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It’s Just Some Old Pen

Posted by Dirck on 13 June, 2014

Today’s Filched Friday Film is a nice little story about continuity of things across generations.

It even makes me feel a little bad about harsh comments I’ve passed about Montblanc.

Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 5 June, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story “Story Time” (working title).

HOW MUCH: 2 pages of manuscript.

HOW LONG: About 35 min., including a little fact-checking for the purposes of the story.  No diversionary internettery was allowed, and I should also point out that I was toying with the idea of not writing at all today after the combative struggle with the closing moments of the last one.  Ain’t I dedicated?

Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 29 May, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 3 pages of manuscript (well… if you leave out the things crossed out while shouting “Arrrrg!  That’s dumb!”).

HOW LONG: About 55 min.  Productive!

Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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Posted by Dirck on 20 May, 2014

WHAT: First draft of short story  “Yard Light”.

HOW MUCH: 3 pages of manuscript.

HOW LONG: About 20 min.  I got distracted by an article a Facebook acquaintance posted, and then had to resort some degree of inner calm.

Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto
Today’s ink: Calamo Deep Blue

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Seasonal Affectionate Disorder

Posted by Dirck on 14 February, 2013

If I ignore you for a short time, does it mean I love you any less?

I’m not speaking rhetorically, as I so frequently do.  Nor am I addressing pens which like a notable dweller of R’lyeh may eternal lie.  I’m about to abandon you folks, not because I have lost regard for you, but because in any competition for my interest, the inverted precedence must be:

  • People living at a great distance who are interested in pens,
  • Pens,
  • Extended family,
  • Nuclear family.

So, I’m taking these few minutes to write a mash-note to my wife, something I’ve not done in a while.  Those with a significant other at hand, I suggest a similar application; not because of the day, particularly, but because it’s good for maintaining mutual significance.  Those without, I will offer this sop on the soppiest day of the year; not only is it unclear how many Saints Valentine there were, at least two stories of his/their life end with him being clubbed nearly to death before his beheading.  Romantic!

Today’s pen: Parker Duofold
Today’s ink: Noodler’s Couleur Royale

…but also the Stipula Passaporto because a mash-note written with an Italian pen must be more effective, and De Atramentis Elderberry ink because it’s a good colour for this sort of stuff.

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Clouseauesque

Posted by Dirck on 7 February, 2013

Detective work was promised, and detective work it is!

Let me establish the mystery first.  On my page for the Waterman Ligne 60, I say the following:

I’m afraid I have very little to say about this model beyond, “Hey, look!  I’ve got one!”…

Production Run: Um… the 1960s?

Cost When New: No data available.

…among other things.  I frequently refer to the difficulties of pinning down information about Waterman pens, so when this bobbed past me I grabbed it like a shot–

Vintage advertising!  Primary source material!  GOOOOOLD!  (click to download a really big PDF of the thing)

Vintage advertising! Primary source material! GOOOOOLD! (click to download a really big PDF of the thing)

I’m not quite as distrustful as Sam Vimes on the matter of clues, or at least not in this context.  I’ve joked in fora that Waterman and Sheaffer have both mounted a decades-long conspiracy to vex we latter-day seekers of hard information, but I don’t actually believe that– clues found won’t, I’m content, have been manufactured to mislead.  So, I’m happy to find this.  Without any digging whatever, I have established that the name of the model is, in fact, “Ligne 60” which was something that I had slight misgivings about.  I can also, with a little digging after an email I got not long ago, sort out the exchange rate and thus the cost when new… but there’s a catch, chronologically speaking.

Working out the exchange rate also calls for a sense of when, and just looking at that ad doesn’t offer any real help.  There is no handy “Vol. X, Issue 11, 1963” at head or foot.  There is also nothing of that sort on the verso which is a page of fairly verbose ads, all in French.  One from Digestif Rennie offering soulagement rapide for maux d’estomac (which I wouldn’t mind giving a shot on days that my abdominal migraine is acting up), another offering relief from malaises de la cinquantaine (most of which, if I’m understanding correctly, I’m quite pleased to be free of), and a large pictorial thing from Chocolat Cémoi of Grenoble posing the question “Avez-vous un ‘hobby’?” and helpfully explaining that last word as a terme anglo-saxon.  Fun to ponder, but not helpful.

Joining these, however, is a cross-word puzzle, and here I find my key to the information trove that is the internet.  Le Mots Croisés de <> is pretty definitive on the matter of which publication I’m dealing with, and Probleme N° 578 is probably connected to the issue.  A quick look at Paris-Match’s own site gives me the date for that issue as 7 May 1960.  Even better, I found while paddling around that the first issue came out on 25 March 1949, and for a weekly N° 578 would have appeared 11.11 years later– which is close enough to early May for me not to trouble taking off my shoes for more careful calculation.

All of which means I’ll have to slightly update my Ligne 60 page pretty promptly.  That’s a great excuse for not getting the Pelikan Souverän page done, and it also allows me to keep out of the way of Chief Inspector Dreyfuss, who seems strangely upset at me for some reason….

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Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto
Today’s ink: De Atramentis Elderberry

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Give ‘Em a Hand, Folks.

Posted by Dirck on 5 February, 2013

I’ve had most other thoughts knocked out of my head by a remarkable story bobbing past on the tide-race of the internet.  Remarkable for the good elements, which is remarkable in itself.  I’m going to synopsize and comment briefly to leave you time to read the straight goods.

In short– a couple of chaps, collaborating on-line, have developed a functional mechanical prosthetic hand.  Big deal? It’s already been done?  Sure.  Except this one is designed to be run up on 3D printers, and the design is being given away.  So, all it takes to get the thing is access to one of those printers.  They have already got stories of people getting their machines to poop out charitable replacement hands.

Apart from the basic evidence of humanity with its decency dial turned up, I’m also a little thrilled at the demonstration of the power of technology to undercut capitalism.  Yes, someone still has to buy the printer and the goop it eats, but the inventors themselves are content with the reduction of misery in the world as payback– no licencing of the pattern, no demands for interest on their investment– and the cost of the material is apparently low enough that people can envision handing it out for free.  Fantastic.

Here’s the links, which I hope you enjoy as much as I did.  I’m going to collapse in a corner and indulge in a utopian fantasy wherein this little development proves that mankind has turned some sort of developmental corner and we shall henceforth be collectively nice and helpful to one another.  It will last, I image, until the next time I hear the news.

Today’s pen: Stipula Passaporto

Today’s ink: De Atramentis Elderberry

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