person who gives it the shove into existence!

SO CLOSE TO FULL! LESS THAN A WEEK TO RUN! SEND HELP!

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A Brief Lamentation

Posted by Dirck on 19 August, 2019

A long time ago, I got a new(ish) camera. I went on about it at some length, too, because I was able to take pictures that weren’t hideous, which up to that point was not the wrong word to use.

I mean… you can tell it’s a pen, but otherwise, uck.

Somewhat more recently, I got an actually new, fresh out of the box camera, and not only had it not taken pictures before, it was objectively good. Again, I mentioned it previously, and hinted that I might be switching over to it for site photos.

I did not. Why? Consistency. Let’s have a look at a pair of pictures from that earlier post:

The old Canon

The new Nikon

The new Nikon

They’re both good enough for my purposes, but they’re not the same, even though they were taken with the same lighting in the same place. And that made me not want to make the switch– I’m a lazy bugger, sometimes, and learning how to process the new shots so they’d look like the old was too much trouble. Also, the little table-top camera I use has a little trouble bearing the weight of a real cameral, even if it’s not carrying a mass of film in its guts. So, I carried on until…

Until it was time to show you all my super-cool Apollo commemorative pen. I headed down to the photography grotto, and found the camera wasn’t switching on. So I replaced the batteries. Which didn’t work. And that’s why this picture looks a little odd:

Something I don’t know how to adjust in an iPhone: white balance

It turns out the (nearly) modern phone camera  is pretty good, but getting pictures out of it, into my computer, and then washed and filtered until they’re consistent with the other shots on my site is even more work than dealing with the real camera. Ironically, that whole process would probably be easier if it wasn’t an all-Apple environment, but that’s the bed I now lie in.

Anyway, having finally convinced myself that the little old point’n’shoot is never going to open its eye again, I’m using Gargantua and putting in the slightly increased effort it takes to make it look about as duff as my previous efforts:

You might think I took this two years ago instead of mere days (also– coming soon to a website near me!)

I should be happy, because the pixel count is vastly higher now… although you wouldn’t know it. Rather than reducing image size by about 20% as part of the effort to make all pictures the same visual length, so visitors to the site can compare images side by side for a real sense of the pens’ relative sizes, the new standard needs an 80% reduction. In theory, this will disguise more in the way of scrapes and cat hair, leading to more beautiful pictures.

I will miss that little camera, though.

Today’s pen: Parker 50
Today’s ink: Herbin Bleu Calanque

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Posted by Dirck on 15 August, 2019

Day What How Much Pen Ink
  • 12 August
  • 13 August
  • 14 August
  • 15 August
  • First draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • Second draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • A letter to my mayor and city councillor about a really stupid item of policy that is about to become manifest, destroying 200 small local businesses.
  • Third draft of “Beyond the Wall.”
  • Four manuscript pages
  • 417 words
  • Much carefully-worded bile, about three spleens worth.
  • Up to 491 words, which is still fine.

A short story to fill the week, because Pseudopod is running a flash contest which closes at month’s end. The stupidity that comes in the midst of it is the sad sort of little guys vs. corporate greed thing that makes up so much of modern life– you can read about it if you’re inclined.

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